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rack gear 21st May 2010 05:45 AM
Pandora FAQ

Interestingly... I didn't know Pandora was so selective. I like that they are - it's the type of filter we're talking about. Because they work on recommendations the criteria has to have some Q/C.

Because it limits it's intake it's not racing to the bottom.

I like Pandora more everyday.
rack gear 20th May 2010 06:15 PM
Exclusive: SoundExchange Holding Over $200 Million In Unpaid Artist Royalties... - Digital Music News

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At SXSW recently, SoundExchange was trying to match $1 million in unpaid artist royalties. But the non-profit is holding an unpaid royalty account of more than $200 million, according to documents obtained by Digital Music News and information shared directly by the company. And, given the growth arcs, the amount may be quite a lot more.
Performer / SRCO Home
rack gear 19th May 2010 02:16 AM
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Hollywood backs Viacom in Google legal fight | Media Maverick - CNET News



Some of YouTube's own content partners have jumped into the copyright fray on the side of Viacom. Read this blog post by Greg Sandoval on Media Maverick.
Hollywood backs Viacom in Google legal fight | Media Maverick - CNET News

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"We are pleased that such a broad group of guilds and unions, content owners, rights organizations, and public policy groups have made their support clear for Viacom's position in our case against YouTube," a Viacom spokesman said in a statement. "These important groups plainly recognize that YouTube's disregard for copyright benefits only Google."

duvalle 18th May 2010 02:41 PM
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2% of the 98,000 albums released in '09 account for 91% of all sales:

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On that last question, Nielsen Soundscan offered some sobering stats. A total of 98,000 albums were released in 2009, and just a handful crossed the million-mark.
Perhaps more sobering, just 2.1 percent managed to cross the 5,000-mark, a group that made up 91 percent of total sales. Suddenly, fresh artists are staring at a near-zero chance of selling even modest amounts, part of a continued drizzle on DIY optimism.
The Latest Startling Stats Out of NARM... - Digital Music News


rack gear 17th May 2010 11:17 PM
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The Latest Startling Stats Out of NARM... - Digital Music News

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A total of 98,000 albums were released in 2009, and just a handful crossed the million-mark.

Perhaps more sobering, just 2.1 percent managed to cross the 5,000-mark, a group that made up 91 percent of total sales.

Suddenly, fresh artists are staring at a near-zero chance of selling even modest amounts, part of a continued drizzle on DIY optimism.

rack gear 17th May 2010 07:23 PM
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well - peter michael had the right idea, but with the wrong video/artist:

Crazed Hits - The Music Industry's Leading A&R Site - by Alex Wilhelm

Interscope pounces on ultimate marketing mash-up, the appeal of Lady Ga Ga and Justin Beiber rolled into one!

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According to our sources, Interscope Records have signed 12-year old Greyson Chance, who has attracted over 13 million views on YouTube with his cover of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.”


Our sources tell us that Interscope closed the deal before any other label could even step in and meet the kid.
my prediction - about a million people rushing onto You Tube doing covers of huge pop songs... hello... ascap? bmi? publishers? ? ?


rack gear 13th May 2010 12:55 AM
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Mobile Roadie - Mobile App Creator for iPhone, Android, iPad and Mobile Web



Mobile Roadie is the most powerful mobile app creator for iPhone, Android, iPad and Mobile Web. Build, host, and create apps in minutes.
thought you guys might like to know about this - it's solid service, very cost effective. $500 Startup, $10 per month service fee. Can be Free or Paid app.

I can't imagine any band that shouldn't have an app...
Mobile Roadie - iPhone and Android Apps for Everyone

here's some examples for both iphone/android more on their site.
Mobile Roadie - Apps - Most Popular
rack gear 13th May 2010 12:46 AM
YouTube v. MySpace Music: What a Difference Two Years Makes... - Digital Music News

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Rihanna's "Rude Boy," number 4 across both sites during the recent week, offers a convenient comparison. During the period, "Rude Boy" racked 732,014 on-demand streams on MySpace Music, but the music video clocked nearly 4.3 million plays on YouTube.

