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Whitecat 26th September 2013 06:02 PM
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Help for new musicians chasing cash



Help is at hand for bands trying to make a name in today's troubled music industry, with the publication of what's being called the definitive guide to funding music projects.

GearAndGuitars 25th September 2013 04:47 AM
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Digital Music News - Taylor Swift's Label: If We Keep Making $0.000001, We Can't Keep Making New Records

"I think it's a continued race to the bottom and we're gonna fight to continue to have a value to the artists and the music that we put out," Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta told Billboard over the weekend.

Well, news flash: If we keep making $0.000001, we're not gonna be able to afford to keep making records. So there is a value there and we're going to keep pushing to make sure that value is appreciated by everyone."

GearAndGuitars 24th September 2013 04:12 AM
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How Google (Doesn’t) Fight Piracy | Vox Indie



Claiming to be a leader in the fight against piracy is Google's first mistake This past week Google issued a report, How Google Fights Piracy, in which

This past week Google issued a report, “How Google Fights Piracy,” in which the tech giant attempts to explain what a great job it’s doing leading battle against online piracy. After reading it I think a more accurate title would be “Why Google Shouldn’t Have to Fight Piracy Because it Offers so Much Other Good Stuff.”

GearAndGuitars 19th September 2013 04:44 PM
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Yngwie Malmsteen: :The Music Industry Died Because Of The Piracy - BlabberMouth



Classic Rock Revisited:
The Internet changed a lot for the industry; piracy has certainly had a hand in changing the game. Do you think that piracy can be beneficial to some of those bands starting out? How has it affected you?

Yngwie:
How could it possibly be positive? If you go into a store and you see a car that you like, you can't just drive off with it. The cost and the blood and sweat and tears that go into making music is the same thing, it's not free. Try telling the engineer and the producer that they have to work for free. It's utterly bizarre. It's like just going into a store and taking things off the shelves. It's stealing. The reason there are no bands coming out now is that the money that was once there is not there anymore. So what happened was, in essence, by pirating music, you kill the music industry. The music industry died because of the piracy, and now all the fans will have no new music. Isn't that wonderful? It's a direct consequence of that.

GearAndGuitars 19th September 2013 06:54 AM
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Thunderclap: #StandWithSongwriters Petition



The rights of songwriters are under attack. Pandora Media Inc., which controls 70% of the US streaming market, has launched an aggressive campaign to pay songwriters and composers less than a fair market share for their work – even as the company’s revenue and listener base has soared.

GearAndGuitars 18th September 2013 07:45 PM
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Lessig Mixes it Up : The Illusion of More

So, as a legal layman but active observer of these things, it seems to me Mr. Lessig’s presentation, though charming, contains at least two fallacious premises. The first is that the positive aspects of remix culture are actually threatened by the copyright system; and the second is that remix culture is universally positive.

I don’t know of any cases in which rights holders are stopping “the kids” from singing the songs of the day on YouTube. But there are plenty of cases in which adults are profiting from remixing culture in ways that benefit neither fans nor creators. While it’s almost rote these days to call everyone a shill, I don’t think this is very helpful.

I prefer to assume intelligent people mean what they say and believe in their positions, and Lawrence Lessig is certainly an intelligent man. Of course, that might be why his ideas are ultimately so dangerous.

GearAndGuitars 18th September 2013 07:38 PM
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Pandora Runs to the Government to Screw Songwriters Again | MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY •

Today Pandora won a truly Pandora-style “victory” in the ASCAP rate court by getting a federal judge to rule that Pandora–a monopolist in webcasting–can use the out of date ASCAP consent decree to force songwriters to license to them.



Whitecat 18th September 2013 01:44 PM
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Rabbit Rabbit: A New Model of Musician Entrepreneurship | Mediapocalypse



Rabbit Rabbit epitomizes a new breed of musician. Their pay-what-you-want music subscription service is just one of many aspects of their music career.

