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GearAndGuitars 19th June 2014 02:56 AM
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...

GearAndGuitars 18th June 2014 06:21 PM
YouTube Still Using its Monopoly to Profit from Crime and Shaking Down Indies | MTP

MTP readers will not be surprised to know that YouTube brazenly continues its business model of profiting themselves from human misery and promoting crime. Yes, they want to be just like television except for the standards and practices part.

We’ve found a host of unsavory videos being blasted into your homes by the biggest video distributor in the land.

GearAndGuitars 18th June 2014 05:59 PM
YouTube to block indie labels who don't sign up to new music service | Technology |

Starting internal tests of subscription service but faces accusation of 'catastrophic error of judgement'

GearAndGuitars 18th June 2014 04:15 PM
Transparency in digital music:There's a lot of work to be done | Music Ally

The second half of our 'I Can See Clearly Now: Transparency in the Digital Age' debate tonight in London took in Spotify, YouTube, audits and data overload.

djjaron 18th June 2014 12:51 PM
How Luciano Increased His Social Following To Almost 2 Million

What can DJs learn from Luciano s use of social media in order to build their social network rapidly? Over the past month, the influential Swiss-Chilean DJ Luciano has grown his social media presence to over 1.27 million, an 11.

GearAndGuitars 18th June 2014 02:45 AM
YouTube Will be Ripping Down Indie Music Videos 'In a Matter of Days' | DMN

Don’t like YouTube’s terms and payouts? Well, you can always go f*&k yourself. According to details just disclosed by a YouTube executive, videos from independent labels that dislike YouTube’s payout terms will be summarily ripped down, starting ‘in a matter of days.’

GearAndGuitars 17th June 2014 06:25 PM
Google's About to Ruin YouTube by Squeezing Indie Labels | Gizmodo

It's official: Google is about to ruin YouTube. A company exec told the Financial Times it will start blocking videos from record labels that refuse to sign licensing deals for its forthcoming premium service, YouTube Music Pass. This is the dumbest thing Google could do, and it threatens the very heart of what has always made YouTube so special.

GearAndGuitars 17th June 2014 04:09 PM
AJ Rafael Announces Hiatus From Performing [EXCLUSIVE LETTER]

"But I can admit that things are getting harder. It’s harder for me as an independent musician to be financially stable nowadays. I played a tour last year where it was 5 cities, and a TOTAL of 300 people came to the shows. The promoter thought I would sell out 500 capacity venues because of my 100 million views and 500,000 subs on YouTube. And that burns a little, to be honest."

GearAndGuitars 17th June 2014 05:11 AM
Earbits joins the music startups deadpool but its ideas will live on

Earbits? The company wasn't a big name, but it had some interesting ideas. In 2011, it was touting a personal radio service that was free to users.

GearAndGuitars 16th June 2014 09:00 PM
The MTP Interview: Canadian Artist Suzana Barbosa Who Really Did #walkmilesformusic | MTP

Suzana Barbosa is a Canadian artist who walked from Los Angeles to the Googleplex (well…not inside the Googleplex) and used her #walkmilesformusic campaign to call attention to the absurdly low streaming royalties that are cannibalizing sales. In a serendipitous coincidence, Suzana’s protest coincided with the release by the Copyright Board of Canada of its new statutory rates for Pandora in Canada. Remember those really low rates that Pandora pays in the US?

GearAndGuitars 16th June 2014 04:57 PM
End internet piracy and bring Google to heel | Sydney Morning Herald

A couple of years ago my friend Kim Williams asked attendees at a movie convention to imagine a world without their 10 most cherished films, books or pieces of music.*It is a confronting and sobering exercise – all of us know our lives would be much poorer without our most cherished works of art.

Whitecat 16th June 2014 01:52 PM
Save the Music Venue | Horace Trubridge

I still remember how hard it is to get a baby to go to sleep when there is a distracting noise. Nevertheless, if I chose to move into a flat or a house which is situated near a music venue then surely I'm likely to know that there will be times when I will hear the music coming from the venue, and if I have young children or a predilection for insomnia to contend with then maybe I should consider moving somewhere else.