Rihanna, "Rude Boy"
MySpace Music (w/e 5/2)
Rank: 4
732,014 streams

YouTube (w/e 5/2)
Rank: 4
4,282,376 video views

A high-level examination of the top-ten most-played songs makes the shift abundantly clear. During the same period, the ten most-played music videos on YouTube racked 57.3 million views, while the top ten on MySpace Music generated 7.5 million.

rack gear 11th May 2010 12:11 AM
TuneCore Has a Great Story to Tell. So Why the Misinformation? - Digital Music News

read on...

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Increasingly, questions are surrounding the sheer impossibility of do-it-yourself success, thanks to a landscape super-saturated with content and competing entertainment options. So why all the claims of increasing sales and direct-to-iTunes success?

Suddenly, the spotlight is now turning on the companies selling DIY success, and whether their message is responsible. "I've been arguing for over a year now that the numbers pretty much guarantee that most musicians can't make a living at this and we need to be honest about it

rack gear 7th May 2010 08:28 PM
The Double-Edged Sword of Digital Democratization...

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"Democratization is a double-edged sword," said Ted Mico, EVP of Digital for Interscope Geffen A&M (UMG). "You need more than a power-sander, you need a contractor," Mico continued, while also noting that UMG "threw the building" at Lady Gaga to make that success happen.

rack gear 7th May 2010 08:26 PM
Rhapsody Subscribers Drop Another 19 Percent... - Digital Music News

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If Rhapsody is having trouble keeping paid subscribers, who says that Spotify can effectively attract them? That is a heavy question hovering over US-based Spotify licensing talks, and continued Rhapsody declines further underscore the concern.

rack gear 5th May 2010 11:20 PM
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The FCC Steps Up To Protect Net Neutrality. But Does It Go Far Enough? | TechCrunch



The FCC will in fact be reregulating the ways we connect to the Internet in order to protect net neutrality, a report in The Wall Street Journal says today. Assuming this is true, it's huge news, and potentially a huge win for consumers. But the big question will be: does it go far enough? There isn't much detail in the WSJ report, but the key part is that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's staff has been briefing FCC commissioners on changes that will be made to the regulation of Internet lines. The companies in charge of such lines, such as phone and cable companies, have been arguing that new regulations would hurt their businesses. They fear that they may have to open these lines to competitors (God forbid!) or be forced to have rate limits (the horror!). According to the WSJ report, the FCC officials are saying that won't be the case, and instead will mainly be concerned with ensuring net neutrality.
The FCC Steps Up To Protect Net Neutrality. But Does It Go Far Enough?

FCC to Overhaul Regulation of Internet Lines - WSJ.com

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WJS Reports:
By AMY SCHATZ

WASHINGTON–Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has decided to reregulate Internet lines to protect net neutrality, siding with consumer groups and Internet companies worried that Internet providers have too much power.

rack gear 21st April 2010 08:33 PM
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Hitler Downfall Parody Videos Removed From YouTube (But Not From Urlesque) - Urlesque



Videos that make fun of Hitler? Always acceptable! They're part of a storied tradition, from Charlie Chaplin to Mel Brooks to Quentin Tarantino. The i
or the beginning of more robust copyright protection on the web...

The popularity of this one meme, policed off of youtube will spread to other video sites (like below) thus causing many who upload copyright infringing content to seek other "copyright safe" harbors... It will be interesting to see if Constantine follows them...

Hitler Downfall Parody Videos Removed From YouTube (But Not From Urlesque) - Urlesque

BB11 19th April 2010 05:29 PM
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Blazetrak



Blazetrak.com is a website that allows you to seek opportunities and advice directly from industry experts and celebrities.
Anyone familiar with this website? You pay to be "put directly in touch with professionals." Seems fishhyy

Blazetrak
Washington 13th April 2010 03:19 PM
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NAPOLEON WASHINGTON (Official Website)



The official Napoleon Washington website.
To keep the story short, I launched my third album dec. 10, 2009, as a downloadable pay-what-you-want item, after a long reflexion on what could be done considering the state of the industry. Less then a month later, a french label contacted me to physically release and distribute it in Europe. It'll be available in stores by the end of the month.

I just feel good about it and wanted to share. Don't mean to brag. Also, maybe the experience could be of interest to fellow GS... feel free to post if you got any question or comment. It was a long process.

