Motley Crue and Sixx:A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx has been very vocal with his demand that YouTube pay musicians better. Now he's taken the battle directly to Larry Page, the CEO of YouTube owner Google. In an open letter, Sixx says, "No action has been taken, meetings have been postponed, emails remain unanswered."
"There are a handful of songwriting resources out there, but we wanted to go one step further,” says songwriter and educator Ed Bell. “We wanted to talk not just about theory and techniques, but also about big picture ideas – like how to collaborate, how to maximize your creative potential, and how anyone can become a confident and independent artist."
During a recent concert, Adele spotted a woman filming the show with a video camera and tripod. "Yeah, I want to tell that lady as well, can you stop filming me with a video camera because I'm really here in real life," Adele said stopping the show and pointing to the offender, "You can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera."
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.
In an "Open Letter to YouTube, 'Pushers' of Piracy" composer, bandleader and five-time Grammy winner Maria Schneider leaves no stone unthrown as she goes after Google and its YouTube subsidiary: "... for the vast majority of the artistic community, including me, and every musician I know (and I know thousands), YouTube is a resounding disaster."