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Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 08:50 PM
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Apology to David Bowie re Chris Hadfield’s performance of Space Oddity | Ottawa



On May 16, 2014, The Ottawa Citizen published a prominent commentary piece written by Blayne Haggart on our op-ed page that David Bowie was responsible for the removal from YouTube of astronaut Chris Hadfield’s video version of “Space Oddity” which was viewed over 22 million times.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 08:16 PM
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Bono criticizes Apple for lack of Product Red promotion: 'they're like a religious cult' | The Verge



Over the years, Apple has raised over $75 million for Product Red. The initiative — started by U2 frontman Bono — directs a chunk of profits from various products to the fight against AIDS. But few people know about Apple's contributions; the company rarely boasts about or issues press releases marking Product Red milestones. And Bono isn't happy about that. He wants to see Apple do more to increase Red's visibility; much more than it's doing now, anyway.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 07:47 PM
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Small Music Labels See YouTube Battle as Part of War for Revenue | NYTimes



Picketers outside the Google offices in Manhattan protesting large tech companies like YouTube that they say do not fairly compensate them. Credit Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 07:38 PM
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The Terrible,Horrible,No Good,Very Bad Google Music Contract? | Create Digital Music



Google isn’t just being a little bad in their contract negotiations with indie labels. In a leak to Digital Music News, it proves to be the worst contract I or anyone I’ve talked to has ever seen, for anything music-related. It puts the “boiler” in boilerplate.

F*&K It: Here’s the Entire YouTube Contract for Indies…

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 10:54 PM
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Five Reasons Indie Labels Are Mad at YouTube | Billboard



Last week, Billboard obtained a typical contract being offered by YouTube to its indie label partners for its new subscription service. Here's a breakdown of the five things that are really upsetting your favorite indie label.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 10:07 PM
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Six Things You Should Know About Spotify:The Good,The Bad and The Underpaid | Paste



Spotify may be popular, but there's plenty of controversy circulating around the service and music streaming in general.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 10:04 PM
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Plácido Domingo urges governments to stand up for copyright | CompleteMusicUpdate



“There is a view – mistaken in my opinion – that in the digital world copyright matters less than in the physical world. It is emphatically not so. In fact, copyright needs protecting as vigorously – if not more vigorously – on the internet”

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 10:02 PM
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Rosanne Cash Testifies Before Congress In Defense Of Artists' Rights | American



Rosanne Cash will testify before the House Judiciary Committee this Wednesday, June 25 in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Americana Music Association. Th

Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 09:09 PM
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Songwriter's Pie Anyone? | Shelly Peiken



I can't believe I'm actually going to say this. I many never work in this town again. But here goes. Financially, it's less and less possible for a songwriter to make a decent living. I know of a few who have contributed to hit songs that are still h...

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 06:49 PM
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Spotify Holds Fake Earnings Calls In Preparation For IPO [report] - hypebot



Spotify has held practice earnings calls this spring in preparation for an initial public stock offering (IPO), according to a new report. The practice earnings call was attended by Spotify investors and investment banks Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and Deutsche Bank who had extended a $200 million line of credit to the music streamer. Banks often pitch loans to tech companies hoping to win an underwriting role in a future IPO. Quartz, who broke today's story has already reported that Spotify is considering a public offering as early as this fall. The value of the offering could exceed $10 billion,...

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 06:46 PM
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Why are artists disappearing from the Internet? | TheHill



Companies known for evangelizing the benefits of making creative work available on the Internet use their market power to make the work of indie artists and creators inaccessible.

GearAndGuitars 23rd June 2014 12:40 AM
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A Musician's Take on a Tough Economy: ‘I See the Gap Between the Haves and Have Nots | Bill Moyers



As a working musician, Chicago-based drummer Makaya McCraven says, "one day you're the guest of honor, the next day you're a peasant."

GearAndGuitars 23rd June 2014 12:38 AM
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Tom Waits Paved the Way for Shrewd Musicians Cashing in on Literal Commercial Success



Twenty-four years ago today, Tom Waits scored a big victory for musicians. In the late '80s, snack-food company Frito-Lay had...

GearAndGuitars 22nd June 2014 07:25 PM
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Yesterday was World Music Day Fête de la Musique | nation.lk



We consider that, at the end of the day, we are all very much alike when it comes to the human heart, mind, body and soul. You can go to another country, not understand a word of their talking, but let the music from that county start to ring out, and right away your mind picks up the beat, you feel it inside of you, and before you know it your swaying tapping your feet or something.