Whitecat 16th June 2014 01:10 PM
BBC launches new annual music awards

The BBC launches a new music awards celebrating the year's best popular music as part of the corporation's new wide-ranging music strategy.

GearAndGuitars 14th June 2014 06:02 AM
Jaron Lanier on Internet and middle class: “We have screwed things up” | Salon

Salon Q & A: Tech visionary Jaron Lanier on Thomas Piketty, Jeff Bezos and Amazon, how to save the creative class

GearAndGuitars 14th June 2014 04:13 AM
Fun with YouTube’s Audio Content ID System | Scott Smitelli

Anybody who hasn’t been living under a rock knows about YouTube. It’s a video site built entirely around user-submitted content. Anybody can film anything, upload it to the site, and anybody on the Internet can watch it if they so choose. Sounds great in theory, but over time it’s succumbed to a very basic problem: The users can’t be trusted.

GearAndGuitars 13th June 2014 09:16 PM
Hard Time: The MC5's Wayne Kramer Goes Behind Bars For New Album, Prison Reform | Dav

This spring, singer-guitarist Wayne Kramer ndash; formerly of the Detroit revolution-rock band the MC5 ndash; hit a weird milestone, his first Top Ten

GearAndGuitars 13th June 2014 09:12 PM
Congress moves against ad-supported piracy | TheHill

Honda, Toyota, Target, Kraft, Lego, and Claritin are spending gobs of money every day to finance theft – whether they know it or not.

GearAndGuitars 13th June 2014 05:50 PM
Music Industry Officials Agree on Need for Licensing Rule Changes, but Little Else | NY Times

The complex system of music licensing came under attack in a congressional hearing on Tuesday, as entertainment and media executives pleaded for changes to how music rights were acquired and paid for online and by radio and television stations.

Yet the executives offered little common ground about how to solve the problems they highlighted, and repeatedly clashed with one another during two and a half hours of testimony — giving lawmakers a preview of how difficult it may be to satisfy all parties in the rapidly evolving but fractious music market.

GearAndGuitars 13th June 2014 05:49 PM
Songwriters Are Losing $2.3 Billion A Year Due To Outdated Government Regulations

The National Music Publishers' Association, the lobbying group for songwriters, said the lost revenue is based on what it believes its...

GearAndGuitars 13th June 2014 05:48 PM
Calls for a Free Market in Music Licensing Hearing Billboard

Two of the most frequently uttered words during Tuesday's music licensing hearing on Capitol Hill were "free" and "market." Representatives for songwriters, music publishers, performers and producers expressed their desire for royalty rates that result from, or approximate, free market negotiations.

These witnesses want Congress to get out of the way -- which would require that Congress first amend copyright law to allow itself to get out of the way. Most of them argued Tuesday that regulations, such the rate-setting procedures for mechanical licenses, pre

GearAndGuitars 13th June 2014 12:12 AM
Microsoft, Google, Amazon Entertaining $10 Billion Spotify Purchase... | DMN

Earlier this week, sources pointed to efforts – by major labels – to sell Spotify for as much as $10 billion, with a 20% cumulative equity interest motivating the effort. Now, according to more sources talking to Digital Music News, Microsoft, Google and ‘possibly Amazon’ are all entertaining the idea of buying Spotify, though $10 billion could be considered an aggressive ask.

Whitecat 11th June 2014 09:56 PM
Is 2014 the year the album business fell apart? | Music |

In recent years, albums from the likes of Adele and Emeli Sandé have hit 1m sales in the UK. But with even the biggest acts failing to match them this year, the blockbuster album looks increasingly like…

GearAndGuitars 10th June 2014 07:22 PM
Artists Will Receive Nothing from the $3B Beats Acquisition, Sources Say... | DMN

The three major labels secured an equity share in Beats Music as part of their licensing agreements with the service. But according to multiple sources close to those negotiations and Beats’ subsequent sale, artists on those labels will receiving nothing at all from the roughly $3 billion acquisition by Apple.

