Under a Red Flag: The Other Side of Whack a Mole–will it be back to the future for MCNs?

Après moi, le déluge Attributed to King Louis XV of France Right after Google’s YouTube acquisition, Googler Zahava Levine appeared on a bar association panel in Los Angeles and sneered at the assembled entertainment lawyers that even though YouTube was using their clients’ works without permission, YouTube would continue to rely on the DMCA notice […]

The MTP Interview: An Inconvenient Truth: Songwriters Guild President Rick Carnes talks about the effect of piracy on American songwriters

[Ed: This post originally appeared on MTP on January 30, 2009–how little has changed American songwriters are one of our greatest sources of culture as well as important contributors to America’s “soft power“–our ability to win hearts and minds around the world by attraction and not by force. As Professor Joseph Nye would say “Lennon […]

20 Questions for New Artists: Band Administrator/Split Sheets

For the next few weeks, we’re going to post sections from the article “20 Questions for New Artists” by Chris Castle and Amy Mitchell some of which has been posted various places. If you are interested in getting a free copy of the basic article, write to semaphoreindustryquestions@gmail.com before February 1. This doesn’t constitute legal […]

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 […]

Alert from the National Music Publishers Association regarding sheet music and the Google Books Settlement

The Google Books settlement (which is currently being investigated by the Department of Justice, among other people) clearly includes sheet music. How you may ask? Thank your friendly librarians…and see Music Publishing and the Google Books Settlement and Why Music Publishers and their Licensees Should Care About the Google Books Settlement The National Music Publishers […]