Below is an excerpt from the press release. The album is still available from my website, which - of course - was the big thing to negotiate.

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Dixiefrog to release "Mud & Grace"

French label Dixiefrog (Popa Chubby, Eric Bibb, J.J. Milteau, Pura Fé...) has acquired rights to the European physical release of Mud & Grace. Album is to be available as of april 22.


Mud & Grace, Washington's third album, was initially published december 10, 2009, on Washington's website. Conceived both as a personal experience and as the result of a reflexion on the present state of the music business, it was launched in the form of a of 13-song virtual CD, including a "living booklet" featuring over 45 minutes of motion graphics synchronized to the music. It is - and will remain - downloadable as a donationware album, and can be browsed, played and seen directly online.

The project has been very well received, the website being visited by more than 5400 single users between december 10 and 31 only and donations rapidly covering the cost of its production structure. Media exposure was also quite noticeable (see the attached 5-page article from french magazine Xroads).

Very enthusiastic about the album's musical content, Dixiefrog contacted Washington to press and distribute it in Europe. Washington first turned the proposition down, as he considered the "virtual" existence of the project to be its core concept. Upon the label's insistance, negotiations took place to define a partnership that would allow its physical release not to compete with its digital existence, without the latter being modified in any way. Dixiefrog manager Philippe Langlois then chose to have a luxurious edition of the CD made (32-page full-color booklet, 8-page digipak case), willing to give it an "added value" that would appeal to listeners who care for a well-crafted "touchable" object. Washington took charge of the graphic design for this new release.

"Mud & Grace" (Dixiefrog DFGCD 8686) will be available as of april 22, 2010, and is distributed by Harmonia Mundi (Europe) and Disques Office (Switzerland).


Jules 9th April 2010 10:31 AM
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Sex Pistols manager McLaren dies



Malcolm McLaren, former manager of punk group the Sex Pistols, has died aged 64 after being diagnosed with cancer.
BBC News - Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren dies at 64

RIP
gsilbers 9th April 2010 03:20 AM
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U.K. embraces 'three strikes' for illegal file sharing | Media Maverick - CNET News



The U.K.'s House of Commons approves a bill that would allow service interruption of those accused of illegal file sharing. France passed a similar law in October. Read this blog post by Greg Sandoval on Media Maverick.
he U.K.'s House of Commons overwhelmingly voted in favor of creating a law that would enable copyright owners to seek the suspension of Internet service of those accused multiple times of illegal file sharing.

The House of Commons voted 189 to 47 to pass the Digital Economy Bill, which also seeks to give the country's government the authority to block access to Web sites suspected of engaging in pirated material, according to British publication The Telegraph.
The bill still needs to go back to the House of Lords, which is nothing more than a formality since that's where it originated.
What this means is that some of the major European governments seem to be lining up behind copyright owners. France passed a similar law in October. Copyright owners applauded the results of the vote.
"The UK legislation recognizes that digital theft is a job killer," said Rick Cotton, NBC Universal's general counsel. "(The bill) creates a carefully calibrated framework for ISPs to act to reduce illegal activity, protect workers, and help build the economy."
The passing of the bill also signals that so-called three-strikes policies is how many governments and media companies intended to protect copyrights. Three strikes is the term used to describe the sending of multiple warnings to suspected illegal file sharers. Under such laws, after a certain number of warnings, if the accused fails to stop, an Internet service provider can be required to suspend or terminate service.
Three-strikes laws are controversial. Plenty of pro-Internet user groups say cutting off someone's Web connection is the equivalent of turning off someone's water or power. People need to go online to pay bills, to send e-mail, and even to make phone calls.
Copyright owners say there's a simple fix: stop ripping off digital music, movies, games, and software. The music industry tried lawsuits, education, and e-mail warnings. Now, it wants ISPs to help slam the door on piracy.
The big question for the United States is whether the government will follow its European neighbors. In May, tech journalist Larry Magid in a CNET piece quoted Gigi Sohn, president of digital-rights advocate Public Knowledge.
"The recording industry and Hollywood have a lot of friends in Congress," Sohn said then. "Their aim is to get as many of these laws passed in other countries so that they can come to Congress and say 'others are doing it.'"
"(Europe) is like a petri dish," she added.

