Do it, or we’ll do it for you: Jeremy Hunt and Ed Vaizey stand up for human rights of UK artists

In a move perhaps connected to Google’s prosecution and payment of $500 million forfeiture for promoting the sale of illegal drugs, The Guardian reports that the UK Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt will announce today that the Cameron Government expects “Google and other companies to take action against rogue sites, but could introduce new legislation in […]

Artist Glossary of Industry Terms: “Mechanical Royalties”

“Mechanical royalties” refer to monies paid to songwriters or music publishers for reproductions of songs in sound recordings (either for permanent downloads or streaming mechanicals). Mechanical royalties (or “mechanicals”) are usually paid by record companies (or outside the US, by digital retailers). In the United States these rates are set by statute and have varied […]

Isohunt Collapsing: Everyone knows where the booze is

Americans are freedom loving people and nothing says freedom like getting away with it.Guy Forsyth, Long Long Time © 2005 Monkey King Music “Everyone knows where the booze is, Mr. Ness,” warned Officer Malone in David Mamet’s iconic screenplay, The Untouchables, as the federal officers were about to raid a Post Office transhipping point for […]