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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.
Copyright and the Little Guy Part 1 - Copyright Acquisition
By Krzysztof Wiszniewski (Faza) -- ...is there a fundamental contradiction between copyright serving foremost as protection for the little guy and the majority of copyrights being owned by a small number of power players? Not really, as we'll see in a minute. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]
A Kim Dotcom For All Seasons
By The Trichordist -- Since his indictment and arrest, Dotcom has been waging a PR campaign to cast himself, not as an opportunistic hack who exploited thousands of creators through his spammy, scammy website, but as some sort of internet freedom fighter
Vivendi Launches Music Industry Resource
By Samuel Agini -- A website launched earlier this year by Vivendi, the owner of Universal Music Group (UMG), provides access to resources valuable both to artists and industry professionals alike.
Amazon Influences Consumers More Than Google (And Possibly Facebook And Apple)
By TJ McCue
Why Spotify Can't Be Happy With 4 Million Subscribers...
By Paul Resnikoff
Who Are The Best And Brightest Music Industry Minds On Twitter?
By Hisham Dahud
Social Media & Email Management For Musicians
By Brian Hazard -- Engaging with fans is fun and rewarding. It can also be an addictive time suck. If you check your email, Facebook, and Twitter first thing in the morning, you're doing it wrong!
Is Google Protecting Your Content? Maybe, Maybe Not...
By Paul Resnikoff -- For all the artist-friendly and pro-copyright overtures, punctilious DMCA removals, and active filtering, the level of protection you'll experience on Google as an artist is probably a crapshoot.
Ignore the Bickering. Cable TV Is Over
By Brian Proffitt -- Even as cable/satellite TV carriers like Comcast and DirecTV squabble over dollars and cents with broadcast and cable networks like NBC and Viacom, the very structure of their decades-old business model is under attack from new Internet technologies and services, as well as new government regulations.
[I'm particularly offended that YouTube opens it's explanation as to why video's are taken down with the words: "Vomit Launch."]
Why Does YouTube Apologize to People Who Have Illegally Uploaded my Content?
By Larry Cane
Melod.io Wants to Make Voice Communication More Creative with 30-Second Songs
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Voice calling has become something many of us do only as a last resort if we can't text, email, tweet, or Facebook...By turning voice communication into a music app, Melod.io for iOS and Android (not to be confused with the HP-purchased Melodeo) hopes to give people a new reason to employ their vocal cords for mobile communication.
Cyber PR® Presents: Musician's Guide To Mobile [Free White Paper]
By Ariel Hyatt -- Do you consider yourself mobile-savvy?...If you could use a little help understanding the magic of mobile, then this guide is for you! Here are some interesting mobile statistics to keep in mind...
The Idea Poison: Termination of Genius
By Brian Thompson
How to Hook ‘Em with Quick Music Descriptions
By Chris Robley -- Can you creatively describe your music in under 3 seconds without saying "ummmmm..."
Court Revives Suit Involving Elvis Memorabilia
By Terry Baynes -- The heirs of a longtime friend of Elvis Presley can proceed with a lawsuit over a chunk of the King's hair and other memorabilia they say were stolen and sold at auction, an appeals court ruled on Tuesday.
Neurotrash Creativity 'Expert' Created Dylan Quotes from Thin Air
By Andrew Orlowski -- A self-appointed expert who used brain scans to "demystify" human creativity has admitted he was overly creative in his "journalism". Jonah Lehrer confessed that he made-up quotes he had attributed to Bob Dylan, and has quit his job at the New Yorker magazine.
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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