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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.
There Is No Magic Bullet
By Terry Hart -- Many search in vain for a magic bullet to ensuring a vibrant creative ecosystem online, but more and more the key boils down to simple advice: Make piracy harder, make legal options easier.
File Sharer Loses Bid To Slash $675k Damages Award
By Wendy Davis -- File-sharer Joel Tenenbaum has lost another round in his long-running battle with the Recording Industry Association of America...[Click here to read the full text decision.]
New Study Debunks Data Showing File-Sharing Helps CD Sales
By Glenn Peoples
[The sooner technology does away with all means of financial support for creators...the sooner dreamers will stop dreaming.]
Apple Wants to Erase Your Radio Spots
By Mark Ramsey -- Another day, another technology-driven way to undo advertising. Forget the fact that advertising is what pays for most of the content we enjoy on TV or radio.
YouTube Lets Mobile Users Skip Ads
Super PAC Shazam: 2 New Apps Tell You Who Is Behind Political Ads
By Deborah Netburn
[Check out the graphic.]
Technology: It Really Hasn't Changed Our Taste In Music...
By Paul Resnikoff -- The past decade has witnessed the most insane upheavals in music technology. Everything's changed, but how much has musical taste itself changed during that period? According to data we've looked at, the answer is not that much, even though the ways we access, discover, and share our music have been completely revolutionized.
Handpicked YouTube Music Videos From Mutu.tv
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- The world seems to need a web app that sits on top of YouTube and turns it into a full-fledged music service. Mutu.tv offers a nice option, by taking a more restrictive approach to content than others we've seen. If the video looks good, Mutu.tv lets it look good.
[It's all in the game]
Buying Their Way to Twitter Fame
By Austin Considine
Your Facebook Friends Can Be Used Against You in Court, Judge Rules
By Dave Thier
How to Avoid Expensive and Unnecessary Cell-Phone Charges
By Brad Spirrison -- ...there are many cellular horror stories that will motivate us to abide by even the most arcane rules and regulations. There are also more hidden and less outrageous charges found in practices like text-message "cramming" and in-app purchases that can add to your monthly bill.
MusicNomad Relaunches As Database Of Musician Resources
By Hisham Dahud -- MusicNomad, a website that aids musicians in finding qualified and ranked resources to produce, sell and promote their music, has just given their website a much needed overhaul. This free resource now offers new tools to help musicians manage their careers; among them a new touring tool allows them to customize and manage their data to make life on the road a bit easier.
Ken Scott On Drum Recording
By Bobby Owsinski -- I had an opportunity to work with legendary producer/engineer Ken Scott recently on the latest SNEW record (What's It To Ya) and it was truly a treat... Here's a video of Ken miking up former Dixie Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein at Abbey Road Studios while he was recording his EpiK Drums loop and sample library. [If video doesn't play on Bobby's site...go here.]
WTF Gadgets: 10 Ways to Make Better S'Mores
By Joseph Flaherty
ITALY: "PIRACY" Project Exposes the CD Underbelly of Music Theft
By Hipstomp -- First Floor Under is a "pop-vanguard culture magazine" and digital publishing company out of Milan, backed by the Italian arm of TBWA. For their stunning "PIRACY" public awareness campaign addressing digital music theft, they commissioned artists Mirco Pagano and Moreno De Turco to recreate album-cover shots of iconic musicians using their own CDs.
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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