U.K. embraces 'three strikes' for illegal file sharing | Media Maverick - CNET News
MrT 6th April 2010 06:23 PM
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I thought I'd post this in here and make it relevant to you as a person in the music business.

FCC loses key ruling on Internet `neutrality' - Yahoo! News
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WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks.

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is a big victory for Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable company. It had challenged the FCC's authority to impose so-called "net neutrality" obligations on broadband providers.
I think that this is for one, a bad bad road to start down for the internet and choice as a whole but to keep it on point with this forum I ask this:

How will the end of net neutrality affect your business as a(n) engineer/musician/producer/record label?

How will independents compete on the internet if you have to pay Comcast/whoever an exorbitant amount of money just to be on an equal playing field as the majors? Won't this create a new barrier to entry into this business that will stifle not only competition but also creativity in the long run?

It's an interesting thought and for the hopes of music and the internet as a whole I hope that net neutrality is not abandoned in favor of pay-to-play.
scud133 2nd April 2010 06:06 AM
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Obama admin: time to make radio pay for its music | Ars Technica



One of Washington's most acrimonious debates has been the decades-long feud …
What's the official GS take on this??

Obama admin: it's time make radio pay for its music

Looks like the executive will now be pushing the legislature to get a bill through
rectifier 1st April 2010 05:29 PM
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CBS and ABC Prepping Free Ad-Supported Video for iPad While Hulu Considers Subscription Option - MacRumors Forums



CBS and ABC Prepping Free Ad-Supported Video for iPad While Hulu Considers Subscription Option MacRumors.com News Discussion
Not music related... yet (although one could look at spotify I guess).. but interesting:

CBS and ABC Prepping Free Ad-Supported Video for iPad While Hulu Considers Subscription Option - Mac Forums

(sub needed for Wall Street Journal story)
petermichael 28th March 2010 08:01 AM
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Take your royalty checks, SoundExchange begs - Los Angeles Times



When John Boydston got an e-mail from SoundExchange saying he had several thousand dollars in unclaimed royalties, he did what most sensible people would do. He ignored it. To the rock musician
Figured we could all stand to hear a bit of the positive.

Silly perhaps, but still positive, and perhaps you may know or be one of those mentioned.

Money from SoundExchange?
rectifier 28th March 2010 01:03 AM
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Bono named worst investor in America - San Francisco Business Times

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San Francisco, CA News - View Daily Local Business News, Resources & more in San Francisco, California.
Kinda music business related surely? heh

Bono named worst investor in America - San Francisco Business Times:

"U2 singer Bono's investments into Elevation Partners, which has offices in New York and Menlo Park, have helped make him the "worst investor investor in America," according to the online publication 24/7 Wall Street.

With large investments in Palm, Forbes, and Move.com -- "an unprecedented string of disastrous investments which even bad luck could not explain" -- Elevation Partners has earned the distinction of being "arguably the worst run institutional fund of any size in the United States," 24/7 Wall Street asserts.

Bono is listed on Elevation's website as one of the five leaders, along with Fred Anderson, former CFO at Apple Computer, Marc Bodnick, founding principal of Silver Lake Partners, Roger McNamee, co-founder of Silver Lake and Integral Capital Partners and Bret Pearlman, former senior managing director of The Blackstone Group.

Elevation bought 25 percent of Palm in 2007, and the company's stock has since tanked - down to $3.65 from $18 last September - after the company's efforts to regain mobile phone market share from Apple, RIM and other smartphone makers failed.

Citing unnamed sources, 24/7 says Elevation Partners put $300 million into Forbes' online operations in 2006, and the company's total value has dropped from $750 million to "perhaps $100 million."

Elevation put $100 million into Move.com, which owns home and real estate websites, and company shares subsequently lost 50 percent of their value, 24/7 noted.

And recently, Elevation committed to investing $100 million in Yelp, the San Francisco online user generated business review site, with $25 million to the company and the rest to stockholders. Shortly thereafter, Yelp was hit with multiple lawsuits claiming that it sought to extort money from local businesses in exchange for manipulating reviews, a charge the company says is false."
chrisso 27th March 2010 04:17 AM
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Australian Business & World Finance News - Yahoo!7 Finance



Latest business and finance news from Australia and the world's key markets from Yahoo!7 Finance
At this rate the music biz is being left behind.