According to documentaries, The Fête de la Musique is known as the worldwide celebration of music and it is an annual music festival taking place on June 21 in cities around the world. It was created by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang.

GearAndGuitars 22nd June 2014 07:21 PM
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2.5 Million P2P Users Worldwide Illegally Shared The Top 60 Video Game Titles | Digital Journal



"With most of these games being $20 and $50 or more to download, the loss of revenue from this amount of piracy is huge," said Kyle Reed, Co-Founder and COO, CEG TEK. "There's been a lot of debate about whether or not piracy is really an issue for the massively successful video game business, but if publishers like Electronic Arts are losing nearly $30M a day in potential revenue on 13 of their hottest titles, that's something to be concerned about."

Whitecat 22nd June 2014 05:01 PM
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Does The Music Business Really Need YouTube? - Forbes



We’ve known for months that YouTube will soon introduce its own streaming music service, and in doing so it's revisiting its licensing agreements with all the major and indie labels. For a monthly fee the new service will reportedly allow users to download their streams to enable listening offline, and [...]

Whitecat 21st June 2014 06:10 PM
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Google Joins New Coalition to Stop Ad Revenue to Pirate Sites | TorrentFreak



An announcement later this week will confirm Google as a member of a new coalition to cut off "pirate" sites from their ad revenue. Following similar initiatives in the U.S. and UK, a Memorandum of Understanding between the online advertising industry and the music and movie industries in Italy will signal a creation of a central body to tackle the piracy issue.

GearAndGuitars 21st June 2014 05:29 PM
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Study: Digital piracy linked to Internet addiction, ‘deviant’ friends - Washington Post



In a finding that will surely thrill the movie industry and elicit eye-rolls and groans from just about everyone else, a team of researchers from several U.S. universities recently documented a correlation between piracy, Internet addiction and “deviant behavior” — things like using someone else’s credit card without permission or sending a naked text.

GearAndGuitars 21st June 2014 05:16 PM
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Seriously, What if Music Streaming Doesn't Work Out? | RebelMouse



The argument starts, as it always does, with some sort of isolated, poor royalty payout screed from an artist or songwriter ( Van Dyke Parks piece ). That is usually followed by those who love streaming music screaming that the 'luddites just don't get it and disruption is normal' enter Bob Lefsetz's take and then, we just argue around and around.

"Will it ever materialize at all?" That's what I am stuck on.

GearAndGuitars 21st June 2014 05:13 PM
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The music industry is still screwed| Salon



Pandora, Spotify and Beats aren't making a profit. If they never do, your favorite band will need a day job

What if the future of streaming music is a bust?

On June 9, a musician named Michael St. James tapped into a deep vein of insecurity shared by all artists challenged by the ongoing digital transformation of society. He wrote an article posing the question: What if it just doesn’t work out? What if, ultimately, there isn’t enough money for artists to make a living? As it is, the streaming companies who’ve risen to prominence in recent years — Pandora, Spotify, Beats — aren’t making a profit. And what happens if they never make a profit?

GearAndGuitars 21st June 2014 01:44 AM
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Inside YouTube's Controversial Contract with Indies | Billboard



Billboard has obtained a typical contract being offered by YouTube to its indie label partners for its new subscription service. The devil is in the numbers but also in strategy.

GearAndGuitars 20th June 2014 06:56 PM
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Slacktivist Fan Entitlement Is Slowly Killing Punk | The Runout



Yesterday, I made the mistake of browsing the comment on one of his answers, a brutally honest critique of why punk bands don’t last, considering kids aren’t willing to pay more than $10 for an LP or $5-7 for a show, and saw a response from someone who called it “classism” (complete with a trigger warning) to expect “broke” fans to pay a fair price for a musician’s hard work. Another said that punk is supposed to be “stomped on and dirty,” and that charging more for a show or a record somehow ruins the pure foundations punk was based on. Another cited Converge – Converge – as the model that all bands should follow, after the original question used the band as an example.

Get f'ing real.

GearAndGuitars 20th June 2014 04:03 PM
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Indie music's digital battle is important - and bigger than YouTube | Music Week



Denis Ladegaillerie pens thoughtful note on licensing. Believe Digital has licensed YouTube’s new subscription service on behalf of its clients, but the company’s CEO Denis Ladegaillerie says his fellow indies’ fight for better terms is to be commended.

In a leaked memo to clients today, Believe explained that it had signed a deal with YouTube which involved no monetary advance - and ‘significantly’ improved royalty rates for clients.

