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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.
[WARNING: Smoke screen ahead]
Report Suggests Most Music Piracy Happens Offline
By Will Oremus -- [How does this exonerate Google from making billions pointing users to advertising riddled illegal download sites or Kim Dotcom from making billions trafficking in illegal copies? When the creator doesn't get paid...guess what, the creator doesn't get paid! DK]
Fat Cat Signal Alert: Behind Revolving Door Number 3, New Improved Astroturf, Now With Even More Google Lobbyists
By Chris Castle -- By last count, Google has way more than two lobbyists or consultants per member of Congress. So what does Google need in addition to Net Coalition, the CCIA, Public Knowledge, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and millions upon millions in registered lobbyists?
Google Says Book Scanning Didn't Cost Authors a Single Sale
By Jeff John Roberts -- The long-running lawsuit over Google's decision to scan millions of books could be nearing the end game. Google's latest filing, in a case poised to redefine copyright law, cites everything from Mad Men to minority rights to argue that book scanning is "fair use."
PayPal to Pirates "No Cash For You" Score Another One for an Ethical Internet!
By The Trichordist -- PayPal should be celebrated as a company who supports artists rights and an ethical internet. We were pleased to find this report...stating that the online payment processing company has banned "Major File Hosting Services Over Piracy Concerns."
[If you are an artist and not a member of SoundExchange - why? Whata-u, crazy?]
SoundExchange Partners With Foreign Societies For Royalty Collections
By Glenn Peoples
It's Official: Pop Music Really IS Getting Crappier!
By Chris Robley -- It's true: music really IS getting more boring by the year...Or, as one of the lead researchers puts it, "We found evidence of a progressive homogenization of the musical discourse."
[Report: Measuring the Evolution of Contemporary Western Popular Music.]
Universal's EMI Takeover: The Great Rock'n'roll Swindle?
By Helienne Lindvall -- In the past few weeks, it has emerged that the head of Universal Music Group, Lucian Grainge, has offered to sell independent labels some of the assets he is acquiring as part of Universal's takeover of EMI...the artists affected by the deal are being treated as commodities, being traded and disposed of without any say in the matter.
Music or Marketing? Artist-Branded Apps Search for a Hit
By John Paul Titlow -- When the iPhone welcomed third-party apps four years ago, the music industry, like everyone else, scrambled to find a revenue-generating angle. Band-specific apps began rolling out, highlighting musicians in the App Store. They haven't exactly been smash hits, but this app category still has potential to promote not-so-starving artists.
How Spotify's First Year Compares to Pandora, Vevo, YouTube and Others
By Glenn Peoples -- Spotify's tenure in the U.S. has reached one year. Is the performance good, bad or mediocre? See how the service compares to other segments and players in digital music.
The Humble Bundle Tries Something Different, Lets You Name Your Price for Albums from They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton, and More
By Donald Melanson
MakerBot's New 3-D-Printed Mixtape Puts Digital Music in Retro-Cool Case
By Geeta Dayal -- Let's face it - real mixtapes made on a cassette tape look cooler than an iTunes playlist. Now you can 3-D print your own digital mixtape so it will look like an old-school cassette.
How The Internet Has Rocked The Music Industry [INFOGRAPHIC]
By Total Bankruptcy
[I'm tellin' you, folks, everyone has to be somewhere!]
Teletron Mind-Control Interface for Synthesizer
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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