According to Billboard, the Google Justice Department has decided to impose on songwriters a government order that songwriters didn’t want, has never been the business practice and will increase transaction costs on the one thing that is working well in online music licensing: blanket performance rights licenses. [The Department of Justice] is moving ahead with […]
The head of the DOJ Antitrust Division is a former Google lawyer–so DOJ ruling against songwriters on 100% licensing to Google’s benefit should come as no surprise. via Billboard: Google’s Justice Department out to Destroy PROs — Artist Rights Watch
Gary Reback, one of the top antitrust lawyers in the world, said Google’s heavy investment in lobbying the UK government through David Cameron crony Rachel Whetstone and others just saw their influence in Europe wiped out by Brexit. via Gary Reback: Google’s Ploy to Control EU through Britain Wiped Out By Brexit — Artist Rights Watch
I’m pleased to have been asked by the brilliant Gigi Johnson to reprise our SXSW panel at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Center for Music Innovation on July 20 from 6-7:30 pm. Gigi will moderate and has invited Sam Kling from SESAC and Ted Cohen from TAG to join.
Labels need to be coming to grips with a succession plan when YouTube negotiations fail to satisfy artist concerns–Apple and Spotify are logical choices. via The Great Artist Revolt: Are Apple Music and Spotify a Solution to a Post-YouTube Reality? — Music Tech Solutions
By The Time We Get To Woodstock…. This Tuesday, Zephyr Teachout, director of the anti-artist FFTF (Fight For The Future)’s 501c3, is running in the Democratic primary in NY’s 19th congressional district (Hudson Valley, including Woodstock) Although Teachout is running as a progressive, and is indeed progressive on many issues, the FFTF is about as […]
Right now I see no reason to think there is any likelihood that those trend lines will change direction for the frothy bubble in the markets that I think is a necessary condition for a Spotify IPO (or even a real unicorn like Uber). How long? Weeks and weeks for sure and probably months and […]