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Whitecat 23rd February 2013 10:56 AM
Can the UK's 'toilet circuit' of small music venues survive? | John Harris | Music |

From Coldplay to PJ Harvey, a lot of big British rock acts started out playing tiny pubs and clubs around the UK. But with many of these venues closing, who will keep the rock'n'roll dream alive?

Whitecat 20th February 2013 10:23 PM
Spotify seeks to expand free streaming to mobile devices | Technology | guardian.co.

Service in talks with major music companies in bid to gain an edge on rivals such as Napster, Rdio and Deezer. By Josh Halliday

Whitecat 20th February 2013 03:37 PM
Interpol targets timber traffickers

Interpol says it has arrested hundreds of people across Central and South America in a three-month operation against the illicit timber trade.
Relevant to the musical instrument industry, especially guitar making...
GearAndGuitars 18th February 2013 09:21 PM
Google looks to cut funds to illegal sites - Telegraph

Google is in discussions with payment companies including Visa, Mastercard and PayPal to put illegal download websites out of existence by cutting off their funding.

Whitecat 14th February 2013 03:33 PM
Music industry on digital 'tipping point' as quarter of Brits get music on

The UK music industry has reached a digital “tipping point”, according to new research, with over a quarter of Brits buying or streaming music online and a fifth only buying digitally.

GearAndGuitars 11th February 2013 08:53 PM
Artists Rights Watch – Monday Feb 11, 2013 | The Trichordist

Artists For An Ethical and Sustainable Internet #StopArtistExploitation
A Weekly Recap of Artists Rights, Copyright and Technology News for Creators from Around The Web
Whitecat 8th February 2013 06:00 PM
Record US success for British acts

Adele, One Direction and Mumford & Sons helped British music secure its largest share of the US albums market for a decade in 2012.

Whitecat 7th February 2013 10:20 PM
Warner Music Group Pays $765 Million For Parlophone Label Group | Fast Company

Warner Music Group paid $765 million in cash to acquire Parlophone Label Group from Universal Music Group, WMG announced on Thursday. But the deal, which includes the rights to many of Parlophone's major recordings including Pink Floyd, Duran Duran and Coldplay does not include the rights to the Beatles catalog, the BBC reported.Parlophone was formerly a part of EMI music, but EMI sold it off in 2012 when it was taken over by Universal.[Photo by Flickr user starbright]

Whitecat 7th February 2013 09:39 PM
iTunes has sold over 25 billion songs, Apple says | The Verge

Apple has just announced that customers have purchased more than 25 billion songs from iTunes, a figure that reaffirms the company's position atop the digital music market. "We are grateful to...

Whitecat 6th February 2013 04:37 PM
White rescues obscure blues music

Jack White says he will make no profit by re-issuing a huge catalogue of pre-war blues recordings on vinyl.

GearAndGuitars 1st February 2013 01:03 AM
Over 50 Major Brands Supporting Music Piracy, It’s Big Business! | The Trichor

Below is a partial list of over 50 major brands who are advertising on pirate sites and therefore supporting not only music piracy, but also the mainstream piracy of films and every other kind of digitally distributed work. As we’ve stated before the content industries may have the ability to address mass scale, enterprise level,…
You, yes you, can make a difference. Which of these brands do you support with your money? Let them know you don’t want your money, that you pay to them, being used to promote online music piracy and artist exploitation.

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@Brand Stop Supporting Online Music Piracy #StopArtistExploitation Over 50 Major Brands Supporting Music Piracy, It’s Big Business! | The Trichordist

Whitecat 30th January 2013 11:30 AM
Streaming Shakes Up Music Industry’s Model for Royalties - NYTimes.com

Companies like Spotify and Pandora are catching fire, but the money paid to artists is often tiny, which has the music industry on edge.

Matt Allison 23rd January 2013 07:10 PM
Music Issues in the New Congress: PRO-IP Act “Reform” « MUSIC • T

Glenn Peoples at Billboard has an excellent primer on some legislative items that are very likely to come up in the new Congress.* We will discuss each, but let’s start with the PRO-IP Act. As MTP readers will recall (“Grande Prosecutor Macchiato: What’s Next for the Coffee Generation?“), the Obama Administration has a problem–on the…

Whitecat 21st January 2013 03:43 PM
New music survey: P2P users buy the most, no one wants disconnection penalties | Ars

Google funds the survey, but majority says search should block pirated content.

Whitecat 20th January 2013 01:55 PM
Stream-age kicks: Is Spotify a musician's friend or foe? - Features - Music - T

Last month, monsters of rock Metallica put their considerable back catalogue on Spotify. It was a landmark day not just for metal fans and partygoers with a sudden urge to headbang, but also in the history of the war between the sheriffs of the traditional music industry and the once wild west of internet music consumption.

Whitecat 18th January 2013 08:21 PM
Hands On With Kim Dotcom's New Mega: This Service Could Dismantle Copyright Forever

Kim Dotcom's Mega officially launches tomorrow, but we're already in. From the membership plans we showed you this morning, the service might look like it's just another online storage locker like Dropbox or Google Drive. But it's way more than that. Mega is a weapon aimed straight at copyright rights holders. It's maybe the most private, invincible file-sharing service of all time.

