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GearAndGuitars 17th December 2015 07:24 PM
Facebook freebooting problem continues - Business Insider

Facebook's tools to prevent freebooting still let theft slip through the cracks.
... the snake eats it's own tail...
GearAndGuitars 17th December 2015 06:32 PM
Goodbye “Incentive.” We Hardly Knew Ye. — Medium

This article is one of a growing series of pieces I am writing in response to some of the silly yet pernicious illogic in free-culture arguments against copyright. My aim is to raise copyright discussion out of the abstract muck of free-culture theory, and bring it back onto the dry land of pragmatic reality. Please share widely if you agree with the aims of this project.

GearAndGuitars 17th December 2015 03:12 AM
Copyright Royalty Board Raises Pandora, Non-Interactive Music Streaming Rates By 20%

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board today raised the rates that commercial non-interactive webcasters like Pandora effective January 1st, 2016. But the news could have been much worse for Pandora. Non-interactive webcasters will now pay 17 cents per 100 plays for those listening to free and ad...

GearAndGuitars 16th December 2015 07:01 PM
The sad economics of being famous on the internet | Fusion

You can have millions of subscribers on YouTube and still be flat broke., about that "internet empowerment" for artists...
Whitecat 16th December 2015 09:12 AM
Sir Elton John: Secondary ticket prices 'disgraceful' - BBC News

Sir Elton John describes secondary ticket sites as

Whitecat 16th December 2015 09:06 AM
The British Electronic Music Scene Is Alive and Kicking | Carl Loben

In geographical terms, Britain may be small compared to the land mass of many other countries, but what's packed into these islands is a wealth of creative talent. In electronic music, there are a disproportionate number of acts from the UK lighting up the world's stages when you take into account that we're just a fairly insignificant territory off the west coast of Europe.

GearAndGuitars 16th December 2015 01:47 AM
An Open Response to Peter Sunde - The Illusion of More

TPB founder Peter Sunde says he has given up the fight for the Internet, but he hasn't learned anything.
... absolutely essential reading ...
GearAndGuitars 15th December 2015 08:37 PM
Infringing Cybersquat Brutally Buried In Court... - Digital Music News

First, they killed Grooveshark. *Now, they're killing every last Grooveshark copycat imaginable. Digital Music News takes you to the latest decision.
GearAndGuitars 14th December 2015 04:19 PM
Copyright protection or amateur art – it's our choice | WA Today

A daily Google search shows the extent of the piracy suffered by our authors and artists, but the demand for free art continues unabated.
Whitecat 14th December 2015 12:52 PM
Are real musicians set to become obsolete? | Musical instrument industry news | MI

New Jukedeck software composes unique songs using artificial intelligence.

GearAndGuitars 13th December 2015 11:25 PM
YouTube wants to compete with Netflix, seeks movie and TV show deals | Ars Technica

YouTube wants to bolster its new premium service with professional content.
... because "user generated content" is the future? ...
GearAndGuitars 13th December 2015 08:48 PM
Spotify is abruptly backtracking: Some music will now only be available for paying us

The Wall Street Journal reports (paywall) today from private talks that Spotify is planning to allow some artists to release new albums only to the service’s paying users, and to withhold them at least temporarily from free users.
... so now daniel ek get's to decide who is a "real artist" and who is not?... another elitist gatekeeper, great...
GearAndGuitars 13th December 2015 08:43 AM
Pirate Bay Founder: ‘I Have Given Up’ | Vice - Mohterboard

I think it’s really important people understand this. We lost this fight. Just admit defeat and make sure next time you understand why you lost this fight
Arthur Stone 13th December 2015 04:12 AM
UK citizens may soon need licenses to photograph some stuff they already own | Ars Te

Copyright strikes again, with photographers and publishers hit particularly hard.
"Changes to UK copyright law will soon mean that you may need to take out a licence to photograph classic designer objects even if you own them. That's the result of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, which extends the copyright of artistic objects like designer chairs from 25 years after they were first marketed to 70 years after the creator's death. In most cases, that will be well over a hundred years after the object was designed. During that period, taking a photo of the item will often require a licence from the copyright owner regardless of who owns the particular object in question.

