What Principles Apply to Agents? Who Audits the Auditors?

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” Decimus Junius Juvenalis, Satires, Satire VI, lines 347–8. According to Digital Music News, “Google has just tapped the Harry Fox Agency (HFA) to handle certain music-related licensing and administration services for Google Play.” Depending on what this means, it raises some interesting questions.  As agents for its publisher principals, HFA has […]

Canard du Jour: Reselling the remix

Of all the canards foisted on the professional creative community by the professional free riders, none has had such a sustained life as the “non-commercial use” dodge.  I would suggest that the longevity of the fallacy is at the very core of Web 2.0 right alongside another reality: there is no free lunch.  If you do not […]

From MTPM: The Big Picture: Establishing Market Rules Online with the .music gTLD

This piece appeared in the February 2011 issue of MusicTechPolicyMonthly (subscribe at http://www.musctechpolicymonthly.com) In coming days, MTP will have further discussion of the recent ICANN actions so watch this space. When it comes to dealing with big problems in an economic market like the music business, using the word “solving” is something of a misnomer.  […]

Book Review: “Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back” by Robert Levine

There is something comforting about hearing the Speaker of the House of Commons crying “Order, order” and having the MPs actually heed that instruction.  It’s particularly comforting in light of the tragic wilding that has been occurring in the ancient city of London, the font of British civility and civilization.  But the rioting in London is really the […]

Interview with Keith Bernstein of Innovator Crunch Digital

Keith Bernstein of Royalty Review Council is in the Glenn Peoples news scoop in Billboard about Keith’s Crunch Digital company and PDX service.  Here’s Keith Bernstein’s interview with Chris from the February 2011 issue of our sister publication MTP Monthly (you can sign up for the MTP Monthly newsletter here–it’s free). This issue’s featured interview is with Keith Bernstein […]