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Whitecat 4 hours ago 10:59 PM
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Council agrees to relax Edinburgh's live music policy



Council agrees to relax Edinburgh's live music policy*. The licensing board voted to amend the controversial policy which is 'stifling' gigs in the city.

Whitecat 5 hours ago 09:52 PM
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Record Labels Sue One Of Those YouTube-Ripping Sites - Stereogum



One of the murkier and most difficult-to-pin-down ways of illegally obtaining music right now are websites that convert YouTube streams to MP3s, and now one of

GearAndGuitars 23 hours ago 03:25 AM
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Jeremy Corbyn hits out at music piracy as he promises to 'democratise the intern



Labour leader says piracy means that 'musicians do not get paid'

Whitecat 2 days ago 10:18 PM
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Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Blasts Beyoncé’s Pepsi Money, Live Nation, Havi



Unlike the number 22, these are a few things that Justin Vernon doesn't like: Beyoncé's Pepsi Money, Live Nation, and having his picture taken. The

GearAndGuitars 3 days ago 10:11 PM
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Is It Over? Sales of Vinyl Records Down 9.1% In 2016...



After surging for more than 10 years, maybe vinyl records are taking a breather. But how reliable is the latest data? You might think this is just a blip.

GearAndGuitars 3 days ago 10:09 PM
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European Commission President Calls Out YouTube, Presents Copyright Reforms in State



New proposals around copyright and user-generated services were unveiled at the European Commission’s (EC) annual State of the Union address, delivered by EC president Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg today (Sep. 14).

Whitecat 3 days ago 11:15 AM
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Music industry is finally making money from streaming (even if artists aren't) | Tech



Despite controversies surrounding revenue and royalties, streaming has allowed the music industry to return to growth.

Whitecat 3 days ago 11:14 AM
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YouTube, beware: Facebook is ready to do some global music licensing - Music Business



Facebook looks set to make a major splash in music in the coming months… if a revealing new job ad is anything to go by.

Whitecat 6 days ago 11:01 AM
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Dr Dre faces return to court in Beats headphones case | Music | The Guardian



California judge decides a jury should hear the accusations made against the headphones mogul by a former partner

Whitecat 6 days ago 08:55 AM
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Kaytranada wins Canada's equivalent of the Mercury prize | Music | The Guardian



Haitian-Canadian becomes the first Polaris prize winner to represent hip-hop and R&B

GearAndGuitars 1 week ago 04:15 AM
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Songwriters Sue Justice Department Over Licensing Rules - The New York Times



On Tuesday, Ms. Lewis and Songwriters of North America, an advocacy group she helped found a year ago, sued the Justice Department, saying that the agency overstepped its authority and that its ruling violated the property rights of songwriters by potentially nullifying private contracts between writers who have worked on the same song.

GearAndGuitars 1 week ago 04:14 AM
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Music industry welcomes EC copyright proposal as 'a good first step'



The music industry has cautiously welcomed the European Commission’s new proposal to address copyright in the digital single market.

GearAndGuitars 1 week ago 04:03 AM
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Stream ripping surpasses file sharing as main form of music piracy | Gigwise



A new spanner in the works for the music industry | Gigwise

GearAndGuitars 1 week ago 06:07 PM
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Stream Ripping: How Google/YouTube Is Slowly Killing the Music Industry - Breitbart



Stream Ripping: How Google/YouTube Is Slowly Killing the Music Industry

Whitecat 1 week ago 09:18 AM
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Pandora is launching a new $5 ad-free service · Newswire



Pandora’s been a weird outlier in the streaming music market for years now, generally playing second fiddle to on-demand services like Spotify or Apple Music.

Whitecat 1 week ago 10:37 PM
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Mercury prize 2016 goes to Skepta's Konnichiwa | Music | The Guardian



North-London grime artist beat the likes of David Bowie, Radiohead and The 1975 to the £25,000 prize

Whitecat 1 week ago 04:25 PM
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Now That's What I Call Streaming … Major labels plan cut-rate hits feed | Business



Universal and Sony plan app streaming playlists of hits for £4.99 a month to plug gap between free, ad-based services and premium subscriptions

Whitecat 1 week ago 04:32 PM
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Spotify Reaches Over 40 Million Paying Subscribers, Continues to Outpace Apple Music



Spotify has announced that it now has over 40 million paying subscribers as of this month, meaning that it has added some 10 million subscribers...

