Staff picks by Semaphore Music: 1. Hunter Hayes (Breaux Ridge/Nashville) “Storm Warning” @hunterhayes 2. Cartright (Austin) “Jass Song” @cartrightmusic 3. Dave Hause (Ambler) “C’mon Kid” @hausedave 4. Joel Thomas Zimmerman (Toronto) “Sofi Needs A Ladder” @deadmau5 5. Howler (Minneapolis) “Dirty Little Words” @howlerband
In his New York Times Op-Ed “SOPA Boycotts and the False Ideals of the Web“, musician, technologist and all round good guy Jaron Lanier crystalizes the corruption of the “debate” about rogue sites. If you like MTP, do yourself a favor and read Jaron’s whole piece. Here are a couple of insightful paragraphs: “[O]ur opposition […]
An interesting thing has happened as a result of Wikipedia doing dark over murders on the streets of Tehran. Sorry, it wasn’t that. Google advertising the sale of counterfeit 2012 Olympics tickets and keeping the profits? No, no it wasn’t that. Murders on the streets of Syria. No, no, it wasn’t that either. What was […]
By Chris Castle Chairman Patrick Leahy made a remarkably prescient comment at the Napster hearing in 2000: “When you tell 20 million people they can’t do something, they get mad at you.” The “something” was stealing mostly music and some movies—a problem that in retrospect seems relatively simple. And now, nearly 12 years later, that […]
Great result for copyright holders in the Golan case from the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices Bryer and Alito dissented but had some great and insightful language: “[P]iracy often begets piracy, breeding the destructive habit of taking copyrighted works without paying for them, even where payment is possible. Such habits ignore the critical role copyright plays […]
So do you believe me now?
[Editor Charles sez: This post first ran on December 17 before the FTC let Google off the hook. and we though it was worth another read.] When a chicken is placed on an electrical grid inside a cage and shocked repeatedly, it begins to get the idea that no matter where it stands, no matter […]
As we say around MTP, where there’s fire there’s smoke. Given the misreporting about recent activity in “The Cloud”, one might want to consider the following regarding “locker services.” What distinguishes what is called a “cyber locker” and “The Cloud”? The more cynical among us may believe that companies like Google that profit from the […]
We were lucky to get David Basskin for a lively interview on a variety of topics of importance to songwriters and publishers for iTunes podcast (#9) http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/musictechpolicy.com-podcast/id392020035. David gives an in-depth discussion of protections CMRRA has negotiated for controlled compositions in Canada.