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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.

GearAndGuitars 3rd April 2013 05:34 PM

Chevrolet has now severed all ties with Grooveshark, and discontinued a lucrative advertising campaign with the company. In an email received by Digital Music News on Tuesday afternoon, an executive at parent group General Motors declined to offer any specific reasons for the discontinuation, but was absolutely clear on the pullout. "Chevrolet is no longer affiliated with Grooveshark in any manner," the terse email confirmed.

GearAndGuitars 1st April 2013 06:49 PM
Four Simple Reasons Why the Pandora Radio Act Screws Musicians (EZ Reader)

Artists For An Ethical and Sustainable Internet #StopArtistExploitation

Whitecat 1st April 2013 01:02 PM
Biting the hand that feeds you: why are record labels fighting Pandora? | The Verge

A few years ago, leaders from the major record companies planted the seeds from which they hoped would spring the next generation of music distributors. Apple's iTunes, the overwhelming...

GearAndGuitars 31st March 2013 03:28 AM
Advertising is major source of funding for illegal music says IFPI | brand-e

Advertising is major source of funding for illegal music & many brands are unaware, or not in control of, where ads are placed says IFPI Digital Music report
“Brand owners typically want to avoid the reputational damage that can be caused when their advertisements are placed on websites that engage in or facilitate unlawful activity,” says the IFPI. “They also want to be sure their advertising budget is not providing financial support to unlicensed websites.”

Many individual advertisers do pull their presences from pirate websites. In January, Levi’s announced it was pulling its advertising from unlicensed services following a report from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Innovation Lab which highlighted the role advertising was playing in funding online piracy.

GearAndGuitars 29th March 2013 05:10 PM
Two of the top three countries, when it comes to revenue from recorded music, have just reported the figures for last year. US revenue is down by 0.9% and Germany's is down by 3.2%, as none of the countries has seen digital revenue growth offset the loss in physical sales.

Whitecat 28th March 2013 11:20 AM
Red Bull's new accelerator to boost European music startups

Red Bull wants to give music startups wings. The company has launched an accelerator – the Red Bull Amplifier – to help digital innovators across Europe

Whitecat 28th March 2013 11:19 AM
Shaw slates music finance 'barrier'

Singer Sandie Shaw criticises the music industry for favouring public school musicians, saying finance is "the biggest barrier for emerging artists".

Whitecat 27th March 2013 11:20 AM
Creating 'career' bands

How guitar bands Foals and The Maccabees have defied tough conditions to stay afloat in the UK music industry.

GearAndGuitars 26th March 2013 07:25 PM
Government urged to invest in music industry to drive economic activity | Toronto Star

Music Canada has come up with 17 recommendations in a report, “The Next Big Bang: A New Direction for Music in Canada,” released at Canadian Music Week this week.

GearAndGuitars 25th March 2013 11:48 PM
EU Piracy Report – Ramifications For The Music Business | THE MUSiC VOiD

The European Commission has released a report on the effect of digital music piracy on digital music consumption. It seems ...

More importantly, there can be no argument that Google has played a massive unarguable part in helping piracy to thrive. Whether that was intentional or not is a moot point. The fact is you can type in any artist name and you links will have links to pirate site’s outnumbering those to legal sites.

The recent campaign to shame brands who’s advertising supports illegal file sharing sites is a worthy cause which TMV supports.

It would be helpful if Google gave all of the revenue it earns from SEM directly related to pirate sites back to the industry so rights holders and ultimately artists actually got paid from pirate sources. Hitting the pirates in the money pocket is exactly the right way to bring them to the negotiating table. Why do we want to negotiate with such people – because the user data is of immense value to brands and music rights holders themselves.

Whitecat 24th March 2013 01:48 PM
US: Best Buy Canada hatchet man appointed as Guitar Center CEO | Musical instrument i

The industry's biggest retailer has appointed former Best-Buy Canada president and COO as its newest Chief Executive Officer.

GearAndGuitars 23rd March 2013 04:50 PM
Music Industry Plagued By Retitling Of Songs #Infographic || Dotted Music

Millions missing in unreported artist royalties. New report reveals prolific problems with royalties in the music licensing landscape for artists and companies.

Whitecat 22nd March 2013 12:22 PM
Music college loses border licence

A music college whose former pupils include performers Leona Lewis and Goldie has its licence revoked by the UK Border Agency.

