Votes to Preserve Open, Neutral Internet
By Andrew Flanagan
Social Media’s Power to
By David Newhoff -- The FCC, in a narrow vote this week, elected to adopt rules to protect the principle known as “net neutrality … Whether or not net neutrality is essential for maintaining a level playing field for competing interests, one rhetorical talking point overused by all parties is this idea of preserving the Internet as “the greatest tool for free expression and democracy.” It ought to be, but the more I consider this premise, the more I wonder if it may prove to be one of the worst lies of the digital age — no matter how fast it travels through the proverbial tubes.
One Copyright Issue Everyone Should Agree On
By Sandra Aistars
Michael Dell Invest In A Possible Music Future
By Evelyn Cheng -- Google Ventures' new London arm is making its first investment by leading a $60 million Series C funding round for Kobalt, a music rights management services firm …
By Christian de Looper -- Google has increased the limit to how much music users can store in the cloud on Google Play Music from 20,000 to a whopping 50,000 songs
Message: NDAs Causing ‘Structural Failure’ For Music Industry
By Tim Ingham -- The ‘NDA culture’ surrounding the licensing of catalogues from labels to digital services has left music’s economic model “pretty well broken” … That’s according to the long-term manager of Nick Cave and PJ Harvey, and co-manager of Radiohead, Brian Message. Message delivered a rousing speech in London at the launch of the new Manifesto from the Entertainment Retailers Association
Digital Exec Leaves Universal Music Group
By Peter Kafka -- David Ring, one of Universal Music Group’s top digital business executives, is leaving the company. Ring’s departure comes a few days after his boss, digital business head Rob Wells, departed. … The shake-up at Universal comes as the label is involved in several high-stakes negotiations with digital heavyweights including YouTube, Apple and Spotify.
Begins Over New Radio Royalty Bill Introduced in Congress
By Andrew Flanagan -- On one side, the National Association of Broadcasters, which vehemently (and unsurprisingly) opposes making terrestrial radio broadcasts responsible for paying for the public performance rights of sound recordings. LRFA -- introduced by Texas Congressmembers Michael Conaway and Gene Green -- would prevent this. On the other side, the musicFIRST Coalition, an artist-centric organization which opposes LRFA on the basis not only of artist remuneration but also the effect the bill could have on debate around the Judiciary Committee's current review of copyright law.
Radio’s 2015 Digital Revenue Poised for Double-Digit Growth
FMBQ -- The radio industry will crack the half-billion-dollar mark in digital advertising in 2015 for the first time, growing revenues 18%, according to new research issued by Borrell Associates on behalf of the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB).
Makes A Move Against Brand-Sponsored Videos
By Eric Blattberg -- YouTube is clamping down on video creators who work directly with brands, nudging them instead to rely on Google’s sales team for deals. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]
Rebel Heart Hacker Formally Indicted For Computer Trespassing
By Harry Fletcher -- The hacker arrested in Israel for allegedly leaking Madonna demos has been formally indicted.
Buy Your Own Music
By Jorge Brea