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Whitecat 8 hours ago 01:23 PM
The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales

The European Commission paid €360,000 (about $428,000) for a study on how piracy impacts the sales of copyrighted music, books, video games, and movies. But the EU never shared the report—possibly because it determined that there is no evidence that piracy is a major problem.

GearAndGuitars 3 days ago 05:28 PM
The secret, illicit underside of Google Drive

People are using the file sharing service to upload pirated movies and TV shows.

Whitecat 3 days ago 09:55 AM
Sofar Sounds: Why It’s Important to Boycott Them – Joshua McClain – Medium


In the late 2000’s, I cut my teeth playing live solo shows in loud and smokey bars in Northwest Indiana — right in the middle of the rust belt. After every show, my cello and furry Roland keyboard…

GearAndGuitars 3 days ago 01:54 AM
EU Prepares Guidelines to Force Google & Facebook to Police Piracy - TF

Companies including Google and Facebook could face tougher legislation if they don't act proactively to remove illegal content from their platforms. That's according to draft EU guidelines due to be published at the end of the month, which will require service providers to "significantly step up their actions" to address the problem.

GearAndGuitars 3 days ago 01:49 AM
Spotify Is Now Fighting 10 Different Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

How do you go from 'billion-dollar IPO' to 'billions in potential copyright damages'? *Welcome to Spotify's fun-filled week.

Whitecat 4 days ago 11:24 PM
Spotify must now show songwriters the respect they deserve - or risk a backlash - Mus

Spotify is saving the record business. There really isn’t much of a debate anymore.

Whitecat 6 days ago 03:32 PM
UK stream ripping dips following BPI geo block

Total traffic to stream ripping sites has fallen by nearly a fifth (17%) in the UK

Whitecat 6 days ago 03:31 PM
Judge Denies Spotify Motion That Would Have Upended Songwriter, Music Publisher Payme

In an important ruling that would have changed payments to songwriters and music publishers, a judge has denied a motion from Spotify that claimed that it didn't need to license tracks from publishers because they are more like online radio streams than downloads. Although the denial of the “motion for...

Whitecat 1 week ago 08:20 PM
“Cash Me Outside” Girl Signs To Major Label - Stereogum

14-year-old Danielle "Cash Me Outside" Bregoli has signed a record deal with Atlantic Records, according to TMZ. Last month, she released her debut single,

Whitecat 1 week ago 04:36 PM
The World's Largest Music Publishers Just Declared War on Spotify

Nobody said becoming a Wall Street billionaire would be easy. *Now, the largest music publishers are preparing for a major fight against Spotify.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 10:08 AM
Should Spotify Try to Become the 'Netflix Of Music'? Not So Fast | Billboar

Spotify and Netflix have plenty in common, but should the music streaming giant try to follow the same path that led the video on-demand service to profitability? The reality is much more complicated.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 09:41 PM
Not only are women missing at the top of music charts, they’re mostly absent from b

While women of color are struggling to break into pop music, the industry still lacks female diversity behind the scenes.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 08:06 PM
Martin Shkreli lists secret Wu-Tang Clan album on eBay | Music | The Guardian

The embattled former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, who was convicted last month on two charges of securities fraud, purchased the sole copy of the hip-hop group’s secret album in 2015

GearAndGuitars 2 weeks ago 06:24 PM
Spotify Could Have Dodged Songwriter Lawsuits If They'd Just Asked The Record Labels.

Spotify and other streaming services have been making a fair number of headlines recently owing to lawsuits surrounding a failure to pay proper royalties. In this article we break down how such lawsuits could have been avoided, by simply asking labels.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 03:16 PM
Facebook to pay music industry millions to protect users from breaking copyright

Facebook is to pay millions in royalty fees to the music industry to protect its users from copyright violation when they upload videos that contain illegal uses of songs.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 11:31 AM
OPINION: The digital revolution streams ahead, but are performers getting paid proper

In its latest column, ISM looks at how streaming services have affected the music industry, and what it means for performers.

GearAndGuitars 2 weeks ago 08:10 PM
Why You Can’t Put The Music Industry On A Blockchain - hypebot

In this excerpt from "Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts," author David Gerard offers a critical examination of the Bitcoin and blockchain phenomenon, and what it means for music and the music industry. _____________________ Guest post by David Gerard from his book Attack of...

diogo_c 2 weeks ago 06:33 PM
Sony Music’s new deal with Dubset will let it monetize unofficial remixes - The Ver

Rights clearance startup Dubset has just inked a deal with Sony Music to allow monetization of its songs in DJ sets and of unofficial tracks that sample its artists. This means that artists could...

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 03:09 PM
Surprise! Spotify Says They Don't Owe Anything for 'Mechanicals'

Looks like Spotify has a totally different game plan for dealing with pesky publishers and songwriters. *So you can take your 'mechanical' license and...