UK papers to charge for online content - Yahoo!7 Finance News
rectifier 27th March 2010 01:50 AM
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MGMT Leak Highlights Growing Tide of Pre-Release Streams - Speakeasy - WSJ



After the coming album by rock group MGMT popped up on file-trading sites, the band offered its own streaming version free of charge. Such pre-release streams have become standard marketing procedure for record labels, even as they continue to crack down on unauthorized releases.
Wondered what you thought about this?

MGMT Leak Highlights Growing Tide of Pre-Release Streams - Speakeasy - WSJ

Which links a site that shows all *leaks*:

Leaks All Day - Did it leak? - Music Album Leak Release Source - CD Advance

First of all - nearly all records in last 10-15 years have been leaked, I don't have stats/link on that but I would say it's at about 98% if not 100%. Now the band are using the leak as promotion. Not silly. BUT they are in a position where they can do this, they sell out everywhere (with the new higher ticket pricing reflecting the lost sales on cds of ye olde) and leak or not, they will SELL A MILLION RECORDS for real!

Next, the band are saying:

"Hey everybody, the album leaked, and we wanted you to be able to hear it from us. We wanted to offer it as a free download but that didn't make sense to anyone but us"

WHOISMGMT?

This is calculated. Marketing. It's not independent of what their record label would say, surely? (thoughts?) Yet - 'We wanted to offer it as a free download but that didn't make sense to anyone but us' seems to show a conflict of opinion with their label. But I would say there was no conflict. Pure marketing.

So I guess the old argument that surfaced after the Radiohead - 'pay what you want if anything' - model shows that free streaming/mp3 is ok.. if you are giants.

Not something we don't already know but I have never seen the 'leaked music, here listen to this, we are cool with it' phenomena happen so 'inyourfacedly.' They knew this would make headlines. I love MGMT but had no idea they had a new record out. So, I will buy the cd soon! Good work.

Doesn't help the small bands with no promotion and that killer first record.
ljcd 26th March 2010 07:30 AM
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Welcome to ASCAP. The worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters, composers and music publishers.



Welcome to ASCAP. The worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters, composers and music publishers.
Hello,
I'm individual solo artist, have released digital album through Tuncore, and joined ASCAP. When I try to register my songs to ASCAP, I saw blank to write what my publisher is but I don't have publisher. So I tried to find help and this is what FAQ of ASCAP says about my situation.

15. I am an ASCAP writer, but do not have a publisher. Can I leave the publisher information blank?
The web registration system will not accept a work for processing if the publisher field is blank unless the work is unpublished. You should uncheck the box This work has a publisher. If the work is unpublished, any royalties attributable to performances will not be distributed. Consequently, you may want to establish your own ASCAP publishing company. The information to join ASCAP as a publisher is available at www.ascap.com. Click on �Join ASCAP to obtain the information regarding the qualifications and requirements to join as a publisher member.

Consequently, I need to make publisher myself or need to contract.
Here is question:

If I register ASCAP without publisher, I may not be able to receive 'publisher share'. but can't I receive even 'writer share' at all? What is "If the work is unpublished, any royalties attributable to performances will not be distributed. " exactly mean?

If I made a publisher myself, is it possible to affliate the publisher with other P.R.O(BMI, SESAC etc)? If it is possible, Do I have to register my songs twice as 'song writer' with ASCAP and as 'publisher' with other P.R.O ?
Please give me some adivice, thanks.
kafka 24th March 2010 03:55 AM
This is where I get my indie feed lately: Strictly Global. I don't know if there's some way to view this show outside of the DC metro area, but they have pretty good programming.
Brainchild 23rd March 2010 03:10 PM
EconTalk | Library of Economics and Liberty

This is an interview that focuses on hard reality rather than histrionics. It's complicated [i.e., connected to reality], so if you're looking for talking points to support your prejudices, it is not for you. If you like thinking, though, you will enjoy it.
AwwDeOhh 22nd March 2010 06:50 PM
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Changing Models: A Global Perspective on Paying for Content Online | Nielsen Wire



Global consumers are more willing to at least consider paying for particular content categories, especially if they have done so before.
Some interesting stats from Neilsen, about web content and people's willingness to pay (for future models)

I believe the survey was from 27,000 people (worldwide).

