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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.
If You're Still Blaming The Labels, You're Doing It Wrong...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Startup flopped? Blame the labels. Alienating the artist community? Blame the labels. Creative vision railroaded? Blame the labels. Got bad credit? Blame the labels...That blame-game is officially dead now...
Music Is The Fastest Growing Mobile Activity
By Hisham Dahud -- ...the growth rate of mobile listening dwarfed that of other mobile activities including playing games, accessing social networking sites, and browsing the web.
Music Sales in Germany Up 1.5 Percent in First Half
By Scott Roxborough -- Revenue from music downloads increases 32 percent, compensating for a 5.4 percent dip in physical sales.
SiriusXM Adds On-Demand Music and 600,000 Subscribers
By Glenn Peoples
Despite New Competition, Pandora Grows its Users
By Om Malik -- Spotify, Songza...the list of Pandora's competitors keeps growing longer. But that doesn't seem to impact the music discovery company's growth. More people are listening to Pandora more often every month - a trend that isn't going to change as radio-listening continues to move online.
Forget Your Business Model. What is Your Vision?
By Tom Dennehy -- How does this relate to music and consumer audio?
SoundExchange and BandPage Collaborate to Put $2M in Unclaimed Royalties in Musicians Pockets
By Jesse JJ Jame -- Together the two groups identified more than $2 million in unclaimed digital performance royalties for thousands of BandPage musicians who have not yet registered with SoundExchange. Bandpage musicians with unclaimed performance royalties will be notified by BandPage directly via email.
Three Step Turnaround
By Terry Hart -- ...the always-dissatisfied-with-copyright crowd has found a reason to be dissatisfied (with the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty)...This fear is completely unfounded: the "three-step test" for exceptions and limitations has been a feature of international copyright treaties since the Berne Convention was ratified in 1886.
Universal's EMI Gambit
By Los Angeles Times Editorial -- Universal Music Group wants to buy EMI, but would that pay off for the industry and consumers? [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]
5 Big Lessons From A Successful $13,000 Kickstarter Album Funding Campaign
By Clyde Smith
PODCAST: (Attorneys) Robert Pollock and Scott Popma on Crowdfunding the Startup Science and Technology
By Robert A. Pollock Ph.D. and Scott J. Popma -- In this podcast, Finnegan partners Robert Pollock and Scott Popma discuss the intellectual property considerations for science and technology startups that are thinking about using crowdfunding to raise capital.
The 20 Most Disruptive Apps Of All Time
By Kevin Smith -- A disruptive app is an industry game changer. One that challenges the industry and spawns imitators...There are over 500,000 apps in just Apple's App Store, and hundreds of thousands more in Google's and Microsoft's stores. But few have had the power and influence to disrupt an entire industry.
Google Play vs. Amazon vs. iTunes Store: How the Content Stores Stack Up
By Yardena Arar -- Amazon offers the greatest number of options for accessing content, iTunes has the largest amount of content but lacks streaming options, and Google Play needs to catch up on its licensing deals.
Music Innovators: Montag Reimagines the Album
By Richard MacManus -- While listening to a Spotify playlist from music discovery service We Are Hunted, I came across an intriguing artist I hadn't heard of before: Montag. I starred the song, called "True Love," and a bit later went back to explore more of Montag's music. It turns out he is in the middle of a project, called Phases, that is attempting to reimagine the album...
Helienne Lindvall's Excellent Column
By Chris Castle -- Pretty soon after I started writing MTP I ran across this amazing column at the Guardian. ... It was written by a songwriter, and I guess it shouldn't have been surprising that a songwriter could put words together in a way that fearlessly resonated and informed her audience...
Man Texts "I Need to Quit Texting" Before Crashing Car
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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