Whitecat 1 week ago 04:17 PM
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Apple's Phil Schiller says the biggest criticism of removing the headphone jack i



BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski has a big story diving into Apple’s decision to kill the headphone jack, which is definitely worth a read. Basically, the company’s decision boiled down to letting go of...

Whitecat 1 week ago 01:15 PM
See further down the article for a note about giving musicians the power to renegotiate rights deals they feel are unfair.

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Publishers May Get Paid for Web News as EU Swipes at Google - Bloomberg



Newspaper publishers would get the right to curb the online use of their content, allowing them to demand payment from Google News and other sites that use clips of their articles, under new European Union draft copyright rules published Wednesday.

Whitecat 1 week ago 09:49 PM
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Government urged to help music industry tackle ticket touts | Business | The Guardian



Agents, promoters and musicians say politicians are not doing enough to stop profiteering at expense of live music fans

Whitecat 1 week ago 03:45 PM
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University of Manitoba students receive 'extortion' letters over illegal downloads -



Thousands of students at the University of Manitoba have received copyright infringement letters that the school says amount to “extortion.”

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:21 PM
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UK music industry in plea to protect its status during Brexit negotiations | Business



After music exports rose in 2015, trade group says politicians must take notice of economic and cultural contribution

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 04:27 PM
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Disney Blog Goes Behind The Scenes Of Strained Daft Punk TRON Courtship - Stereogum



Before Random Access Memories, Daft Punk composed the score for TRON: Legacy, an appropriate pairing for the famously helmeted duo. A new article on Oh My

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 04:22 PM
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Any SoundCloud song can be pressed to vinyl thanks to new service



This promising new startup aims to work with fans and artists to bring Soundcloud tracks to vinyl

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 03:32 PM
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Littersweet Symphony: Album For Cats Released



Albums could also be aimed at other animals, with Universal Music saying music for dogs and horses is also possible.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 09:51 AM
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Absolute Radio founders launch DJ-less national station | Media | The Guardian



National digital channel Union Jack targets ‘reluctant adults’ aged 40 to 54, with listeners picking the songs on the its app

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 08:49 AM
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Startup Studios: Exploring The Silicon Valley’s Fractured, DIY Recording Indust



The Annex*in Menlo Park was doing about as well as any recording studio could hope to do. Throughout the aughts, or post-Napster years, everyone in the recording industry—from the labels and musicians to producers and engineers—had to innovate to survive.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 02:21 PM
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DRM products are defective by design. Time to tell users what they're buying | Techno



The Electronic Frontier Foundation is calling for the labelling of products encumbered with digital rights management. It’s increasingly important as we trust technology with our lives

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 01:29 PM
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Fabric closure: What next for the UK's club scene? - BBC News



The closure of Fabric, one of the UK's best-known nightclubs, sets a "disturbing precedent", club owners tell the BBC.

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 04:10 AM
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Jerry Heller, Former N.W.A Manager, Dead at 75 - Rolling Stone



Jerry Heller, the longtime music manager that helped launch the career of N.W.A and the gangsta-rap movement, died Friday at the age of 75.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:31 AM
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Es Devlin: ‘A touring stadium rock show is a formidable physical phenomenon’ | Mu



Acclaimed theatre designer Es Devlin also creates visionary sets for Adele, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West. She talks about the magic of staging a pop spectacular

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 02:53 PM
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Musical.ly, the craze turning pop fans into stars | Technology | The Guardian



Lip-synching app Musical.ly has gone from web gimmick to internet smash, hosting souped-up video clips for 95 million (mostly) teens

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 09:07 PM
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212 Artists Sign Court Document In Favor Of Williams and Thicke’s Blurred Lines App



212 music artists, including top industry names, have signed a court document in support of Blurred Lines. We analyze and break down their arguments.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:11 PM
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Blind Melon Sue Dance-Pop Artist For Ripping Off “No Rain” - Stereogum



In what might be one of the weirder recent cases of copyright infringement, Blind Melon filed a lawsuit yesterday against dance-pop singer Mandy Jiroux. Both

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 08:03 PM
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Spotify Can't Live on $10 a Month - Bloomberg Gadfly



One-price-fits-all is destined for the same fate as Tower Records.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 06:03 PM
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Spotify Retaliating Against Apple Music Exclusive Artists, Execs Say...