Whitecat 18th September 2013 12:03 PM
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Don't be casual about copyright & fair use - Editorials - The Bosto



Liberation Music has belatedly realized it chose the wrong adversary for a copyright dispute. Citing the need to protect a copyrighted song, the company had sought to suppress the work of Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, a leading theorist of openness on the Internet. Although the company apparently has withdrawn its challenge, Lessig is right to pursue a lawsuit to protect free expression for people with fewer academic and legal resources.

GearAndGuitars 17th September 2013 05:50 PM
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Online piracy of entertainment content keeps soaring - latimes.com



The amount of bandwidth used to illegally download films, music and other material jumps 160% since November 2011, a study says.

GearAndGuitars 16th September 2013 07:15 PM
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Announcing The Content Creators Coalition | Brooklyn NYC Meeting Sept 24th



A new Artists Rights collective is forming by Artists & Creators, for Artists & Creators. There is a group meeting in Brooklyn on Sept. 24th. Sign up here to get more details about the CCC and request meeting information:
http://contentcreatorscoalition.org/

WHO WE ARE
A dedicated group of artists, creators, and stakeholders are forming a new and unprecedented coalition. This coalition will allow the people who create the content that powers the web — recording artists, songwriters, journalists, filmmakers, producers, photographers, visual artists, and performers — to join together and exercise their collective voice in shaping the future of their industries.

Whitecat 16th September 2013 01:24 PM
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Gatfield: Music business 'looking more positive than it has for a long time" | M



British acts 'can continue to dominate world stage,' says Sony Music UK CEO

Whitecat 16th September 2013 10:52 AM
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Small proportion of web users responsible for majority of illegal downloads | IT PRO



New reports sheds light on the illegal downloading habits of web users.

GearAndGuitars 16th September 2013 04:15 AM
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Unsound presents Brett Gurewitz: You Are the Product



From the forthcoming documentary Unsound: Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph Records founder Brett Gurewitz talks about how large tech corporations make millions of dollars selling advertising- essentially making people the product, without them even realizing.

The promise of free or cheap music is often used to draw eyeballs to websites, apps, and social networking platforms, allowing corporations to make large amounts of money from advertising.

The public is generally unaware and happy to have free/cheap music, corporations make tons of money from advertising, but how is the musician benefiting from this?

GearAndGuitars 14th September 2013 12:17 AM
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Alice In Chains: Illegal Music Downloaders Are Sticking It To Themselves



"People think they're sticking it to 'the man' by not paying for a record, BitTorrenting and all this stuff. They're not [sticking it to 'the man'].

They’re sticking it to their favorite band, they're sticking it to their favorite artist, and ultimately, they're stucking it to themselves. Because eventually, those [artists] won't be able to tour so readily.

A lot of bands are gonna break up. A lot of bands already have broken up.

GearAndGuitars 12th September 2013 06:58 PM
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Do You Want To save the music industry? Franz Ferdinand call on David Cameron for he




Music stars are urging David Cameron to take urgent steps to combat web piracy when the Prime Minister stages a record industry summit on Thursday.

Alex Kapranos, the Franz Ferdinand singer, said the British music industry, which had provided thousands of jobs over the years, was now in danger of falling into terminal decline.

GearAndGuitars 12th September 2013 08:09 AM
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“Artists Should Expect Nothing” from Spotify says George Howard | The Trichordist



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"Artists must therefore recalibrate not only their expectations with respect to payments (they should expect nothing), but also their approach generally."
There you have it, artists should expect nothing. Not that George Howard doesn’t make valid points earlier about the meaninglessness of Spotify royalties to musicians. Although the irony of how bad he misses the point is astounding.

GearAndGuitars 7th September 2013 09:12 PM
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Digital Music News - I Just Found My Music On a Sketchy Russian Website. What Should I do

So what happens when you can't even send a DMCA letter? Here's a letter from Salim Ghazi Saeedi, an independent (and recognized) Iranian guitarist and composer who's trying to figure out how to remove his music from the sketchy Russian website myfreemp3.eu. He's looking for advice on what to do.

