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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tech companies and criminals have made billions
supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past
while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need
to fashion our cultural future

Copyright Basics
By Zachary Smart – [This is so well done even I get it. Quick, simple fundamentals. Slide show is a must view. DK]  --- [This site was down at the time of distribution of the Dean’s List … Hope it’s back up by the time you read this.]

How Spotify Beat Apple to Charting the Future of Music
By Victor Luckerson -- Jimmy Iovine was supposed to save the music industry. When he arrived at Apple in 2014 … he sought to inject humanity back into a world that had become dominated by recommendation algorithms and pirated zip files  .. The industry is, in fact, on the road to salvation, with revenues rapidly climbing thanks to streaming. But Iovine wasn’t the savior. Spotify made a different bet …  Here’s what Spotify says about how fans value artists and platforms.

David Lowery on Spotify Lawsuits and the Battle For Creators' Rights
By Robert Levine -- "Streaming is the future of the music business, and I'm not against it -- I just want everyone to get paid fairly," says Lowery, 57. "There could be millions of songs that songwriters aren't getting paid royalties for, and the future should be better than that."

[This is not an infomercial.]
NOI Lookup

SoundExchange -- The SXWorks Notice of Intention to Use (“NOI”) LOOKUP is a comprehensive, transparent resource for copyright owners. It provides access to information from all NOI “Address Unknown” filings to use musical compositions made by service providers with the U.S. Copyright Office. The program makes it easier for copyright owners to search notices sent to the U.S. Copyright Office by indexing each filing into a format so they can find potential uses of their musical works and seek royalties. Remember: with the type of NOI this program exposes, copyright owners don’t get paid unless they ask for the money.  [Watch the short video linked to the headline above for a demonstration.]  SXWorks

ICE CEO Robert Ashcroft Confirms 44 Deals, Covering All Major Digital Music Providers
By George Garner -- In the new issue of Music Week, Robert Ashcroft – CEO of pan-European digital licensing body ICE – has revealed that they have quietly sealed a total of 44 licenses, covering all major digital music providers. … Ashcroft said NDAs prevented him from discussing whether the deals had secured improved terms for songwriters and publishers, who have long complained about being treated as second-class citizens by some streaming services. However, in the interview, Ashcroft hailed improved relations with digital giants, with even YouTube showing signs of “working together”.

Don't Try To Catch The Bitcoin Knife
Seeking Alpha --Bitcoin has been on a roller coaster ride the past two months. A lot of people seem to be trying to get in at the "bottom" of the most recent "crash" The fundamentals are as untenable as they were a couple months back. Don't try to catch a falling knife. …  it is important to distinguish between Bitcoin and blockchain, the underlying technology….so let me start by clarifying what I mean when I say blockchain has value. …

The coffee chain released some unexpectedly credible music in its time
From Sonic Youth to Sia, the Surprising History Of Starbucks’ Record Label
By Jake Hall -- Since being founded way back in 1971, Starbucks has become an international chain known for its souped-up drinks, failsafe wi-fi, and, well, occasional tax avoidance. Alongside perfecting its pumpkin spice latte recipe, the company has also spent decades experimenting with various business ventures – some successful, some not. Its long, messy history with the music industry, for example, is often swept under the rug, and it’s not hard to see why.

If we pay him, does this mean we never have to hear about him again?
Kim Dotcom Sues The New Zealand Government For $6.8 Billion
By Swapna Krishna -- Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site MegaUpload, is suing the New Zealand government for $6.8 billion dollars. According to the legal documents provided by the BBC, the claim covers the destruction of his business, loss of reputation, lost business opportunities, legal costs and lost opportunities on the home he was renting.

30 Fascinating Early Bands of Future Music Legends
By Jordan Runtagh -- From Billy Joel's heavy-metal duo to Madonna's post-punk act and Neil Young's Motown outfit, these are the primordial groups that rock forgot

“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.” Jay Z, Diamonds from Sierra Leone
Naked Brands: The Future of Music
By David Perell -- Naked Brands are defined not by symbols, logos, or television advertisements, but by the authenticity of their personalities. … fans are physically, emotionally, and financially invested in their favorite artists.

Spotify’s Scientist: Artificial Intelligence Should Be Embraced, Not Feared, By The Music Business
By Tim Ingham -- Pop music made by actual robots is here… and it sounds considerably better than you might think. Hello World, released earlier this month via Flow Records, is being touted as ‘the first multi-artist commercial album created using Artificial Intelligence’ [Video from project: Hello Shadow]

 [“Soundies” were the videos of my generation … when surf boards ruled.]
10 of The Best Songs In Skate Board Videos From My Childhood
By Chris Deverell

Neil Diamond Announces Retirement from Touring After Parkinson's Diagnosis
By Rania Aniftos

Hugh Masekela, Trumpeter and Anti-Apartheid Activist, Dies at 78
By Giovanni Russonello -- Hugh Masekela, a South African trumpeter, singer and activist whose music became symbolic of the country’s anti-apartheid movement, even as he spent three decades in exile, died on Tuesday in Johannesburg. He was 78. [Grazing In The Grass]

[By far the worst job title in the history of job titles!]
Content Ingestion Manager
By Music Business Worldwide – Position available.

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