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Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past
while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.
How to Find Frank Ocean's Latest Album on YouTube, In About 30 Seconds...
By Paul Resnikoff -- If you listen to music on YouTube, this will probably seem obvious. But shouldn't this be a little bit harder, especially since the Frank Ocean camp had an iTunes exclusive and limited retail availability? Well, here's how easy it is to find and then access Ocean's latest full album.
Music Piracy - Who's On The Moral High Ground?
By Rory Cellan-Jones -- The BPI says Google has become a directory for piracy - put Adele (or any artist) plus MP3 into the search box, and you'll find page after page of unauthorised sites before you come to anything legitimate. The trade body wants the pirate sites pushed down the search rankings - Google says it already removes two million links a month on requests from rights holders, and it can't mess with its search algorithm.... [Thanks to Neil Turkewitz for the link.]
The DMCA is Broken…
By Trichordist -- Most of the take (DMCA) downs are for the same title, at the same site, the same day. Day after day during the initial release period of the album (generally the first 60-90 days) it is a constant game of whack-a-mole. We shouldn't have to have the same title removed from a site more than once - and each time we issue a notice it takes 24 to 48 hours to remove. But, once it's removed it is generally back on the site within a few hours.
Half a Million Downloads And 500,000 Dilemmas
By Dave Hahn -- Allow me to start at the end: And in the end, I feel conflicted about my project. As I continue to build my songwriting career, I feel encouraged by the numbers. 500,000 people downloaded my music ... 400,000 people have watched my YouTube videos. I don't care what anybody says - you don't get those numbers with crappy music. ... On the other hand, in the two years I've been working on the project, I've made $673.02. $673.02 is about what it costs to live in Manhattan for 4 days...
VIDEO: Vincent Misiano on the Golden Age of Television
By Amanda Reynolds -- This spring, we spoke with acclaimed television director and Vice President of the Directors Guild of America, Vincent Misiano about the uniquely collaborative process of filmmaking, and why technology is helping facilitate what he calls the golden age of television.
Is Cable TV Tuning In Its Own Obsolescence?
By Brian Proffitt -- Cable TV may be in for a rude awakening from the dream-like hold it has managed to keep over consumers all these years. Recent content provider disputes among DirecTV and Viacom, along with legal decisions allowing websites like Aereo to stream broadcast TV, are putting the industry's revenue model in serious risk.
French Anti-Piracy Chief: 'Punishment Is Not Enough'
By Bobbie Johnson -- France has led the way in pushing forward with stringent laws intended to end online piracy, with Hadopi...
NEW ZEALAND: Dotcom Judge Steps Down After Joking US Is 'Enemy'
By (AP) - A New Zealand judge has stepped down from overseeing the extradition case of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom after jokingly referring to the United States as "the enemy." The comment by Auckland District Court Judge David Harvey raised questions about his impartiality. He was discussing Internet copyright at a conference last week when he told an audience, "We have met the enemy, and he is U.S."
One Year Later: Why I Don't Love Spotify
By Kyle Bylin
Twitter's Credibility Problem
By Dave Copeland -- Where you read something may impact credibility as much as what you read - especially if where you read something is on Twitter, according to a new study.
Google+ Nabs Top Spot in Customer Satisfaction Survey; Facebook Falls
By Brian Womack -- Google Inc.’s social network debuted at the top spot on a customer-service index of social-media websites, including Facebook Inc., which sank to a record low in the annual report.
Instead Of Building A Fake Following On Twitter, Why Not Build A Fanbase?
By Clyde Smith
Smule's AutoRap App Turns Words into Hip Hop Magic
By Ryan Kim -- Smule, along with Khush, the fellow music app maker it bought last year, have helped users sing their way to greatness with apps like I Am T-Pain, Songify, Glee and LaDiDa. But the combined Smule team hasn't explored a true rapping app until now, with the release of AutoRap.
A Pro-Level Recording Tool at a Pro-Level Price
Reviewed by Michael Calore -- ... it's the nit-picky stuff that really matters if you want the best sound. A dedicated hand-held audio recorder like the Olympus LS-100 gives you the desired level of control, producing awesome (stereo) recordings that far surpass what you can capture with a mobile handset, even if you're using a fancy accessory microphone. It's great for recording bands, or performances of any kind. But what makes Olympus' portable recorder really stand out are the multi-tracking features that transform the device into a bona fide pocket studio for musicians and songwriters. [Olympus LS-100 Linear PCM Recorder · $400]
[This is all that really counts to be a success in the music business.]
What To Wear To A Music Industry Conference
By Katie Reilly
Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/ CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded - including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).
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