GearAndGuitars 10th June 2014 06:38 PM
What If Everyone Raised Their Prices? - The Cynical Musician

I have to say that I'm pretty lukewarm on Apple's acquisition of Beats. As far as I'm concerned, it's not likely to change much with regards to artist revenues and

GearAndGuitars 9th June 2014 10:03 PM
Addicted to pillaging in cyberspace: Investigating the role of internet addiction

•Internet addiction is associated with software piracy.
•Deviant peer association is associated with all forms of piracy.
•There is a huge learning curve in regard to the effect of Internet addiction on criminal behavior.

GearAndGuitars 9th June 2014 09:51 PM
Licensing Hearings in June Expanded, to Include David Israelite, Neil Portnow | Billb

Witnesses from around the music business are set for two House Judiciary Committee hearings that will help shape the future of music licensing. The first hearing, previously announced, will take place on Tuesday, June 10th at 10am ET. Billboard has learned that the second hearing will be held June 25th.

GearAndGuitars 9th June 2014 09:47 PM
Privacy Trumps Piracy: Google's Double Standard » Creativity Tech

Despite taking swift action to remedy privacy failings in Europe, Google remains a disappointingly poor advocate for U.S. creative rights.

GearAndGuitars 9th June 2014 04:46 PM
Brandis and Turnbull working on joint piracy crackdown policy | ZDNet

The Australian Department of Communications and the Attorney-General's Department have been collaborating in secret on an online copyright infringement policy that looks to include a graduated response scheme, ZDNet can reveal.

GearAndGuitars 9th June 2014 02:16 AM
If Google can get rid of personal data, why can't it purge the pirates? | Media | Th

Critics say that if search engine knows of illegal activity, it shouldn't help to send business its way. By Mark Sweney

GearAndGuitars 9th June 2014 02:06 AM
How Major Brands Inadvertently Support Online Piracy

Sites based around stolen content are taking in some very real ad dollars from a number of premium brands. - Daniel Kline - The Business

GearAndGuitars 9th June 2014 02:04 AM
Fight vs illegal downloading continues | Entertainment, News, The Philippine Star |

Last month, the Philippine Association of Recording Industry (PARI) scored a win against piracy when it shut down Kickass Torrents (, a torrent site that hosts illegal music downloads.

GearAndGuitars 9th June 2014 02:02 AM
Kim Dotcom offers £3m reward to whistleblowers (Wired UK)

MegaUpload and Mega founder Kim Dotcom has offered up a $5 million (£3 million) bounty for anyone who can provide information that can help him win his legal battles

GearAndGuitars 7th June 2014 04:56 PM
Changes to UK copyright law come into action |

The long awaited and controversial changes to UK copyright laws come into effect today. Education, research and the disabled to gain.Three new regulations around the use of copyright law come into force today. These are clarifications to the existing Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and are intended to replace and clarify provisions in that piece of legislation.

The claim from the UK Government is that these changes will generate £250m for the UK economy over the next 10 years. With the press release claiming that the new regulations will save libraries, archives and museums around £26m per year or £260m over the same period, it is questionable as to where, beyond these savings, the financial benefits are to be found.

GearAndGuitars 7th June 2014 04:54 PM
Cassettes are making a comeback | CNBC

First there was Napster, followed swiftly by the likes of iTunes and Spotify and now all music seems virtual or digital. But according to new research, music buyers still prefer to purchase their tunes in physical format – CDs, vinyl records and even cassettes – rather than download them.

GearAndGuitars 7th June 2014 04:50 PM
Musicians fear they'll take a beating - Winnipeg Free Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Recording artist Zoe Keating only needs to look at her earnings to zero in on why she has misgivings about Apple Inc. buying Beats Electronics.

The cellist made $38,196 selling downloads on Apple's iTunes last year, along with about $34,000 from three other download services. By contrast, five streaming outlets, from Spotify to Pandora Media, netted her just $6,381.

