Category Archives: Music & internet radio

SoundExchange and NAB agreement

Update 22.02.2004 No news as of 22nd February on the outcome, or existence, of  royalty negotiations for other webcasting organisations. This for legislation which authorised agreements reached before 15th February. ———————————- Radio and Internet Newsletter reports SoundExchange and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have reached an agreement on webcast royalties for commercial broadcasters’ simulcast […]

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Pirate Bay trial

Trial of The Pirate Bay interests a readership estimated at 22 million. Plaintiffs in the case include Warner Bros, MGM, Colombia Pictures Industries, 20th Century Fox, Sony BMG, Universal and EMI. Guardian Paid Content UK The Register BBC coverage includes the claim by a lawyer representing media firms, also aired on Channel 4 News, that […]

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It’s like that

“It’s like that … and that’s the way it is.” RUN-DMC vs. Jason Nevins Radio news Requiem for satellite radio The New York Times says Sirius XM is preparing for possible bankruptcy ‘A bankruptcy would make Sirius XM one of the largest casualties of the credit squeeze. With over $5 billion in assets, it would […]

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Get Carter reports: ‘The Government’s Digital Britain plan is a failure that gives favourable treatment to the music business and props up failed business models, a software trade body has said. ‘The Federation Against Software Theft and Investors in Software (FAST IiS), which promotes the legitimate use of software, has launched a stinging attack on the […]

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Spotify: listen up

Spotify may be the future of music. As of February 10th the Spotify music service is open to the public, so you don’t need an invitation to register. Sign up quick. Free with ads, or ad free £10.00 month … and the record companies force them to remove tracks … “Spotify has been forced […]

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Newsflash: Webcaster Settlement Act

Save Net Radio reports today “Legislation authorizing SoundExchange to negotiate royalty agreements with webcasters on behalf of copyright owners and performers before the end of the year has been approved by the U.S. Senate.  The Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 (H.R. 7084), passed unanimously in the House of Representatives earlier this week, was approved by […]

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Pirates are competitors

Out-law radio have an interview with Dr David Price of piracy intelligence firm Envisional. He talks about the user experience of P2P networks often being better than the paid-for version, how some companies have adopted P2P for distribution and who content owners should prosecute. Read here and download or subscribe through iTunes. Out-law radio and […]

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Thomas case: ‘damages unprecedented and oppressive’ – Judge

District Judge sets aside previous $222,000 award in favour of the RIAA  against single parent Jammie Thomas as disproportionate and orders a new trial. Extracts from the judgement: “The Court would be remiss if it did not take this opportunity to implore Congress to amend the Copyright Act to address liability and damages in peer […]

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Filesharing prosecutions

“Cleveland police have charged Alan Ellis, the former administrator of the defunct BitTorrent tracker site, with conspiracy to defraud the record industry. Ellis, a 25-year-old IT worker, will face magistrates at a committal hearing on 24 September, a police spokeswoman said today. Five individuals who were arrested in June for uploading music torrents to […]

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Simson to Pandora ‘put ads in the stream’

Interview with John Simson, head of SoundExchange, the US organisation responsible for collecting royalties for music performed via non-terrestrial radio (web, satellite) and distributing those royalties to artists. Context: in the US terrestrial radio broadcasters over AM and FM pay nothing in performance royalties (unlike the UK). Satellite radio stations XM and Sirius pay a […]

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