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GearAndGuitars 16th May 2014 08:13 PM
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Songwriters Are One Step Closer To Higher Royalties | Digital Music News



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announced the upcoming introduction of the Senate version of the Songwriter Equity Act, a bipartisan bill to amend two outdated portions of the U.S. Copyright Act and level the playing field for songwriters, composers and publishers seeking fair compensation for their work.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.

Whitecat 16th May 2014 09:12 AM
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Eavis honoured by music industry



Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis is to be honoured for his contribution to the music industry.

GearAndGuitars 15th May 2014 09:13 PM
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Jimmy Iovine: What I've Learned - Jimmy Iovine Quotes - Esquire



Daily news and top headlines from around the nation.

GearAndGuitars 15th May 2014 07:21 PM
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The problem with Pandora and why it’s time to clean up the digital music mes



A court ruled that Pandora should pay songwriters about the same amount as AM/FM stations. The ruling may seem fair, but it disguises the much deeper problems of an outdated system for compensating musicians.

Whitecat 15th May 2014 10:56 AM
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Ticket scams 'cost victims £3.7m'



Ticket scammers defrauded victims out of £3.7m in 2013 with music lovers and holidaymakers the worst hit, police say.

Whitecat 14th May 2014 10:22 PM
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BBC News - Cavern Club fights Hard Rock Cafe over US naming rights



The Cavern Club in Liverpool takes the Hard Rock Cafe to court in a battle over who has the right to use the Cavern name in the US.

Whitecat 14th May 2014 10:21 PM
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Exclusive: Dave Grohl Scores His Own TV Series - Classic Rock



Breaking news, in-depth reviews, exclusive interviews, radio, videos and more from the world of high-voltage rock 'n' roll.

GearAndGuitars 14th May 2014 05:52 PM
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Sync Summit: 'Budgets are not what they should be' | Music Week



Leading music supervisors weigh in on the trials and tribulations of the job at Paris Sync Summit

Whitecat 14th May 2014 02:59 PM
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Court battle over Bob Marley songs



The High Court in London begins hearing arguments in a copyright dispute over 13 songs by late Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley, including No Woman, No Cry.

Whitecat 14th May 2014 12:46 PM
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How Coachella, Bonnaroo and More Festivals Revamped the Music Industry | Music News |



In 2001, the last time Outkast hit the road for a major tour, they were coming off a multiplatinum album and a Number One single, Ms. Jackson. Andr 30

GearAndGuitars 13th May 2014 07:01 PM
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Martin Mills says safe harbour laws being 'abused' by YouTube



Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills has made a speech criticising the effect that US 'safe harbour' laws have on labels, training his fire on YouTube.

GearAndGuitars 13th May 2014 06:59 PM
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Beats Music subscriber numbers leak: low numbers but strong engagement | Music Ally



How many paying subscribers did Beats Music have in March? Just under 111k according to a royalty statement published on the Trichordist blog yesterday.

GearAndGuitars 13th May 2014 06:57 PM
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Songwriter Equity Act Picks Up Momentum in Senate, Aims to Modernize Copyright Law |



The Songwriter Equity Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in February, is picking up momentum with three Senators introducing their version for the Senate.

Whitecat 13th May 2014 05:44 PM
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Chris Hadfield Is Removing 'Space Oddity' From YouTube Today



It was the video that made him famous, but now it has to come down. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is pulling his "Space Oddity" video from YouTube on Tuesday. See also: Comm...

Whitecat 13th May 2014 04:34 PM
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The BPI's internet piracy crackdown targets the wrong people | Tom McRae | Comment i



Tom McRae: The music industry's attempt to tackle illegal downloads shows it values shareholders over genuine fans and artists

Whitecat 13th May 2014 04:34 PM
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Piracy study shows illegal downloaders more likely to pay for films than music | Tec



Comparison reveals film pirates as wealthy early adopters who will stop their behaviour if they feel it is damaging the industry. By Samuel Gibbs and agencies

Whitecat 13th May 2014 01:26 PM
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Apple Preparing HD Audio Playback for iOS 8 Alongside New In-Ear Headphones and Light



Apple is said to be introducing high definition audio playback in iOS 8 alongside new versions of its In-Ear Headphones and Lightning connector,...

GearAndGuitars 12th May 2014 09:57 PM
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Astra Taylor’s radical Internet critique: “I don’t want to give in to the libertarian logic of our time” | Salon



Time for "gee-whiz stupor" about the Web to stop, Astra Taylor tells Salon, and for a real look at the damage done.

Astra Taylor, a Canadian-born documentary filmmaker who was involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement, has just released “The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age.” Harder-edged politically than many Internet books, “The People’s Platform” looks at questions around gender, indie rock, copyright, the media, the environment and advertising. “The digital economy exhibits a surprising tendency toward monopoly,” she writes in her preface. “Networked technologies do not resolve the contradictions between art and commerce, but rather make commercialism less visible and more pervasive.”

