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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.
The Most Infamous Music Infographic, Updated for 2012...
By Paul Resnikoff -- If you're in the music business, you've probably seen this infographic from 2010, which starkly contrasts payouts from older formats like CD and iTunes downloads with streaming formats like Spotify. Well, a lot has changed in two-and-a-half years...
The Big Lie
By Jon Taplin
Three-Strikes Cuts Piracy in New Zealand, Says Local Record Industry
German Student Defies Google Cease-and-Desist with 1 Million Signatures
By Fruzsina Eördögh -- Google is determined to take down Youtube-mp3.org, a site that rips downloadable mp3 files from streaming YouTube videos. Philip Matesanz, the site's 21-year-old owner, has collected 1.2 million signatures in protest against the action...
Samsung Shipped Nearly Twice as Many Phones as Apple Last Quarter
By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple, Samsung Begin Battle for Billions in US Patent Smackdown
By Brid-Aine Parnell -- Apple and Samsung's tit-for-tat patent posturing will finally come to a head in the US today, as jury selection starts on a trial that could kill a massive audience for Samsung stuff, and result in a win (or loss) of billions of dollars for either side.
By Cormac Foster -- Unlimited streaming made Netflix the Blockbuster-buster, but the company's value has dropped 75% in the past year after its price hike/Qwikster fiasco. Can original content and overseas expansion reverse the slide?
But Wait! Music Financing Is Suddenly Roaring Back...
By Paul Resnikoff
A Conversation with SoundCloud VP of Business Development Dave Haynes
By Kickshuffle -- Dave Haynes is Vice President of Business Development for SoundCloud, the leading social sound platform (with over 18 million registered users) that lets anyone create and share their original sounds everywhere on the web on platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, and foursquare.
[Yeah? Try stuffing Wolfman Jack in there.]
Build a Power-Free Radio Using a Glass Bottle
By Adam Dachis -- One popular childhood project for many of us was building a crystal radio, but those radios still required a battery to run. MAKE Projects has come up with a newer version of this crystal radio that you can build with a bottle and no power source at all.
The Most Expensive Concerts of August...
By Paul Resnikoff
When Your Internal Clock Is Off
By Bobby Owsinski -- Why is a studio musician's time better than other players? Why is machine generated music considered souless?
Dark Knight Rises Composer Releases Song Online to Support Aurora Shooting Victims
By Margaret Nickens -- Hans Zimmer, the composer behind The Dark Knight Rises score, has released a song titled "Aurora" today to raise money for the theatre shooting victims. People can download the song at WaterTowerMusic.com after donating anywhere between 10 cents and $2,500, all of which will be given to the Aurora Victim Relief organization.
[As I've said it before, there would be no music without pizza!]
Philadelphia Getting Pizza Museum Backed by Kickstarter
By Tecca -- Philadelphia, Pa. is home to quite a few historic landmarks, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed by American's founders. In August, it'll welcome another: The world's first pizza history museum.
The Bass Never Stops With New 'Skrillex Machine' Web App
By Rolling Stone
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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