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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.
Dear American Express: Stop Advertising on Sites That Illegally Exploit My Music.
By David C. Lowery -- Dear American Express: I write you today to ask why your ads are appearing on top rogue sites such as filestube.com? Sites like these are for-profit enterprise level organizations often with ties to organized crime. Sites like these appear to profit by illegally exploiting artists copyrights and monetizing their web traffic through advertising. Yes, advertising bought and paid for by American Express.
The First Week With Google's Anti-Piracy Search Algorithm
By Glenn Peoples -- so far, tweaks to Google's search rankings haven't exactly banished the Pirate Bay and similar sites from search results - or even the first page of search results.
7 Mythbusting Copyright Law Articles(Article #5)
Presented by Terry Hart -- (Article #5) Economists' Topsy-Turvy View of Piracy by Stan Liebowitz
Police Warn Internet Users Not To Pay Fines To File-Sharing Fraudsters
By enigmax -- Police in Sweden are warning Internet users not to send money to criminals trying to extort money from alleged file-sharers.
Big Surprise: Hulu's Owners Can't Agree on its Future
By Janko Roettgers -- A leaked memo hints at an uncertain future for Hulu after a buyout of co-owner Providence Equity Partners. Not only could CEO Jason Kilar leave the company, but Hulu's co-owners News Corp. and Disney don't seem to see eye-to-eye on key issues.
Why #PussyRiot Is the Future of Civil Disobedience (and Not Just in Putin's Russia)
By Tom Watson
Here's the Truth About Facebook's Stock Price
By The Daily Ticker
Hipset Shows You The Music Content Facebook's Been Hiding
By Clyde Smith -- If you've liked a bunch of musicians on Facebook, you may have realized that you rarely see the content from their pages in your feed. This is part of Facebook's grand strategy to force musicians to buy ads if they want to share their content, even with people who've requested to see it. Now the cofounders of Tracks.by have taken that Facebook FAIL and turned it into a whole new site called Hipset.
No Time to Read the Terms of Service? 'ToS;DR' Does the Hard Work for You
By Scott Gilbertson -- "'I have read and agree to the Terms' is the biggest lie on the web...." ... ToS;DR creates report cards for ToS agreements, highlighting any particularly nasty things you might be agreeing to. For example, the popular Twitter image sharing service Twitpic's ToS has a provision that allows the company and its partners to use your content without giving you credit.
MetaBlocks Blog Features Awesome Social Media Design Plus Campaign Tips
By Clyde Smith -- MetaBlocks provides social media apps and design for big brands including major labels. Though Hypebot carries a lot of industry news, we typically don't review specific services that are out of the reach of DIY'ers. But MetaBlocks has a great social media blog that not only showcases their work but also features wide ranging examples of major label artists use of social media.
Don't Act Like An Amateur Band
By Simon Tam -- A while ago, I wrote a piece about The Unspoken Rules of How to Treat a Touring Band. Basically, it was some rules on courtesy between bands show share a gig. After going on a few more tours myself, I wanted to share some additional advice on how to make shows run a little more smoothly and how you can be a little more professional in your gigging.
5 Ways to Make a Low-Budget Video
By Peter Gavin -- If your dream is to be the next Spielberg, this post is not for you. This is for anyone who has no clue on how to make a video [and wants to make something that looks professional].
The Young Person's Guide to the (Smartphone) Orchestra
By Kit Eaton
How To Find Your Stolen Mobile Device
By Veronica Henry
Clown Had Steve Jobs' Stolen iPad
By Garance Burke
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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