GearAndGuitars 22nd March 2013 01:13 AM

Ad Sponsored Piracy noted in Court's Statement:

"Given this confluence of circumstances, Fung’s revenue stream was tied directly to the infringing activity involving his websites, both as to his ability to attract advertisers and as to the amount of revenue he received."

GearAndGuitars 20th March 2013 07:54 PM
Yes, Piracy Does Cause Economic Harm | Copyright and Technology

New academic research finds overwhelming consistency among studies of the economic effects of media piracy.
But if dozens of researchers have tried, all using different methodologies, then their conclusions in the aggregate are the best we’re going to do. Put another way, it will henceforth be very difficult to dislodge Smith and Telang’s conclusion that piracy does economic harm to content creators.
Assessing the Academic Literature Regarding the Impact of Media Piracy on Sales by Michael Smith, Rahul Telang :: SSRN

The goal of this paper is to provide a “non*?technical” discussion of what the academic literatures in economics, marketing, and information systems can tell us about how piracy impacts sales of media products. Within these literatures, we have chosen to focus on empirical studies of the impact of piracy because, while there are a variety of analytic models proposing theories of how piracy might impact sales, we believe that the true test of these theories starts with data.

Based on our review of the empirical literature we conclude that, while some papers in the literature find no evidence of harm, the vast majority of the literature (particularly the literature published in top peer reviewed journals) finds evidence that piracy harms media sales.

Whitecat 20th March 2013 05:00 PM
Music sales 'unaffected by piracy'

Research commissioned by the European Commission Joint Research Committee finds that web piracy does not affect music revenue.

Whitecat 20th March 2013 11:24 AM
Nashville music industry shifting away from Music Row

Cost, connectivity and communication are driving some to depart one of music's most prestigious neighborhoods.

GearAndGuitars 20th March 2013 12:14 AM
Amanda Palmer talk SXSW 2013 - Chicago Tribune

AUSTIN, Texas -- Amanda Palmer concluded her panel Wednesday at the South by Southwest Music Conference by pulling out a ukulele, bashing out a few chords and rhyming...

she also fretted that not every artist — PJ Harvey, Jeff Mangum, Elliot Smith, to name just a few — can be or wants to be as “hyper-social” as she is. “It’s our collective responsibility to help them because they’re not as loud,” she said.

GearAndGuitars 18th March 2013 07:47 PM
Ofcom has published a new report tracking online copyright infringement during Q3 2012, with music seeing far higher volumes of piracy than TV, film, video games, software and e-books combined.

GearAndGuitars 17th March 2013 03:33 AM
Quiet Company wants to assassinate the Internet | Digital Trends

Austin-based band Quiet Company has had something of an Internet upbringing, as the first and only group Grooveshark has partnered with.
“After everything, I’m not sure there is a new model. The old model is still the model, it’s just that the Internet made it way worse.”

GearAndGuitars 15th March 2013 06:18 PM

"Two people in three, have never heard [of Spotify]. So are we focusing on the right channels?"

GearAndGuitars 13th March 2013 05:07 AM
How can art’s aesthetic, political, philosophical or social value ever be awarded a dollar amount? It can’t. But it’s certainly worth much more than nothing.

Whitecat 12th March 2013 02:32 PM
Asda reportedly interested in securing deal for HMV | News | NME.COM

The Walmart-owned supermarket chain would look to keep the HMV brand alive in its original form

GearAndGuitars 11th March 2013 05:18 AM
The Freeloading Generation: Are we loving our music to death?

Will “digital natives” learn to respect the rights of the artists they love?
“I saw that freeloading was no victimless act, nor was it simply a matter of beating up on bloated corporate media entities.

It is a potent combination of laziness and selfishness, concealed under a thin superficial haze of digital idealism and anti-corporate bitterness.”

GearAndGuitars 10th March 2013 05:03 AM
Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and other digital pioneers sour on 'pay what you want' music

Not long ago, many hoped the Internet would emerge as a music fan's Shangri-la, a utopian world where any track, no matter how obscure, was available for free, record labels were extinct and...
Not long ago, many hoped the Internet would emerge as a music fan’s Shangri-la, a utopian world where any track, no matter how obscure, was available for free, record labels were extinct and artists made a good living because their fans chose to reward them. Acts like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails championed this brave new world.

But that dream has turned into a nightmare…

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