The Trichordist Random Reader News & Links Sun Apr 29

Grab the coffee!

Google stops charging for advertising, moves to t-shirts and merchandise model instead (just like bands should)…
http://themusicaldisconnect.blogspot.com/2012/01/google-announces-ads-free-just-buy-tee.html

Class war on creatives; Salon reports astounding labor stats of 45.3% drop in “Musical groups and artists” from Aug 2002 – Aug 2011…
http://www.salon.com/2012/04/22/no_sympathy_for_the_creative_class/singleton/

Spotify to introduce “Pandora” like internet radio. This allows Spotify access to all music, as no artists or labels can opt out and royalties are set as stat rate. Will be interesting to see if the Major Labels have direct licenses that redirect the artist share to the labels.
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/04/spotify-readies-pandora-like-radio-service.html

This week was Grammy’s On The Hill, support artists rights, call your representative…
http://capwiz.com/grammy/callalert/index.tt?alertid=61243176

In case you were wondering, traditional terrestrial radio airplay is still the number one influence in music purchasing “60 percent of musically active consumers citing it as a top influence.” We love social media but don’t believe the hype…
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/12/active-vs-passive-fans-why-radio-tv-still-rank-tops-for-music-discovery-best-of-hypebot.html
https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/pressreleases/pr_111110

If you disagree with Sergey Brin it’s only because you aren’t smart enough to understand that he doesn’t want to ask your permission to exploit you or your work so that Google can make more money…
http://copyrightblog.co.uk/2012/04/20/a-sergey-update-we-misunderstood-him/

Can’t make this up, Pirate Politician Says Party ‘Rising as Fast as Nazis’…
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,829166,00.html

Hacker collective Anonymous to create pirate streaming music search engine so that music “can be free.”
http://www.slashgear.com/anonymous-targets-music-industry-with-anontune-20223840/
However, there is some interesting skepticism online.
http://www.geek.com/articles/news/anonymous-launches-anontune-streaming-music-service-20120419/

Larry Lessig explains why Hollywood (ie, “the copyright industry”) needs to accept that there’s no point in protecting copyright. This is the origins of the “break the internet” rhetoric. Uploaded by the Pirate Party to YouTube on Aug 27, 2009…

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