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GearAndGuitars 8th July 2014 05:52 PM
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British Songwriters Issue a Statement Against YouTube... | Digital Music News




The British Academy of Songwriters has issued a statement supporting independent labels in their battle against YouTube’s music service contract. Last week, YouTube told uncooperative indie labels that if an agreement could not be reached, then content would be pulled.

Whitecat 8th July 2014 12:15 PM
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Disc awards include streaming data



The disc awards for 80 singles including Jesse J's Price Tag are upgraded after the incorporation of streaming data, the BPI has announced.

GearAndGuitars 7th July 2014 11:16 PM
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EU calls for radical copyright reform in light of internet's disruption - IT News fro



Time to find a balance between copyright and copy wrong, Web, Internet, Law, Copyright, European Commission

"The current copyright system does not do it well. Not nearly well enough. Many creators scrimp by on a pittance, unable to find their full audience, unable to share or sell their works as widely or creatively as they want. Limitations and obstructions do nothing for creativity," she said.

Whitecat 6th July 2014 11:49 PM
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Grande tops first combined chart



Singer-songwriter Ariana Grande tops the UK singles chart which, for the first time, combines sales and streaming figures.

Whitecat 6th July 2014 09:07 PM
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The ten most valuable albums of all time - Yahoo Finance UK



'The ten most valuable albums of all time' on Yahoo Finance UK. Some old records fetch £10,000, others - such as a Blur LP worth £70 - are fast risers

GearAndGuitars 5th July 2014 07:59 PM
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YouTube to postpone indie block while licensing talks continue | CMU



YouTube has postponed plans to block the indie labels from its video platform as talks continue over the Google-owned subsidiary’s plans to launch an audio streaming service.

As previously reported, indie label trade bodies from across the world hit out in May after YouTube threatened to block them from its market-leading video streaming site if they didn’t sign up to the firm’s in-development Spotify competitor.


GearAndGuitars 3rd July 2014 05:26 PM
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U.S. Rock Band Fights Pirates in China - Businessweek



July 2 (Bloomberg) -- One of the loudest voices for IPR protection in the U.S. is the lead singer ofthe rock band Cracker, David Lowery. Bloomberg's Stephen Engle caught up with Lowery in Beijing - where piracy is rampant. (Source: Bloomberg)

Whitecat 2nd July 2014 08:20 AM
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GO AEROSMITH: How 'Head First' Became the First Digitally Downloadable Song



In 1994, the Internet was a primitive version of what we're familiar with today, and there sure wasn't Soundcloud or Spotify.

GearAndGuitars 28th June 2014 07:55 PM
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The Pirate Bay must be fought for the sake of exploited musicians



In Australia, there is very little that a musician can do to stop illegal streaming and downloading sites from using their work. These illegal sites make massive amounts of money from ads and nothing goes back to the artists who provide the content. Not one cent.

Whitecat 27th June 2014 05:46 PM
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Impala files EC antitrust complaint over YouTube indie label licensing | Technology



Independent association says it's 'red card time' for online video giant after threats to block labels' channels on video service. By Stuart Dredge

Whitecat 27th June 2014 01:56 PM
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Is tech saving the music industry?



Digital music and pirated downloads nearly destroyed the industry, the argument goes, but now streaming technology is being credited with saving it.

GearAndGuitars 27th June 2014 02:20 AM
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Streaming Isn't Saving the Music Industry After All, Data Shows... | Digital Music News



In 2013, recording revenues fell below $7 billion for the first time ever, according to inflation-adjusted stats released by the RIAA. The group has been tracking recording revenues since 1973.

GearAndGuitars 26th June 2014 10:20 PM
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Aereo has lost: Will cloud computing just yawn?-CICTP



The Supreme Court’s long-awaited decision in ABC v. Aereo was a solid win for copyright owners and the rule of law. The Court’s 6-3 majority Opinion held that Aereo had infringed the public-performance rights of the owners of the copyrights in programs licensed to broadcast-TV stations. This outcome was mostly expected. Aereo’s statutory-interpretation arguments were weak, and its technologically inefficient, Rube-Goldberg confabulation of tens of thousands of duplicative antennae and copies was never more than a trite attempt to “design around” the exclusive rights of copyright owners. The Supreme Court last encountered such an attempt to “design around” copyright laws in MGM Studios v. Grokster – a case that ended in a 9-0 decision in favor of copyright owners. In the aftermath of the Grokster case, Aereo could hardly have expected a win after certiorari was granted. Nevertheless, the Aereo decision seems important for at least three reasons.

GearAndGuitars 26th June 2014 06:44 PM
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Weatherley: 'Cutting off ad revenue to illegal sites is key to piracy battle' | Music



PM's IP Advisor issues new recommendations in 'Follow The Money' report

GearAndGuitars 26th June 2014 05:08 PM
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Industry Argues Its Worth to Congress (and Itself) In Second Round of Testimony | Bil



Representatives of artists, record labels, songwriters, music publishers and broadcasters disagree on many points but were unanimous in their calls for solutions.

GearAndGuitars 26th June 2014 02:09 AM
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Ben Folds’ Open Letter: RCA Studio A To Be Sold |Music Row




Artist Ben Folds, owner of Grand Victor Sound studio at 30 Music Square West, reports that the studio’s historic building is being sold to a commercial real estate developer. (MusicRow delved into the studio’s legacy in 2012.) Today Folds released the following open letter about the pending sale:

Whitecat 25th June 2014 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 25th June 2014 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 25th June 2014 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 25th June 2014 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 24th June 2014 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 24th June 2014 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 24th June 2014 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 24th June 2014 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 24th June 2014 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 24th June 2014 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 24th June 2014 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...

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