Copyright and New Technology in the News
a Creator's Perspective
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
Off to board meetings and the ASCAP Expo ... Back next Monday.
The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss? – 2 Years Later
The Trichordist -- It's been exactly two years since I caused a furor
by posting "Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss?" ... what
has changed and what has stayed the same?
[Let's never forget that without a song there is no music
industry! Just try producing, "The Voice" without songs.]
Consensus in Washington on Need for Modernizing Music Licensing
By Erik Philbrook -- ... we wanted to highlight several prominent
voices that have spoken out about the need to modernize music
licensing. For an issue so important to the livelihood of songwriters
and their families, it's encouraging to see so many prominent voices
calling for reform.
By David Newhoff -- "You won't know who to trust . . ." It's a familiar
refrain in any number of thrillers in which protagonists find
themselves entangled in webs of overlapping conspiracies. You
think you have a position, an ideology, and allies; and it turns out
you're being played by a powerful manipulator pulling strings on both
sides of the battle. The lines between good and evil blur…
Titan Spy-Drones Mimic Military Spy-Planes
By Scott Cleland -- Is Google saying one thing and doing another – yet
Aren't Ready for the Future Google and Amazon Want to Build
By Issie Lapowsky -- Americans are hopeful about the future of
technology. But don't release the drones just yet. And forget meat
grown in a petri dish.
Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings
By Ed Christman -- As expected, the three major labels, ABKCO, and the
RIAA filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in New York state court
against Pandora for playing pre-Feb. 15, 1972 recordings without making
any royalty payments. ... The labels say both digital music services
take advantage of a copyright loophole, since the master recording for
copyright wasn't created federally until 1972. But the labels claim
that their master recordings are protected by individual state
copyright laws and therefore deserve royalty payments.
How St. Vincent Doubled Her First Week Album Sales…
By Nina Ulloa -- St. Vincent's
latest album St. Vincent came out on February 25th. The Found Group ran the
digital marketing campaign for the release. ... In the first week
29,506 copies of St. Vincent were sold. This is double the amount of
first week sales for St. Vincent's previous album. So how did The Found
Group do it?
Ready for New Facebook Privacy Freakout: 'Nearby Friends'
By Chris O'Brien -- If you've been thinking that it's been too long
since the world has had a good old fashioned freakout over a Facebook
privacy issue, then here's some good news.
Stardom in China, Using a Webcam and a Voice
By David Barboza -- Companies across the globe have long tried to
attract viewers to live Internet broadcasts, with X-rated sites the
only real success stories. China appears to have cracked the code
Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify
By Alex Pham -- The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a
partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the
latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and
telecommunications companies. ... Why are music services in such
a hurry to dosey doe with carriers? Here are five potential reasons.
Technology Is Fun. Real Technology Creeps Us Out.
By Brian Fung
Fire the Robot
By Nicholas Carr -- Toyota announced a recall of more than six million
cars for a variety of defects, is having second thoughts about its
robot culture. A longtime pacesetter in factory automation, the company
is putting a new stress on nurturing human expertise and craftsmanship,
reports Bloomberg. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]
Dangerous File Sharing Habits You Need to Break Right Now
By Sara Angeles -- Sharing files with colleagues and clients should be
easy and convenient. What it shouldn't be is a security risk — but it
frequently is. Because many small businesses don't have the right
file-sharing systems and policies, many turn to unsafe practices that
often put both their business's and clients' privacy in jeopardy.
Things You Didn't Know You Could Do with Your Router
By Jeff Fox -- You probably don't pay much attention to that little
blinking box that sits in the corner of your home office, but chances
are it's a lot more versatile than you realize. Here are five ways you
can soften life's little edges by coaxing your router to do more for
Million Smartphones Were Lost or Stolen in U.S. in 2013
By Salvador Rodriguez
Audio Engineering Pioneer John Meyer: Stop Chasing the next Big
Thing, and Go with FLAC Instead
By Janko Roettgers -- Some consumers want better-sounding audio
recordings, and some companies are ready to sell them snake oil,
believes Meyer Sound founder John Meyer. [What is FLAC?]
[Because I was a lunatic for the Batman TV series ... and a "Markett"
on the hit
record of its theme, I couldn't let Lorenzo
Semple, Jr.'s passing go by without a marker. Incidentally,
B-3 on the Markett's record was played by Mike Melvoin, who
played the iconic organ intro to Sinatra's "That's Life." Both records
were produced by the legendary Jimmy Bowen. Hint: To make it happen for yourself
you have to be where it's happening.]
Behind TV 'Batman' Dies at 91
By WENN -- Lorenzo Semple, Jr., the brains behind the "Batman" TV
series, has died a day after celebrating his 91st birthday. The beloved
screenwriter, who created scripts for classic films like "Three Days of
the Condor," "Papillon" and Bond film "Never Say Never Again."
... Semple was responsible for the iconic 'Pow!' and 'Kapow!'
graphics that popped up on screen during "Batman" TV fight scenes.
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Warp of the Week: Watch Sergey Brin Face His Impostors on National TV
By Daniela Hernandez