An anti-piracy program launched last year by movie studios, record companies and Internet providers sent out 1.3 million alerts to consumers that they were accessing infringing content.
The figures for the first 10 months of the program, released on Wednesday, were the first official numbers released by the Center for Copyright Information, the group set up to implement the voluntary industry agreement designed to curb online copyright infringement.
Chances are, if you’ve never worked behind the scenes in the audio industry, you probably don’t know the truth—or, at least, the vast extent of this truth—that when it comes to modern rock, drummers get by with a little help from their friends, a friend called sample replacement.
“Music is dying in the way that we know it. It hasn’t been growing in the way that we want it to. You see it in the number of artists. This past year in iTunes, it’s the smallest number of new releases we’ve had in years.”
With WholeWorldBand, music biz vet Kevin Godley's innovative new iPad and iPhone app, users anywhere in the world can record music and video in a virtual studio with a who's who of superstars. The app just completed an initial round of financing worth five million euros led by IIU and Balderton Capital.
Spotify has been hacked and at least one user's data has been accessed, according to the music streamer. Spotfy says it has launched an investigation and believes that the breach only involves one user. Nevertheless, Spotify strengthening its security and saying that all Android users will be asked to update their apps within the next few days.
From Yahoo News: We haven’t heard anything official about its supposed $3.2 billion purchase of Beats from Apple yet and now Billboard reports*there’s a good reason for that. According to Billboard’s sources, Apple was not at all happy about a*video posted by actor Tyrese Gibson where a couple of weeks ago in which Beats founder and hip-hop legend Dr. Dre*boasts about becoming*“the first billionaire in hip-hop.” Apple was also probably not happy to hear that Gibson said that Dre was “drunk off of Heinekens” in the video, which was posted on Gibson’s Facebook page right after news broke that Apple would be buying Beats for $3.2 billion. While most of us found the Dre video funny, it’s pretty obvious why Apple did not
'Why Apple bought Beats - to keep iTunes safe' on Yahoo News UK. Apple has bought Beats Electronics for a hefty $3.2 billion and now it's clear why. The fruit giant wants to join the streaming music revolution but doesn't want to risk damaging iTunes sales, say sources of Tech Crunch. At the moment record labels and recording artists rely on a $1 billion iTunes turnover that's based on sales of downloads. But since they’re still there Apple won't want to abandon them altogether.
YouTube has now threatened to block the content of any independent label that declines to sign their non-negotiable contracts.
The following is a statement sent to Digital Music News this morning by WIN, a global independent label organization. The group initially threatened YouTube with a massive content boycott, but are now back at the negotiating table.
In a move designed to protect rights holders while honoring fair use, yesterday Vimeo introduced their new "Copyright Match" system. The new system flags uploaded content for possible use of others' work using Audible Magic's audio "fingerprints." If you're using that work with permission or believe it falls under fair use, you can immediately appeal. Vimeo's emphasis on quick communication and direct appeals reveals a willingness to commit additional funds to support both rights holders, licensees and creators who rely on fair use. Vimeo's announcement is quite thorough and informative as such important news to creators and rights holders should...
Technology provides crystal clear recordings of all the music in the world, at little or no cost. But, as a historical audio installation opens at the Science Museum, composer Christopher Fox asks why…
ClearVoice Research, a market intelligence company founded in 2006, released a 50-page survey analysis of the streaming music industry entitled Media Review: Music Streaming Services Market Profile. The report analyzes results of a 1,010-person survey of U.S. Internet-using adults. Survey questions explore how users consume music and other audio (news, sports), their awareness of streaming music brands, and their considerations when evaluating services.
The National Music Publishers Assn. is saying it has taken a last-resort approach and filed lawsuits against two lyric websites it claims is infringing copyright laws by posting lyrics without getting licenses from -- or paying -- rightsholders.
Music streaming service Spotify confirmed it has topped 40 million active users, and the number of users paying for a monthly subscription topped 10 million. Since launching six years ago, Spotify users have
A grant application from Moogfest to Buncombe County has revealed quite a bit about the event including a loss of over $1.5 million. Moogfest 2014 received a $90,000 economic development grant from Buncombe County and $90,000 from the city of Asheville. They're getting started on 2015 with a request for $250,000 in community development funds. But beyond the financial success of the festival is the question of their stated goal, attracting new businesses to the region, which is hard to relate to what they're actually doing. By most accounts Moogfest 2014 was a successful event that was a good fit...
This past Tuesday at the intimate 90 seated Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) announced the upcoming introduction of the Senate version of the Songwriter Equity Act, a bipartisan bill to amend two outdated portions of the U.S. Copyright Act and level the playing field for songwriters, composers and publishers seeking fair compensation for their work. The event was put together by the Senators to understand more about the Songwriter Equity Act.