ISPs Can Be Forced To Block Piracy Sites, EU Court Rules | Forbes

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In an endorsement of the UK’s anti-piracy policy, the European Court of Justice has ruled that EU states do have the right to order ISPs to block copyright-infringing websites.

The decision, which confirms an opinion late last year, follows a dispute between two movie companies – Germany’s Constantin Film Verleih and Austria’s Wega-Filmproduktionsgesellschaft – and internet provider UPC Telekabel Wien.


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Jury: MP3tunes founder must pay $41 million for copyright violations| Ars Technica

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Michael Robertson, an entrepreneur who has been waging legal feuds against the music industry for more than a decade now, has been ordered to pay $41 million to a record label that sued him.

The record label EMI sued MP3tunes back in 2007, and the case finally went to a jury last week in New York federal court. The jury found MP3tunes, and Robertson personally, liable for copyright violations.

A separate damages trial ended yesterday, with the jury issuing a verdict of around $41 million. That’s an estimate, because the decision was a “complex, lengthy” verdict that will take the lawyers until next week to calculate precisely, according to a Reuters report on the outcome of the trial.


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Does Radio Still Matter?

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The format flip and consolidation this past week of a couple local stations in my market raised a bit of an online ruckus and made me think a bit about whether or not ‘terrestrial radio’ as the AM/FM dial is now referred to really matters much any more in terms of the music business.

The impetus for this comes from the Columbia, SC market where last week the ‘modern rock’ station WARQ went dark save for an ad promoting its sister station, formerly an all classic rock formatted FOX 102.3 as “Columbia’s Rock Station” and promising the best of both the new and old rock. On Monday, the new Q 93.5 debuted on WARQ’s signal, a ‘Hot Adult Contemporary’ station that plays hits of the last ten years or so with emphasis on current top 40, without much if any R&B or hip-hop.

The outcry so far has mostly been…

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Copyright “safe harbors” shrink in wake of MP3Tunes, other red flag rulings | GIGAOM

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In case you missed it, a jury this week found that Michael Robertson, CEO of defunct music service MP3Tunes, was liable for copyright infringement. The jury concluded that Robertson, whose websites permitted users to upload songs and store them in “lockers,” had turned a blind eye to piracy — meaning that they forfeited the so-called “safe harbor” protections under copyright law that normally ensure that a website is not liable for the misdeeds of its users.

The significance of the case has little to do with MP3Tunes, which has long been closed, but instead stands as a strategic victory for copyright owners. That’s because the jury found Robertson liable on the basis of so-called “red flag” knowledge rather than “actual” knowledge. The distinction may sound arcane, but it’s one the studios have fought hard to establish as part of their strategy to change the level of proof needed to…

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Why The Music Business Continues To Stumble Toward Its Demise | Cognoscenti

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Food for thought, for today’s new artists.

Modern capitalism’s shell game means bands aren’t getting the support they need; corporations have found a way to get it instead.

Marx believed capitalism would ultimately fail when the shift to mechanism displaced so many workers there would be no one left with enough money to buy the goods produced. In other words, no buyers, no market, ballgame over. His timing was off. The Industrial Revolution didn’t bring his theory of collapse to fruition, but Internet piracy did, and it’s why the music business as we’ve known it continues to stumble toward its demise.


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In Defense of 21st-Century Music Criticism


There’s been a lot of discussion online about an article the Daily Beast ran yesterday by Ted Gioia, wherein he laid into the state of music criticism in 2014: “Technical knowledge of the art form has disappeared from its discourse. In short, music criticism has turned into lifestyle reporting.” Can he possibly be right? And is there really no middle ground in music criticism between technical analysis and lifestyle reporting?

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#SXSW REWIND : Venture Capitalist Admits Artists Can Not Make A Living On Streaming Royalties…

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The grand irony here is that the panel which asked the question “”Will Artists Make Money on Big Music Platforms?” not only reported that artists could not, but also suggested that artists needed to focus on selling concert tickets and merchandise. You know, things artists did BEFORE the internet.

We do admire the honesty of Hany Nada, Managing Partner GGV Capital who admitted during the SXSW Panel “Will Artists Make Money on Big Music Platforms?” that he believed that they would not be able to do so. He also added that the point of digital streaming platforms such as Pandora, Spotify, and others was promotion to help the artists tour, sell t-shirts and offer other non-digitally distributable “experiences” to fans (why is this sounding more and more like prostitution?).

At least Mr.Nada is honest, which is refreshing given that the man has more integrity than most of the executives…

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