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GearAndGuitars 24th March 2014 06:04 AM
Copyright “safe harbors” shrink in wake of MP3Tunes, other red flag ru

The CEO of a defunct music site is in trouble after a jury ruled he should have known about copyrighted songs on the site. The verdict is partly the result of studios' recent successes in shrinking the scope of so-called safe harbor laws.

razorboy 22nd March 2014 11:03 PM
Jaron Lanier: The Internet destroyed the middle class -

Kodak employed 140,000 people. Instagram, 13. A digital visionary says the Web kills jobs, wealth -- even democracy
This article is not, strictly speaking, a 'music article,' as it is a bit wider -ranging, but it does very much address the music business in struggle.
GearAndGuitars 22nd March 2014 07:16 AM
#SXSW REWIND : Venture Capitalist Admits Artists Can Not Make A Living On Streaming

The grand irony here is that the panel which asked the question “”Will Artists Make Money on Big Music Platforms?” not only reported that artists could not, but also suggested that artists needed to focus on selling concert tickets and merchandise. You know, things artists did BEFORE the internet.

GearAndGuitars 22nd March 2014 07:12 AM
MP3tunes and Michael Robertson found liable for copyright infringement

MP3tunes versus Capitol Records has gone the distance – and it hasn't ended well for the now-shuttered music locker service.

GearAndGuitars 22nd March 2014 07:11 AM
Apple considering a Spotify rival and iTunes Android app | Apple - CNET News

The company is in talks to launch an on-demand streaming music service in order to battle US declines in iTunes downloads, according to Billboard. Read this article by Richard Nieva on CNET News.

Whitecat 21st March 2014 05:29 PM
Why The Music Business Continues To Stumble Toward Its Demise | Cognoscenti

An honest appraisal of how we killed the music industry and left the bones for corporate America to pick over.

Whitecat 21st March 2014 05:28 PM
The music industry: Beliebing in streaming | The Economist

AT THE headquarters of Pandora, an online-radio firm, in Oakland, about a dozen headphone-clad analysts fill in a long questionnaire as they listen. They rank...

Whitecat 21st March 2014 05:28 PM
The Cruel Math Behind Why Streaming Will Never Save The Music Industry - Forbes

The recorded music business has had a pretty lousy 15 years, shrinking by half from its peak of $40 billion in 1999. And the past year hasn't exactly been much better, according to the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Revenues slipped another 4% overall and even digital downloads, dominated [...]

Whitecat 21st March 2014 05:27 PM
Roland TR-808: The drum machine that refused to die

The Roland TR-808 flopped commercially and was discontinued. So how did this drum machine become such a defining sound in music?

GearAndGuitars 20th March 2014 04:27 AM
Goldieblox issues non-apology apology - WHO IS SURPRISED? |

Goldieblox has posted the apology that they legally settled to do, instead of continuing into the court battle that Goldieblox started. It's a non-apology apology, hiding behind semantics, and its served as an image at the bottom of their website.

Whitecat 19th March 2014 11:42 AM
Rate Court Judge Rules Pandora Will Pay ASCAP 1.85 Percent Annual Revenue - The Holly

In what is being viewed as a defeat for songwriters, the ASCAP/Pandora rate court judge has decided that Pandora will pay the performance rights organization a rate of 1.85 percent of annual revenue.

GearAndGuitars 19th March 2014 04:12 AM
Band Games Spotify To Fund Tour, Streams "Most Silent Album Ever Recorded" - hypebot

If Vulfpeck does get enough streams to make those Spotify dollars and fund their tour, they intend to focus on locations with the most streams for their tour dates. You can see a graphic depicting a growing number of Spotify streams on their homepage.

Vulfpeck | Sleepify Tour

GearAndGuitars 19th March 2014 04:10 AM
The Beastie Boys Win Their Battle Against GoldieBlox... | Digital Music News

GoldieBlox will no longer use the parody, will publish an apology (which they kind of already did), and will donate a percentage of revenue to a charity chosen by the Beastie Boys that supports girl in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Whitecat 18th March 2014 07:08 PM
Japan drags down world music market

A sharp decline in the consumption of music in Japan caused overall global growth to slow down in 2013, new figures reveal.

bklynpete 18th March 2014 03:00 PM
Pete’s February 17th article in Glide "The Biz" is out now!

The Biz is a Glide column by guest columnist Pete Mignola, the owner and chief engineer of MetroSonic Studios which is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY.
New Directions in Music Promotion With Matte Black

Promotion & marketing are great and necessary assets for both the artist as well as the producers & engineers working with them. Whether for tour promotion, album release marketing, or just day to day self-promotion, understanding how to best get the job done could be the difference between success & failure.

