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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,...

Whitecat 28th July 2015 02:53 PM
Apple Music hits 10M subscribers in four weeks, report says

A day shy of its one-month anniversary, Apple Music has reeled in more than 10 million subscribers on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and iTunes, a report said Monday.

Whitecat 28th July 2015 12:59 PM
Amazon Prime Music takes on Spotify and Apple Music in the UK - Telegraph

Amazon has launched its music streaming service in the UK, in an attempt to entice more customers onto its Prime membership scheme

Whitecat 26th July 2015 11:32 PM
The new pirate radio crackdown: 400 stations closed in the past two years | Televisio

Illegal radio setups are still being seized by the authorities, but you shouldn’t fear for their future

Whitecat 26th July 2015 10:36 PM
SoundCloud confirms subscription service is on the way

You'll soon be able to pay to get rid of the ads.

Whitecat 25th July 2015 06:51 PM
UK music streaming hits high note of 500m songs per week | Technology | The Guardian

Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson and Rihanna helping to drive the boom in audio streams on services such as Spotify, Deezer and Google Play

Whitecat 24th July 2015 11:45 AM
From Simple Minds' Jim Kerr to Bono and the Edge: Rock stars are no longer tras

“You won’t hear* ‘Alive And Kicking’ being played in the elevator. Don’t worry! And there’s no Simple Minds memorabilia there,” quips Jim Kerr, the band’s lead singer, about Hotel Villa Angela, the delightful boutique establishment he opened in Sicily a decade ago. “When I first came across Taormina, I thought it was the most magical little town I had ever seen. I still do.” An Italophile since his early teens, the Simple Minds frontman simply acquired a piece of land with spectacular views of Mount Etna and the deep blue Mediterranean and decided to build a small hotel “so that others could come visit and, as a result, go home feeling as recharged and rejuvenated as I did every time I came to this part of the world. People mostly thought I had lost my mind when I told them of my plan”.

Whitecat 20th July 2015 08:40 PM
Grooveshark cofounder dies at 28

One of the creators of the controversial and recently shuttered music streaming service Grooveshark was found dead in his Florida home.

Whitecat 19th July 2015 04:49 PM
UK says it's once again illegal to rip CDs for personal use

Brits: we hope you enjoyed that brief, glorious year of legal media ripping, because you're once again flouting the law. In the wake of a challenge from the mus...

Whitecat 18th July 2015 02:40 AM
Large-scale online pirates to face up to 10 years’ jail under ministers’ proposal

Consultation calls for maximum sentence to be vastly increased so penalties for online offences tally with those for copyright infringement of physical goods

Whitecat 18th July 2015 01:11 AM
'Music Tourism' Hits A New High In The UK

Trips by foreign music fans to the UK's numerous live music events and festivals has increased by 39% since 2011.

Whitecat 15th July 2015 10:42 PM
Neil Young pulls music from streaming services: “The worst audio in history&#82

"I don't need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution."

Whitecat 15th July 2015 10:21 AM
Is streaming good for music? - BBC News

Four experts give their view about the effect of streaming on the music industry.

Whitecat 15th July 2015 09:33 AM
Pharrell wins back $1m in Blurred Lines plagiarism case - BBC News

Pharrell's damages in the Blurred Lines copyright case are reduced by $1m, as a judge rules out a new trial.

theblue1 15th July 2015 04:02 AM
Is Transparency The Music Industry's Next Battle? : The Record : NPR

A report on the music industry from Berklee College of Music offers recommendations for ensuring that royalties make it to their rightful owners.
The output of a year-long study, the report cites estimates "that anywhere from 20-50 percent of music payments don't make it to their rightful owners." Proposed fixes include better behind-the-scenes technologies, a "Creator's Bill of Rights," a "Fair Music" seal and education campaigns.

Whitecat 14th July 2015 09:15 PM
Nicola Roberts: Small songwriters need to be paid by big music companies - BBC Ne

Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Whitecat 14th July 2015 01:55 PM
FTC looking into Apple Music antitrust claims, while Apple pockets 92% of smartphone revenue

Apple Music has been available for the masses since the end of June, and now, according to reports, the FTC is looking into some antitrust claims.

Whitecat 13th July 2015 10:56 PM
Kanye West: why can't rock'n'roll's old guard handle him? | Music | The Guardian

Rock’n’roll history is littered with egocentric mavericks whose bad behaviour was celebrated. So why do past greats expect Kanye to act respectfully?

Whitecat 13th July 2015 12:29 PM
No studio? No problem. Meet Prince Harvey, the man who secretly recorded an album at an Apple Store

The rapper covertly created his record using just a display laptop, the GarageBand app, friendly members of staff - and a little background noise from unaware New York shoppers

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