Dean Kay
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 Music, Copyright and New Technology in the News
From a Creator's Perspective
Friday 06/23/2017

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

Heard about Blockchain? Sound interesting? Thanks to Chris Castle’s deep rooted experience in both the music industry and new tech, the following 3 stories will tell you everything you will ever need to know about the music industry’s latest shiny object.
The MTP Interview: Alan Graham’s Artist’s Guide to Blockchain, Open Music Initiative, Smart Contracts and Dark Social (Part 1)
By Chris Castle

The MTP Interview: Alan Graham’s Artist’s Guide to Blockchain, Open Music Initiative, Smart Contracts and Dark Social (Part 2)
By Chris Castle

The Core Flaw of Blockchain
By Chris Castle -- The truth about blockchain is that at its core, it requires its regime to be enforced on rights owners in order to scale–and that is its essential flaw. Call me a blockchain skeptic.  I agree with many of the conclusions reached by Alan Graham in his MusicTechPolicy (MTP) interview (above), but I also think that at its core, blockchain as currently contemplated fails as an industry-wide rights registry.  Since I understand that its essential purpose is to be a reliable rights registry, it seems obvious to me that blockchain has limited application at best.

MPAA & RIAA Demand Tough Copyright Standards in NAFTA Negotiations
By Andy -- The MPAA and RIAA have made their positions clear in submissions to the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Both want allies Canada and Mexico to commit to tightened copyright law, including restrictions on safe harbor provisions that go beyond current US practice.

Taylor Swift's Songs Generated $400K After Returning to Streaming Services Last Week
By Andy Gensler and Ed Christman – Additionally, 4 of her albums are back on billboard 200 after streaming return

The Secret Lives of Playlists
By Liz Pelly -- Not all Spotify playlists are created equally. To begin understanding this, look at them closely. Literally.

Apple Reportedly Wants Music Labels To Take A Smaller Revenue Cut From Its Streaming Service
By Edoardo Maggio -- The deal Apple has with record labels is due to expire at the end of the month, and it includes both Apple Music as well as iTunes, Apple's digital music store.

As Pandora’s Stock Sinks, TuneIn Sues Over Failed Payments
Daniel Adrian Sanchez -- TuneIn decided to file a costly lawsuit against Pandora Radio, clearly kicking the company when they’re way, way down. A 19% investment from SiriusXM and a $200 million sale of Ticketfly wasn’t enough to convince Pandora Radio investors.  Last Friday, the music streamer’s shares reached an all-time low.  Investors believe that it may be too late for the company to turn things around in the music streaming market.

Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox
By Lina Khan -- Although Amazon has clocked staggering growth, it generates meager profits, choosing to price below-cost and expand widely instead. Through this strategy, the company has positioned itself at the center of e-commerce and now serves as essential infrastructure for a host of other businesses that depend upon it. Elements of the firm’s structure and conduct pose anticompetitive concerns—yet it has escaped antitrust scrutiny.

Voice-Activated Music Search: It’s Gonna be a Thing. And Soon.
By Alan Cross -- Siri’s nice and all, but I just feel weird talking to my device. Any device, for that matter. But I’d better get over it because thanks to Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home and whatever the hell Apple wants us to do now, the concept of voice commands is getting bigger–and fast.

Thoughts on Conversational UI
Alexa, Please Kill Me Now
By lan Cooper -- The biggest conundrum in technology is that it’s harder to tell a computer to do something than it is for the computer to do it.

Watch: Zydeco is a Gift From Louisiana’s Creole Culture
Timeline -- Grab your frottoir and your cowboy boots and get rhythm!

Death And The Maiden – Probate and Copyright (.pdf)
By Therese Catanzariti -- Dealing with the estate of a deceased person who has been involved in creative industries, as an executor, as a beneficiary, or as a person seeking an assignment or a license, requires an understanding of both copyright and probate.

Five Signs Your Lawyer is a Keeper
By AiVi Nguyen

Why Didn’t Famous Composers Write National Anthems?
National anthems are among the most regularly heard and instantly recognizable pieces of music of all, so why have virtually none been written by well-known composers? Alex Marshall investigates...

VIDEO: This Light Dance Performance is Simply Incredible
America’s Got Talent

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