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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.
More People Use MySpace Than Twitter & Other Social Media Surprises [INFOGRAPHIC]
By Bruce Houghton -- ...the once mighty social music network is actually growing.
Spotify 1 Year Later: Music Distribution Gropes Toward the Digital Future
By John Paul Titlow -- It seems like just yesterday that American music fans were desperately awaiting Spotify's arrival. As of this week, the European all-you-can-stream subscription service has been available in the U.S. for one year. So how did it fare in its first 12 months? Is this really the future of music distribution?
Are Music Streaming Services Reducing the Number of Albums Released?
By Steve Guttenberg -- It's not just declining sales, even mega platinum stars like Adele have paltry catalogs. What's going on?
Did The Internet Kill The Debut Album?
By Zach Hale -- Remember Lana Del Rey? It's OK if you don't, but 10 years from now, we might remember her for a different reason: the death of the debut.
Can One Million Fan Interviews Recommend Music?
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- There are many ways to skin the music recommendation cat, so to speak. Record label EMI and Data Science London hope they have stumbled on to a new one: data sliced - and diced from interviews with one million music fans.
Sarah Penna: The Most Influential New Media Entrepreneur You've Never Heard Of
By Fruzsina Eördögh -- Having made the transition from cable TV to YouTube, 28-year-old Sarah Penna is shaking up the Web video landscape with fresh ideas and digital attitude.
Age Bias: Young Startup Founders Get More Investor Cash
By Tim Devaney and Tom Stein -- Blame Mark Zuckerberg. Since he invented Facebook in the third grade (or so it seems) high-tech investors have been throwing more and more money at younger and younger whiz kids. Older entrepreneurs may not like the trend - but it shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.
More Pressure on Google to Proactively Tackle Piracy
By CMU -- France's Supreme Court has ruled that there is legal justification for forcing Google to remove certain key words from its auto-complete facility, so as not to encourage users typing artist names in to the search engine to opt for search terms likely to point to unlicensed sources of content, such as "torrent" or "RapidShare".
ReDigi Is Now Taking on Massive Debt to Fight EMI...
By Paul Resnikoff -- It's very difficult to get funding when you're being aggressively sued...Which might explain why ReDigi has just saddled itself with roughly $760,000 in debt - not equity...
Vyclone, an L.A. Start-Up, Launches Video-Combining iOS App
By Salvador Rodriguez -- A Silicon Beach start-up run by two men from London, including the son of music legend Sting, just launched an iOS app that takes video from people shot at the same event and edits it into one multi-angle collaboration.
Vibrating Glove Gives Piano Lessons, Helps Rehab Patients Regain Finger Sensation and Motor Skills
By Alexis Santos
Can Whitney Houston's Vocal Coach's App Turn My Voice Into Gold?
By Andrew Garsetti
What's the Difference Between All These Audio Formats, and Which One Should I Use?
By Whitson Gordon
From Eight-Track to Bluetooth: In-Car Entertainment's Bumpy Ride
By Doug Newcomb
Want A Record Deal? Sign Yourself To Any And All Records
By Clyde Smith -- An important aspect to the Internet as a combination global media network and digital toolbox is that it's now much easier for artists to focus on being sole proprietors or collectives and to sign themselves. Yet some musicians will always feel insecure until legitimated by a third party. Any And All Records recently launched to help bridge the gap for those who need a cosign or who just love a bit of conceptual humor.
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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