Karl Herchenroeder reports in Communications Daily that Oregon’s legacy senator Ron Wyden has placed a “hold” on the CASE Act (the legislation creating a copyright small claims court), which essentially stops it from moving forward. (The CASE Act is the result of extensive study by the Copyright Office that addressed the many issues involving creating the copyright […]
There is a bit of strategy involved with affiliating with a performing rights organization in the United States. All the societies have a creative staff. The decision to affiliate with a particular society should be made after the artist/writer has taken some meetings with the performing rights society and decided if there’s more love coming […]
The government freezes songwriter royalty rates because they are allowed to get away with it.
Don’t believe the headlines–just because there’s no money for artists from the PledgeMusic bankruptcy does not mean that the story is over. It just means that justice is going to take longer. If you were paying attention, it should have been obvious from the beginning that PledgeMusic was a financial roach motel–the money goes in […]
Eric Harvey has a great must-read article in Pitchfork about what he describes as “Music Twitter” (“How Twitter Changed Music“). Mr. Harvey makes that case that Twitter was designed with both music and the music business in mind. That is certainly true. Twitter couldn’t be a more perfect way for pop and rap stars to […]
We’re all well aware of how Google uses self-manufactured loopholes in the DMCA safe harbor to enrich itself at the expense of artists, and run their loophole traps while appearing to “help” artists deal with the Google manufactured whackamole on YouTube with “tools” like Content ID. (See Ellen Seidler’s teaching on this subject, Kerry Muzzey’s […]
Google attacks journalists with one hand, doles out the charm offensive cash with another.
The first time I met with the French Minister of Culture, we met at their offices at the historic Palais-Royal complex which is also home to the Comédie-Française, the oldest active theater group in the world (founded in 1630). The French take their culture very seriously. One would do well to remember that in your […]
By Carrie A. Goldberg [We are honored to be able to post this article by one of the great lawyers of our time, Carrie Goldberg author of the new book Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls and victim rights lawyer extraordinaire. Carrie is going after Grindr for putting a product into commerce with a design […]