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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.

GearAndGuitars 4th June 2014 01:22 AM
BREAKING: Amazon Caves To Independent Publishers | Digital Music News

Well, the independent publishers did their songwriters right by refusing to sign this completely unfair contract. Amazon must have realized that music lovers want to hear more music than just 6 month old major label hits.

As of May 27th, 2014, Amazon has begun to send out notices of intentions to obtain compulsory mechanical licenses.

GearAndGuitars 3rd June 2014 08:25 PM
Online pirates rake in millions from legitimate companies' ads - San Jose Mercury New

Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's.

GearAndGuitars 1st June 2014 07:24 PM
Pirate Bay founder arrested after two years on the run | Technology |

Peter Sunde had been wanted by Interpol over an outstanding sentence for copyright violations

GearAndGuitars 31st May 2014 09:33 AM
Music Piracy Is and Should Remain Illegal | NoisePorn

NoisePorn features all the latest in electronic music: News, interviews, reviews, exclusive mixes and much more

GearAndGuitars 31st May 2014 09:30 AM
Consumers Sent 1.3 Million ‘Copyright Alerts’ in Anti-Piracy Effort | Variety

An anti-piracy program launched last year by movie studios, record companies and Internet providers sent out 1.3 million alerts to consumers that they were accessing infringing content.

The figures for the first 10 months of the program, released on Wednesday, were the first official numbers released by the Center for Copyright Information, the group set up to implement the voluntary industry agreement designed to curb online copyright infringement.

GearAndGuitars 31st May 2014 08:39 AM
File sharing is alive and well, to the tune of 300 million users a month | GigaOm

Americans download more movies, music and TV shows that BitTorrent users in any other country. So why is everyone talking about the decline of P2P?

Whitecat 31st May 2014 12:13 AM
Drum Replacement: The Dirty Little Secret That Changed Rock - Forbes

Chances are, if you’ve never worked behind the scenes in the audio industry, you probably don’t know the truth—or, at least, the vast extent of this truth—that when it comes to modern rock, drummers get by with a little help from their friends, a friend called sample replacement.

GearAndGuitars 30th May 2014 04:59 PM
'Google should lead search engines' piracy fight' - Weatherley | Music Week

PM's IP Adviser has released a new report on search engines' role in piracy battle

theblue1 30th May 2014 02:07 AM
Google Play Music quietly coats the globe (Q&A) - CNET

Google is expanding its Android answer to Apple's iTunes, and two execs say its streaming-plus-downloads double punch is a knockout.
Apple and Beats have the headlines, but Google's got the markets... this may get interesting.
Whitecat 29th May 2014 10:47 PM
Amazon to Introduce Streaming Music Service This Summer, Only Offering Songs 6-Months

Amazon will be launching a music streaming service offered free to customers paying for its $99/year Amazon Prime service. The service will...

Whitecat 29th May 2014 09:25 PM
Fender adds Bono and The Edge to board of directors | Musical instrument industry n

U2 duo will now be working with the firm on ideas for future products.

GearAndGuitars 29th May 2014 08:02 PM
Apple Admits That Fewer Artists Are Releasing Music on iTunes... | Digital Music News

“Music is dying in the way that we know it. It hasn’t been growing in the way that we want it to. You see it in the number of artists. This past year in iTunes, it’s the smallest number of new releases we’ve had in years.”

GearAndGuitars 28th May 2014 11:43 PM
Kevin Godley's New App Allows Fans to Create Music Video Mixes Online, with Arti

With WholeWorldBand, music biz vet Kevin Godley's innovative new iPad and iPhone app, users anywhere in the world can record music and video in a virtual studio with a who's who of superstars. The app just completed an initial round of financing worth five million euros led by IIU and Balderton Capital.

Whitecat 28th May 2014 10:06 PM
BBC News - Apple agrees to buy headphone maker Beats for $3bn

Apple confirms it will buy headphone maker and music-streaming service provider Beats Electronics for $3bn.

GearAndGuitars 28th May 2014 06:58 PM
Apple to announce $3bn Beats acquisition this week - report | Music Week

Deal could have a cut price tag after Beats Music subscriber figures leaked

GearAndGuitars 28th May 2014 06:57 PM
Whitecat 28th May 2014 02:25 PM
BBC News - Sam Smith to perform in first UK live music TV advert

The singer will take over an entire three and a half minute advert break on Channel 4 and transmit a live music performance.

GearAndGuitars 28th May 2014 02:35 AM
Spotify Has Been Hacked, User's Data Accessed - hypebot

Spotify has been hacked and at least one user's data has been accessed, according to the music streamer. Spotfy says it has launched an investigation and believes that the breach only involves one user. Nevertheless, Spotify strengthening its security and saying that all Android users will be asked to update their apps within the next few days.

Whitecat 27th May 2014 04:25 PM
Behringer takes swipe at Guitar Center in tit-for-tat row | Musical instrument indu

Music Group chief responds to Guitar Center’s severing of relationship.

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