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.
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.
Doughty Responds to John Seabrook at The New Yorker about Adele
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).
By Kelly Fiveash -- More than 65m requests flood into Choc Factory in past month
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
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.”
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
Boost Your WiFi with a Soda Can
By Rocky Greene
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
By Adam Rogers
systematically being excluded from participating in life, finally comes
only robots could enjoy.]
The Next Frontier In Formula Racing: Driverless Cars
By Brian Fung