Changing Models: A Global Perspective on Paying for Content Online | Nielsen Wire

&

What’s Your Online Content Worth? Global Consumers Say: It Depends | Nielsen Wire
rack gear 20th March 2010 03:44 AM
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YouTube founders e-mails focus on money, not copyright



The three guys who founded online video giant YouTube had more than an inkling they might be breaking copyright laws by posting clips of popular TV shows on their Web site -- but did it anyway in
YouTube founders e-mails focus on money, not copyright - NYPOST.com
rectifier 20th March 2010 03:23 AM
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YouTube hits back in Viacom row



YouTube accuses Viacom of secretly uploading content to the video-sharing site whilst publicly complaining about its presence.
Any thoughts on this?

BBC News - Youtube accuse Viacom of 'secret uploads'

It's a big story.
rack gear 19th March 2010 10:38 PM
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Cardboard Record Sleeve Doubles as Record Player



This is pure genius: Audio engineering company GGRP Sound sent a 45rpm record in a corrugated cardboard sleeve that doubles as a record player. You can put it together one single step.
Cardboard Record Sleeve Doubles as Record Player - Cardboard record player - Gizmodo
Washington 18th March 2010 09:34 PM
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Report: Music Industry Made $18 In 2009 | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

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NEW YORK—The Recording Industry Association of America announced Tuesday that the combined revenue brought in by Warner, Sony, EMI,...
Industry is back to stay, sources report. Wew ! We breathe again, now don't we ?
Neenja 18th March 2010 03:05 PM
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Updated: UMG To Launch U.S. Pricing Test | Billboard.biz



Beginning in the second quarter and continuing through most of the year, the company's Velocity program will test lower CD prices. Single CDs will have the suggested list...
Now all UMG CDs below $10. Another few tens of millions of dollars out of the music industry.


UMG To Unveil New U.S. Pricing Structure For CDs
rectifier 18th March 2010 02:05 AM
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Net piracy takes 'toll on jobs'



The growth of illegal file-sharing could cost European countries 1.2m jobs and 240bn euros by 2015, an industry report says.
New BBC article, food for thought - nothing we haven't touched upon but still it's relevant and a reminder:

BBC News - Illegal-file sharing could 'cost billions' by 2015

Judging on how the EP voting went with respect to ACTA, that is not the solution (it was virtually unanimously against - so that will not change, needs rethink).
12ax7 17th March 2010 10:41 PM
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The music industry bailout is here: Obama Sides with RIAA, MPAA; Backs ACTA - Gearslutz.com



Obama Sides with RIAA, MPAA; Backs ACTA posted by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Mar 2010 23:18 UTC And thus, our true colours reveal. Since Obama was the
In an effort to get another thread back on track (after I inadvertently fostered an off-topic argument), I am starting this thread in order to give these people a place to argue.

Discuss away to your hearts' content!!!
Piranhadrum 17th March 2010 01:54 AM
Anyone have some experience with this company?

We take just a couple hundred CD's on tour this summer, and like a thousand cards.

Products : The Original Dropcard | Dropcardsâ„¢: The industry leader in custom music download cards.
Reggmail 17th March 2010 12:19 AM
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Michael Jackson Estate Makes Biggest Recording Deal Ever - ABC News



Michael Jackson's estate has made a deal with Sony Music for nine albums over the next seven years. It's the biggest deal in the history of the business and it could net the Jacksons over $200 million.

When we are here trying to figure out how to survive in this music business, and record companies crying digital downloads sales taking a dive.
Looking at this deal kind of makes you go Hummmmm.