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:03 AM
From streaming to selfies – six things Taylor Swift taught the music industry | Mus

The digital revolution has done a lot of damage. But some artists can still see the way forward

Arthur Stone 2 weeks ago 03:12 PM
Power Station Recording Studio Sold to Berklee College of Music | Variety

New York recording studio Avatar, AKA The Power Station, has been sold to Berklee College of Music for between $23 million and $28 million.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 07:22 PM
Pay Mickey! Why Toni Basil is suing almost everyone | Music | The Guardian

The infectious novelty record crops up everywhere from RuPaul’s Drag Race to South Park – but the singer says she hasn’t received the money she is due

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 02:44 PM
Achtung, maybe? The album is dead: all hail the rise of the ‘era’ | Music | The G

U2 sent a cryptic note to fans signalling their next iteration is nigh. As with Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, this could mean a new album, ethos or simply haircut

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:09 PM
Despacito drives Bertelsmann to record €500m profits | Media | The Guardian

Song of the summer and TV shows American Gods and 13 Reasons Why boost German media group

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:34 PM
ACM builds new flagship recording studio at Guildford campus | Musical instrument ind

The new recording facility will be used by ACM’s tutors for lectures, workshops and masterclasses.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:23 PM
Why Aren’t There More Women Working in Audio? - The Atlantic

Like with many STEM-oriented fields, music production and sound engineering are dominated by men—though that’s very slowly changing.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:01 AM
Making waves: how radio came to rule London again

April 2017: 30-year-old Debi Ghose – best known by her DJ name DEBONAIR – surveys the huge crowd in front of her in the cavernous space of Tate Mode

diogo_c 3 weeks ago 08:29 PM
Goldman Sachs: Universal is worth $23.5bn - and streaming revenues will jump 500%+ by

The global music business is about to explode thanks to streaming – and its biggest rights-holders are going to be worth a fortune.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 10:21 AM
S Korea man fined for Dr Dre and first lady wedding rumour - BBC News

He claimed the late president's 95-year-old widow was to marry the rapper to launder "slush funds".

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 12:19 AM
UPS Rolls Out Taylor Swift-Branded Trucks - Stereogum

Lots of artists have been incorporating snail mail into their album rollouts lately, but Taylor Swift is the only one whose face will be on the side of the

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 12:00 AM
Spotify and Warner sign multi-year licensing deal - Music Business Worldwide

Spotify has convinced all the major labels to sign up to new multi-year licensing deals.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 03:25 PM
How Nostalgia Took Over the Concert Industry

From 'The Joshua Tree' to Tegan and Sara, why are so many bands going on tour to perform old albums?

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 01:09 PM
Former Village Voice Editors And Writers Remember Its Outsized Impact On Music : The

The Village Voice announced it would be ending its era of print — here, 11 former music editors and writers remember their time within its prickly, hallowed halls.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 10:48 PM
Gibson Guitar May Default If Company Can't Refinance Its Debt - TheStreet

There's uncertainty about the famed guitar maker's ability to refinance this debt and that its capital structure is "unsustainable" according to Moody's.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 12:26 AM
Deal Over Prince's Legendary Vault Now Being Investigated : The Record : NPR

A "special administrator" has been appointed to investigate a deal between the world's largest record label and Prince's estate, brokered by two former advisers.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 09:35 PM
Lyor Cohen Drinks The YouTube Kool-Aid: The money will come, but for now "fans not be

When former WMG CEO Lyor Cohen joined YouTube, the music industry wondered if this often brash insider could change prevailing opinions of the video behemoth: great for promotion, but the royalties paid are far too low. Few opinions have shifted; but in a new open letter, Cohen remains both optimistic...

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 09:34 PM
Foxtel wins court case to block over 120 piracy sites | ZDNet

Foxtel's bid to have more than 120 alleged piracy sites including Yes Movies, Los Movies, Watch Series, 1337x, and Putlocker blocked by the Federal Court has been successful.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 02:15 PM
Father John Misty Says Goodbye To Chuck E. Cheese’s Animatronic House Bands - Stere

The latest antics from our merry media-meister Father John Misty probably won't dispel our bitter Twitter-miser Ryan Adams' opinion of him as "the most self

Whitecat 17th August 2017 11:57 AM
'They could destroy the album': how Spotify's playlists have changed music for ever |

Custom playlists on the streaming site can bring unknown artists to millions. But are they altering how songs get written?

Whitecat 16th August 2017 11:11 PM
Pound dog: Elvis still earning a fortune 40 years after his death - BBC News

Why passing away has done little to deaden the commercial appeal of musical legends like Elvis and their entrepreneurial super fans.

Whitecat 16th August 2017 09:32 PM
Spotify Removes White Supremacist Music - Stereogum

Spotify says it has removed an array of white-supremacist acts from its streaming service that had been flagged as racist "hate bands" by the Southern Poverty

Whitecat 16th August 2017 07:00 PM
That Silent “A a a a a Very Good Song” Track Is Still Climbing The iTunes

Last week, someone named Samir Mezrahi released a track made up of 10 minutes of silence called "A a a a a Very Good Song" in an attempt to sidestep the

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