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Buying and Selling Music in the Digital Era

On September 30, 2018 By cjgantt

When listening to a song on a streaming website such as Spotify or Apple Music most of us don’t give a second thought to what that means to the artist. The recent changes in streaming capabilities have fundamentally changed the way that the music industry works. Gone are the days when you walk to the [...]

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Guest post by Mark Edward Blankenship Jr.

In creating the album “Hip-Hop Is Dead”, Nasir Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, postulated that hip-hop artists can help rebuild America by having more control in their music in response to a dying culture and a decline in innovation and political outreach. Yet, in [...]

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Leveling the Playing Field: Potential Copyright Reform

On February 25, 2018 By gemesser

Of the many movements garnering current political interest, music hubs such as Nashville have a keen eye on one more under the radar: copyright reform. While musicians are hopeful for reforms on the horizon, whether a byproduct of the complicated nature of the system or lack of public awareness as to how copyright law influences [...]

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Record Labels Sue YouTube Audio-Ripping Website

On October 17, 2016 By dsowder

Record labels, in their continuing fight against music pirating, have taken aim at an audio-ripping website that undercuts the legal purchase of music. Several major music labels, including Universal, Capitol, Warner Bros, and Sony, have filed a lawsuit against the website Youtube-mp3.org (“YTMP3”) alleging that the site is responsible for direct, contributory, and vicarious [...]

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This is the digital age of music. From hip-hop and R&B to techno and dancehall genres, artists more frequently create music using programs rather than people. Even artists who create music using traditional acoustic instruments frequently convert their sound to electronically marketable media. The result is an immense collection of intellectual property. Accordingly, artists would [...]

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“I was high and drunk.” Not always the best thing to admit in a deposition, but in the recently released deposition videos from the “Blurred Lines” trial, Robin Thicke did just that.  With the case heading towards appeal, the video footage was released Monday of both Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ depositions.  While transcripts [...]

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Earlier this month, presidential candidate Donald Trump received a cease and desist letter on behalf of Aerosmith frontman Stephen Tyler demanding that Trump stop using “Dream On” at campaign events. The letter sought to disclaim any political endorsement by Tyler, stating in part, “We are unaware of any public performance license granting Trump [...]

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Amidst many reports of Survivor suing Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, for unauthorized use of their hit “Eye of the Tiger,” they have yet to file a lawsuit.  However, Survivor could have a valid claim of unauthorized use against Davis.

U.S. District Court Judge David L. Bunning ordered that Davis be jailed [...]

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Beijing won its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics last week, but since then, “The Snow and Ice Dance,” one of the 9 official songs Bejing used for its campaign, has been questioned for plagiarism. Some Internet users and media believed that the song is substantially similar to “Let It Go” [...]

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Taylor Swift removed her entire music catalogue from Spotify.  A few months later, Jay-Z bought a Swedish music streaming service for $56 million. If streaming services and record companies didn’t rush to the war room, it wasn’t for lack of notice. Clearly change was coming.

On Monday, Jay-Z announced the launch of Tidal, [...]

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