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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.
Real Cost of 'Free' Downloads
By Ken Paulson -- Nashville's Craig Carothers is a singer-songwriter whose livelihood depends on concerts and CD sales. Yet sometimes, his biggest fans make that job tougher...
Facebook Stock Decline Shows Wall Street Is Wary of Give-It-Away-Free Approach
By Craig Timberg -- The dizzying stock decline of Facebook, a wealthy company with nearly a seventh of the world's population as users, has revived a key debate of the Internet age: Can anyone get rich while giving their product away?
7 Mythbusting Copyright Law Articles (Article #7)
Presented by Terry Hart -- (Article #7) - Constructing Copyright's Mythology by Thomas Nachbar
Music Hero for Android: Simple, But Addicting
By Aarti Kelapure -- Casual music gaming is heating up on mobile platforms. Last week, in the rival Google Play Store, rhythm-based game Music Hero shot into the number two spot on Google's list of free apps for Android. One look at Music Hero explains why people dig it:
Official: Taylor Swift's 'Never' Song Sells 623,000; Sets Female Digital Record
By Keith Caulfield -- Not only is it the best week ever for a woman, but the second-largest ever overall. Only Flo Rida's "Right Round" has sold more in a week, when it debuted at No. 1 with 636,000 on the Digital Songs chart dated Feb. 28, 2009
A Breakdown of Google's Top Advertisers
By Connor Livingston
It's 2:00AM: What Are Your Apps Doing?
By Dan Rowinski -- [Infographic] Pay Attention to Mobile App Permissions!
A Detailed Interview With One of the Most Successful Kickstarter Artists Yet...
By Paul Resnikoff
When Kickstarting Fails
By Paul Tassi -- I woke up to a rather sad email this morning. It was a note from a college friend describing in detail the heart-wrenching past few months, and a turn of events which had him describing himself as a "fraud" and a "failure."
The #1 Website Mistake Musicians Make
By Chris Robley
The Oatmeal Hits $850,000 Goal for Tesla Museum
By Iain Thomson -- Crowdsourcing brings in the bucks, again. Cartoonist Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, is proving to be something of a fundraising machine with the success of his latest project, raising $850,000 to set up a museum honoring the great scientist Nikola Tesla.
Hey, Neighbor: PBS Auto-Tunes Its Classic Programming
By Curtis Silver -- PBS, while the home of many iconic television shows and educational programs, has always struggled with staying relevant. While we may have grown up with Mr. Rogers and his lessons on friendship, many have simply become apathetic towards the publicly funded network....Recently, though, Mr. Rogers has gone viral. Artist Bob Ross is painting happy little trees again, and Julia Child is still cooking. That's because PBS Digital Studios has brought them back for a 21st-century audience.
Donal Henahan, Thought-Provoking Music Critic, Dies at 91
By Robert D. McFadden -- Donal Henahan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic who wrote, often provocatively, for The New York Times for nearly a quarter of a century, died on Sunday at his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was 91.
Kenneth the Talking Vending Machine
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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