Whitecat 20th June 2014 08:53 AM
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Man who discovered Justin Bieber: I'm not in the music business, I'm in the branding



Cannes Lions festival: Talent manager and businessman Scooter Braun says he no longer thinks of artist promotion as distinct from online multimedia and branding

GearAndGuitars 20th June 2014 05:13 AM
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YouTube music service: Google is threatening indie artists who don't agree | Salon



At this point, we’re all used to watching Amazon go to the mat with publishers over book prices. Is it Thursday? Oh, then Amazon must be yanking somebody’s titles from its site to wring a wholesale discount out of the publisher. Such are the vicissitudes of e-commerce.

GearAndGuitars 20th June 2014 02:02 AM
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How YouTube's Subscription Service Terms Will Hurt Indie Labels | Billboard



YouTube might not in fact take down music from indies it doesn’t have an agreement with, but it won’t pay them for their music either.

Whitecat 20th June 2014 12:50 AM
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Latin America: the music industry's new frontier | Music | The Guardian



Laura Barton: Once viewed as a backwater, improvements in technology, infrastructure and standards of living have triggered a digital music gold rush in Latin America and made it a destination for big…

GearAndGuitars 19th June 2014 05:35 PM
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YouTube's Ultimatum and The Economic Survival Of Musicians - hypebot



By copyright and intellectual property attorney Wallace E. J. Collins III, Esq.. YouTube announced that in a matter of days it may begin blocking the videos of some independent record label artists who have refused to sign licensing terms for the platform’s new service. Moreover, indie labels and other content creators who do not sign up to the paid tier will be kicked out of YouTube's ad-supported monetization scheme. In other words, YouTube will no longer pay unless you accept their new payment terms. The move by YouTube will not only affect small, unknown artists but popular musicians such as...

GearAndGuitars 19th June 2014 05:32 PM
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Videos from the Following Artists Will Soon be Deleted from YouTube... | DMN



This is the list as of this morning (Thursday, June 19th), based on negotiation impasses primarily with XL Recordings and Domino Recordings. There are certainly others, so please add them below (YouTube claims 10% remain holdouts; independent trade group A2IM claims the number is much higher).

Whitecat 19th June 2014 11:57 AM
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Will YouTube really block indie labels if they snub its new music service? | Technol



Ugly dispute with indie labels is provoking anger online, so what are the facts – and rumours – about YouTube's streaming plans? By Stuart Dredge

GearAndGuitars 19th June 2014 02:56 AM
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YouTube's Attack On Indies Gets Strong Response From WIN, But It's Time For Artists T



Yesterday the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), which acts as a representative for indie musicians, released a new statement regarding YouTube's poor faith bargaining and threats to pull indie videos from artists who haven't agreed to the no-discussion licensing terms of YouTube's upcoming subscription streaming service.

But despite strong words from WIN as well as others in the industry, YouTube and Google have a lot of power and it's going to take some serious involvement from artists across the board to fight for what's fair. YouTube/Google and Amazon Are Using Their Power Against Creatives If you've been watching the last 15...

GearAndGuitars 18th June 2014 06:21 PM
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YouTube Still Using its Monopoly to Profit from Crime and Shaking Down Indies | MTP



MTP readers will not be surprised to know that YouTube brazenly continues its business model of profiting themselves from human misery and promoting crime. Yes, they want to be just like television except for the standards and practices part.

We’ve found a host of unsavory videos being blasted into your homes by the biggest video distributor in the land.

GearAndGuitars 18th June 2014 05:59 PM
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YouTube to block indie labels who don't sign up to new music service | Technology |



Starting internal tests of subscription service but faces accusation of 'catastrophic error of judgement'

GearAndGuitars 18th June 2014 04:15 PM
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Transparency in digital music:There's a lot of work to be done | Music Ally



The second half of our 'I Can See Clearly Now: Transparency in the Digital Age' debate tonight in London took in Spotify, YouTube, audits and data overload.

djjaron 18th June 2014 12:51 PM
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How Luciano Increased His Social Following To Almost 2 Million



What can DJs learn from Luciano s use of social media in order to build their social network rapidly? Over the past month, the influential Swiss-Chilean DJ Luciano has grown his social media presence to over 1.27 million, an 11.

GearAndGuitars 18th June 2014 02:45 AM
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YouTube Will be Ripping Down Indie Music Videos 'In a Matter of Days' | DMN



Don’t like YouTube’s terms and payouts? Well, you can always go f*&k yourself. According to details just disclosed by a YouTube executive, videos from independent labels that dislike YouTube’s payout terms will be summarily ripped down, starting ‘in a matter of days.’

