Sensing Blood In Water, Major Labels Sue ISP Cox For 'Ignoring' Their DMCA Notices

1Major labels have for some time been excited by the prospect of being able to use the DMCA to get Internet Service Providers to boot users from the internet, and suing them if they failed. The most prominent victim of this strategy has been ISP Cox, who is now the subject of a bombardment of lawsuits from all the major labels, writes Mike Masnick.

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Court Rejects 'One Size Fits All' Bit Torrent Ruling

1Stephen Carlisle, Esq. wades into the ongoing saga of Bit Torrent litigation. In a decision with major implications. the Ninth Circuit Court recently rejected a "one size fits all"approach to Bit Torrent lawsuits, in which the sins of one case could be brought to bear on others.

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How Amazon’s Twitch.tv Cheats Music Creators

1[UPDATED] In this piece, Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. reveals how both music creators and music rights' owners are both being cheated out of a significant new source of potential revenue when their music is used by Amazon subsidiary Twitch in its live streams.

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Soundbetter Passes $10 Million Paid To Musicians, Producers

soundbetter logoSoundBetter, a marketplace for music production talent, announced that it has delivered over $10 million to artists and producers on the platform. "Most of that in the past 18 months," according to Shachar Gilad, SoundBetter Founder and CEO.

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What It's Like To Be An Artist Today - Ryan Leslie, Emma McGann, Black Coffee, More

1Here a variety of different artists and managers working within the Midem hub recount what it's like to be operating in the music business today, and how changes in technology have effected so many aspects of the industry.

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6 Major Takeaways From Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Fast Company Profile

Daniel-EkFast Company has published the first in depth interview with Daniel Ek in three years and the first behind the scenes look at the world's biggest streaming service since it went public. While there are no big reveals, it offers a well sourced portrait of a company deeply committed to and quite capable of truly transforming the music business.

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Meet The Google Funded Group That Hacked EU Copyright Vote [David Lowery]

2The EU parliament recently endured several weeks of being bombarded by tweets, calls, emails, and letters opposing Article 13 of the Copyright Directive, which would have forced major tech companies like Google to more tightly regulate copyright on their platforms. This "movement" was the result of a small group of anti-copyright ideologues from Vancouver, writes David Lowery.

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Patreon Payments To Creators Fall After Fan Payments Flagged As Fraudulent

Patreon NewMusicians and other creators are reporting a significant drop in payouts from fans because Patreon is declining a significant numbers of their fan subscribers payments on the patronage platform. Many creators are reporting a drop in income of 30% - 50%.

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Major Labels File Billion Dollar Piracy Suit vs Cox

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwThe three major labels, Sony, Universal, and Warner Music, have hit telecommunications company Cox and its ISP service with a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement in the latest challenge to the implementation of the safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. 

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Understanding Music Streaming's Incredible Growth

3New numbers out from Nielsen have revealed that the popularity of streaming is continuing to grow at a precipitous rate. Here we hear from multiple industry experts on what this popularity suggests for ad-supported platforms, and if there are likely any red flags to watch out for.

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Why Congress Should Support Startups In The Music Modernization Act

1In this piece Chris Castle breaks down the latest inside the world of the Music Modernization Act, and why the law needs to be altered in order to restore balance between the rule makers and the rule takers, and better support startups in their bids for success.

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Dropping The Ball Instead Of The Bass: How Every Musician Can Learn From The Onstage Mishaps Of Skrillex

1While not an attempt to discredit Skrillex, this article looks at how the popular dubstep DJ's use of a complicated series of time sensitive electronic devices has had a tendency to open him up to mishaps on stage, and what other artists can do to avoid such debacles.

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SoundExchange Q2 Payments Up 17.5%

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange distributed $208.7 million in sound recording performance royalties in Q2 2018. That's up both 17.5% over the same quarter last year and the $189.9 million paid out in the Q1 of this year. The PRO has paid out a total of $398.6 million so far in 2018. 

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How Tech Is Changing Live Music

1While much of the music industry's future remains in doubt, particularly where tech is involved, how advancements in technology will affect venues is a little more predictable. Here we look at four ways in which we can expect the live music experience to change as a result of technological reform.

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Milli Vanilli And 5 Infomous Lip Sync Disasters

1A tradition of the modern music industry, lip syncing has been a mainstay for many "live" performances for years, however the format is such that when it fails, the show truly crashes and burns. Here we look at the 1989 debacle of Milli Vanilli, as well as five other infamous lip syncing disasters.

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