GearAndGuitars 12th May 2014 09:55 PM
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Pop music: What's happened to the money, money, money? - Telegraph



The death of the pop music industry has been predicted for years – and certainly since Apple launched a whizzy device called an iPod back in 2001. The rise of free or pirated music online and the declining sales of CDs has at the same time been wielded as a cautionary tale about the power of the internet. Still, this week’s comments by Lily Allen may finally confirm that any aspiring rock guitarists or pop singers might as well pack away their dreams and find a proper job.

GearAndGuitars 10th May 2014 07:18 PM
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Why Apple Has Lost The Plot With $3.2 Billion Purchase Of Beats By Dre - Forbes



Yesterday news broke that Apple AAPL -0.42% is planning to break its takeover record with the $3.2 billion purchase of Beats Electronics, more commonly known as ‘Beats By Dre’ – the jaw droppingly successfully headphones maker. If it goes ahead the deal will dwarf Apple’s previous record when it paid $404 million in 1996 to buy NeXT. That deal made a lot of sense, it brought Steve Jobs back to the company and NeXT software became the basis of Mac OS for the next decade. By contrast the Beats’ deal is absurd and suggests Apple’s executives have completely lost the plot. Here’s why.

GearAndGuitars 10th May 2014 06:42 AM
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David Pakman is Wrong on The Price Of Music (and streaming subscriptions) | The Trich



Is there anyone left in the record business with common sense and a calculator? David Pakman wrote an interesting piece asserting the problem with streaming services getting up to scale is a matter of pricing. He puts forth that $10 a month, or $120 per year is too much. He claims that the ability of…

GearAndGuitars 10th May 2014 06:10 AM
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More Ad Dollars Flow to Pirated Video - WSJ.com



More ad dollars than ever before are flowing, inadvertently, to video websites with pirated TV and movie content, thanks to the rise of automated ad-buying technologies.

GearAndGuitars 9th May 2014 08:38 PM
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Music industry turning up D.C. volume in copyright war - Alex Byers - POLITICO.com



As parts of Washington start to examine the country’s tricky song licensing system, the music industry is getting ready to turn its D.C. outreach up to 11.

From Hollywood to Nashville to New York, the varied constituencies in the music world — songwriters, recording artists, record labels and music publishers — are starting to launch new public affairs and lobbying campaigns, which come amid continued fights with online radio stations like Pandora. The diverse industry camps have not always been united on what rules need to change to address copyright loopholes, and whether they’re able to send a cohesive message will be a deciding factor as to the effort’s success on Capitol Hill.

Whitecat 9th May 2014 11:58 AM
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Deal to combat piracy in UK imminent



After years of wrangling, a deal between entertainment industry bodies and UK internet service providers to help combat piracy is imminent.

Whitecat 9th May 2014 11:46 AM
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Music industry revenue in 2013 stayed flat at $7 billion, RIAA says - Los A



The good news for the music industry out of the Recording Industry Assn. of America ’s just released report on sales and revenue for 2013? Things didn’t get any worse than they were during the previous three years.

Whitecat 8th May 2014 11:22 PM
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Apple in Talks to Acquire Beats Electronics for $3.2 Billion - Mac Rumors



Apple is said to be close to completing an acquisition of Beats Electronics, the headphone company and streaming music service created by Dr. Dre and...

GearAndGuitars 8th May 2014 05:34 PM
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The Company Most Likely to Collapse in 2014 - TheStreet



The longer it stands still, the more vulnerable Pandora becomes to disruption, be it at the hands of Apple, Google, Spotify or a cadre of smaller players. . Pandora Media Inc(P)

GearAndGuitars 8th May 2014 05:09 PM
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Assailing Copyright Isn’t Conservative | National Review Online



Assailing Copyright Isn’t Conservative - Derek Khanna’s ideas are bad policy, too.

GearAndGuitars 8th May 2014 05:04 PM
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Blackburn pushes radio to pay artist, label royalties | Tennessean



New legislation would force broadcasters to pay more royalties to artists and labels.

GearAndGuitars 7th May 2014 01:54 AM
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Rap Genius Signs a Deal With the National Music Publishers’ Association... | DMN



In 2013 David Lowery said Rap Genius was the most “blatantly illegal” lyrics website. The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) president David Israelite also chimed in, saying: “These lyric sites have ignored the law and profited off the songwriters’ creative works, and NMPA will not allow this to continue…”.

Shortly after this, Rap Genius signed an agreement with Universal Music Publishing.
The long arm of David Lowery…
GearAndGuitars 6th May 2014 09:39 PM
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Seller Beware: How Amazon's New Streaming Service Plans to Screw Music Publishing



Amazon will soon launch a streaming service, but joining it may screw over music publishers.

