Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon, Orchard, Deezer, Others Sued For Copyright Infringement

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwSony, Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Google, Microsoft, Orchard, Deezer, Shazam, MediaNet, CD Universe and Saavn are being sued for copyright infringement by a South African musician.

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Smokey Robinson Gives Moving Defense Of Artists Rights At Hearing Over Music Modernization Act

1Singer songwriter Smokey Robinson too the stage in a somewhat different capacity recently to act as a moving and powerful advocate for artists' rights, delivering a passionate defense to the Senate Judiciary Committee as they deliberate on the Music Modernization Act.

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Want To Write Music For TV? 4 Tips For Producers

1Writing music for TV can be a great way to make steady money in the music industry, all the while exercising your creativity and getting your music heard. Here we look at four important things to know for starting out that will make the process smoother and more likely to be successful.

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Rap vs Pap: Dr Dre Loses Trademark Battle With Gynecologist Dr Drai

1In a surprising clash of music and medicine, Dr. Dre faced defeat at the conclusion of a trademark battle he waged against Pennsylvania OB/GYN Dr. Drai, with the former rapper concerned that some kind of confusion would result would occur between the two professionals

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10K Radio Stations File BMI Lawsuit To Pay Songwriters Less, PRO Responds

BMIThe Radio Music License Committee, which represents more than 10,000 commercial radio stations in the US, has filed a petition in the federal rate court to resolve its ongoing rate dispute with performing rights organization BMI over the amount paid to songwriters and publishers for the broadcast of music.

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No Artist, Writer Credits For Cover Or Live Videos, YouTube Spokesperson Confirms

Youtube_logoYouTube announced yesterday that it has added "music in this video" artist, songwriter and publisher credits to more than half a billion videos. But our sample of music videos revealed a pattern of missing credits. Now, YouTube has confirmed the omission.

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YouTube Adds Artist, Songwriter Credits To 500M Videos

YouTube Music logoYouTube has added "music in this video" artist, songwriter and publishers credits to more than half a billion videos.  In addition to official music videos, the credits are being added to user generated content and virtually any YouTube video that uses recorded music.

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3 Sites To Help You Determine Your Brand

1While most musicians would rather focus their artistry on what they do best (music) there are a number of visual components when it comes to building the branding necessary to achieve industry success. Here we look at three sites that can make this process much easier.

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13 Must-Use Instagram Tools For Event Marketers

1Instagram is rapidly emerging from the pack as one of the best platforms on which to reach potential event goers, as well to directly drive ticket sales. Here we look at thirteen different complementary tools which can help you improve your strategizing on Instagram.

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Indies Beat Majors To Grab Biggest Share Of Global Record, Music Publishing Market

#INDIEPROUD (1)The annual Music & Copyright survey of recorded music and publishing companies shows Universal Music Group maintaining its position as the world’s biggest record company and Sony topping music publishing. But the collective strength of indie labels and publishers again beat both.

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How To Make The Power Of Community The Key To Music Industry Success

2While the music industry is often described as a cutthroat dog-eat-dog world (and this certainly can be the case) there is much to be said for the power of community, and what working productively with others in the industry can do to buoy your chances of success.

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Songtrust Now Administers 150K Songwriters, 1M Copyrights, 20K Music Publishers

SongTrustSongtrust announced that is now administers 50,000 songwriters, 20,000 music publishers and more than 1,000,000 copyrights. That's up from 100,000 songwriters and 15,000 publishers just over a year ago.

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SoundExchange, RIAA, ASCAP, BMI, Others Voice Strong Support Of Senate's Music Modernization Act

thumbs up musicThe bipartisan Music Modernization Act was introduced in the US Senate today. It closely mimics the House version which passed recently on a unanimous vote.  As with the previous bill, music industry trade groups lined up in strong support.

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SoundExchange Launches Music Data Exchange To Connect Label, Publisher Metadata

Sound-exchange-logo[UPDATED] SoundExchange has launched Music Data Exchange (MDX), a free software application designed to facilitate the exchange of sound recording and publishing data and ownership claims between record labels and music publishers. 

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From Living Room To Live Room: Recording Studio Breakdown [INFOGRAPHIC]

1This informative infographic reveals the principles and construction behind some of the most famous recording studios in the world, as well as revealing the principles and components necessary to construct a studio in your own home.

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'This Is America' Sparks New Musical Resistance

1David Deal highlights how the release of the poignant and provocative "This Is America" from Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) reminds us of music's power to confront society's issues in a tumultuous and oppressive time.

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10 Reasons You Should Join Us At ASCAP EXPO Right Now [Kosha Dillz]

image from pmcvariety.files.wordpress.comKosha Dillz reports from the ASCAP 'I Create Music' Expo: "There are many people to meet here. I reconnected with my old bassist, I got tons of free candy from the sponsors, and I was recognized by tons of friends. Also because I write for Hypebot, I got a really cool pass that lets me frolic around."

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10 Famous Song Titles Never Lyrically Featured In The Song

1When composing and marketing songs, it has become something of an industry to include the title of your song somewhere, usually prominently, in the lyrics. This has not always been a key part of making a song successful however, as evidenced by these ten famous numbers.

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Playlists Allow Artists To Focus On Music Over Image

1While an artists visual presentation has always factored into their success (or lack their of) the rise of playlist culture may finally be shifting consumers focus away from image and more towards the actual music itself. Here we look at why.

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Court Rules Unauthorized Concert Recordings Should Stay Have Remained In “Vault”

1Well known concert promoter Bill Graham amassed a number of coveted recordings of iconic artists during his time working in the industry, recordings which were then streamed and made available for download thanks to a third party buyer after Graham's death. Now a court has ruled these recordings should have remained locked away.

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Modern Music Modernization Act Only Goes Half Way [Op-Ed]

1In the wake of the House of Representatives passage of the music modernization act, David Philp explains how, while the bill does indeed do some good things for artists, the largest issue in the music industry remains unaddressed.

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5 Ways Music Modernization Act Could Be Fairer For All Creators

1The Music Modernization Act has passed the U.S. House of Representatives, and while much of the bill's content seems positive on the service, there are a number of ways in which it could be altered to favor all music creators.

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