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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 2 - Copyright and Competition Redux
By Faza (Krzysztof Wiszniewski) -- ...today we'll have a look at how copyright impacts the competitive positions of intermediaries/end-users of copyright, once again focusing on the "little guy" - this time: the upstart start-up.
Amazon Decides it Actually Does Need Licenses for Music
By Megan Geuss -- Amazon announced that it entered into licensing agreements with "Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and more than 150 independent distributors, aggregators, and music publishers," and has made a new scan-and-match service available to Amazon customers. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]
An Artist's Guide to How the Brands and Ad Agencies Are in on Advertising Supported Piracy
By Chris Castle
Friends' Tips, Radio Still Drive Musical Choices
By Edna Gundersen -- The digital revolution may not be as revolutionary as believed, according to a music survey that found listeners more in tune with friends' tips and radio than blogs and social networking.
Facebook, Twitter? Can The Decline of Social Media Come Fast Enough?
By Haydn Shaughnessy
Tracking the Audience For YouTube Premium Content
By Fruzsina Eördögh -- Many observers balked when Google declared its $100 million investment in making YouTube the king of Internet television. What does a search engine turned tech giant know about entertainment? Enough, apparently.
Look Ma, TV! First Broadcast TV Phone Appears on MetroPCS
By Kevin Fitchard -- TV broadcasters are making their own contribution to the growing mobile video market with Dyle.tv, a service that plucks their programming out of the DTV airwaves and renders it on mobile phones and other small-screened devices. A Samsung Galaxy phone will be the first Dyle device.
Who Are The World's Highest Paid DJs?
By Hisham Dahud -- As electronic dance music (EDM) continues its reign of prominence in today's music landscape, some of the scene's most recognizable names are generating some serious cash.
'DJ': It's the Most Overused Term In Music...
By Paul Resnikoff
The 3 C's Of Effective Artist Branding
By Hisham Dahud -- What does branding have to do with you as a music artist? In a word: everything.
Damon Albarn Is the Appiest Man in Show Business
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Here's a tour of one man's groundbreaking journey through the music app world, through which Albarn makes all other musicians look lazy by comparison, again.
Top Songwriter Chart: July 2012
The Eagles' "Hotel California" Song Analysis
By Bobby Owsinski -- Jesse B. asked for an analysis of what has become an iconic song, The Eagles "Hotel California." It's the title song from the album of the same name that went on to sell over 16 million and was number 1 around the world.
[My wife and I were very close to Chris and his wife, Bonnie. I can't tell you how much we will miss him.]
ASCAP Mourns the Passing of SVP Chris Amenita
ASCAP is deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend, Christopher John Amenita, 55, who passed away on August 3rd, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Chris was with ASCAP for 27 years. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of ASCAP's Broadcast Operations & New Media Licensing Department.
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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