Michael Jackson $250 million Deal - the biggest deal in the history of the business
http://abcnews.go.com/WN/michael-jackson-estate-makes-biggest-recording-deal/story?id=10118364

http://entertainment.msn.com/video/?g=c7410a08-d9ff-4ed6-9d36-605a3f4b6cca%26tab=msnbc&from=gallery_entertainment_news_unviersal_widget

& blessings.
carllock 16th March 2010 08:04 AM
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Obama Sides with RIAA, MPAA; Backs ACTA



OSNews is Exploring the Future of Computing with news on desktop, server, mobile, and specialty operating systems and new computing technology.
Obama Sides with RIAA, MPAA; Backs ACTA

posted by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Mar 2010 23:18 UTC

And thus, our true colours reveal. Since Obama was the young newcomer, technically savvy, many of us were hoping that he might support patent and/or copyright reform. In case our story earlier on this subject didn't already tip you off, this certainly will: Obama has sided squarely with the RIAA/MPAA lobby, and backs ACTA. No copyright and/or patent reform for you, American citizens!

Obama made the remarks in a speech at the Export-Import Bank's annual conference in Washington.

"We're going to aggressively protect our intellectual property," Obama said in his speech, "Our single greatest asset is the innovation and the ingenuity and creativity of the American people [...] It is essential to our prosperity and it will only become more so in this century. But it's only a competitive advantage if our companies know that someone else can't just steal that idea and duplicate it with cheaper inputs and labor."

"There's nothing wrong with other people using our technologies, we welcome it," Obama continued, "We just want to make sure that it's licensed and that American businesses are getting paid appropriately. That's why the [US Trade Representative] is using the full arsenal of tools available to crack down on practices that blatantly harm our businesses, and that includes negotiating proper protections and enforcing our existing agreements, and moving forward on new agreements, including the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement."

It seems that the RIAA, MPAA, and similar organisations have been successful in lobbying the US administration into supporting their cause. This means that the US government will continue to (financially) support an industry that is simply outdated, and has failed to adapt to the changing market - which seems remarkably anti-capitalistic and anti-free market, even for a Democratic president.

Luckily for at least us Europeans, the European Parliament has already shot the ACTA agreement down in an overwhelming 633-to-13 vote, while also forcing total openness - something the US does not want. This means that despite Obama siding with the content providers, ACTA will most likely not come to fruition.

Sadly, all this also means that American consumers will continue to see their rights eroded, as corporations and content providers further gain influence within the government. This means that devices you buy will not actually be yours, that uploading a video of your daughter dancing to a song on the radio could cost you thousands of dollars in damages, and it will also most likely mean that three strikes laws will be enacted.

Good times.



Obama Sides with RIAA, MPAA; Backs ACTA
Reggmail 16th March 2010 03:22 AM
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Music Business | Music Industry | Record Sales | Billboard Charts | Billboard Hot 100



'Music Business - Resource for music industry, record sales data, Billboard charts, Billboard hot 100, record and album sales, concert tours plus news on branding and music publishing.

I remember back in the day when you looked forward to recording a record and
hoped that it sold at least 500,000 copy's go gold and if it did better you where in heaven.
It was the same with CD sales.
Then records took a fall to CD's, CD's took a fall to digital downloading and ring tones now
digital sales is taking a dive to free downloads, what next?


Analysis: It’s Official - The Digital Slowdown Is Here
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3i015c08bd6f66cc49307cb5fcab50d82b
http://blogs.chron.com/brokenrecord/2010/02/digital_sales_in_decline.html
Growth Of Music Digital Sales Is Slowing Down
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100108/0331327672.shtml
Variable download pricing correlated with slower music sales
http://arstechnica.com/media/news/2010/02/variable-download-pricing-correlated-with-slower-music-sales.ars

I walked into Best Buy's and looked at the CD's and it's not a stock pile like it use to be.
Most artiest is now Executive Producing their own CD's, or managing their own Web Sights where you can buy their single or
CD download.
Even radio stations right before our eyes is now going syndication where if they had 8 stations in different city's with 12 people working at each;
now in syndication they only need less that half the staff to run a station. Where dose that leave us as Artist, Producers, Engineers?
What's the plan, distribute yourself, look for a major label, find a band and just perform, Dj, get a 9 to 5, in this recession entertaining is always a good option but even then, you will find yourself working for less then usual. What is your plans and what happens if it gets worst?
Sorry for the doom and gloom, is the American Dream becoming a terrifying nightmare? I believe that we can feed off each others ideas....but if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.
& blessings.
lagavulin16 16th March 2010 03:07 AM
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File-Sharing and Link Sites Declared Legal in Spain | TorrentFreak



