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GearAndGuitars 13th August 2015 06:19 AM
YouTube star attacks ‘theft, lies and Facebook video’ | Technology | The Guardian

Vlogbrothers’ Hank Green wants social network to rethink the way it counts views, and crack down on ‘freebooted’ videos ripped from YouTube
... irony ...
GearAndGuitars 13th August 2015 02:24 AM
Pay the Band | Viewpoint | Memphis News and Events | Memphis Flyer

Several years ago, a very famous Memphis guitar player got sick. He was one of my entertainment-law clients. I drove him to Wiles-Smith Drug Store...
GearAndGuitars 12th August 2015 07:04 PM
UK police report 73% decrease in top ad spending on piracy sites - Business Insider

'Operation Creative' has been running for nearly two years now, and it has a lot to be happy about.
Whitecat 12th August 2015 01:47 PM
Police anti-piracy operation cuts advertising on illegal sites by 70% | Media | The G

Operation Creative, backed by ad industry and film, music and TV trade bodies, seeks to stop legitimate brands’ campaigns appearing on pirate websites

GearAndGuitars 12th August 2015 02:12 AM
Judge Wants Dr. Luke to Stand Trial Over Breakbeat on Jessie J Hit Song - Hollywood R

Copyright law hits percussion — and the music industry might never be the same.
interesting case.
Whitecat 11th August 2015 03:33 PM
Talking Head talks tough: musicians rebel over 3-cent cheques and 'black boxes'

“The black box of hidden transactions in the music business, while maybe not illegal, is a recipe for chicanery,” says Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

Whitecat 11th August 2015 12:06 PM
Columbia House, the Spotify of the '80s, is dead | The Verge

There was a time in the not-too-distant past where you couldn't just open Spotify, your favorite torrent client, or iTunes and get hold of a song you wanted to hear. No, you had to obtain actual...

Whitecat 11th August 2015 10:00 AM
Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership draft would force Canada to rework copyright, critic

Canada would have to massively overhaul its Copyright Act just a few years after the last round of painstaking amendments, critics warn, if a secret trade and investment deal the government is negotiating is adopted with the terms outlined in a leaked draft that was made public this week.

GearAndGuitars 11th August 2015 06:32 AM
YouTube as you know it might be a thing of the past | New York Post

YouTube’s exploding mobile traffic is creating a new source of friction between the world’s No. 1 content distributor and the music industry, numerous sources told The Post. Universal, Sony and...
GearAndGuitars 11th August 2015 02:09 AM
Did Google & YouTube just Scam The Entire Record Business into Free Streaming Licenses? MusicKey is MIA…

Remember all the controversy over YouTube’s ad-free streaming subscriber service, MusicKey? If the words “Google” and “Ad-Free” sound like a complete contradiction, you are not alone.

Ok, so where is it? We tried to sign up, but we’ll be notified later when the service is available.
theblue1 10th August 2015 03:49 PM
Prince Compares Record Contracts to Slavery: Report | Billboard

Speaking to a group of 10 journalists at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, Prince reportedly voiced his opinion about the state of the music business.

GearAndGuitars 10th August 2015 06:19 AM
Music is the product. |

It's a double edged sword, and Vernon admits as much. On the one hand, Bushmills paid him enough money to finish his recording studio. Whatever money he made from his albums and going on tours must not have brought in enough cash to do so. On the other hand, by aligning himself with a brand, the Bon Iver brand if you will, was ultimately compromised. At least in Vernon's mind. This is far deeper than just "selling out."[/url]
... music is the product, indeed...
GearAndGuitars 10th August 2015 04:45 AM
Spotify Preparing to Offer Premium-Only Content, Sources Say - Digital Music News

Spotify will soon be shifting towards a premium-only, ‘gated access’ model, according to several sources speaking in confidence with Digital Music News over the weekend. The decision will mean that certain releases will only be available to paying Spotify subscribers, or offered for an extremely limited time to non-paying users, according to preliminary details shared.
GearAndGuitars 9th August 2015 05:26 AM
Fun with Digital Royalties - The Cynical Musician

The Trichordist posted a challenge to disassemble Rethink Music's royalty chart today and I do so love a challenge. I won't be pasting the whole of it - just the juicy bits - so
GearAndGuitars 8th August 2015 06:16 AM
SoundCloud 'Could Become the Next Grooveshark,' Sources Say - Digital Music

The comparison may be closer than you think. SoundCloud says they’re obeying the law, unlike Grooveshark, whose top executives ordered employees to infringe copyright while actively lying to frustrated artists and labels (Grooveshark’s co-founder, 28-year-old Josh Greenberg, died last month under suspicious circumstances). But the stark similarity is this: both sites amassed tens of millions of users by offering unlicensed content from major artists, and both attracted the furious, unrelenting ire of the major recording industry.
GearAndGuitars 8th August 2015 12:02 AM
How to ignore YouTube completely: One Direction's radical gamble - Music Busines

Search YouTube for 1D’s new comeback single Drag Me Down, and you’ll discover Harry, Niall, Louis and Liam are nowhere to be found.

