Recently, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association had its lecture videos taken down owing to their inclusion of brief clips of bluegrass music. Although the use of the music was clearly fair use, Sony initially demanded a fee for the use of the recordings, raising some alarming questions regarding copyfraud and the use of ContentID.
$130 million dollars. That's the total of the record deal that Sony has reportedly signed with Adele. You can't blame her for taking the cash, but is it a smart move for Sony at a time when artists like Chance The Rapper are proving that they don't need a record label to have a hit?
Drake’s new release "Views" set an all-time record for weekly album streams with an impressive 247 million in the US and 23 million in Canada. "Views" finished the week of 4.29.16 at #1 on the BuzzAngle charts with an impressive 1,040,842 album units in the U.S and 110,678 in Canada. The full Top 10 charts:
[UPDATED] To date, music streaming service CÜR has raised $13.6 million in funding, including a recent $2 million in convertible notes. But rumors point to a company struggling to make partial payments to record labels and rightsholders. So the startup has brought in an industry veteran to try to right the ship.
Led Zeppelin are facing a jury trial for alleged copyright infringement of their seminal hit "Stairway to Heaven." A District Court Judge has ruled that the hit was similar enough to the '67 instrumental "Taurus" by Spirit to warrant a trial. But the plaintiff's have offered Led Zep an easy way out.
Years ago, Prince negotiated with Warner Brothers to regain control of his catalog of music. While among the first to do so, many artists from 1978 onward have the option to renegotiate their contracts, thanks to the Copyright Revision Act. Here, music industry attorney Wallace Collins revisits Prince's cutting edge stance and its aftermath.