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Streaming Music Services – The Gift That Just Keeps Giving?

About three years ago I wrote a blog titled “Whither The Ad-supported Free Music Sites?”, in which I made mention of the streaming service Spotify that was struggling to establish itself in North America. I seriously questioned the viability of its business model at the time, but then I wasn’t privy to just how far the company would go to curry favour with the major labels. (more…)

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Europe Reins In The Music Master Poachers

Nothing is forever. This we all know. When we think about copyright duration, which is a lot less than forever, most of us in this business tend to think of it more in relation to compositions, not so much as it pertains to sound recordings. That’s why I believe you’ll find what you’re about to read especially interesting. (more…)

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Score One For The Independent Artist Against The Big Boys

On July 12, Canada’ supreme court did independent labels and artists out there a big favour.

In a landmark decision, the court ruled that the copyright board had erred in classifying paid and unpaid downloads as “communications” (a.k.a. “broadcasts”), entrenching technological neutrality as a copyright principle and, thus, putting the kibosh on Socan’s efforts on behalf of publishers to collect a performance royalty every time part or all of a song is downloaded from the Web. The court also ruled that streaming (more…)

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Google Music Launches In U.S. – Look Out iTunes?

After a lot of hoopla and much anticipation, on November 16 Google finally launched its Google Music download store with a launch event in Hollywood, California. I haven’t started using it yet, because it’s currently only available to people in the U.S. and I’m based in Canada, but I’d like to pass on some interesting tidbits I’ve found out about the service. (more…)

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Yanked From YouTube – A Lesson For Independent Artists

You may have heard about the recent yanking from YouTube of teen starlet Rebecca Black’s video of her infamous song Friday. What you may not know is why it happened and the huge lesson that all aspiring artists should take from her experience. (more…)

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Major Record Labels Brought Down To Earth By The Courts

A couple of recent developments in the U.S. are putting a crimp in the style of the major record labels. (more…)

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Dealing With Music Piracy In The Digital Age

I just read an intriguing news story out of Europe, where France is about to initiate a strategy to combat illegal downloading by partially subsidizing a music subscription download card for 18 to 25 year olds. This got me thinking again about the whole issue of piracy in the digital sphere. (more…)

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U.S. Court Reins In The Performing Rights Organizations

I admit I have a bone or two to pick with music rights collectives, in part because of their seeming penchant for ringing every last dime out of every possible revenue source and how that can sometimes end up hurting the independent recording artist, small labels and even songwriters. (more…)

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Whither The Ad-supported Free Music Sites?

“Wither” is the operative word, it seems, when it comes to retail music sites that rely solely on ad-based revenue.

Give music lovers what they want for free and get advertisers to pay the bill. That was an intriguing idea when it first sprouted in the digital music scene a few years back. (more…)

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