Sony won’t confirm it, but the major appears to have a taskforce stamping out any attempt to upload the track onto the platform.

Why? Because One Direction are using their colossal social media presence (Twitter: 24.5m; Facebook 37m; Instagram: 9.7m) to actively push fans towards iTunes and Spotify instead.
unlikely they'll be able to keep anything OFF of youtube...
GearAndGuitars 7th August 2015 12:15 AM
It will be interesting to see if that number goes up or down once the free stops.
GearAndGuitars 6th August 2015 11:41 PM
The Copyright Hub – Copyright Done Right | The Copyright Hub

Copyright gives creative people the right – and freedom – to have a say in how their work is used. However, having the freedom and being able to use it are two different things. If it doesn’t work well, it’s hard for users to ask permission and hard for creators to give it and get rewarded. The Copyright Hub helps the whole thing work the way the internet works. That’s how copyright can be done right. Now we are asking for your support.
Whitecat 6th August 2015 10:16 AM
How 'the Blockchain' Could Actually Change the Music Industry | Billboard

Two companies, PeerTracks and Ujo, are exploring blockchain technology's potential for the music business.

Whitecat 6th August 2015 09:25 AM
iTunes is Illegal Under UK Copyright Law - TorrentFreak

The High Court recently overturned private copying exceptions introduced last year by the UK Government, once again outlawing the habits of millions of citizens. The Intellectual Property Office today explains that ripping a CD in iTunes is no longer permitted, and neither is backing up your computer if it contains copyrighted content.

Whitecat 6th August 2015 08:52 AM
Stakes Is High: Drake Ghostwriting Accusations Matter More Than You Think : The Recor

With the notion of authorship dispatched as silly and inconsequential, the way has been paved for even greater corporate influence over hip-hop.

GearAndGuitars 6th August 2015 02:15 AM
Dick Dale, 78, Currently Tours Despite Having Rectal Cancer, Renal Failure, and Massive Vertebrae Damage | Digital Music News

Sadly, the reason Dale still tours is because he needs the money to cover medical costs that insurance won’t. “I can’t stop touring because I will die,” Dale admitted in an interview with the Pittsburgh City Paper. “Physically and literally, I will die.”
... because "t-shirts and touring"...
GearAndGuitars 6th August 2015 02:11 AM
Beatport, SFXE "Unable" To Pay Artists, Labels As Stock Deadline, $100 Million Lawsui

Beatport looked like a success story creating a leading online hub for electronic dance music and culture. Now its caught in the crossfire, as parent company SFXE struggles to overcome a tanking stock price, a stock buyback deadline and at least one lawsuit.

Musician Morgan Geist quipped that Beatport "Couldn't seem to find the word 'Sorry' in this email."
... the futures so bright I gotta wear shades ... lol ...
Whitecat 5th August 2015 10:45 AM
'Permission granted': Taylor Swift's 11th-hour rescue for Sydney theatre show | Stage

Singer responds to Belvoir theatre company’s last-ditch plea on Twitter to use her hit Shake It Off after permission had been refused days before opening night

GearAndGuitars 5th August 2015 02:02 AM
Music 3.0 Music Industry Blog: Labels Considering Removing Artist Videos From YouTube

In a dispute that's reminiscent of what happened with MTV in the 1980s, the 3 major labels are considering removing videos of their most prominent artists from YouTube, according to various reports.
GearAndGuitars 5th August 2015 02:01 AM
Why Grooveshark failed | The Verge

Sometime in early 2006, Josh Greenberg, a freshman at the University of Florida, began attending meetings at a school club for budding business types. The son of an electronics repairman, Greenberg...
GearAndGuitars 5th August 2015 01:54 AM
The Jam’s Paul Weller on the music industry today: “I can’t think of

"I can’t think of any other job or art form where people don’t get paid for what they do”

Salon talks to the Modfather about politics, inequality, his time with the Jam and his new album
theblue1 4th August 2015 02:57 PM
David Byrne: Record companies siphoning money from streaming websites instead of pay

Record companies are siphoning money from streaming websites into secret “black box” accounts, instead of paying royalties to the artists who recorded the songs, David Byrne has claimed.