GearAndGuitars 5th September 2013 05:59 AM
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Kim Dotcom slammed as 'chubby Che Guevara' at music body the BPI's annual general me



Former Longpigs star and current co-CEO of Featured Artists Coalition Crispin Hunt calls for labels to reveal Megaupload mogul 'as the self-interested privateer that he is'. By Stuart Dredge

Earlier today, Hunt spoke at the annual general meeting of British music industry body the BPI, providing an artist's view on digital disruption, piracy and relations with labels. And he talked about the importance of songs:

"Songs that we are now being told are valueless, by self-proclaimed revolutionary freedom fighters, posing as Robin Hood. Self-interest masquerading as idealism, champions of liberty and free speech, complete with revolutionary beret in the case of chubby Che Guevara Kim Dotcom, hell bent on furthering his own corp

GearAndGuitars 5th September 2013 02:02 AM
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Ministry of Sound: 'It is time that Spotify's actions are held to account' | Technol



Chief executive Lohan Presencer explains why his company has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the streaming music service

Last year we noticed something on Spotify. Users of the service were copying our compilations. They were posting them as their own playlists and calling them "Ministry of Sound". We assumed it was an oversight on Spotify's part and contacted the company to request it remove the offending playlists. It declined, claiming there was no infringement and it wasn't its responsibility to police its users.

Several rounds of legal letters later, this dispute will now be settled in court. We believe we have a clear cut case. After 20 years and more than 50m album sales, the value and creativity in our compilations are self evident.

GearAndGuitars 4th September 2013 01:30 AM
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The “Chilling Effects” of YouTube’s Internet Censorship and Lack of Transparency



We've been watching with interest a story developing over at Digital Music News. The site ran a guest editorial by Jeff Price promoting his new YouTube Content Management System Collections Service, Audiam. It's interesting to note how Price targets distribution companies as the black hats but does not criticize YouTube for their less than stellar “Openess and Transparency” with artists.

So when Google protects it’s interests it’s “business” but when musicians protect their rights it’s “censorship”.

GearAndGuitars 29th August 2013 07:35 AM
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Trent Reznor speaks on value of music: “It costs 10 bucks, or go **** yourself.



"I know that what we’re doing flies in the face of the Kickstarter Amanda-Palmer-Start-a-Revolution thing, which is fine for her, but I’m not super-comfortable with the idea of Ziggy Stardust shaking his cup for scraps. I’m not saying offering things for free or pay-what-you-can is wrong. I’m saying my personal feeling is that my album’s not a dime. It’s not a buck. I made it as well as I could, and it costs 10 bucks, or go **** yourself.”

GearAndGuitars 29th August 2013 01:10 AM
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Hollywood Studios Win Massive Hotfile Lawsuit



A Florida federal judge has handed down a huge ruling, determining that Hotfile*is liable for copyright infringement.* The lawsuit led by the Motion Picture Association of America on behalf of its member studios was a path-breaking and controversial one when it was filed in February, 2011.

What made the case one to watch from a legal standpoint was the argument by Hotfile, one of the top 100 trafficked sites in the world, that it had safe harbor from copyright liability and had no vicarious liability for what users were doing. The dispute gave U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams an opportunity to address the kinds of questions that have come up in the Supreme Court's Grokster decision, as well as Viacom's dispute with YouTube and Universal Music's dispute with Veoh. Namely, what kind of knowledge and control is necessary before an Internet Service Provider has a legal duty to clean up copyright infringements on a network.

GearAndGuitars 27th August 2013 09:06 PM
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Radiohead Producer Calls Spotify 'Greedy,' 'Divisive,' 'Clever'. Digital Music News



"Spotify will tell you that if you don't put your albums on, then your albums won't sell," Godrich continued, with particular reference to holdouts like the Black Keys and Adele.

"They're being divisive. These people are very clever. They're cleverer than me and there's more of them than me. And they have a lot more money and time than me."

GearAndGuitars 27th August 2013 01:59 AM
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If CDs cost £8 where does the money go?