Is an Apple Music exclusive a horrible long-term decision for artists? Now, Spotify is accused of sabotaging those that hand the jewels to Apple first.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 04:44 AM
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Spotify IPO 'On Hold' as Major Labels Refuse Long-Term Contracts



The Spotify IPO you've been waiting for may be interminably on hold, thanks to complicated holdouts from a difficult group of major recording labels.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 04:35 AM
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Spotify might not suppress search, but that doesn’t mean artists with exclusive



Accusations that Spotify has been punishing artists for signing exclusives with other streaming services hit the internet in full force this morning. Spotify directly suppresses tracks from artists that have previously signed exclusives with Apple Music or Tidal in search results. And, Spotify indirectly targets artists who have signed exclusives with Apple Music and Tidal but promoting music differently in playlists and banner ads.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 04:34 AM
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Spotify Is Burying Musicians for Their Apple Deals - Bloomberg



An escalating battle between Apple Inc. and Spotify Ltd. is leaving some musicians caught in the crossfire.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 04:54 PM
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This same annoying whooping sound is in every popular song, from Katy Perry to Chris



Once you hear it, you can't un-hear it. It will be forever with you. Just a warning. It's not a secret that a lot of popular music is unoriginal. In fact, science has proven it: The combinations of notes in pop songs have been*losing*diversity*consistently over the last 50 years. Popular songwriters, producers, and record labels...

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 08:34 PM
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Universal reportedly outlaws streaming 'exclusives' after Frank Ocean release | Busin



Music industry newsletter claims Universal Music Group will be first major label to ban practice of artists offering exclusives to services such as Tidal and Apple

Whitecat 22nd August 2016 05:50 PM
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Laura Marling launches podcast investigating lack of women in the recording studio |



There’s been a lot of talk about the lack of women behind the camera in the film industry over the past couple of years, but little scrutiny when it comes to the recording studio. Laura Marling is hoping to change this with a new project launching today called Reversal of the Muse, through which she aims to "establish why there is a real lack of female presence in the recording studio, and to discuss whether it makes any difference to the final outcome of the recordings."

Whitecat 18th August 2016 09:57 PM
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Sia is being sued by Israeli fans for a lack of banter – but is on-stage wit a must



Fans in Israel were unsatisfied with the Cheap Thrills singer’s show due to a lack of between-song chat – but banter only works in the right hands

Whitecat 18th August 2016 04:11 PM
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Court rules that ISPs do not need to give up information on alleged pirates, copyrigh



An American Internet Service Provider (ISP) has received validation that it does not have to give up personal details of alleged copyright infringers. The Eastern Virginia District Court has denied copyright holder BMG Rights Management a permanent injunction against Cox Communication that would force the ISP to match personally identifiable information such as email address, physical address, and name to an IP address that has been accused of copyright infringement.

Whitecat 18th August 2016 02:56 PM
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In the groove: Czech firm tops list of world's vinyl record producers | World news |



Once a dusty communist factory, GZ Media has tapped vinyl’s rebirth to become a £76m outfit pressing 25m records a year

Whitecat 17th August 2016 10:02 AM
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Reddit Refuses to Disclose Alleged Music Leaker's IP Address - TorrentFreak



Reddit is refusing to hand over the personal details of one of its users to Atlantic Records. The user is accused of obtaining a copy of a single by band Twenty One Pilots ahead of its commercial release and posting a link on the site. But Reddit says the record label is on a "fishing expedition" and it won't comply.

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