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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

‘One Has This Feeling of Having Contributed to Something That’s Gone Very Wrong’
By Noah Kulwin (Select All) -- A conversation with VR pioneer Jaron Lanier on Silicon Valley’s politics, being quoted by Mark Zuckerberg, and what went wrong with the internet. [Thanks to Neil Turkewitz for the link.]

Here Come the SPOT Analysts
By Chris Castle (Music Technology Policy) -- It’s still very early days for stock analysts to reach a consensus about Spotify except for one thing–royalties are too damn high.  We have, of course, heard this one before–remember Pandora?  When Tim Westergren was cashing out his stock to the tune of $1 million a month and the company was wasting money hand over fist, the problem, you see, was those greedy artists and songwriters.

World IP Day An Opportune Time To Modernize Music Copyright Protections
By Seth Cooper and Randolph May (The Hill) -- On World IP Day, April 26, 2018, Congress should commit itself to updating and streamlining copyright protections and royalty payments for musical compositions and sound recordings. By enacting the Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5547), the 115th Congress can solidify America’s position as the world’s leader in securing IP rights.

Rejecting the Google School of No-Antitrust Fake Consumer Welfare Standard
By Scott Cleland (Precursor Blog) -- A reasonable person looking at the publicly available evidence in this white paper and its supporting links, would conclude that Alphabet-Google has effectively politically hijacked a significant part of the U.S. antitrust enforcement process.

“Now That’s What I Call Music!” Will Be Mankind's Greatest Relic
By Corinne Purtill & Dan Kopf (Quartzy)-- Nothing about the “Now That’s What I Call Music!” CD series is cool. Not the title, which is something a dad says quietly to himself when the Eagles finally comes on, nor the overeager cover design, nor the late night infomercials that hawked them on US television. But it is possible that when future archaeologists are piecing together the shards of our fallen civilization, no other artifact will be as vital to establishing the evolutionary timeline of the industrialized world’s musical tastes than these battered CDs.

Here's How To See Which Apps Have Access To Your Google Info — And Cut Them Off
By Jacob Krol (CNBC)

Facebook Signs Music Licensing Deals With Merlin, Beggars Group, [PIAS] And Ingrooves
By Music Business Worldwide -- Facebook has announced new multi-territory licensing deals with some of the most influential independent companies in the music industry. The key agreement, naturally, is with Merlin – the commercial agency which represents more than 20,000 independent record labels and distributors, and says this membership commands over 12% of the global digital recorded music market.

[There hasn’t been - and never should be - an accusation of Cultural Appropriation when it comes to this genius - or anyone else.]
Eminem Is the Highest Selling Rapper In RIAA History
By S. Leslie – (UrbanIlandz)

Apple Music Announces Major Nashville Expansion
(HypeBot) -- Longtime Apple Music staffer Jay Liepis is moving to Nashville to open a major office and lead an expanded team to better interface with the city's artists, managers, songwriters and the labels.

How To Make A Legit Music Video: Advice From Wons Phreely
By Chris Robley (DYI Musician) -- Creating music videos with big effects, low budgets, and no green screens.

This Amazing Ring Allows People To Play Instruments Using Hand Gestures
( -- The Neova ring allows musicians to add sound effects using a variety of hand gestures.

The Amazing Touch-Controlled Synth Made In Secret In 1978 China
By Peter Kirn (CDM) -- At the tail end of China’s Cultural Revolution, one inventor secretly created a futuristic take on traditional instruments – and it easily still inspires today.

[But, do you recall, the most famous monkey of all.]
Petty PETA Rapped By Judges Over Monkey Selfie Copyright Stunt
By Andrew Orlowski (The Register) -- Animals can sue, but don't have the ability to file intellectual property lawsuits

A Map of Every Single Tree In NYC Which You Can Click For Info
Who else? MessyNessy

These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obits Were Published
By Mike Vago (AV Club)

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