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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.
By Terry Hart -- Six months ago, authorities in the United States and eight other countries moved against Megaupload following a grand jury indictment that charged the company and its officers (including Kim Dotcom) with five federal charges stemming from a "mega-conspiracy" of criminal copyright infringement...There are a lot of moving parts to this case already - no surprise, given its size and complexity - so a quick update may be helpful.
Music Industry Turns Up Heat on Google Over Piracy
Wall Of Shame: BMW Willing to "Drive" Without License
By James Kirkup -- Roger Daltrey of The Who and Brian May of Queen are among rock and pop stars making a public attack on internet search engines such as Google for helping users get access to pirated copies of their music.
By The Trichordist -- BMW advertising appears on the site mp3crank for the unlicensed album download of the critically acclaimed "Drive" Soundtrack. Given that BMW is the maker of "The Ultimate Driving Machine" this really make us wonder about the sophistication of context based advertising.
Netflix, YouTube Top Apps For Smart-TV Users
By Michelle Maltais
Freemium Has Run its Course
By Rags Srinivasan -- Freemium can only offer the hope that customers will fall in love with your product and be willing to pay for it later. This is a scattershot approach to monetization...it's time to take a deliberate and more targeted approach.
A Killer, Sustainable, Industry Saving Music Service Is Possible
By Joey Flores -- I was having a chat yesterday with Kyle Bylin of Live Nation Labs, talking about the various music services, what they lack, what they have, and what we'd both want out of a music service. Then at some point last night, I started dreaming up the perfect music service. Here's what I came up with...
New Cars May Soon "Redefine Technology," Steal Spotlight from Smartphones
By Michael Schmitt
Silicon Valley Says Step Away From the Device
By Matt Richtel -- In a place where technology is seen as an all-powerful answer, it is increasingly being seen as too powerful, even addictive.
5 Tips For Effective Fan Polling
By DIY Musician
A Look Inside The "New" Music Focused MySpace
By Hisham Dahud -- As tainted of a brand name MySpace may be right now, the fallen social network plans to make a comeback in late 2012 with a focus on what their core mission should have been all along - connecting musicians with fans.
BandPage Unshackles From Facebook, Now Helps 500K Musicians Build Synced Sites and Widgets Too
By Josh Constine -- With $19 million in funding but the Timeline redesign cratering its traffic, BandPage needed to diversify beyond Facebook. So today it launches BandPage Everywhere to let musicians build websites and embeddable widgets as well as Facebook Page apps.
Guitar Jamming: Audio Interfaces for Your iOS Devices
By Mark Crump -- As a musician who is also gadget-happy, I've accumulated more guitar input devices for my iPad than I know what to do with. So, I'm going to share my experiences with the available options to connect to your axe to your iOS device.
Vintage Instruments (Video)
By Robot Repair
Quite Possibly, the Ugliest Website In the World...
By Paul Resnikoff -- [It's perfect! DK]
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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