Matt McAlpin, singer, guitar player & songwriter for NYC rock band Matte Black recently released the band’s newest album Lowlands......................
GearAndGuitars 18th March 2014 04:03 AM
House panel wants to fix online piracy 'Whac-A-Mole' | TheHill

Lawmakers are looking for ways to fix the country’s “Whac-A-Mole” copyright system.During a Thursday hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, members said they want to find a solution for copyright holders who must repeatedly ask Internet companies like Google to take down infringing content online.

GearAndGuitars 18th March 2014 03:58 AM
Slate's Anti Copyright rant sounds like a letter from your psycho ex. |

Never mind the fact the DMCA was passed five years before the existence of The Pirate Bay, and seven years before Youtube even existed. Never mind that according to a study from George Mason University, the number of DMCA copyright takedown notices from mainstream copyright owners is 6.5 million per month on over thirty thousand different websites. Never mind anyone who tries to enact a take down notice falls down a complicated rabbit hole that seems more designed to discourage the copyright holder than anything else. It's those pesky copyright holders, dagnabbit.

GearAndGuitars 15th March 2014 04:42 AM
Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter:Google's copyright stance is bad for artists | Slate

every writer, producer, actor, musician, director, tech wizard, and fine artist working today needs to be aware of what this all means for our future—we will lose the ability to protect and profit from our own work. Every kid out there who aspires to be an actor or musician or artist: This is your future that’s at stake.

More importantly, everyone who enjoys quality entertainment: This impacts you most of all. Content excellence cannot sustain itself if it loses its capacity to reward the talent that creates it. Consider this clunky analogy: If your local car dealership started selling your favorite luxury car for $1,000, then $100, then started giving it away, what do you think would happen to the quality of that vehicle? Before long, the manufacturer would be forced to let go of the skilled laborer, the artisan, and the craftsman, and eventually cut back on everything in the production process. And before long, that fabulous, high-end car you so enjoyed will be a sheet of warped plywood on top of two rusty cans.

Yep, it’s cheap, and it’s ****.

GearAndGuitars 15th March 2014 04:38 AM
Victims of IP theft need better protection | TheHill

In the first six months of 2013, the largest search engine received more than 100 million DMCA takedown notices. The numbers are staggering, but don’t reflect the reality that most indie and small creators struggle to keep up with issuing notices and have simply given up trying to prevent illegal profiting from their work. Independent artists cannot afford employing an entire legal department to monitor the unauthorized use of their content on a daily basis.

And the profits are staggering — a recent study by the Digital Citizens Alliance estimates that the top 596 pirate sites raked in $227 million in advertising revenues last year. These sites had a profit margin of between 80 and 94 percent. Content thieves rely on stealing the rights-protected work of others and distributing on low-cost sites. It’s a low-risk, high-reward business.

This week, the House Judiciary subcommittee on Intellectual Property will examine the “Notice and Takedown” process, and to us, it is clear that a very hard look is necessary.

Whitecat 12th March 2014 11:51 AM
Netflix and Spotify help drive UK home entertainment revenues to £5.3bn | Media | t

New figures show that three-fifths of Britain's video, video games and music sales are now derived from the internet. By John Reynolds

GearAndGuitars 11th March 2014 05:56 AM
Napster: 'Streaming Will Never Become the Primary Medium' | Digital Music N

Analysts continue to warn that music streaming is unsustainable financially, at least without dramatic changes. The question is what the top streaming executives themselves think about the future of their own businesses, and how this is ultimately guiding their decisions.

Enter the modern-day Napster, a now-European streaming service that is now saying things out loud. ”Music streaming will never become the primary medium,” Napster SVP Thorsten Schliesche flatly told the UK-based Inquirer in a recent interview.

GearAndGuitars 10th March 2014 05:12 PM
What YouTube Really Pays… Makes Spotify Look Good! #sxsw | The Trichordist

Is this the future of music? We continue to look at more artist revenue streams. We've been waiting for someone to send us this kind of data. This info was provided anonymously by an indie label (we were provided screenshots but anonymized this info to a spreadsheet). Through the cooperative and collaborative efforts of artists…

GearAndGuitars 9th March 2014 09:58 PM
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Whitecat 9th March 2014 04:36 PM
Can this man save the music business? -

Universal Music Group Chairman Lucian Grainge is determined to reinvent the recording industry.

Whitecat 6th March 2014 10:48 PM
A Spotify IPO? Recent Moves Suggest Yes | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Is that the sweet sound of success the music-streaming service is hearing? They also buy the Echo Nest to amp up music-discovery features, just as...