GearAndGuitars 7th June 2014 02:24 AM
Swimming Against the Stream: Musicians Fight for Their Worth in the Internet Era

The cops were getting lots of calls. Drivers were worried. There was a woman walking down the road — the narrow part of Highway 1, just north of L.A. And she was pushing a baby carriage. When the cops found her, it turned out she was not a crazy person. She wasn’t even a mother. She was a musician on a mission.

Whitecat 6th June 2014 10:55 AM
Sound and Vision: Why Diversification Is the Name of the Music Game | Jason Holmes

The public has grown sick at heart. It has grown bored, and in growing bored, has itself become boring, today incapable of expressing any idealism owing to its new-found impotency, borne of the satiation of its sensual needs.

GearAndGuitars 6th June 2014 02:18 AM
Pandora Stock Falls On News Of Dept. Of Justice Review, Slowing Growth - hypebot

UPDATED: Pandora (NYSE: P) stock struggled on Wednesday after the company announced new metrics for May that showed listener growth slowing. Shares fell 2.4% to $24.03 in morning trading. But the real reason for caution on Wall Street is the announcement of a Department of Justice review of antiquated digital music rulings that, if revised, could mean higher payment for the music streamer. As previously announced, this marks Pandora's final monthly metrics release. The music streamer will provide listener metrics on a quarterly basis. Pandora's May Audience Stats: Listener hours during the month of May 2014 were 1.73 billion, an...

GearAndGuitars 6th June 2014 02:15 AM
Beastie Boys win 1.7 Million in Monster Energy Copyright Lawsuit | Music News | Rolli

Beastie Boys have won a 1.7 million verdict in their copyright lawsuit against Monster Beverage over the company's use of the group's music in a promo

Whitecat 5th June 2014 11:53 PM
'Funding cuts put music at risk'

Successive funding cuts are putting the government's National Plan for Music Education at risk say musicians including cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.

Whitecat 5th June 2014 10:48 PM
Why Being a Hip-Hop Producer Sucks — Medium

Look no further than 50 Cent’s new LP.

GearAndGuitars 5th June 2014 05:39 PM
YouTube Bullying Tactics Results in Indie Labels Taking Fight to Brussels & UK | MTP

MTP readers will recall YouTube’s bully boy tactics against indie labels–threatening to cut off indie label access to Google’s YouTube monopoly if the labels didn’t take the hillbilly deal for a new Google music streaming service.

The indies have aligned with the Featured Artist Coalition (can the publishers be far behind?) and are launching complaints with the UK government soon to be followed by a formal complaint with the European Union Competition Commission in Brussels. This is not a good look for Google as Google has been trying to thimblerig their way into a settlement with the EC Competition Commission for several years to avoid significant penalties in the billions of dollars. That settlement is predicated on Google being misunderstood little kiddies who just love unicorns and Birkenstocks.

GearAndGuitars 5th June 2014 04:38 PM
T Bone Burnett's plea: The piper must be paid | LA Times

Fans can still hear the work of America's musical pioneers, thanks to online and mobile services. Through downloads and streams and services such as Pandora and Sirius XM Radio, these giants' recordings continue to captivate and influence young musicians, singers, songwriters and producers.

Yet some of these same companies have made the decision to devalue the music of these artists for their own profit by not paying for it. In doing this, they devalue the substance of their own medium. For the last 20 years we've witnessed an assault on the arts by the technology community — especially when it comes to music.

GearAndGuitars 5th June 2014 04:37 PM
Van Dyke Parks on How Songwriters Are Getting Screwed in the Digital Age - The Daily

In the digital age, the idea that everything is free has brought genuine hardship to the music business in general and to composers most of all.

Whitecat 4th June 2014 05:35 PM
The Justice Department will review 73-year-old music royalties rules | The Verge

The Justice Department will review the rules that determine how much services like Pandora and Google Music must pay to license music, the start of a process that could make those sites cheaper or...

Whitecat 4th June 2014 02:21 PM
Billy Bragg blasts YouTube rates

A body representing independent music labels is asking the EU to intervene in a row over a proposed YouTube music subscription service.

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