The UK government is holding a consultation into when this change should enter into force: after a six-month, three-year, or five-year transitional period. An article in The Bookseller puts the starting date as October 2016 without citing a source. In any case, the change is definitely coming, and it'll likely be quite soon.

Similar to the recent announcement that it is once again illegal to make private copies of music you own..."

My concern is regarding those lovely gear pics...will copyright clearance really be needed?
GearAndGuitars 12th December 2015 06:49 PM
Three Simple Steps To Fix The Record Business in 2016… Windows, Windows, Window

This time last year we correctly predicted the restructuring of at least one major label group when we asked the question, “Who will be the First Fired Label Execs over Spotify Fiasco & Cannibalization?“. It didn’t take long for us to find out, “It’s Just Math : Digital Music Execs Exit, But will the Pivot to Paid Subs Be Enough To Save The Record Biz?” We’re still not sure that even paid subscription streaming actually works in the long term, but we know for sure that unlimited free streaming does not!

GearAndGuitars 12th December 2015 06:48 PM
Warner Music Reports Financials, $23 Million Loss In Last 3 Months - hypebot

Warner Music Group continues to lose money at a substantial rate. Despite a 10.6% rise in digital revenue, the label and music group loss $23 million in the last quarter. Warner Music Group Corp. today announced its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results for the period ended September 30, 2015. Total...

GearAndGuitars 12th December 2015 06:45 PM
TIDAL Will Soon Offer the Highest-Quality Streams In the WorldDigital Music News

First, Tidal wanted to pay better royalties to artists. *Now, a million subscribers later, it wants to dramatically improve streaming quality.

Whitecat 12th December 2015 09:30 AM
AIR studio shut as diggers move in next door - Environment - Hampstead Highgate Expre

AIR Studios had to shut down its world-famous main recording studio on Monday as neighbours began excavations on a luxury basement complex underneath their home.

GearAndGuitars 12th December 2015 05:13 AM
Facebook's 'Freebooting' Piracy Problem Continues to Anger Video Creators | Adweek

But then they ran into a problem known as "freebooting," which entails republishing videos on social sites without the consent of the folks who made the clips. In essence, it's a practice of intellectual-property theft that's plagued Facebook more than other digital platforms—PR-wise, at least—in recent months thanks to a few whistle-blowers.
... So when YouTuber uploads a musicians song to YouTube, that's cool... but when a YouTuber has their work ripped off and uploaded to Facebook where they don't get paid, that's "not cool"... got it.
Whitecat 11th December 2015 09:42 PM
Taylor Swift wants to trademark the terms '1989' and 'Blank Space'

Taylor Swift has filed a new set of trademark applications, including '1989.'

Whitecat 9th December 2015 10:38 PM
Man behind Aids drug price hike pays $2m for sole copy of Wu-Tang album | Business |

After Turing CEO Martin Shkreli bought the super exclusive Wu-Tang Clan album, producer RZA said the group did not know of his business practices

GearAndGuitars 9th December 2015 07:43 PM
Aurous, the 'Popcorn Time for Music,' Settles for $3 MillionDigital Music N

Aurous, the 'Popcorn Time for Music,' will never see the light of day. Digital Music News looks at the brutal, $3 million settlement.
... What a week! Pandora finally admits free streaming is unsustainable, Spotify backpedals on Windowing, and Aurous is shut down. Merry Christmas Musicians!...
GearAndGuitars 9th December 2015 07:34 PM
Taylor Swift’s victory over Spotify is near: The streaming service gets close

Some artists—presumably, the top tier like hold-outs Adele and Swift—might get more control soon
... next up youtube...
Whitecat 9th December 2015 07:17 PM
Netflix and other services to be available on holiday - BBC News

The European Commission announces plans that will allow people to take their online subscriptions with them when they travel, as well as proposals to unify copyright laws.

