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GearAndGuitars 11th May 2013 09:31 PM

The Real Danger of Copying Music (It's Not What You Think) | Wired

There’s an endless debate about whether file sharing is “stealing.” We eventually shouldn’t “pirate” files, but it’s premature to condemn people who do it today when those same people are not paid for their participation in very lucrative network schemes.

Ordinary people are relentlessly spied on, and not compensated for information taken from them.
It is one thing to sing for your supper occasionally, but to have to do so for every meal forces you into a peasant’s dilemma.

Whitecat 10th May 2013 01:23 PM
Fake Dr Dre headphones 'most seized'

Counterfeit Beats by Dr Dre headphones are among the most seized items by customs, Trading Standards reveals.

Whitecat 10th May 2013 12:49 PM
Heavy metal degree is 'easy option'

A two-year heavy metal degree offered by New College Nottingham is branded an 'easy option' by education campaigners.

Whitecat 9th May 2013 03:09 PM
New laws are planned for faulty apps

The government announces new laws to make it easier to claim a refund for digital content.

Whitecat 9th May 2013 02:09 PM
New Zealand Government Announces That Software Will No Longer Be Patentable - Forbes

In a bill passed earlier today, the Government of New Zealand announced that software in the country will no longer be patentable. New Zealand's largest IT representative body, the Institute of IT Professionals, expressed relief and said the decision removed a major barrier to software-led innovation. The policy was passed in a [...]

Whitecat 9th May 2013 11:04 AM
Universities should open their ears to live music | Education | guardian.co.uk

Shift the spotlight from tawdry club nights and promote student bands instead, Tamara Roper urges

GearAndGuitars 9th May 2013 01:19 AM

For one, controversial law professor Lawrence Lessig recommends that we adopt a “hybrid economy” for culture: A system in which creativity is essentially de-monetized, and all the meaningful financial rewards instead go to the technology companies that facilitate the sharing of that creativity, artistic energy and cultural innovation.

If you think I’m overstating his position to make it sound shocking and misguided, believe me, I’m not. Just listen to Lessig explain it here in his own words on the Colbert Report:

Lawrence Lessig - The Colbert Report - 2009-08-01 - Video Clip | Comedy Central

Whitecat 8th May 2013 11:27 AM
The iTunes Store at 10: How Apple reinvented the music business - Digital Lifestyle -

As I write this paragraph, I'm enjoying a playlist that I created from among the thousands of songs on my iPhone, and it's no big deal. It wasn't always so simple: Once upon a time, crafting the perfect playlist for your MP3 player felt like an epic project. You had to rip the songs from a CD onto your computer, find sources--legitimate and otherwise--for tracks you didn't own, and then hope everything was in the right format to play on your portable device. Apple changed all that, thanks to a series of musical moves right at the dawn of the 21st century--not the least of which was the launch of the iTunes Music Store.

Whitecat 8th May 2013 11:26 AM
Grammy winner Lauryn Hill likens music business to slavery

Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill says her experience in the music business is like the slavery her

Whitecat 7th May 2013 12:42 PM
Photoshop moves to subscription

Adobe is introducing a subscription model for many of its most popular programs, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Premiere.
This will definitely have repercussions in the world of music software...
moskirde 6th May 2013 08:24 AM


Molocoo.com is the collaboration platform for the professional entertainment industry.

More interviews with manufacturers and vendors coming soon.

Hope you'll enjoy,
GearAndGuitars 6th May 2013 12:54 AM
13 Years Later, An Artist Gets the Courage to Protest Piracy... | Digital Music News

A number of people have asked us what's up with Masters of the Internet. Do we hate our fans? Are we Luddites? Well, no and no. Here's what we think: We don't really expect much from asking people who are downloading stuff for free to voluntaristically pay up — although, yeah, we could use that dollar right about now, and we support Trichordist's Principles for an Ethical and Sustainable Internet.

We don't know what the ultimate solution is — but we know it isn't the impoverishment of musicians and defunding music. And we know it isn't pretending that no-one is being hurt. Corporations are making huge profits from the ads on 'free' sites, from selling the hard and software that make illegal downloading possible.

