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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.
Asking the Right Questions About Music's Future
By Moses Avalon -- We are experiencing a radical transition in the way recorded music relates to culture, and music entrepreneurs face a serious challenge within that transition: people seem willing to pay for books, movies and games, so what's up with music why all the resistance?
Google to Downgrade Pirate Sites in Search Results
By Associated Press -- Google will start using "valid copyright removal notices" to rank its search results, according to a Friday blog post by Google's senior vice president of engineering, Amit Singhal. Google typically ranks websites based on how many other sites link to them, on the belief that sites that get more links are more trustworthy and useful. But Google also regularly tweaks its formulas to reflect special circumstances...
YouTube Escapes Google's Piracy Site Smackdown
By Andrew Orlowski -- Google has admitted its own YouTube operation will not be affected by algorithm changes designed to demote pirate sites.
100 Sites Now Facing Immediate Action Under Google's New Policy...
By Paul Resnikoff -- [And, of course, if you search for them by name they are at the top of the results. DK]
Why Google Is Really Downgrading Pirate Sites
By Mark Mulligan -- Just as domain blocking faces numerous technical challenges such as VPNs and proxy servers, so Google's search de-prioritization move has chink-filled armour.
Mullets, Platform Shoes, Mack Daddies and Public Knowledge
By Chris Castle -- "[W]hen it comes to the internet, there's always someone in the middle, especially when it comes to handling the money." -- Wired Magazine
Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music
By Glenn Peoples
Radical.fm Promises "Personalities and Local Content" on Net Radio With New TALK Tech
By Paul Maloney
Are Mobile Payments Fixing Something, Or Just Hot Doggin'?
By Marcus Wohlsen -- The history of technology is littered with solutions to non-existent problems.
Hypebot's Clyde Smith Launches Crowdfunding For Musicians Blog
By Clyde Smith
[Get outta my face!]
Facedeals Checks You In With Facial-Recognition Cameras
By Salvador Rodriguez
[Get outta my face! - 2]
New iPhone App Checks Your Heart Rate by Reading Your Face
Beck's Sheet Music Album Is So Nineteenth Century
By Gretta Cohn -- The shape-shifting musician's next release is his most unlistenable yet. Literally.
Top 5 Most Atmospheric, Relaxing Music Apps
By Andrew Garsetti
One Easy Tip to Hit Songwriting from Industry Vet Larry Butler
By Larry Butler -- Larry Butler is a former VP of Artist Relations for Warner Bros. and Reprise Records. While out on a promotional tour with Randy Newman and Mark Knopfler, Butler learned a simple secret to hit songwriting. He shares it in his e-book The Twelve Lessons of Rock 'N' Roll (for Your Career and Your Life). And now we're sharing it with you.
The Next Time You Are Asked to Play for Free...
By Chris Castle
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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