Artists Rights Watch – A Newsletter 02.22.16

Across all disciplines of the arts, we all share the common enemy of Internet Advertising Funded Piracy and the efforts of internet based businesses to erode or eliminate the protections granted to individuals, artists and creators in copyright.

Block an Ad Save an Artist? Google Still Supporting Ad Funded Piracy Time to Fight Back | Trichordist
Block an Ad Save an Artist? Google Still Supporting Ad Funded Piracy Time to Fight Back
* Is this what an artist/creator uprising will look like?

EFF Launches New TPP Infographic | Illusion Of More
http://illusionofmore.com/eff-tpp-infographic/

Questioning Googles Extraordinary Influence over U.S. Government Decisions | Precursor
http://www.precursorblog.com/?q=content/questioning-google%E2%80%99s-extraordinary-influence-over-us-government-decisions

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Grammy President Attacks Streaming Services for Threatening viable Careers | DMN

Grammy President Attacks Streaming Services for Threatening ‘Viable Careers’

* Music’s biggest night, addresses music’s second biggest problem…

Will Streaming Music Kill Songwriting? | New Yorker Magazine
http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/will-streaming-music-kill-songwriting
* Story features SONA member Michelle Lewis.
The truth behind songwriter royalties: billions of streams pay less than minimum wage | Auddly
https://www.auddly.com/truth-songwriter-royalties-billions-streams-pay-less-than-minimum-wage/
* Songwriters today, composers tomorrow…

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Cox Communications Liable for Willful Contributory Copyright Infringement | Lexology
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=b86d58a3-a7a0-4c42-9154-56c2e18ef23a

Hollywood’s piracy problem  | The Conversation
http://theconversation.com/hollywoods-piracy-problem-53786

Village Roadshow launches legal action to block piracy-related website in Australia – ABC
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-18/village-roadshow-launches-legal-action-to-block-piracy-website/7176688

Film companies and Foxtel move to block access to piracy websites  | The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/feb/19/film-companies-and-foxtel-move-to-block-access-to-piracy-websites

Dotcom extradition appeal set for August | NBR
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/dotcom-extradition-appeal-set-august-hm-184528

Ruth Vitale – Without copyright…we cannot be creative and innovative. | Vox Indie

Ruth Vitale – Without copyright…we cannot be creative and innovative.

11 MEGASTAR MUSICIANS WHO STILL REFUSE TO STREAM THEIR MUSIC | THRILLIST
https://www.thrillist.com/tech/nation/taylor-swift-spotify-11-musicians-who-wont-stream-their-music

Kanye West album ‘pirated 500,000 times’ already – BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35587381
* Exclusive, what? This is called market failure.

Sony Entertainment Chief Predicts Music Will Move to Phased Release | Re/code
Sony Entertainment Chief Sees Music Moving to Phased Release, Like Movies (Video)

The Future of Sony Music Is Hollywood-Style Windowing | DMN

Unlimited Free Music Is About to End, Sony CEO Says

The Reality of Touring Revenue From Someone Who Has Done It For 32 Years |The Trichordist
The Reality of Touring Revenue From Someone Who Has Done It For 32 Years

Vevo CEO : Ad-Supported Is Not Sustainable In the Long | DMN

Vevo CEO: “Ad-Supported Is Not Sustainable In the Long Run”

SO SPOTIFY DOESN¹T KNOW WHO TO PAY? HERE¹S THE SIMPLE SOLUTION | Auddly
https://www.auddly.com/spotify-pay-songwriters-simple-solution/

Spotify¹s Reply To @DavidCLowery: When the going gets tough, the tough getfancy | MTP
https://musictechpolicy.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/spotifys-reply-to-lowery-when-the-going-gets-tough-the-tough-get-fancy/

Pandora ‘meeting with potential buyers’ ahead of possible sale – MBW

Pandora ‘meeting with potential buyers’ ahead of possible sale

SoundCloud could be forced to close after $44m losses | FactMag
http://www.factmag.com/2016/02/11/soundcloud-financial-report-44m-losses/

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