Whitecat 5th May 2013 12:31 PM
Just how much is music worth? | MI Pro

A new research project from UK Music is looking to measure the economic impact the music industry has on the UK economy.

Whitecat 4th May 2013 04:41 PM
Rolling Stones face pay cut as poor sales force them to slash US ticket prices | Mus

The rock giants are taking desperate measures to ensure full houses for their anniversary US gigs, writes Ed Helmore

Whitecat 2nd May 2013 01:28 PM
VV Brown: Beyoncé is right. Bring on the female music moguls - Telegraph

VV Brown is back. The singer, model, businesswoman and fashion designer is back with a new album, new record label and new sound. She tells Emma Barnett about her plans for a music and fashion empire and why a growing number of female singers are choosing to go it alone.

GearAndGuitars 2nd May 2013 06:53 AM
Amanda Palmer's A Poem for Dzhokhar Is the Worst Poem of All Time

This weekend, as law-enforcement officers across the country devoted their resources to the manhunt and capture of the dangerous criminal Reese Witherspoon, an actual crime against humanity was being ignored: Musician Amanda Palmer was writing the worst poem ever composed in the English language, A Poem for Dzhokhar.

Whitecat 30th April 2013 09:07 AM

Whitecat 29th April 2013 03:11 PM
The rebirth of the compilation album: now that's what I call a surprise! | Music | T

Spotify, iTunes and digital downloads were supposed to signal the death of the compilation album. But in the past year sales have shot up, writes Eamonn Forde

Whitecat 28th April 2013 05:19 PM
Emeli Sandé breaks Beatles record

The British singer spends the most consecutive weeks in the UK's Official Albums Chart Top 10 of any debut album.

Whitecat 28th April 2013 11:24 AM
AOL Shutters Several Music Properties, Including Spinner And The Boombox | Fast Compa

Several employees of AOL's music properties including Spinner.com and The Boombox tweeted Friday afternoon that large parts of the company's...

Whitecat 27th April 2013 06:35 PM
Disco's back as Nile Rodgers tops chart again | Music | The Observer

Daft Punk's new single breaks Spotify record and becomes a global hit – and it's all down to the magic of dance music pioneer Nile Rodgers

GearAndGuitars 27th April 2013 06:01 PM
Creators need Copyright Protection - Neil Portnow

So let’s agree that certain principles should be the foundation of any update of the Copyright Act:

Creators should receive fair compensation for their work when it is exploited.
Too often we’ve heard that new and old businesses should be allowed to use creators’ works at a below-market (or zero) royalty rate to protect a flawed business model. Creators want to be partners with distributors, but they should never be forced to subsidize those businesses.

A right is meaningless without reasonable enforcement.
Without effective enforcement, copyrights will have little value. If creators are to benefit from the fruit of their labor, they must have confidence that their work will be protected in the constantly evolving digital marketplace.

Freedom of expression depends on copyright.
Copyright gives individual creators the freedom to choose how they express themselves. With copyright, writers and artists can decide how and when to use their work. They can freely give their work to the public, to a cause they believe in, or they can try to earn a living from it. Consent is a critical part of the creator’s freedom.
Neil Portnow is the President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Whitecat 26th April 2013 04:00 PM
House concerts provide home comforts

Professional music artists are increasingly giving performances in the most intimate of all settings - people's homes - as they discover new ways of reaching their audience.

Whitecat 26th April 2013 03:48 PM
Software album reprises synthesisers

A team of developers is releasing an electronica album made with software that mimics vintage synthesisers.
Well... the concept isn't new to us, but it's for a good cause.
GearAndGuitars 25th April 2013 09:15 PM
Congress Will Now Consider a Major Overhaul of US Copyright Law...| Digital Music News

House Judiciary Committee Chairman and Virginia Republican Bob Goodlatte promised a 'comprehensive review of copyright law' over the next few months, while subtly pointing to re-examinations of statutes like the DMCA.

