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Battle Over Public Performance Rights Of Old Music Heats Up: NY Rejects, Supreme Court Petitioned

Battle Over Public Performance Rights Of Old Music Heats Up:  NY Rejects, Supreme Court Petitioned

Although certainly not a new dispute, the legal battle over pre-1972 recordings recently kicked into a higher gear, with New York recently rejecting a case, and the Supreme Court being petitioned to hear another. Guest Post by Mike Masnick on Techdirt For many years now we've been covering the ridiculous legal disputes over pre-1972 sound recordings. ...

Obama Signed The BOTS Act, But Don't Get Too Excited

Obama Signed The BOTS Act, But Don't Get Too Excited

Obama's recent signing of the Better Online Tickets Sales (BOTS) act, while a step in the right direction, will only go so far towards solving issues with customers' ticket buying experience. Guest Post by Dave Brooks on Amplify President Barack Obama has signed the Better Online Tickets Sales (BOTS) Act into law, making it illegal to use ...

FCC Boss Tom Wheeler Resigns, Signals Beginning Of End For Net Neutrality

FCC Boss Tom Wheeler Resigns, Signals Beginning Of End For Net Neutrality

With a Trump presidency looming, and the dismantling of net neutrality a seeming inevitability Tom Wheeler, the boss of the FCC and long time defender of net neutrality recently announced his resignation. Guest post by Karl Bode of Techdirt We've been discussing how FCC Boss Tom Wheeler was stuck between a rock and a hard place with ...

President Obama Signs "Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016"

President Obama Signs "Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016"

In a rare example of bipartisanship, the U.S. Congress has passed and President Obama has signed a bill that outlaws all ticket bots.  Bots are computer programs that enable ticket brokers to bulk purchase concert and event tickets,raising average ticket costs for millions of fans.  Today, President the “Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016" which ...

Congress Brings Sanity To Appointment Of Head Of US Copyright

Congress Brings Sanity To Appointment Of Head Of US Copyright

It looks as though the churning waters in the U.S. Copyright Office are beginning to calm somewhat following the retaliatory constructive termination of Maria Pallante. Since then congress has taken corrective action and issued a warning to the current Librarian of Congress. Guest Post by Chris Castle on Music Tech Solutions As you may have read, the ...

B-JAZZ 2017: Help Young Belgian Jazz Musicians Realize Their Dreams

B-JAZZ 2017: Help Young Belgian Jazz Musicians Realize Their Dreams

Although governments in Europe are withdrawing their subsidies for the performing arts and life is getting more and more difficult for performing artists to earn their living, the jazz scene in Europe continues to forge ahead. Music colleges, academies, conservatories and jazz institutes are attracting more young musicians than they can enroll. The number of jazz ...

Recording Academy Sends Letter Congratulating President-elect Trump

Recording Academy Sends Letter Congratulating President-elect Trump

As many trade and lobbying organizations do, the Recording Academy, aka The Grammy folks, sent an open letter to the president-elect sharing their hopes and concerns for the next administration. Their letter, also signed by a number of top songwriters and producers, begins with a congratulations. The Recording Academy's open letter to  President-elect Donald Trump. Dear President-elect Trump: ...

Path Ventures And George Kahn 11th Annual Jazz & Blues Revue Fundraiser For The Homeless Raises Over $54,000

Path Ventures And George Kahn 11th Annual Jazz & Blues Revue Fundraiser For The Homeless Raises Over $54,000

On Thursday, November 10th, 2016 PATH Ventures hosted their 11th Annual Holiday Jazz Revue, an unforgettable evening of dinner, music, and fun at the classic Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood, CA. The event featured Jazz Pianist and Composer, George Kahn with an all-star band of L.A. studio artists. With the help of a sold-out crowd, ...

Alphonse Mouzon Needs Your Help

Alphonse Mouzon Needs Your Help

By Chuck Koton These are not words I ever thought I would have to write. Legendary drummer Alphonse Mouzon was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in September. He had to immediately undergo surgery which has bought him some time. But his kidneys are too weak for radiation therapy and he is planning to go ...

Open Music Initiative Adds 80 Top Music Industry Partners

Open Music Initiative Adds 80 Top Music Industry Partners

The Open Music Initiative (OMI), a non-profit collective spearheaded by Berklee College of Music's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (ICE) is working to promote open source standards for music. Their efforts got a major boost today with the addition of 80 powerhouse members. The Open Music Initiative (OMI) of the Berklee College of Music’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship ...


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