Despite digital’s complete dominance of the singles market, most albums are still bought on CD. The average cost is £8 but where does the money go?

Jimbguitar 26th August 2013 08:21 PM
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GearAndGuitars 22nd August 2013 06:34 PM
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21st Century Piracy: The Demise of the Music Industry



The Internet pirates have made me, and thousands of other musicians, walk the plank. We now have to swim in shark-infested waters where the big fish gobble up our dues and the pirates laugh their way to the bank.

I believe this basic injustice must be remedied – Internet pirates are white-collar criminals. They should pay the royalties they have stolen or be answerable to the law, like looters, burglars, and fraudsters.

GearAndGuitars 22nd August 2013 01:28 AM
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Big Marketers Sign Up for Apple's iTunes Radio | Digital - Advertising Age



McDonald's, Nissan, P&G, Pepsi and possibly one or two other brands will help launch iTunes Radio when it debuts in September.

Because iTunes Radio will not allow users to search and play a song on-demand, it's most immediate competitor will be Pandora, the No. 3 company in terms of U.S. mobile advertising revenue market share in 2013, according to eMarketer.

Pandora mobile ad revenue is projected to increase 43% year over year, from $376 million this year to $539 in 2014.

GearAndGuitars 21st August 2013 07:25 PM
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Prince debuts ‘Breakfast Can Wait’ cover art featuring Dave Chappelle dressed as



Who knew Prince had a comical side. The Artist Formerly Known As Prince selected a photo of comedian Dave Chappelle dressed as him and holding a plate of pancakes for the cover art of his new single “Breakfast Can Wait.”

GearAndGuitars 21st August 2013 07:23 PM
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Neil Young’s Pono Music Faces Two Big Obstacles | Evolver.fm



Neil Young made a big splash when he brandished a yellow object on Late Night With David Letterman last year. This was the mystical Pono audio player, inspired by Young apparently seeing a woman listening to music white earbuds presumably connected to an iDevice, and lamenting that she would never know top-notch sound quality.

Whitecat 20th August 2013 06:34 PM
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The look of music | Harvard Gazette



Researcher tests role of visual information in assessing performance | A new study by Chia-Jung Tsay, a musician and Harvard Ph.D., examines the power of visual information in evaluating classical music.

Whitecat 20th August 2013 12:36 PM
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Why pop stars should heed Bob Dylan's words: they're just song-and-dance men | Music



Plan B walked off the stage early because the fans were too quiet; Beyoncé came on 30 minutes late. They should remember who's paying to be there, and who's being paid

GearAndGuitars 20th August 2013 12:35 AM
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Beats On Investor Hunt, Seeks HTC Buyout - hypebot



Just months ahead its new Beats Music service launch and a planned product expansion, parent Beats Electronics is on the hunt for a major new investor that will infuse cash to fuel growth. Beats revenues top $1 billion annually and the company controls 59% of the U.S. premium headphone market. In March, Beats announced a $60 million investment from Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik's Access Industries and other investors. Sources suggest that may have gone sour, and that the new round will come in the form of debt financing with a possible minority ownership stake. A portion of the funds...

Whitecat 19th August 2013 06:24 PM
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Musician calls for big bands to come clean on secret backing tracks - News - Music -



Bands who rely on secret backing tapes when they play live are “conning” fans, a rising musician has claimed.

GearAndGuitars 18th August 2013 05:13 PM
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Pollstar’s Mid-Year Charts for 2013 | Pollstar



Bon Jovi ruled the world during the first six months of 2013, achieving the No. 1 position on Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Tours while The Rolling Stones topped North America’s touring scene.

Whitecat 17th August 2013 12:08 PM
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Increase in capital's vinyl sales



Buying music on vinyl is becoming increasingly popular with sales doubling in the past year.

Whitecat 15th August 2013 03:00 PM
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Want a Job in the Music Business? These Are the Cities You Should Live In (From the M



Big cities like New York and Los Angeles have more music industry jobs, but you're more likely to have a neighbor in the biz in Nashville.

