Is this really what you want to be doing right now?
How Pandora Avoided the Junkyard, and Found... →
'Pants on the Ground' Breakout Star Hires Lawyer -... →
Another Perspective on Conan's Contract - Above... →
Paris Hilton Sued for Design Patent Infringement |... →
Law.com - 2nd Circuit Revives Starbucks' Mark... →
A Trademark Touch - Cover Story - Brand Packaging →
The Song Decoders at Pandora - NYTimes.com →
Blog Response to Law Firm’s Demand for Photo... →
The Fray - The Fray Sues Manager Over Copyright... →
Lawyer Who Spotted Expired Patent on Solo Cup Wins... →
Not copyright-related, but still interesting.
Dr. Stanley Liebowitz of University of Texas at Dallas. Talks about his two...– Cooler: Notes on the House Judiciary Committee’s Hearing on the Performing Rights Act I heard Stan Liebowitz speak at a CLE in Dallas late last year. It’s cool that he was a part of the Act.
Josh Schwartz, Creator of ‘The OC,’ Tries Rocking... →
The role of music licensing and television with a look to the future.
Is Facebook Defending English From the Lawyers? -... →
This has received a lot of treatment in the past 48 hours or so. I will put in my own $.02 later.
Commercials Come to Pandora Internet Radio (via... →
Under pressure of increased licensing fees, it was only a matter of time. I hope two things: 1) Pandora is able to stick around and perhaps make some money; and 2) the service remains essentially unchanged except the addition of nonintrusive in-stream ads.
The services are not really free, but payment is included in the cost of, say, a...– Music Industry Imitates Digital Pirates to Turn a Profit - NYTimes.com (This quote may be the best two-sentence explanation of fee-for-all music plans.)
Music Industry Imitates Digital Pirates to Turn a... →
These phones come with (masked fees for) music on an “unlimited basis.” This model has skeptics on both sides, but device manufacturers and phone companies are willing to give it a try. Maybe this will be a test case for a broader implementation of a standard that charges a small flat fee for unlimited download access to music content.
Music Ally: RIM CEO talks BlackBerry music →
BlackBerry disappoints with mere utterings about “Music 2.0” and “getting the artist closer to the fan.” It appears that business devices and media devices will fail to be integrated for even longer. BlackBerry or iPhone is still the typified industry dichotomy.
iTunes Songs Don't Have DRM, But They Contain Your... →
So, Apple’s announcement was all good news for just a little while. Digital watermarking of e-mail addresses raises vexing issues as Mr. Longino points out in the article.
Triple-Digit Growth for Last.fm (via Wired.com) →
Last.fm has definitely grown up fast. As anecdotal evidence, I have spent more time using and contributing to the site.
SoundExchange, CPB Agree On New Royalty Rates →
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting reached an agreement with SoundExchange on royalty rates for its Internet radio transmissions. Commercial Internet radio (Pandora) is still hanging in the balance.
ISPs can profit from busting file sharers |... →
ISP owner Jerry Scroggin sounds off against the RIAA again.
Is Someone Playing A Joke? Why Would Penguin Force... →
This article has the embedded video of the interview with Lessig. A visit to Colbertnation.com confirms the topic of the article. It is strange. I find the appearance of Lessig on Colbert to be quite timely, since I just recently finished his Remix.
The One Bright Spot In The Music Business -... →
Music Publishing is where it’s at. Thanks to Tamera Bennett for the link to this one.
Small Venues and PROs
In reference to my previous post (below), I do not have a whole lot of sympathy for the owners of coffee shops, smaller venues, or whatever they may bill themselves as. I know just a little about the ways in which ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC approach people about paying for licensing fees. As far as I’ve heard, it’s fairly standard procedure for them to threaten to sue you for not paying...
What's In a Name? Sony BMG Put to Bed... ... →
Does this mean they are no longer the Big Four? This now makes the list: Universal, Sony, BMG, Warner, EMI.
Photo Business News & Forum: Copyright... →
This is bound to be an emerging issue for sure. Photo credits are a huge topic.
Opining on the Music Industry
You know what is wonderful about the current state of the music industry? Almost everyone has some anecdotal remark about (illegally) downloading music. I may come close to rolling my eyes when I tell people that I’m most interested in copyright law and the response is (inevitably) “Oh, so are you going to sue me? [laughter]” However, it is great that people readily identify...
‘Appetite for Self-Destruction,’ by Steve Knopper... →
Another stick-a-fork-in-it, music-industry-is-done declaration. I’m interested in the book, but only if I can determine that Mr. Knopper has a new perspective to add to the all-popular tale of demise.
I finished the aforementioned article. I will post more details later. I don’t even want to divulge the topic I settled on for now. But, I have finished and submitted the article.
My current extracurricular task is to write an article for a contest. This tumblelog has come off to a slow start, which is okay given the number of people that know of its existence. I must remember that this is the specialty I want. I should be dedicating time to increasing my expertise in the area each day. I should be reading trade magazines, related articles, books, court opinions, and...
In a court filing, Google argues that BayTSP’s documents will...– Google opens new front in battle over Viacom’s ‘copyright cop’ - MarketWatch
Radio on the Web, Royalties, Revenue
In my opinion, web radio will become more prominent as bandwidth becomes more commoditized and people reach to their computers more often for consumption of music. There are only so many times a person will click to purchase in an online store. Passive means of consuming music will remain a desirable alternative to trying to own the world of songs. Radio is good at creating soundscapes with very...
Previously, bigger webcasters with significant advertising revenue paid 0.0762...– Even if Royalties for Web Radio Fall, Revenue Remains Elusive - NYTimes.com
Once a dry and seemingly mechanical area of the American legal system,...– The New York Times on January 25, 2004