GearAndGuitars 6th March 2014 05:44 PM
The Death of the Long Tail | Music Industry Blog

Today MIDiA Consulting is proud to announce the publication of an important new report: The Death of the Long Tail: The Superstar Music Economy.* The report is available free of charge to Music Industry Blog subscribers.* (If you are not yet a subscriber to this blog simply enter your email address in the box on…

GearAndGuitars 6th March 2014 05:42 PM
What ASCAP Members Need to Know About the Songwriter Equity Act and What You Can D

The Songwriter Equity Act, a new bill introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), will amend two outdated portions of the Copyright Act that are harming songwriters, composers and publishers in the digital age. Get the facts and show your support.

Whitecat 4th March 2014 06:12 PM
Introducing Songcoin: New Cryptocurrency Built For Music Industry Hopes To Cash In On

Pimovi, a media and entertainment company, partnered with one of the architects of Namecoin and they plan to release Songcoin next week for use within the music business.

Whitecat 2nd March 2014 10:50 PM
Third time lucky for Pharrell's Happy

Pharrell Williams reaches the top of the UK singles chart for the third time with Happy, putting him in a select group of artists to achieve this feat.

Whitecat 2nd March 2014 01:56 PM
Pearl Jam executive heading to prison for stealing from band's coffers - Winnipeg Fre

SEATTLE - A former executive with Pearl Jam is heading to prison for 14 months after being caught fo... - World - Winnipeg Free Press.

Whitecat 2nd March 2014 01:17 PM
Spotify and Ministry end legal fight

The streaming service and dance music brand reach agreement over playlists

GearAndGuitars 2nd March 2014 01:37 AM
We’re being screwed by Spotify! David Byrne, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and Cake’s John McCrea on the fight for artists’ rights | Salon

"We need to have a sustainable system for people who create culture," says John McCrea, announcing a new coalition

Let’s talk about that specifically. You’ve conceived of the Content Creators Coalition not simply as a group of musicians but as a place for writers, artists, journalists, artisans, others. What do these groups, all of whom do different things, have in common? Why do they belong together?

We all have in common the fact that our work — sometimes things that we do that take five years in a small room, as in the case of an author of a book — is easily digitized and distributed, sometimes consensually, sometimes nonconsensually, and I think therein lies our commonality. We need to have a sustainable system for people who create culture. Independent filmmakers, authors of books, journalists increasingly are without much of a bulwark against giant market forces, giant corporations — corporations the size of nation-states, who I guess we’re supposed to be negotiating with in a free market. But there’s a problem with the size of some of these entities compared with the size of a band or a writer or a filmmaker.

It’s not a fair fight at this point.

Yeah. We think that there needs to be aggregation of content-worker power.

GearAndGuitars 28th February 2014 11:55 PM
Court Says YouTube Cannot Publicly Blame GEMA for Blocked Videos... | DMN

The District Court of Munich agrees with GEMA, saying YouTube has illegally made them out as a villain. The court said YouTube should make it clear that the videos are unavailable because of a disagreement between both parties.

The verdict is not yet finalized. If it goes through as-is, YouTube could be fined up to €250,000 for every video that continues to display the message.

Whitecat 26th February 2014 10:26 AM
Musician Zoe Keating reveals iTunes, Spotify and YouTube payouts for 2013 | Technolo

Cellist’s latest publicly-shared numbers reveal 92% of her income still comes from sales rather than streams. By Stuart Dredge

GearAndGuitars 26th February 2014 12:09 AM
Dear Congress, Please Make Pandora Stop Screwing Us. Signed, Songwriters... | Digital Music News

Essentially, the bill attempts to plug two massive loopholes in copyright law that greatly benefit Pandora but essentially screw songwriters. ”Roughly two-thirds of a songwriter’s income is heavily regulated by law or through outdated government oversight,” National Music Publishers’ Association CEO David Israelite explained to Digital Music News. ”This legislation addresses two significant inequities under current copyright law that prevent songwriters and music publishers from receiving compensation that reflects the fair market value of their work.”

GearAndGuitars 26th February 2014 12:07 AM
More proof that online piracy is profitable (for pirates) | Vox Indie

This report confirms that content theft isn’t a cottage industry—it’s big business. Plain and simple, ad-supported rip-off sites are exploiting the Internet and advertising community to get rich. The result is a damage to brand value for advertisers and serious harm to people who work in the creative industries. We hope this report pushes the online advertising community to take additional steps to protect brand value and stop ads from appearing on content theft sites that are undermining the vibrancy and safety of the digital marketplace.

GearAndGuitars 25th February 2014 03:02 AM
Musicians Sing for a Cause That’s Their Own| The New York Times

In the latest example, a group of artists including David Byrne, Mike Mills of R.E.M., John McCrea of Cake and the guitarist Marc Ribot are putting on a free concert on Tuesday at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village to protest the way radio stations pay royalties, and to introduce a new advocacy group, the Content Creators Coalition.