GearAndGuitars 3rd August 2015 08:34 PM
40 attorneys general support Hood's Google appeal

"I am extremely grateful that an overwhelming majority of our nation's attorneys general, both Republican and Democrat, recognize that a state attorney general has the fundamental power to investigate potential violations of state law and that wrongdoers cannot run to federal court to escape legal oversight in the states where they do business," Hood in a press release.
GearAndGuitars 3rd August 2015 08:30 PM
Open source Copyright Hub unveiled with '90+ projects' in the pipeline • The Regist

Today, it turns out that most people actually do want what they’re missing from today’s internet: property rights (or property-ish rights) for the digital stuff they post to the interwebs. But many have found that copyright just doesn’t work for them. The Hub aims to build rights-aware layers on top of the internet, so that people can track how what they make public is used, much as DNS added ease of use to naming protocols and VPNs added privacy standards to the basic bare-bones internet.
GearAndGuitars 3rd August 2015 08:28 PM
Anti-Piracy Bill passes the Senate and comes into effect - Lexology

The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 (Bill) was passed into law on Friday 26 June 2015. As we reported in the April 2015 edition of…
GearAndGuitars 3rd August 2015 08:25 PM
Power Transition, Lawfare and the Spotify/Google Interlocking Directorate | MUSIC •

Though this be madness, yet there is method in it. Hamlet, by William Shakespeare Power Transition in Business When a relatively unequal competitor is about to overtake a dominant competitor, lawfare is most likely to break out when the less dominant competitor perceives their opportunity to replace that hegemon. *At this point in the power…
theblue1 3rd August 2015 03:20 PM
Google vs. MPAA Showdown: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know |

A series of emails reveal plans between the Mississippi Attorney General and the MPAA to discredit Google through a complex smear campaign. Here's what you need to know.
Evidence has been revealed of a complex plot to discredit Google that involved the movie industry trade group, MPAA, the Republican attorney general of the US state of Mississippi, cable/broadcast mega-giant, Comcast, the multinational News Corp/Fox News, and various public relations firms and lobbyists, and was to have included fake email campaigns and news stories, even a piece to be planted on Comcasts' long-running Today Show and a planted editorial in News Corp's Wall St. Journal -- all with the goal of pushing and enacting laws like the ostensible anti-piracy bill, SOPA and follow on attempt, PIPA, that were soundly rejected after an extensive US public outcry.

GearAndGuitars 2nd August 2015 07:18 PM
5 Omissions From Berklee College/Rethink Music’s Report - hypebot

Berklee College of Music/Rethink-Music/Kobalt Music put out a report criticizing various rights/publishing organizations within the music industry for not providing artists with sufficient transparency or pay, although this article posits that the report should have delved deeper.
... the most discredited report of discredited reports? ...
GearAndGuitars 2nd August 2015 06:09 PM
Rethink Music’s Grand Deflection: Big Tech Points Fingers at Everyone But Them

You probably have seen the breathless announcement of the "Rethink Music Transparency and Money Flows in the Music Industry" from the Berklee College of Music.* David wrote about it earlier this week. The Berklee "report" starts with this premise:* If you have a problem with your streaming royalties, your problem is with your record company--assuming…
GearAndGuitars 2nd August 2015 06:02 PM
Open the Music Industry’s Black Box - The New York Times

Tales of popular artists (as popular as Pharrell Williams) who received paltry royalty checks for songs that streamed thousands or even millions of times (like “Happy”) on Pandora or Spotify are common. Obviously, the situation for less-well-known artists is much more dire. For them, making a living in this new musical landscape seems impossible. I myself am doing O.K., but my concern is for the artists coming up: How will they make a life in music?
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PRPS 2nd August 2015 12:08 PM
Here's a recent article from the new york times written by David Byrne. I provided the link to the article at the bottom but quoted the article for everyone's convenience. He has written many articles on the music business and has a keen sight on the direction in which it is headed. I always find his articles extremely intriguing so I figured I'd share his latest one. He is also the author of “How Music Works.” If this post attracts interest, i have numerous other articles he wrote that i'll be more than happy to share.

THIS should be the greatest time for music in history — more of it is being found, made, distributed and listened to than ever before. That people are willing to pay for digital streaming is good news. In Sweden, where it was founded, Spotify saved a record industry that piracy had gutted.

Everyone should be celebrating — but many of us who create, perform and record music are not. Tales of popular artists (as popular as Pharrell Williams) who received paltry royalty checks for songs that streamed thousands or even millions of times (like “Happy”) on Pandora or Spotify are common. Obviously, the situation for less-well-known artists is much more dire. For them, making a living in this new musical landscape seems impossible. I myself am doing O.K., but my concern is for the artists coming up: How will they make a life in music?