After early calls to shut down a Spanish file-sharing site were dismissed, music group SGAE pinned its hopes on success at the full trial. But, the outcome for them was nothing short of a disaster. The judge declared that both non-commercial file-sharing link sites and non-profit use of P2P networks are legal in Spain.
First link on digg today:

File-Sharing and Link Sites Declared Legal in Spain | TorrentFreak

Basically, non-commercial file-sharing sites and non-profit P2P are legal in Spain. I'm surprised.
mobius.media 14th March 2010 11:07 PM
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Obama to 'aggressively protect' intellectual property | Media Maverick - CNET News



The president says intellectual property is country's 'single greatest asset' and must be protected from piracy and counterfeiting. Read this blog post by Greg Sandoval on Media Maverick.
I thought some of you guys might like this one:

Obama to 'aggressively protect' intellectual property | Media Maverick - CNET News

With Biden's strong history for intellectual property protections as well, it seems like it's something they're both going to at least be openly talking about going forward. That's a start. He's even openly endorsing ACTA.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Barack Obama
We're going to aggressively protect our intellectual property. Our single greatest asset is the innovation and the ingenuity and creativity of the American people. It is essential to our prosperity and it will only become more so in this century. But it's only a competitive advantage if our companies know that someone else can't just steal that idea and duplicate it with cheaper inputs and labor.

There's nothing wrong with other people using our technologies. We welcome it. We just want to make sure that it's licensed and that American businesses are getting paid appropriately. That's why the (U.S. Trade Representative) is using the full arsenal of tools available to crack down on practices that blatantly harm our businesses, and that includes negotiating proper protections and enforcing our existing agreements, and moving forward on new agreements, including the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

chrisso 12th March 2010 02:56 AM
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Fans riot at Metallica concert



Colombian police have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse rioting Metallica fans in Bogota.
Income from live performance......
That's what we're mainly being told will replace income from records.

The incident linked to is isolated, but I believe it will become more common if artists agree to give away their recordings without payment.
Inevitably the focus will shift to the remaining areas of the business that charge a fee.
In other words, if recorded music is allowed to be free, why shouldn't live performance be free also? That's what the consumer, now habituated to having their way on prices, will ask.

BBC News - Ticketless fans storm Metallica concert

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Colombian police had to use water cannons and tear gas to disperse rioting Metallica fans in Bogota.
Trouble flared as up to 600 ticketless fans tried to enter the 30,000 sell out concert - Metallica's first in Colombia in 10 years.

Neenja 11th March 2010 03:16 PM
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Pink Floyd win EMI court ruling



Pink Floyd tracks may be removed from digital music services like iTunes after a High Court ruling.
So much for that legendary label honesty.

BBC News - Pink Floyd win EMI court battle over online sales
XHipHop 10th March 2010 08:01 PM
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YouTube Darlings OK Go Say Bye-Bye to EMI
rectifier 10th March 2010 03:17 PM
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Piracy Rises In France Despite Three Strikes Law | TorrentFreak



In the first few months following the adoption of the three-strikes anti-piracy legislation in France, online piracy has increased significantly. Instead of stopping, file-sharers are seeking alternatives to bypass the new law. Perhaps even more striking is that new research reveals that disconnecting file-sharers will actually hurt the revenues of the music industry.
And back to the drawing board... (as predicted by many)

Piracy Rises In France Despite Three Strikes Law | TorrentFreak
rack gear 6th March 2010 12:11 AM
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RealNetworks surrenders in RealDVD case | Media Maverick - CNET News

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Federal judge issues a permanent injunction against RealDVD sales and Real agrees to pay $4.5 million to reimburse Hollywood studios for legal fees in copyright suit. Read this blog post by Greg Sandoval on Media Maverick.
RealNetworks surrenders in RealDVD case | Media Maverick - CNET News

this essentially would have been like the RIAA stopping all mp3 ripping software from existing. no jukeboxes, no itunes without the store...

very interesting...

Quote:
"The message this sends is if you get into the business of enabling consumers to do with DVDs what they've long done with CDs, you'll get sued out of the business."--Fred von Lohmann
so much for a ""personal back up"... I'd love to read this judgment.
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