Dean Kay
The Dean's List
 Music, Copyright and New Technology in the News
From a Creator's Perspective
Tuesday 12/01/2015
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

[A concept critical the future of music.]
Nummi's Example For Newspapers
By David Chavern -- Toyota always felt that in order for it to succeed as a company, its parts suppliers and other partners also had to succeed. Everyone had to buy into one, mutually-reinforcing idea of success. In contrast, GM had famously difficult relationships with many of its suppliers at the time and frequently viewed them as independent economic actors. With this mindset, supplier relationships continued to deteriorate until GM's recent efforts to prioritize trust, engagement and mutuality with its partners. [Thanks for the Copyright Alliance for the link.]

3.38 Million Reasons Why Spotify Has a Serious Problem…
By Paul Resnikoff -- Somewhere along the treacherous path towards streaming, artists decided to let Spotify win.  They weren’t going to get paid properly, accounted to properly, or benefit from all the free, ad-supported streaming that has made investors and executives rich.  But maybe they’d get some exposure that would fuel some other revenue avenues, like touring, sponsorships, or even merchandise. … Better to dance with the devil (they thought) then risk a total non-career.

Seabrook’s Stories about Money
By Chris Castle -- The author John Seabrook has written another extraordinary piece on Spotify for the New Yorker that one could charitably describe as struggling with truthiness. … this is not the first time Mr. Seabrook and the New Yorker have come to the rescue of the Darling of Goldman Sachs. 

Mike Doughty Responds to John Seabrook at The New Yorker about Adele Doing Windows…
The Trichordist -- Musician Mike Doughty takes on the New Yorker’s anti-artist editorial “Who Is Really Paying for Adele?”.

Interview: Meet the Guy Who Gives You the Heads Up If an Album Leaks
By Stanley Widianto -- Staffan Ulmert will let you know if and when an album has leaked.  His site Has It Leaked is like the Neighborhood Watch of musical leaks which, according to the official website, aims to mediate between fans and labels. While it won’t provide direct links, Steffan says that the site acts as a platform for music fans to discuss leaks (and presumably do a few quick searches and find them). 

Google Takedown Requests Mushroom As Copyright Holders Play Whack-A-Mole
By Kelly Fiveash -- More than 65m requests flood into Choc Factory in past month

Court: Swedish ISPs Can't Be Forced To Block Sweden's Pirate Bay
By Chris Williams Meanwhile, Germany says broadband providers may be liable in piracy claims

Braham v. Sony/ATV Music Publishing
By Jonathan Zavin, W. Allan Edmiston, David Grossman, Jonathan Neil Strauss, Tal Dickstein and Meg Charendoff -- In copyright infringement suit targeting Taylor Swift’s hit song “Shake It Off,” magistrate judge recommends dismissal of pro se plaintiff’s claim, finding plaintiff failed to plausibly allege that Swift’s repeating phrases “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” and “Players gonna play, play, play, play, play” infringed plaintiff’s copyright in his song “Haters Gone Hate.”

Kim Dotcom Slams 'Dirty Ugly Bully' Uncle Sam As Extradition Hearing Ends
By Kieren McCarthy -- The extradition hearing of rotund web baron Kim Dotcom finally ended Tuesday, having taken three times longer than expected. … Tweeting on the last day of the hearing, Dotcom railed: "My defense team has shown how utterly unreliable, malicious, and unethical the US case against me is. They have exposed a dirty ugly bully." …  If … Dotcom and three colleagues of the Megaupload file storing service, (are) extradited to the United States, they will face charges of fraud, racketeering, and money laundering that could bring with them a 20-year jail sentence

Genius! Boost Your WiFi with a Soda Can
By Rocky Greene

Notes from an Independent Record Producer, “Sound Different!”
By Jamie Hill -- The world doesn’t need more of what it’s already got.  Full disclosure: I have an adventurous and wide-ranging sonic palate, as a producer and also as a listener. It’s probably a product of when I grew up. Every song on the radio when I was a kid sounded wildly different from every other song. This was thrilling to ten-year-old me; I spent hundreds of hours transfixed in front of the radio, wondering exactly how each otherworldly combination of sounds had been achieved.

How the Sound That Defined 80s Music Still Lives on Today
By Nick Laugher 

You Won’t Live to See the Final Star Wars Movie
By Adam Rogers

[With humans systematically being excluded from participating in life, finally comes a sport only robots could enjoy.]
The Next Frontier In Formula Racing: Driverless Cars
By Brian Fung

[This is great.]
The Telharmonium Was the Spotify of 1906
By Ella Morton – The Telharmonium made use of telephone networks to transmit music from a central hub in midtown Manhattan to restaurants, hotels, and homes around the city.  [Thanks to Paul Williams for the link.]

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