GearAndGuitars 17th June 2014 06:25 PM
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Google's About to Ruin YouTube by Squeezing Indie Labels | Gizmodo



It's official: Google is about to ruin YouTube. A company exec told the Financial Times it will start blocking videos from record labels that refuse to sign licensing deals for its forthcoming premium service, YouTube Music Pass. This is the dumbest thing Google could do, and it threatens the very heart of what has always made YouTube so special.

GearAndGuitars 17th June 2014 04:09 PM
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AJ Rafael Announces Hiatus From Performing [EXCLUSIVE LETTER]



"But I can admit that things are getting harder. It’s harder for me as an independent musician to be financially stable nowadays. I played a tour last year where it was 5 cities, and a TOTAL of 300 people came to the shows. The promoter thought I would sell out 500 capacity venues because of my 100 million views and 500,000 subs on YouTube. And that burns a little, to be honest."

GearAndGuitars 17th June 2014 05:11 AM
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Earbits joins the music startups deadpool but its ideas will live on



Earbits? The company wasn't a big name, but it had some interesting ideas. In 2011, it was touting a personal radio service that was free to users.

GearAndGuitars 16th June 2014 09:00 PM
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The MTP Interview: Canadian Artist Suzana Barbosa Who Really Did #walkmilesformusic | MTP



Suzana Barbosa is a Canadian artist who walked from Los Angeles to the Googleplex (well…not inside the Googleplex) and used her #walkmilesformusic campaign to call attention to the absurdly low streaming royalties that are cannibalizing sales. In a serendipitous coincidence, Suzana’s protest coincided with the release by the Copyright Board of Canada of its new statutory rates for Pandora in Canada. Remember those really low rates that Pandora pays in the US?

GearAndGuitars 16th June 2014 04:57 PM
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End internet piracy and bring Google to heel | Sydney Morning Herald



A couple of years ago my friend Kim Williams asked attendees at a movie convention to imagine a world without their 10 most cherished films, books or pieces of music.*It is a confronting and sobering exercise – all of us know our lives would be much poorer without our most cherished works of art.

Whitecat 16th June 2014 01:52 PM
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Save the Music Venue | Horace Trubridge



I still remember how hard it is to get a baby to go to sleep when there is a distracting noise. Nevertheless, if I chose to move into a flat or a house which is situated near a music venue then surely I'm likely to know that there will be times when I will hear the music coming from the venue, and if I have young children or a predilection for insomnia to contend with then maybe I should consider moving somewhere else.

Whitecat 16th June 2014 01:10 PM
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BBC launches new annual music awards



The BBC launches a new music awards celebrating the year's best popular music as part of the corporation's new wide-ranging music strategy.

GearAndGuitars 14th June 2014 06:02 AM
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Jaron Lanier on Internet and middle class: “We have screwed things up” | Salon



Salon Q & A: Tech visionary Jaron Lanier on Thomas Piketty, Jeff Bezos and Amazon, how to save the creative class

GearAndGuitars 14th June 2014 04:13 AM
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Fun with YouTube’s Audio Content ID System | Scott Smitelli



Anybody who hasn’t been living under a rock knows about YouTube. It’s a video site built entirely around user-submitted content. Anybody can film anything, upload it to the site, and anybody on the Internet can watch it if they so choose. Sounds great in theory, but over time it’s succumbed to a very basic problem: The users can’t be trusted.

GearAndGuitars 13th June 2014 09:16 PM
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Hard Time: The MC5's Wayne Kramer Goes Behind Bars For New Album, Prison Reform | Dav



This spring, singer-guitarist Wayne Kramer ndash; formerly of the Detroit revolution-rock band the MC5 ndash; hit a weird milestone, his first Top Ten

GearAndGuitars 13th June 2014 09:12 PM
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Congress moves against ad-supported piracy | TheHill



Honda, Toyota, Target, Kraft, Lego, and Claritin are spending gobs of money every day to finance theft – whether they know it or not.

GearAndGuitars 13th June 2014 05:50 PM
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Music Industry Officials Agree on Need for Licensing Rule Changes, but Little Else | NY Times



The complex system of music licensing came under attack in a congressional hearing on Tuesday, as entertainment and media executives pleaded for changes to how music rights were acquired and paid for online and by radio and television stations.

Yet the executives offered little common ground about how to solve the problems they highlighted, and repeatedly clashed with one another during two and a half hours of testimony — giving lawmakers a preview of how difficult it may be to satisfy all parties in the rapidly evolving but fractious music market.

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