Whitecat 9th December 2015 08:49 AM
Kurdish singer's fans say Adele 'stole' music for recent ballad | Music | The Guardia

Fans of the late singer Ahmet Kaya say Adele’s song Million Years Ago, from new album 25, bears striking similarities to a track by the Kurdish performer

GearAndGuitars 9th December 2015 03:50 AM
Spotify Needs Hits. Hits Don't Need Spotify. No Music = No Business
GearAndGuitars 8th December 2015 08:40 PM
Thom Yorke on the Disappointment of His Bit Torrent Experiment | MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY

Remember when Thom Yorke allowed himself to be used as a poster boy for Bit Torrent Bundle on his solo record “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes”? Ever wonder how that worked out? Thom Yorke is interviewed by the Italian site Repubblica and fills us in.

Whitecat 8th December 2015 03:21 PM
UK venues welcome 'agent of change' amendments to Planning Bill | Musical instrumen

Amendments to Government’s Planning Bill could ‘offer respite to UK venues’.

Whitecat 8th December 2015 02:15 AM
Taylor Swift reappears on Spotify, but her music is credited to Lostprophets | Techno

The pop star is back on the streaming service after pulling her music, but something odd has happened

GearAndGuitars 7th December 2015 10:52 PM
Pandora CEO Explains Why 'Freemium' Is Killing the IndustryDigital Music Ne

Is free music killing the music industry? Yes, according to Pandora's CEO, who used a recent op-ed to dig at Spotify's 'freemium' model.

Whitecat 7th December 2015 07:08 PM
Vinyl sales may be rising, but have you seen who’s buying it? | Bill Brewster | Com

Tesco’s opportunistic decision to stock LPs may not bring the hoped-for results, but it could inflict yet more damage on the labels behind vinyl’s resurgence

GearAndGuitars 7th December 2015 07:42 AM
FREE Streaming is the Digital Cut-Out Bin. Artists You Deserve Better. | The Trichord

Today's younger consumers who missed the glory days of the record store as a cultural hub will probably have little awareness of the cut-out bin. The cut-out bin was dreaded by artists and labels alike, but it served an important function in the ecosystem and economy of record sales.

GearAndGuitars 6th December 2015 11:07 PM
YouTube wants to compete with Netflix, seeks movie and TV show deals | Ars Technica

YouTube wants to bolster its new premium service with professional content.
... user generated content, just not that attractive to consumers...
GearAndGuitars 5th December 2015 05:31 PM
First new vinyl record presses hit the market after a 30-year break | Plastics News

Independent Record Pressing in Bordentown, N.J., reportedly bought six used presses for $1.5 million and paid $5,000 to make and replace an obsolete screw for one broken-down machine.

GearAndGuitars 5th December 2015 05:19 PM
How YouTube Pays Artists by East Bay Ray - Janky Smooth

Google's (YouTube) corporate slogan is "Don't be evil."

GearAndGuitars 5th December 2015 05:10 PM
Pandora CEO: Free on-demand music streaming is bad

Brian McAndrews, whose Oakland company is planning to launch a Spotify competitor, seems to be positioning Pandora as artist-friendly.

GearAndGuitars 5th December 2015 04:11 PM
Don't look now, but Spotify might be in trouble

Yesterday, we learned that Coldplay intended to withhold its new album, 'A Head Full of Dreams,' from Spotify. We've been here before; Adele, The Black Key
No surprises here.
GearAndGuitars 5th December 2015 03:21 AM
BMG v Cox judge expands on his decision to deny ISP a safe harbour | Complete Music

“The record conclusively establishes that before the fall of 2012, Cox did not implement its repeat infringer policy. Instead, Cox publicly purported to comply with its policy, while privately disparaging and intentionally circumventing the DMCA’s requirements”.
GearAndGuitars 5th December 2015 03:18 AM
Reverb, The EBay For Music Gear, Raises $25 Million - hypebot

