Coalition of Songwriter Groups Call on Copyright Royalty Board for Fairness and Transparency on Frozen Mechanicals

Songwriter coalition raises hell over frozen mechanicals.

Guest Post: The Supreme Court Should See Through Google’s Industrial-Strength Fair Use Charade

[This post first appeared on Morning Consult. The US Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the Google v. Oracle case on October 7] Google’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of two Federal Circuit decisions in Oracle’s favor is turning into the most consequential copyright case of the court’s term — if not the decade. The appeal turns in… Continue reading Guest Post: The Supreme Court Should See Through Google’s Industrial-Strength Fair Use Charade

Copyright Office Regulates @MLC_US: Selected Public Comments on MLC Transparency: @KerryMuzzey

[Editor Charlie sez: The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing many different ways to regulate The MLC, which is the government approved mechanical licensing collective under MMA authorized to collect and pay out “all streaming mechanicals for every song ever written or that ever may be written by any songwriter in the world that is exploited… Continue reading Copyright Office Regulates @MLC_US: Selected Public Comments on MLC Transparency: @KerryMuzzey

How Spotify (and others) Could Have Avoided Songwriter Lawsuits, Ask The Labels.

This is simply a story about intent. Daniel Ek is the co-founder of Spotify, he was also the CEO of u-torrent, the worlds most successful bit-torrent client. As far we know u-torrent has never secured music licenses or paid any royalties to any artists, ever. Spotify could have completely avoided it’s legal issues around paying… Continue reading How Spotify (and others) Could Have Avoided Songwriter Lawsuits, Ask The Labels.

California’s Other Drought: The Coming Ad Revenue Crisis

Guest Post By Alan Graham Last month I published this piece over on LinkedIn, but I felt it might need a second viewing (with updates) over here based on recent news on ad blocking and other developments.  ————– Silicon Valley has a drought problem. But it isn’t the lack of water I’m concerned about. It… Continue reading California’s Other Drought: The Coming Ad Revenue Crisis

5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright the Media Should Stop Repeating | John Degen @ Medium

Please read John Degen’s 5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright the Media Should Stop Repeating at the link below. There you have it. I hope this quick list has helped my friends and colleagues in the media who may be hurrying to file a story on World Book and Copyright Day. Here’s a final, simple,… Continue reading 5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright the Media Should Stop Repeating | John Degen @ Medium

Copyright Critics Don’t Quite Get Artists | The Illusion Of More

A must read from David Newhoff for all creators with many points, well made. Further, if it is true that a copyright-free future could shrink the pool of producers to those already financially secure (as predicted above), this suggests that all of the non-remunerative benefits of copyright might be of even greater value to those… Continue reading Copyright Critics Don’t Quite Get Artists | The Illusion Of More

Free is a Lie – Aral Balkan – Thinking Digital 2014

At Thinking Digital 2013, Aral Balkan delivered the most watched and favourited Thinking Digital talk of all time. In 2014, Aral returned to Thinking Digital to deliver a blistering talk about the state of the Internet today. He argues that “free is a lie” and that we (via our personal data) are all being quietly… Continue reading Free is a Lie – Aral Balkan – Thinking Digital 2014