[Editor Charlie sez: The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing many different ways to regulate The MLC, which is the government approved mechanical licensing collective under MMA authorized to collect and pay out “all streaming mechanicals for every song ever written or that ever may be written by any songwriter in the world that is exploited […]
Driving traffic to Spotify just doesn’t pay off for indie artists (or probably for smaller indie labels). See an explanation of the Ethical Pool method as a possible solution. Whatever we do, the status quo is not sustainable.
Once again, MusicCanada’s Global Forum at Canadian Music Week in Toronto gives a major platform to creators to discuss the human rights of artists and how to deal with the Silicon Valley onslaught. This year featured a great interview by Kate Taylor of the Globe and Mail with Zoë Keating, Blake Morgan and Scott Timberg. Watch […]
…there was lunch in the larger, first floor cafeteria where, in the corner, on a small stage there was a man, playing a guitar, who looked like an aging singer-songwriter Mae’s parents listened to. “Is that….?” “It is,” Annie said, not breaking her stride. “There’s someone every day. Musicians, comedians, writers….We book them a year […]
The SF Music Tech conference ended this week, an excellent platform for Zoë Keating, more later about her ideas for online music services sharing fan data with the artists they exploit. It was refreshing to see SF Music Tech continuing the theme started last year by David Lowery. The usual old school “Deep Thoughts” kumbaya […]
I always say that the great thing about the Internet is that it brings people together who would otherwise might never have met. The bad news is that regardless of the Internet, the place they would likely have met is prison. Who are these people? You know–The Trolls. Often corporate backed attackers leaving pre-digested bits […]
I want my data and in 2012 I see absolutely no reason why I shouldn’t own it. It seems like everyone has it, and exploits it…everyone but the creators providing the content that services are built on. I wish I could make this demand: stream my music, but in exchange give me my listener data. […]
“I’d rather be raped by The Pirate Bay than shafted by Hasse Breitholtz and Sony Music.” Swedish artist Magnus Uggla, speaking of Spotify’s major label ownership and low payments He actually said something more emphatic than “shafted“, but this is a family blog. You get the idea. It’s in this graph courtesy of our friend Faza at […]