Launched in 2013, Reverb is on pace to process more than $120 million in transactions in 2015. The company’s earlier investors include Lean Startup pioneer Eric Ries, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, and country music star Brad Paisley. The new investment will support international expansion and branding.
... wow...
GearAndGuitars 5th December 2015 12:24 AM
Wall Street Brutalizes Pandora as Financial Problems Intensify - Digital Music NewsDi

Nervous Wall Street investors are now punishing Pandora again, with shares dropping another 10% amidst growing financial concerns.
... uh oh...
theblue1 4th December 2015 09:47 PM
Another article was posted on this news item earlier, but it had appeared to have some factual inaccuracies -- particularly with regard to its significance to other ISPs as well as user-upload sites like Soundcloud, Youtube, and others. This legal action ONLY applies to the single US ISP, Cox Cable.

This should help clarify the issues garbled by the previous article and it helps explain the actual legal issues.

UPDATE: The GS member who posted the article I referred to above just posted this much better article [linked below as well as in the articles listings] which appears to be on point, well-reported, and a good follow-up to the Register article above. Particularly interesting are quoted internal Cox communications.

BMG v Cox judge expands on his decision to deny ISP a safe harbour
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Whitecat 4th December 2015 08:49 PM
Lee 'Scratch' Perry's 'secret lab' studio destroyed in fire - BBC Newsbeat

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

Whitecat 4th December 2015 08:18 PM
When do we say “enough’s enough” with repackaging The Beatles?

With the November 2000 release of 1, the 27-song CD collecting all of their U.K. and U.S. chart-topping hits, The Beatles threw an extra coat of laminate on their license to print money. This was a trick more impressive than tumbling through a hogshead of real fire.

GearAndGuitars 4th December 2015 06:37 PM
You're Gonna Pay for All that Piracy, American ISPs | Digital Music News

A groundbreaking court decision could saddle Cox Communications with billions in liability damages. *Other ISPs are watching closely.
...uh oh... the truth will out...
GearAndGuitars 4th December 2015 06:35 PM
Coldplay Says #irespectmusic and Rejects Freemium: Mr. Ek, The Market Calling on Lin

When the market shifts, it hardly ever happens all at once. *That's because on a microeconomic level, a bunch of decision makers are making small decisions. *Successful entrepreneurs spot these small decisions before they become a trend, and react in a profit-centered way. *Observers notice that change. It should surprise no one that Coldplay has…
...uh oh... more artists don't want to give away their work for free, who knew?...
Whitecat 3rd December 2015 03:22 PM
This 'legend' changed a Wikipedia page to sneak backstage at gig - BBC Newsbeat

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

GearAndGuitars 2nd December 2015 10:23 PM
Pandora CEO Says A Permanent, Free On-Demand Service Is 'Unsustainable' | AllAccess

PANDORA CEO BRIAN MCANDREWS has written an op-ed piece in BUSINESS INSIDER, writing "it is far too easy for on-demand consumers to continually 'own' music for free. Not just a free trial, but free all the time." "Years ago," MCANDREWS continues, "if anyone could have walked into a record store, legally taken every record home for free, and listened to the exact songs they wanted for as long as they chose, the music industry model would have completely broken down. But that is exactly the situation the music industry faces today."
... shocker...
Whitecat 1st December 2015 06:55 PM
Hip-hop legends Public Enemy squash into fan's Ford Focus on way to gig - Telegraph

Fan volunteers to give hip-hop legends Public Enemy a lift to Sheffield gig with The Prodigy after band's taxi drives off - and takes a selfie with Chuck D and Flavor Flav

GearAndGuitars 1st December 2015 06:21 PM
Lefsetz, 2008: “I seriously doubt Adele can make it in America. Because she’s FAT!”

Can a fat girl from the UK make it in America? Back in 2008, here's what one of the leading music industry pundits had to say about her chances.
this is why bob lefsetz is not mark williams... lol...
Whitecat 1st December 2015 12:21 PM
Youth wins MPG’s Outstanding Contribution to UK Music award - M Magazine

Youth has been named as the winner of the PPL-sponsored Outstanding Contribution to UK Music award at the 2016 Music Producer’s Guild (MPG) Awards.

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