Whitecat 14th August 2013 03:40 PM
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DJ David Guetta says electro music is 'growing' - CNN.com



From Brazil to Malaysia, Thailand to Canada, electronic music festivals are springing up worldwide as record labels and promoters push for a dance revolution with a new beat.

Whitecat 14th August 2013 03:39 PM
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Steinway agrees $512m private sale



Steinway Musical Instruments, the US company famous for its grand pianos, agrees a buyout deal with hedge fund firm Paulson & Co.

GearAndGuitars 13th August 2013 08:13 PM
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Special Report -- The Pandora Wars: 'You Can't Be Victim to Congress and Success to Wall St.'



"Legislation is often about helping victims. Wall Street is about survival of the fittest. Those are two contradictory messages. You can't present yourself as a victim to Congress and as a successful company to Wall Street."

GearAndGuitars 13th August 2013 08:07 PM
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The Future of Anti-Piracy? Millions of Lady Gaga Fans Plug A Leak | DMN



The extremely unusual public shaming is now a coordinated effort involving Lady Gaga, Universal Music Group, and die-hard Little Monsters. Which has subsequently led to removals and shutdowns at familiar places like Soundcloud and Perez Hilton.

Sounds like the emergence of crowd-sourced anti-piracy, with other artists potentially following suit. Gaga first sparked the outrage, and even lent support to another artist suffering a big leak, Katy Perry.

GearAndGuitars 12th August 2013 07:25 PM
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How Will Musicians Survive In the Spotify Era? : The New Yorker



Sasha Frere-Jones, Dave Allen, Jace Clayton, and Damon Krukowski discuss how (mildly) popular musicians are going to survive.

Krukowski: What jumps out at me is how Dave’s emphasis on artists holding on to copyrights and Jace’s idea of microsales to microaudiences are both about musicians capitalizing on their work without going through mediators (which is how I read Wilco’s business efforts, as well).

That seems like a natural way to use the power of the Internet, to reach one’s audience directly—yet here we are dealing with larger structures than ever that stand between music and online listeners: Apple, Spotify, Pandora… The audience is being seduced to turn to ever-decreasing numbers of sources for music, even as they are being encouraged to diversify their listening. The middleman is only growing bigger.

GearAndGuitars 12th August 2013 05:48 AM
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Why Telling Artists To Stop Selling Music & Just Make Money Through Live Shows Is Ridiculous



There are a lot of reasons it's ridiculous for people in the tech world, in particular, to say that you should just give away all your music for free and make a living through live shows.

GearAndGuitars 6th August 2013 10:39 PM
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Lou Reed and Dead Kennedys Go Public Against Ad Funded Piracy with Facebook Posts



In the recent weeks we’ve heard from Aimee Mann, Pink Floyd, Thom Yorke, Blake Morgan, Lou Reed and the Dead Kennedys on various issues negatively effecting artists in the “digital economy.”

Whitecat 6th August 2013 11:46 AM
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Cowell calls music business 'a girls' World'



Perhaps you haven't noticed but Simon Cowell is, quite literally, level-headed.

GearAndGuitars 2nd August 2013 04:31 PM
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U.S. Album Sales Hit Historic Lows | Billboard



U.S. album sales have hit new historic lows over the last five weeks marking the longest consecutive stretch in the SoundScan era that the industry has gone without scanning more than 5 million units. And, over the last two weeks, album sales hit consecutive record lows. Which begs the question, is it all due to the summer doldrums, streaming's rise, dwindling catalog sales or all three?

GearAndGuitars 1st August 2013 04:01 PM
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Lou Reed doesn’t like it when his music is pirated | PandoDaily



On one hand you could argue that these advertisers don’t control where their ads appear if Google is serving them. On the other, ad networks are a convenient cover for these brands. Do you see American Express, AT&T, and Chevrolet advertisements on hardcore porn sites? If not, can’t Google, if it wanted, screen out pirate music sites?

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