Don Hills 18th January 2013 01:46 AM
Murfie Stores Your CD's For Streaming Everywhere - hypebot

By Tyler Hayes, who runs the music discovery site Nxt Big Thing. Interestingly there’s a company that will take your old CDs, store them at their place and give you streaming access to the music. What makes this proposition so tempting is the same thing that makes it so crazy, no one wants their CD collection anymore. 20 years after the compact disc made its debut Murfie is placing a bet on people’s investment in the format, hoping the company can become the official crypt keeper of the dying format. Here are some questions I had for Murfie. How big...

Whitecat 15th January 2013 09:45 AM
HMV chain to appoint administrator

Troubled music and DVD retailer HMV, which began trading in 1921, announces it is to appoint an administrator, putting about 4,350 jobs in jeopardy.

Whitecat 14th January 2013 01:08 PM
Pop and rock rule sales in 2012

Releases from Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran means pop was the most popular type of music for UK album buyers for the second year in a row in 2012.

GearAndGuitars 13th January 2013 07:22 AM
Verizon Copyright Alert System Would Throttle Internet Speeds Of Repeat Online Pirate

Guilty of online piracy? Verizon may slow your high-speed Internet service to a crawl.

Whitecat 9th January 2013 04:56 PM
Bowie 'not eligible' for UK chart

The first new track from David Bowie to be released in a decade is not eligible for the UK singles chart, the Official Charts Company confirms.

Don Hills 9th January 2013 06:53 AM
Sony Issues Bob Dylan Recordings to Keep European Copyright - NYTimes.com

Sony Music has released a very limited album of early Bob Dylan recordings to retain its copyright on them under the provisions of a new European law.
... but only 100 copies? They're taking the piss.
Joram 8th January 2013 04:42 PM
According to the study, approximately 10 billion Euros and more than 185 000 jobs were lost in the selected creative industries in 2008 because of piracy, largely digital piracy.

European Study on the Impact of Piracy in the EU
Whitecat 8th January 2013 10:43 AM
Music Industry Hopes To Permanently Block The Pirate Bay In Ireland, Unlikely To Happ

Copyright enforcers in Ireland are trying to convince the country’s Internet service providers to block access to The Pirate Bay, a move that would likely be met with significant skepticism in the United States.

GearAndGuitars 7th January 2013 01:10 AM
David Lowery makes list of people who changed the music industry. | adland.tv

Adland the commercial archive is pretty much what it says on the tin. There's the searchable, tagged and credited commercials archive (also print, digital and radio) as well as advertising news from all corners of the advertising world and points of views from ad industry adgrunts in the business. Updated daily Adland was the first industry grassroots site to do so and Adland is the only place in the world - both on and offline - where you can waste four whole days watching over 40 years of Super Bowl commercials. Warning: may contain snark.

Whitecat 4th January 2013 03:36 PM
Open Letter From a Bar Owner to Musicians « LeDrew's Muse

The letter I have copied below was posted on Tampa Craigslist by a bar owner, but it was flagged for removal before I could provide a link or credit the author. But I managed to copy the content. So here it is, and I agree with a lot (although not all) of what he has…

GearAndGuitars 2nd January 2013 07:52 PM
Report links Google, Yahoo to Internet piracy sites - latimes.com

Google and Yahoo are among the top advertising networks that support major music, film and TV piracy sites, according to a new analysis by USC's Annenberg Innovation Lab.

Whitecat 2nd January 2013 11:42 AM
UK album sales suffer 11.2% drop

Overall UK album sales fall by 11.2% in 2012, according to the BPI, although digital album sales rise.

Whitecat 28th December 2012 02:32 PM
Call to name Birmingham Airport after Ozzy Osbourne | News | NME.COM

Former Black Sabbath label boss reveals plan to honour local hero

Whitecat 25th December 2012 06:59 PM
The First Time Tech Ruined the Music Business - Bloomberg

The music business was in turmoil at the turn of the century. Technological innovation had made songs much easier to copy, and established artists foresaw their sales plummeting.

Whitecat 21st December 2012 08:39 PM
Spin Magazine Halts Print Publication

Spin became the latest magazine to pull out of print, halting production after 27 years. The publication, which is owned by Buzzmedia, broke the news to subscribers on Friday: "...

Whitecat 20th December 2012 05:22 PM
Law relaxed on digital copying

Making digital copies of music, films and other copyrighted material for personal use is to be made legal for the first time under government plans.

Whitecat 20th December 2012 12:34 PM
Soloists 'more likely to die early'

Successful solo pop and rock artists are about twice as likely to die early compared to those in bands, the journal BMJ Open reports.

Whitecat 17th December 2012 04:40 PM
Intellectual property crime unit to be set up by City police | Technology | guardian

Raft of measures announced by business secretary Vince Cable to tackle copyright infringement. By Josh Halliday

Whitecat 15th December 2012 11:17 AM
It's OK to crank up the music, Florida Supreme Court rules | Reuters

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Motorist Richard Catalano's five-year quest to crank up Justin Timberlake tunes on his way to work won the blessing of the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday.In a unanimous

Whitecat 13th December 2012 10:54 AM
Paperless tickets not 'practical'

While the technology for paperless ticketing exists, venues and systems are still not widely in place to support it.

Whitecat 11th December 2012 03:56 PM
Trent Reznor and Dr Dre to launch Spotify rival | Music | guardian.co.uk

Nine Inch Nails leader says music streaming service will use human recommendations above computerised suggestions

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