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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.
With the Right Tools, You Can Compete With Free
By Sandra Aistars
7 Mythbusting Copyright Law Articles (Article #6)
Presented by Terry Hart -- (Article #6) - Remix Without Romance -- By Thomas W. Joo
"How to Succeed" or How's That Google Downlinking Working Out For You?
By Chris Castle
Google: We Are So Over Patents, Especially in Their Current Form
By VentureBeat.com -- After fighting the patent battle of the decade in court with Oracle, Googlers are getting publicly fed up with software patents as a whole. Conceptually, they just don't jive with innovation, two prominent Googlers have said recently. [As with copyrights, anything that gets in Google's way of making billions at the expense of others annoys them - DK]
Streaming Is Growing -- Is Vevo?
By Glenn Peoples
Spotify's Monthly Average Users (MAU) Dropping
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- This would appear to be somewhat alarming, even though Spotify is still by far the most popular music service that connects to Facebook...
The Trouble with Hipset: What Do Facebook Likes Really Mean?
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- According to Forbes, "Schlicht envisions Hipset as the major destination site for music, the way Twitter is for news and Facebook is for friends - a kind of new version of MySpace." The world certainly needs one of those. But is this it?
Why Groupon Is Over and Facebook And Twitter Should Follow
By Peter Cohan -- ...social media attracts consumers because of dopamine - and like any drug those consumers need a bigger dose to get the same effect. Social media's inability to deliver that is at the root of what makes it hard for it to grow into its lofty valuations.
MegaUpload (MegaVideo) Smoking Gun? Did the Site Illegally Charge for Streaming Movies?
By The Trichordist
Sell Your Music on Your Own Website with CD Baby's Customizable Widget
By Chris Robley
New App Plugs Data Leaks
By Adam Popescu -- Anyone concerned about protecting personal data has to feel like their firewall is more of a pasta strainer right about now. You even leak data when you download apps. Here's an app desiged to help you understand what you're giving up when you download.
Five Things I've Learned from 20 Years of Email
By Janko Roettgers -- It's been 20 years since I got my first-ever email address. Back then, I read email with a 2400 bps modem. Today, emails reach me instantaneously on my phone whereever I am. Here are a few important lessons I've learned along the way.
Protect Your Ears: It's All About The Music!
By Charlie Holland
Bandcamp Adds Free Mobile Optimized Artist Pages
By Hisham Dahud
Eight Ways To Compose Music More Effectively
By Marcel Williams -- We've all been there. Struggling to come up with a melody or working out that perfect ending for your song. This is one of the most frustrating aspects of composing music, especially when you are working towards a deadline. This article contains a few suggestions on how to compose more effectively...
VIDEO: Moelcular Synth: Snap-Together Electronic Music Instrument "Bricks"
By David Pescovitz
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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