Melvin Gibbs is a jazz bassist and the president of the Content Creators Coalition. “None of these companies that are supposedly in the music business are actually in the music business,” Mr. Gibbs said. “They are in the data-aggregation business, they’re in the ad-selling business. The value of music means nothing to them.”Music Artists Take On the Business, Calling for ChangeJULY 31, 2015
It’s easy to blame new technologies like streaming services for the drastic reduction in musicians’ income. But on closer inspection we see that it is a bit more complicated. Even as the musical audience has grown, ways have been found to siphon off a greater percentage than ever of the money that customers and music fans pay for recorded music. Many streaming services are at the mercy of the record labels (especially the big three: Sony, Universal and Warner), and nondisclosure agreements keep all parties from being more transparent.

Perhaps the biggest problem artists face today is that lack of transparency. I’ve asked basic questions of both the digital services and the music labels and been stonewalled. For example, I asked YouTube how ad revenue from videos that contain music is shared (which should be an incredibly basic question). They responded that they didn’t share exact numbers, but said that YouTube’s cut was “less than half.” An industry source (who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the information) told me that the breakdown is roughly 50 percent to YouTube, 35 percent to the owner of the master recording and 15 percent to the publisher.

Before musicians and their advocates can move to enact a fairer system of pay, we need to know exactly what’s going on. We need information from both labels and streaming services on how they share the wealth generated by music. Taylor Swift, when she forced Apple to back off a plan not to pay royalties during the three-month free trial period for its new streaming service, Apple Music, made some small progress on this count — but we still don’t know how much Apple agreed to pay, or how they will determine the rate.

Putting together a picture of where listeners’ money goes when we pay for a streaming service subscription is notoriously complicated. Here is some of what we do know: About 70 percent of the money a listener pays to Spotify (which, to its credit, has tried to illuminate the opaque payment system) goes to the rights holders, usually the labels, which play the largest role in determining how much artists are paid. (A recently leaked 2011 contract between Sony and Spotify showed that the service had agreed to pay the label more than $40 million in advances over three years. But it doesn’t say what Sony was to do with the money.)

The labels then pay artists a percentage (often 15 percent or so) of their share. This might make sense if streaming music included manufacturing, breakage and other physical costs for the label to recoup, but it does not. When compared with vinyl and CD production, streaming gives the labels incredibly high margins, but the labels act as though nothing has changed.

Consider the unanswered questions in the Swift-Apple dispute. Why didn’t the major labels take issue with Apple’s trial period? Is it because they were offered a better deal than the smaller, independent labels? Is it because they own the rights to a vast music library with no production or distribution costs, without which no streaming service could operate?

The answer, it seems, is mainly the latter — the major labels have their hefty catalogs and they can ride out the three-month dry spell. (The major labels are focused on the long game: some 40 percent to 60 percent of “freemium” customers join the pay version after a trial period.)

I asked Apple Music to explain the calculation of royalties for the trial period. They said they disclosed that only to copyright owners (that is, the labels). I have my own label and own the copyright on some of my albums, but when I turned to my distributor, the response was, “You can’t see the deal, but you could have your lawyer call our lawyer and we might answer some questions.”

It gets worse. One industry source told me that the major labels assigned the income they got from streaming services on a seemingly arbitrary basis to the artists in their catalog. Here’s a hypothetical example: Let’s say in January Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” accounted for 5 percent of the total revenue that Spotify paid to Universal Music for its catalog. Universal is not obligated to take the gross revenue it received and assign that same 5 percent to Sam Smith’s account. They might give him 3 percent — or 10 percent. What’s to stop them?

The labels also get money from three other sources, all of which are hidden from artists: They get advances from the streaming services, catalog service payments for old songs and equity in the streaming services themselves.

Musicians are entrepreneurs. We are essentially partners with the labels, and should be treated that way. Artists and labels have many common interests — both are appalled, for instance, by the oddly meager payments from YouTube (more people globally listen to music free on YouTube than anywhere else). With shared data on how, where, why and when our audience listens, we can all expand our reach. This would benefit YouTube, the labels and us as well. With cooperation and transparency the industry can grow to three times its current size, Willard Ahdritz, the head of Kobalt, an independent music and publishing collection service, told me.

There is cause for hope. I recently spent two days on Capitol Hill, with the help of Sound Exchange, a nonprofit digital royalty collection and distribution organization, to discuss fairer compensation for artists via the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, which would force AM and FM stations to pay musicians when their recordings are broadcast, as most of the world does.

