Internal Warner Music Memo Shows Google’s Notice and Shakedown Business as Usual

If they’re not funding terrorists, they’re shaking down artists and songwriters…. Music Business Worldwide posted this internal memo from Warner Music chief Steve Cooper about Google’s DMCA abuse and the effect of YouTube’s notice and shakedown negotiation tactics. “YouTube has a bigger audience than any other streaming service, which presents huge opportunities for the creative community, […]

Guest Post by @schneidermaria: Open Letter to YouTube, “Pushers” of Piracy

[We’re pleased to post this open letter to YouTube written by Maria Schneider, a five-time GRAMMY-winning composer and bandleader, a board member of the Council of Music Creators, and an active supporter of MusicAnswers.org.] Open Letter to YouTube, “Pushers” of Piracy by Maria Schneider  Hank Green’s recent open letter in support of YouTube (that was in response […]

New Orphan Works Legislation: From Each According to What is Not Nailed Down, To Each According to How Little We Can Get Away With

The House and Senate both introduced new versions of the “orphan works” legislation (the “Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act” named after the late AOL lobbyist). Why, you may ask? What is so important about “orphan works”? Do the songwriters, artists, photographers, illustrators, screenwriters, actors, directors you know come up to you in the street, strike […]