Google Extends Keiretsu to Spotify Board

A keiretsu (系列, lit. system, series, grouping of enterprises, order of succession) is a set of companies with interlocking business relationships and shareholdings. It is a type of informal business group. The keiretsu maintained dominance over the Japanese economy for the last half of the 20th century. Wikipedia When Google’s current Chief Business Officer Omid […]

A Stain on the People’s House: The Fraud of DiMA, CCIA and NAB’s Secret Meeting in the People’s House

Yesterday, the lobbyists for Pandora, Sirius and Clear Channel held a “staff briefing” in the Rayburn House Office Building entitled “Governing ASCAP and BMI”.  What they left out of that title was any reference to songwriters–of course if the title was “Governing ASCAP and BMI Songwriters” that would have had a certain antebellum tone.  Not […]

Why I gave the National Association of Broadcasters, DiMA and CCIA the Shirt off my Back during Congressional Panel

Originally posted on The Trichordist:
Diverse group of Washington DC lobbyists. ? The major webcasters and broadcasters decided to convene a nearly secret last minute congressional panel to urge Congress and the DOJ to keep in place the 73 year old “temporary” consent decree that forces songwriters to let companies like Clear Channel, YouTube, Sirius,…

Help Project 72 Close the Pandora Loophole and #respectallmusic

Pandora and Sirius have decided to stop paying performance royalties to artists, producers and background performers who recorded before 1972–in other words, the creators (and their heirs) of the greatest music that influenced us all.  Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Buddy Holly, Jack Teagarden, Johnny Winter and everyone […]