Archive for December, 2009

20 Questions for New Artists: Have you registered with SoundExchange?

December 21, 2009 Comments off

Have You Registered With SoundExchange? Featured recording artists and bands that own their own sound recordings can register with SoundExchange, the U.S. performing rights organization for sound recordings. Registration forms are available on the SoundExchange website (, and membership is free. It is a good idea to check the PLAYS database (which can be done online with a simple registration) for any titles of your band’s recordings to see if the recordings are already included in the database or are mis-registered.

SoundExchange can also collect for performances from certain rights organizations overseas. This requires separate authorization, which is explained on the company’s website.

See also: Bank Accounts/Tax Returns/Accountants

Copyright 2009 Chris Castle and Amy Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.

A Blast From the Past: Lessig on Colbert

December 20, 2009 Comments off
The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Lawrence Lessig
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Economy

This is a hysterical example of what happens when a geek talks down to a comedian on his own show. Note how Lessig blows it in the first 20 seconds with THAT TONE on the word “together”. But the Lessig apologists are at work to resuscitate the Tripster with the quote in the overlay–belied by Lessig’s own damning statement that Flickr makes all the money off of other people’s work.

Nice try, acolytes.

This is sort of like how Creative Commons Inc. raises millions from odd places which it wouldn’t be able to do unless millions of unsuspecting people were using the flawed Creative Commons “licenses” or “deeds” or whatever they’re called this week by the self-serving shilling for the self-absorbed–thus giving a fig leaf to those false innovators who wish to give the appearance of supporting creativity but actually acting out of their own self-interest.

Say Hello to My Little Friend

December 19, 2009 Comments off

Google VIP Patry and Tony Montana. Anyone seen them in the same room at the same time?

An excellent follow up by Tom Sydnor on the “economic analysis” argument from “Don’t Be Moral”.

Music Industry Blog

December 17, 2009 Comments off

We welcome Mark Mulligan’s Music Industry Blog to the blog role, a good starting place is “Why The ‘Music As Free’ Argument Just Doesn’t Hold Water” (and neither does the Music is Water argument!)

(Thanks to Dean Kay for the t/o)

Roy E. Disney, RIP

December 17, 2009 Comments off

Roy Disney is underway once again. A great sailor, a great fan of sailing, and an all around stand up guy. And then there was that movie company.

Godspeed, skipper.

US SAILING Mourns the Passing of Roy Disney

CNET: FBI makes arrest in ‘Wolverine’ uploading case

December 16, 2009 Comments off

It will be interesting to learn more about the how, when and why, and more importantly who about this case.

Google Set To Own Phone Market Next Year

December 14, 2009 Comments off

Oh, I’m sorry, that’s “Google Set To Market Own Phone Next Year“. How do you spell “tying arrangement”? Sherman Act, Sherman Act…I know I had it somewhere….

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