Rethink Music, an initiative of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, released a report last month that recommends making music deals and transactions more transparent; simplifying the flow of money and improving the shared use of technology to connect with fans.

Some of these ideas regarding openness are radical — “disruptive” is the word Silicon Valley might use — but that’s what’s needed. It’s not just about the labels either. By opening the Black Box, the whole music industry, all of it, can flourish. There is a rising tide of dissatisfaction, but we can work together to make fundamental changes that will be good for all.
Whitecat 1st August 2015 11:47 PM
Musicians launch campaign to save the bassoon as shortage threatens orchestra | Music

Initiative hopes to encourage young players to take up reed instrument and pave way for promoting other ‘endangered species’

GearAndGuitars 1st August 2015 03:47 AM
Music Artists Take On the Business, Calling for Change - The New York Times

Melvin Gibbs is a jazz bassist and the president of the Content Creators Coalition. “None of these companies that are supposedly in the music business are actually in the music business,” Mr. Gibbs said. “They are in the data-aggregation business, they’re in the ad-selling business. The value of music means nothing to them.”
the right direction.
Whitecat 31st July 2015 06:42 PM
Studio A placed on National Register of Historic Places

RCA Studio A, the Music Row building that touched off a sweeping debate how the city's music landmarks and preservation policy, has been listed on National Register of Historic Places.

Whitecat 31st July 2015 04:57 PM
Have 3 Undergrads Just Created An Instagram For Music? - Forbes

As app development explodes on campuses, three Tufts undergrads may have just created an Instagram for music lovers.

Whitecat 31st July 2015 11:46 AM
Why Is the Live Music Business Living in the Last Century? — Cuepoint — Medium

While the recorded music biz has started to embrace big data, the live space lags far behind

theblue1 30th July 2015 10:13 PM
Stop the presses! Move the stream wars debates to the back burner.

Here's a real 'Perry Mason Moment' from the copyright courts... new evidence shows the much-acted-upon "Happy Birthday" to be in public domain -- and perhaps almost as startlingly, Warners/Chappell Music appear to have been caught doctoring documents...

theblue1 30th July 2015 05:02 PM
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry* chief on the state of industry revenues...
IFPI chief defends labels' pay outs to artists for streaming | Music Week

'Remuneration has increased as a proportion of record companies' revenues'
As she lays it out, paid subscription streaming is a definite plus, she defends the sometimes large slice of the revenue that labels take as necessary to marketing the music, noting that 70% of unsigned artists want to be on labels, and lays blame for declining revenue on abuse of user-upload services like SoundCloud and Youtube.

Here's a rather different shading on the story that notes that the IFPI's primary villains, Soundcloud and Youtube, are among primary promotional vehicles for many truly independent artists:

*The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is the organisation that represents the interests of the recording industry worldwide. It is a not-for-profit members' organisation registered in Switzerland. It operates a Secretariat based in London, with regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong and Miami.

GearAndGuitars 29th July 2015 06:15 PM
The true cost of streaming: Spotify paid Kiwi band with five-star reviews and 90,000

• Local band She's So Rad earned multiple 5-star reviews for their album Tango and have two songs on A-rotate on Hauraki. • Yet they've only sold a total of 20 physical - New Zealand Herald
... it's just math ...
Whitecat 29th July 2015 01:07 PM
BMG, and YouTube Curator BroadbandTV Launch Joint Venture to Boost Music Artists on YouTube

The Bertelsmann music division, led by Hartwig Masuch, will pact to launch Windfall to turn music talent into media stars.

Whitecat 29th July 2015 01:06 PM
5 Reasons the Music Business Is in the Toilet - Breitbart

It doesn't take a big-shot music executive or a statistician to see that the music industry is in a major period of upheaval.

Whitecat 29th July 2015 01:05 PM
Imogen Heap's Mycelia: Creating A Fair Trade Music Business, Inspired By Blockchain -

In yesterday' interview with Zoe Keating and previous posts in this series, music business scholar and entrepreneur George Howard explored Bitcoin Blockchain and its potential to revolutionize how music is monetized. Today, he interviews musician, artist and inventor Imogen Heap, who is working on her own Blockchain inspired solution to...

Whitecat 29th July 2015 11:50 AM
T-Mobile adds Apple Music to its data-free music streaming plan | The Verge

T-Mobile's controversial Music Freedom program just got a lot bigger. In an announcement today, CEO John Legere announced he was adding Apple Music to the carrier's free music-streaming program,...

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