It Annoys the Pig

A major streaming service apparently is trying to get labels to grant them a direct license for webcasting on the service.  A “direct license” in this context means that the direct license replaces the statutory license available under the Copyright Act at the rates negotiated with SoundExchange.  It also makes an end run around some […]

SXSW 3/19 Picks: Nikki Rowling award, Guy Forsyth, Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Givers, Cary Brothers, In Tall Buildings

Special event: Nikki Rowling receives the Cindi Lazzari Artist Advocacy Award from the State Bar of Texas.  According to the press release from the Texas Music Office: “Long-time music professional Nikki Rowling will receive the 2011 Cindi Lazzari Artist Advocate Award from TESLAW, the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. […]

ABI Research joins the shakedown

According to Digital Media Wire someone from ABI Research said: “Forecasts of declining prices are based on the assumption that the rights-holders will lower their royalty demands,” said ABI’s Neil Strother. “Record labels and collecting societies should not overplay their hands when it comes to royalty issues. If consumers do not have convenient and affordable […]