The former EFF staff attorney, Wendy Selzer (although her interviewer seems to have dropped that affiliation from her bio) tells us of how the future is circumventing the nation state, ending copyright and that artists need to tour (forever, apparently). She looks forward to the destruction of the “megastar” in favor of “local acts” (who presumably would […]
Senator Grassley drops a love note to the NASA Administrator. The Honorable Charles F. Bolden, Jr. Administrator National Aeronautics and Space Administration Two Independence Square 300 E Street, SW Washington, DC 20546 Dear Administrator Bolden: I am writing you concerning Google Inc.’s (Google’s) partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its activities […]
For all those of you who know the meaning of “table read”, it may seem hard to believe that you’d ever be nostalgic for pilot season. But in the world of Google TV that will soon be upon us, pilots, up fronts, union jobs, residuals, separated rights, the whole schmear will soon be gone, or at […]
Every price cutter flea circus charlatan has promised consumers lower prices by “cutting out the middle man”. Yes, the hated “middle man” is the one standing between consumers and a fair deal. This kind of thinking is what resonates with every mass marketer pitch for 150 years and is very, very old school. Let’s take […]
Top 5 this week from Sempahore Music staffers (subject always to the Ultimate Arbiter of Taste): Spotify playlist: Semaphore #NewMusic 5-14-12 1. Slow Down, Molassas (Saskatoon) “Light” @slowdownmolasse 2. Boy Friend (Austin) “Egyptian Wrinkle” @boyfriendmusiq 3. Me and My Drummer (Berlin) “Heavy Weight” 4. Not Squares (Belfast) “Fall Far” @notsquares 5. Family of the Year […]
The best things in life are free, but you can give them to the birds and bees Just give me money, that’s what I want Written by Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford, performed by Barrett Strong What do you bet there is no one named Lamar who works at Google? How will Google take down […]
We’ve been doing a little informal polling among publishers who have received statements recently from Rightsflow for Google Play. While this is hardly scientific, everyone–everyone–we have spoken to so far says that substantial portions of the titles on their statements are not theirs. Which makes these publishers wonder who is getting statements for their songs. At […]
Great news. At least he supports letting our friends get married…sort of.