Whitecat 24th April 2013 12:06 PM
Why most dance acts don't get paid royalties for radio, clubs or festivals | Media |

Helienne Lindvall: The technology exists for artists' radio or live plays to be tracked, but most get nothing when their work is used

Whitecat 20th April 2013 02:58 PM
Rockers attract cruise ship crowds

Rock fans are being lured to take cruise holidays with the opportunity to see veteran British rock bands perform on board.

Whitecat 18th April 2013 02:08 PM
Twitter launches #Music service

Social network Twitter has launched #Music which recommends tracks based on who users follow.

mr jkn 18th April 2013 12:37 PM

Sad really. The (former?) swedish indie elite with bands such as Hives, Cardigans and Soundtrack of our lives, are up to their knees in a economic mess with seemingly no end. The article above just touches upon it.
Whitecat 17th April 2013 04:10 PM
Pirate Bay founder faces new charges

The co-founder of The Pirate Bay has been charged with stealing data from companies, including a bank.

Whitecat 16th April 2013 05:01 PM
iTunes turning 10 years old, still owns 63% of music download business | VentureBeat

Last year, 44 million Americans bought at least one song or album from iTunes. This month, the digital music store that changed the way we buy music will celebrate its tenth birthday.

Whitecat 16th April 2013 01:10 PM
Spotify begins Latin America push

Music streaming service Spotify makes its first moves in Latin America and Asia, amid rumours Apple may be preparing a similar product.

Whitecat 16th April 2013 10:49 AM
Can streaming save music sales?

Streaming services have reversed the fortunes of the music industry in Sweden and now generate more income than downloads or CDs. But can the model be replicated worldwide?

Whitecat 15th April 2013 02:50 PM
Should 'irritating' fans stop filming gigs?

Fans holding their mobiles high in the air to record gigs irritates many - but one Dublin start-up believes it has the technology to at least make the clips enjoyable.

Whitecat 13th April 2013 09:13 PM
Half of Justin Bieber's twitter followers are fake, report claims | News | NME.COM

Singer is the most followed person in the world on the social networking site

Whitecat 13th April 2013 12:00 PM
Twitter move hints at music service

Micro-blogging site Twitter is rumoured to be launching a new music service after buying the music discovery site We Are Hunted.

Whitecat 9th April 2013 01:18 PM
UK downloads hit one billion mark

One billion songs have now been downloaded in the UK, according to the Official Charts Company with Adele the most popular.

Whitecat 9th April 2013 10:47 AM
PRS Guitars -- Chasing Perfection (And Profits) - Forbes

Paul Reed Smith knows he can't outsell Gibson and Fender. So he's trying to turn the humble guitar into a Stradivarius.

Whitecat 7th April 2013 01:09 PM
Olympic Games hits live music income

The body which collects and distributes song royalties for artists finds live music revenue was down by 15% from 2011 to 2012.

GearAndGuitars 7th April 2013 09:51 AM
New Research: Musicians Should Seek Traditional Radio Play While Pursuing Internet Opportunities

Though research studies often conflict, recent research related to music listening habits make it clear that traditional radio, including traditional radio being streamed on the web, remains a dominant source of streaming music and music discovery. Yet pure play internet radio's audience is growing and younger people are gradually shifting away from traditional AM/FM radio to listening to such services even in autos. Aggregated data points indicate that musicians should continue to seek traditional radio play while exploring newer internet-based services. Over the last year Nielsen's Music 360 Report and EMI's million fan study have reminded us that "radio" is...

Whitecat 6th April 2013 02:45 PM
HMV sold in deal saving 141 branches

Collapsed music and DVD retailer HMV is rescued by restructuring specialist Hilco in a deal believed to be worth £50m.

GearAndGuitars 6th April 2013 03:19 AM
BPI hits new Google milestone: 1m illegal link takedowns in one week | Music Week

Geoff Taylor repeats call for search giant to demote illegal mp3 sites

Whitecat 5th April 2013 06:07 PM
Film studios seek takedown privacy

Some experts say the publication of takedown notices by Google highlights the location of pirated material.

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