GearAndGuitars 6th May 2014 07:33 PM
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UFC targets Internet pirate with massive $32 million lawsuit



The No. 1 MMA promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has filed a $32 million in damages

GearAndGuitars 6th May 2014 07:29 PM
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84% of Content Consumed in Spain is Pirated | Billboard



Eighty-four percent of content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to new report that adds more fuel to fiery debate in piracy-plagued country.

GearAndGuitars 6th May 2014 07:26 PM
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Biden Slams Online Piracy: 'What the Hell?' - NationalJournal.com



Vice President Joe Biden on Friday forcefully criticized foreign countries that allow piracy of movies, music, and other technological products, and called for a "global economic order" that strongly guards against the theft of intellectual property.

GearAndGuitars 6th May 2014 07:22 PM
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Federal Government Looks Toward Major Crackdown On Online Piracy - Latest Technology



The Australian federal government is considering a major crackdown on online piracy, which would include forcing internet service providers to block websit

GearAndGuitars 5th May 2014 07:09 PM
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Net neutrality advocates need to get their facts straight - Economics - AEI



Before we can have a rational discussion about network policy, we need to get the facts straight.

GearAndGuitars 1st May 2014 09:56 PM
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Streaming Price Index : Now with YouTube pay rates! #SXSW | The Trichordist



Is this the future of music? We continue to look at artist revenue streams.

If you’re heading out to any panels at SXSW this week, you might want to keep this handy when you’re being told how much money you can make… And if the services at the top of the list like Nokia, Google Play and Xbox Music can pay more per play, why can’t the services at the bottom of the list like Spotify and YouTube?

GearAndGuitars 1st May 2014 09:35 PM
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Merlin on YouTube music payouts: 'Their figures are by far the worst’



Indie music licensing body Merlin has made a big impact since its launch six years ago, striking deals on behalf of members with a host of digital services.

“The ironic thing is that the service that pays the least is the service that’s the most well funded and run by the biggest company in the world: their figures are by far the worst, whether you measure them on a per-stream basis or a per-user basis. I tend to get myself in trouble when I talk about that company…”

Hence his desire not to name them directly, but quote instead from an interview with Billy Bragg conducted by Music Ally earlier this year. “If we’re pissed off at Spotify, we should be marching to YouTube central with flaming pitchforks,” said Bragg – Caldas read this quote out before delivering his own pointed follow-up. “I can’t say Billy’s right, but I can say that he’s not wrong,” said Caldas.

GearAndGuitars 1st May 2014 06:42 PM
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David Byrne: Breaking Up with the Internet | Creative Time Reports



Disillusionment with the Internet is at an all-time high thanks to the snooping of NSA agents, corporate algorithms and cyber thieves. What would a world without the web look like? David Byrne imagines a society that has gone totally offline—if only to suggest what a truly secure online life might look like.

Whitecat 1st May 2014 11:23 AM
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Professional musicians four times more likely to go deaf - Health News - Health &amp



Professional musicians are four times nearly more likely to suffer from deafness caused by exposure to loud noise than the general population, a new study has shown.

Whitecat 1st May 2014 09:14 AM
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U.K. iTunes Radio Competitor Bloom.fm Shutting Down After Being Blocked From iAd - Ma



London-based streaming music service Bloom.fm is shutting down following the withdrawal of its main investment partner, TNT, a Russian television...

Whitecat 30th April 2014 02:18 PM
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Beatswitch Raises € 250,000 For Concert Music Business Platform - hypebot



Beatswitch has rasied € 250,000 ($342,000 USD) in seed funding for its concert planning platform. The startup incubated at Antwerp based accelerator Idealabs, who introduced them to investor Strike4 (Engager, Scanadu, Argus Labs). The funds will be used to build out the already launched site. Co-founders Gertjan De Wilde and Thomas Van Orshaegen are creating a platform to connect stakeholders in the traditionally tech-resistant live touring sector. Beatswitch is designed as a single business platform for artists,agents and concert bookers to plan, collaborate and work more efficiently. As the booking process progresses BeatSwitch can make suggestions on what action to...

Whitecat 30th April 2014 02:12 PM
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The digital music recording pioneer



Recording engineer Cookie Marenco blames bad sound for the decline of the music industry. Now she is trying to revive it with innovative studio recording techniques and high quality sound files.

GearAndGuitars 28th April 2014 05:16 PM
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Judge Jules becomes anti-piracy ambassador | Music Week



DJ, lawyer and ex-Radio 1 presenter Judge Jules, aka Jules O'Riordan, has accepted a position as an ambassador in the fight against commercial music piracy

The position, with music anti-piracy company AudioLock, came about after O'Riordan participated in a well-received panel on music piracy at the inaugural Brighton Music Conference.

GearAndGuitars 28th April 2014 03:55 PM
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John Hane: Aereo's TV Internet Broadcasts Are a Simple Case of Piracy - WSJ.com



In The Wall Street Journal, John Hane writes that the company is exploiting a legal loophole that the Supreme Court should close.

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