Staff picks from Semaphore Music
1. Jess Moskaluke (Langenburg, Saskatchewan) “Catch Me If You Can” @jessmoskaluke
2. Storm Queen (Brooklyn) “Look Right Through”
3. St. Spirit (Crystal Palace) “Pigeon” @stspirituk
4. Axis Of (Port Stewart) “We Dine on Seeds” @axisof
5. Life Size Maps (Brooklyn) “Weird Luck” @lifesizemaps
We’ve been banging the table about the changing scope of the term recording artist agreement and the various state laws that regulate talent agents for about 10 years now. Erin Jacobson’s excellent article “360 Deals and the California Talent Agencies Act: Are Record Labels Procuring Employment” published in the ABA Entertainment & Sports Lawyer is a must-read for anyone who practices in this area.
Thanks to Erin for providing these important insights.
Here’s a little experiment: Try using Google Adwords “keywords tool”–a program that suggests Google Adwords matched to keywords you enter. Meaning, if you want to buy an Adword because you are selling, for example “harry potter movie”, it will tell you the most popular Adwords you can buy.
Just to cut to the chase, try searching for “free harry potter movie” and see what happens. Let me save you the trip (it requires CAPTCHA):
“free harry potter movie” gets 90,500 global monthly searches (up from 60,500 a year ago when we first tried this experiment).
But “free movies”? Holding steady at 45,500,00 global monthly searches (right next to “free movie for free”).
“torrent” had 226 million global monthly searches
“torrent movie” had 6.12 million.
A keyword search based on the website www.grooveshark.com revealed some interesting opporunities with over 30,000,000 global monthly searches, and of course that old chestnut www.thepiratebay.org pushed global monthly searches for certain keywords over 500,000,000.
You get the idea. How would Google ever know it was profiting from Adwords advertising for illegal goods until the creators track down all their torrents?
This is a video of a great panel at the Creators Conference including a keynote by Robert B. Levine and our friends Rick Carnes and Helienne Lindvall, as well as many other thoughtful speakers. This is about an hour long, but you should watch the whole thing if you can.
COMPLAINT (Summons Issued); jury demand; against Nikesh Arora, Sergey Brin, L. John Doerr, Google, Inc., Paul S Otellini, Larry Page, Patrick Pichette, Eric E Schmidt, K. Ram Shriram, Shirley M Tilghman ( Filing fee $ 350, receipt number 34611064016). Filed by Patricia M McKenna. (bw, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/29/2011) (Entered: 08/30/2011)
Summons Issued as to Nikesh Arora, Sergey Brin, L. John Doerr, Google, Inc., Paul S Otellini, Larry Page, Patrick Pichette, Eric E Schmidt, K. Ram Shriram, Shirley M Tilghman. (bw, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/29/2011) (Entered: 08/30/2011)
“The Internet allows messages to be better focused on particular groups of potential customers. With that ability comes the growing possibility that the Justice Department will view search engines as more than mere passive conduits of information, and instead as potentially active participants in conduct that may violate the law.”
For every lawyer who argued with me when I forbade them board memberships. It’s not a gym.
Staff Picks by Semaphore Music
1. Jessie Baylin (Los Angeles) “Hurry Hurry” @jessiebaylin
2. Atlas : Empire (Glasgow) “At the Edge of the Ravine” @atlasempireuk
3. Forest Fires (Aberdeen) “Best Intentions” @Forest_Fires
4. Frankie Rose (Brooklyn) “Soma” @missfrankierose
5. Keyboard Kid (Seattle) “Breathe In” @keyboardkid206
[A blast from the past, first posted Oct, 2010.]
Felix “BYOB” Oberholzer-Gee take note–nobody believes you.
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