Hypebot’s New Music Business Week In Review
>>> The LA Times killed a column that advocated free music giveaways as Prince did recently in the UK. (Read the full text of the banned article here.) and late in the week the columnist issued a response.
>>> And speaking of Prince, the non-profit Electronic Frontier foundation sued Universal on behalf of a young mother whose video of her son dancing to Prince’s "Crazy" had been pulled down from YouTube. Watch the reposted video here.
>>> A new study of Live365 underscored the importance of internet radio to independent music and labels.
>>> CD importer Smash has closed it doors and Hypebot took an in depth look at this dwindling music industry sector.
>>> EMI is partnering with digital agency VerveLife for new marketing promotions like a DRM free download giveaway with Burger King UK.
>>> President Bush showed his ignorance of a current battles over performance royalties at radio at a recent press conference.
>>> Rhapsody revealed that they have no plans to start selling DRM free downloads until the majority of major label product is available without the current restrictions. Napster had recently expressed a similar policy.
>>> Last.FM got some backlash for demanding that indie artists some waive royalties before the customized net broadcaster will play them.