“This is possible now because musicians and artists are fed up,” said Mr. Ribot, who is renowned for his work with musicians including Tom Waits, another coalition member. “It takes a lot to get a musician to go to a meeting, serve on a committee. It’s not what we do; we play music. But the way things are now, many of us feel that our backs are to the wall.”

Whitecat 24th February 2014 01:53 PM
How my research into pop's posh takeover was hijacked | Music | The Observer

The 'fact' that 60% of today's pop stars are privately educated keeps being quoted, but it's just an example of internet-era Chinese whispers, writes Simon Price

Whitecat 24th February 2014 01:06 PM
Which band's beer is top of the hops? | Tony Naylor | Life and style | The Guardian

Tony Naylor: Merch has moved on from T-shirts and posters, bands do beers these days. We line up the offerings from Elbow, Iron Maiden, Status Quo and more

GearAndGuitars 20th February 2014 06:41 PM
Streaming Price Index Updated 2014 : Per Stream Pay Rates | The Trichordist

Here ya go, the world of micro-decimal math.


Streaming Price Index : Pay Rates as of*12/31/11

Music Streaming Math, Can It All Add*Up?

Streaming Services Will Never Become Profitable, Study Finds…

GearAndGuitars 19th February 2014 05:58 PM
Camper Van Beethoven’s 2013 Net Profit Was $645 Million Dollars Higher Than Twitter.

Technologists in Silicon Valley love to tell artists we need to update our business model.

This is hilarious since each of my businesses have been profitable for decades. Stunning when you look at just how unprofitable these Silicon Valley Companies actually are. Twitter for instance lost $645 million dollars last year. Jaw dropping when you consider that there total revenues were $646 million dollars. They spent 2 dollars for every 1 dollar of revenue. And if you look at their losses they are accelerating.

Now consider the fact that the City of San Francisco also gave them approximately $56 million in tax beaks. This is while the city has been pushing to slash benefits to city workers.

GearAndGuitars 19th February 2014 05:11 PM
Digital albums overtake CDs in the US, but iTunes music revenues down

We’re more interested in its estimates for the revenue growth in 2013 of the various content categories in iTunes: apps up 105%, video up 19%, but music downloads down 14% of the year.

Streaming music’s impact isn’t a surprise, but it’s good to have more data to quantify what’s happening – albeit without the corresponding global increase in revenues from streaming services.

GearAndGuitars 19th February 2014 04:56 PM
Homegrown Music: The Challenges Of Running A Record Label in D.C. | Music Download

“I don’t think people understand the idea that music is someone else’s property because it’s just in digital bits,” Feigenbaum says. “It’s intangible. People who feel music has no value and want to steal from you will steal from you. It’s so ubiquitous—it’s so easy”.

“I have people come up to me and tell me how much they love what I do, and I’ll be like, ‘That’s great, where do you buy it?’” notes Feigenbaum. “And you can see they weren’t expecting that and they start to stammer. It’s like, ‘You’re not helping me. You’re not a fan-you’re a leech.’”

“I could go on and on about the things I don’t like about iTunes,” he says, “But they do pay. It’s not my favorite business model, but I get paid from them.” Spotify, however, is another matter.

“They don’t pay ****,” he says. “The only people who make money off of Spotify is Spotify. We were getting thousands of listens on Spotify, which added up to literally one and a quarter pennies. So we opted out.”

Whitecat 19th February 2014 04:17 PM
Why This Venture Capitalist Is Optimistic About the Music Business (Guest Post from P

Fairly straightforward “traditional” business models (primarily retail) have been disrupted, but a new, multipronged “community”-based model is poised to significantly increase the overall pie.

Whitecat 19th February 2014 04:16 PM
Digital music now half of all record industry revenues - Business News - Business -

The rise of downloads and streaming means that digital music now accounts for half of record industry income in the UK for the first time, according to new figures.

GearAndGuitars 19th February 2014 02:04 AM
Spotify seeks to hire U.S. filings expert as bankers eye IPO | Reuters

* Move adds to speculation about IPO

* Senior banker says firm to be valued at $7-8 bln

* Spotify doubled revenue but registered loss in 2012

STOCKHOLM, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Online music streaming service Spotify is recruiting a U.S. financial reporting specialist, adding to speculation that the Swedish start-up is preparing for a share listing, which one banker said could value the firm at as much as $8 billion.

Meeting U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) standards for filing financial disclosures is essential for any firm planning to go public and bankers and lawyers said they inferred from the job ad that the company is getting ready for an initial public share offering (IPO), possibly next year.)

GearAndGuitars 19th February 2014 01:57 AM
Streaming Services Will Never Become Profitable, Study Finds... | Digital Music News

“The streaming business has to slowly move from a free economy to a paid economy as the sustainability of ad-supported revenue model is a big question mark.”

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