Category: Music

Indie music fights Google – Amazon .music top level domain grab

Google and Amazon want to rule the top level domain web universe (this piece originally posted on 9/12/12 but I’ve updated it to include new information on efforts by representatives of indie musicians to thwart this top level domain name power grab by Google and Amazon) If you read the propaganda promoted by Google during last year’s SOPA debate, you would have come across pleas like this: More than any time in history, more people in more places have the ability to make their voices heard. Just as we celebrate freedom, we need to celebrate the tools that support freedom. Add your voice in support of a free and open Internet. According Google and other opponents in the tech industry, if the Stop Online Piracy Act were to pass, the internet would be “broken” and no longer “free.”  A questionable concept, particularly when Google was against the legislation because it would impinge on  their unfettered ability to make money (no matter the source). At the time, Google’s anti-SOPA activism was seen by many as more opportunistic than altruistic, and today that view seems to be further  vindicated.  According to a  report from Consumer Watchdog on  ICANN’s proposed addition of “top-level” domain names that noted, “Google has ponied up $18.7 million to buy 101 domain strings like .eat, .buy, .book, .free, .web, and .family.”  They also want to own the domain string...

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Songwriters don’t tour or sell t-shirts for a living.

Time for music licensing to meet the 21st century For consumers, the digital age means accessing music anywhere, anytime at a very low cost (or free) but the picture isn’t so rosy for those who actually make their living writing and performing music.  Everyone acknowledges that online piracy was the first tsunami to hit the music industry, but now, though legal, the rise of streaming services like Pandora and Spotify have served to further undermine creators via an antiquated and utterly lopsided licensing system.   While most consumers remain blissfully unaware of the complexities of the music licensing maze, those who depend on it...

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Free Speech According to Google? Blackmailing Indie Music Labels Over YouTube Streaming?

Google Trying to Force Indie Record Labels into Submission (Updated June 17, 2014) This post was originally published in late May, but with news breaking that Google is pushing ahead on its plan to block indie labels from its new music service I’m reposting.  Here’s the latest from The Guardian: Adele, Arctic Monkeys and Jack White could disappear from YouTube “in a matter of days” after the Google video service confirmed it was dropping content from independent labels that have not signed up for its upcoming subscription music service… …The company’s head of content and business operations, Robert Kyncl,told...

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Artists’ Pay for Radio Play Petition

Please read and consider signing the petition urging Congress to support Artists’ Pay for Radio Play. We, the Undersigned, join with the Content Creators Coalition in Urging Congress to Support Artists’ Pay for Radio Play. The United States has the unfortunate distinction of being the only democratic country in the world whose artists and musicians receive no pay for the terrestrial radio airplay of their music. The short list of countries that share the United States’ position on this issue includes: Iran, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Rwanda. We ask that Congress review radio airplay royalties and support American artists and musicians...

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#IRespectMusic Petition is Online!

A new petition is circulating at the freshly minted website soliciting support for artists to receive “pay for radio play.” The petition, directed toward members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet reads: Dear Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet: I join music makers and music lovers alike in urging Congress to support artists’ pay for radio play. The United States is the only democratic country in the world where artists don’t get paid for radio airplay. Currently, the short list of countries that share the...

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