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Monday, November 12, 2018
                                                                                                         








Bob Kastenmeier: Copyright Successes and Lessons Learned
By Michael J. Remington (Copyright Alliance)

AT&T Starts Cracking Down on Infringement on Its Network — With Actual Account Terminations
By Daniel Sanchez (Digital Music News) -- ISPs have typically given infringing users endless ‘strikes’ while rarely disconnecting accounts.  But according to a new report, AT&T will start cracking down on suspected pirates in a more serious way

Major Labels & Publishers Warn of ‘Especially Perilous’ Consequences If the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Ruling Is Overturned
By Daniel Sanchez (Digital Music News) -- Should Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ be ruled infringing, expect a flood of new copyright claims.  That’s according to some dire warnings from the RIAA and NMPA.

Spotify Offering New Analytics To Publishers
By Bobby Owsinski (Muisc 3.0) -- While artists have long felt that they’re not making enough from streaming, songwriters and publishers have it even worse, making as little as a tenth per stream as that of an artist. Although the rates may not change, Spotify is at least attempting to provide more info to publishers to help them understand their payouts better by launching its new Publishing Analytics platform.

A Federal Judge Refuses to Dismiss a Class Action Lawsuit Against SAG-AFTRA
By Daniel Sanchez (Digital Music News) -- Last Monday, SAG-AFTRA filed a motion to dismiss an important class-action lawsuit. According to the powerful performers union, it has the right to collect a fee from money collected by the Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund. … a federal judge has disagreed.

[The Game of Charts]
Kris Wu’s iTunes U.S. Sales Acquired ‘Fraudulently’ and Won’t Count Toward Charts
By Shirley Halperin (Variety) -- Fans of fellow Universal Music artist Ariana Grande, as well as industry insiders, contend that the Chinese artist gamed the system.

WARNING: Don’t Put “Duplicative” Content On Your YouTube Channel
By Chris Robley (DYI Musican) -- The DOs and DON’Ts of duplicate content on YouTube. Wait, did I say there are DOs? Sorry. No. There are no DOs. Just DON’Ts. DON’T have duplicate content on your YouTube channel.  It could cost you. What is duplicate or “duplicative” content?

[Has the Great American Songbook’s last chapter already been written?]
There Was No Song of the Summer This Year — and There Won't Be Ever Again
By Amy X. Wang (Rolling Stone) -- Thanks to the dizzying buffet of ways that music fans find music today, the days of one dominant song have come to an end

How Hervé Boissière Is Taking Classical Music To Digital Audiences
By Paul Glader (Forbes) -- While some people worry classical music is struggling to maintain an audience, frenchman Hervé Boissière is trying to make money by running what the New York Times describe as "the closest thing to a classical Netflix."

Why It's Still Good to Me: Robert Christgau Reflects on a Half Century of Rock Criticism
By Robert Christgau (Noisy) -- I've been a rock critic for half a century …I thought the pop music we called rock and roll was great not just in 1967 but in 1955, and then in 1976 and 1981 and need I go on? I found dozens of albums I loved every year of the early 70s and more in the late 70s and more still in the decades since, partly because I knew more about music by then and partly because there were more to choose from. In late 2018 I'm up around 60 for the year and am certain there'll be more. … The critic's new book 'Is It Still Good to Ya?' is out now. [Thanks to Etan Rosenbloom for the link.] 

5 Reasons Why Offline Music Promotion Will Always Win
By Michael Hahn (Landr)

7 Best Chairs For Music Producers in Their Home & Studio Engineers In Professional Recording Studios
By David Andrew Wiebe (Music Industry How To) -- The importance of comfort should never be overlooked – especially while you’re working in the studio. It’s not unusual for producers or studio engineers to spend long hours at work, editing, mixing and mastering. The more uncomfortable you are, the less you’ll be able to focus over the long haul.

How The Beatles And Jimi Hendrix Set Themselves Free — And Made Music History
By Lauren Onkey (NPR)  The Beatles finished recording their self-titled double album — "The White Album" — on October 17, 1968, the same week that The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their own two-record set, Electric Ladyland. … Both albums stretched the possibilities of what rock music could do on a recording. They stand for artistic freedom and control in a way that few albums before them had achieved.

[A step up from Motel 6 or 5 guys sleeping in the back of a van on the way to the next gig!]
Hotel's Underwater Villa Costs $50,000 Per Night
By Ben Hooper (UPI) – Four night minimum.



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