After raking in dozens of millions in licensing fees, Warner/Chappell has admitted that it doesn't own the rights to the song "Happy Birthday". The music company has agreed to set aside a $14 million settlement fund for people who paid to use Happy Birthday in public. In addition, the court has been asked to enter the song into the public domain.
SANTA CLARA, CA—Disappointing the thousands of fans in attendance as well as an estimated 100 million viewers watching at home, the Super Bowl 50 halftime show was marred Sunday by the stadium’s functioning sound system, sources confirmed.
2016 will be a breakout year for immersive content. As more and more people, platforms, and creators continue to push this wave of new content (virtual reality, 360° video, augmented reality, etc.) farther into the mainstream, we’re expecting some big things for 2016 in the way of immersive audio.
The music industry isn't any closer to a compulsory right for remixes. A new white paper by the Department of Commerce suggests the marketplace figure out solutions to remixes and user-generated content without the involvement of legislators or regulators.
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But the physical price that artists pay for this easy access is steep. Last summer, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl was forced to cancel shows when he fell from a stage in Sweden and broke his leg. Other artists with 2015 tour-date cancellations on account of injuries, surgeries and other health issues included Sam Smith, Miranda Lambert, Steve Aoki, Little Big Town, Meghan Trainor, Nickelback, the Black Keys and Kelly Clarkson.
During the holidays, the piracy-tracking firm Excipio released its annual list of the most-pirated films of 2015, showing that the number of illegal downloads from peer-to-peer networks had dramatically increased in the preceding year.
If we want to allow for and foster the next David Bowies (if that’s even possible for which to hope), we’d better do our very best to ensure that the things they create – they can protect from technological banditry.
Also in an interview in 1999 Bowie said that if were 19 at the time, he would not chose to be a musician. What a loss that would be for all of us...