Friday, July 31, 2009

College Student Ordered to Pay $675,000 for Illegal Downloading

In only the second music downloading case against an individual to go to trial, NPR News reports that a Boston University grad student will pay a hefty fine for 30 songs, though he downloaded and shared "hundreds" by artists like Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, and others.
The student's lawyer plans to appeal, claiming he was not allowed to argue the case for fair use.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

In An Employer's Market

This is a little off-topic, but as my job search continues, I found a few interesting people in my same predicament with my recent dive into the Twittersphere. I also found a great website where there are aspiring music writers and journalists like me that gather to talk about their struggles and give advice. Career Realism is a great place to look at the constantly changing state of the job market, the media, and all the rest of the worries that all of us have nowadays. It's something I peruse when I'm not looking for stories about record labels and music licensing rights!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Reported Talks Between Apple and Major Labels

Rolling Stone is reporting that major labels and Apple could be collaborating in hopes to boost album sales on iTunes. There are also good related article links on that page to catch you up on the music sales battle for Apple and the major labels.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Labels Losing Steam to the New Dogs in Town?

Are we starting to gain momentum again on the issue of monopolizing online music?
According to a report by the New York Times, major labels are going to be in a fight (as if they weren't already) for their financial lives as Polyphonic, a new endeavor by Radiohead's manager, Brian Message, seeks to invest in the bands and their music, not their potential for hitmaking.
There's a great paragraph about the rise in Internet promotion and distribution of music, and guiding bands toward the now-legit Napster to increase a band's online presence.
Sounds like they may be onto something. Anyone have ideas on this? Anyone a "purist" like me who would be sad to see the cd go?

Warner Music, YouTube Still At Standstill Over Licensing Fees

After disappointing ad revenue from the use of YouTube, Warner Music has been trying to strike a deal with the video website. Apparently, things are harder to compromise than they thought.

Source: Rolling