Steve Gordon is a top music industry attorney. In this open letter to Congress, he tries to explain why direct licensing with services like Pandora is actually detrimental to songwriters.
Dear Senator Lee,
Greetings. Earlier I watched with a great deal of interest the above referenced hearing. I […]
I’m fine with SXSW’s payment scheme for most showcases. In exchange for exposure, artists agree to take either a modest payment or a SXSW badge. This is fine when playing showcases for small/independent labels, publications, companies, etc.
The Robin Thicke vs. Marvin Gaye copyright infringement case has been decided. A Los Angeles jury decided that Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ “Blurred Lines” infringes on Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up”. T.I. was also named in […]Read more
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…at the Code/Media conference last week, during a Q&A with YouTube head of content Robert Kyncyl.
Dawn Chmielewski (host): Questions?
Rodney Jerkins (in audience): Hey Robert, Rodney Jerkins here. Ryan Tedder of the band One Republic recently did a song last […]
Last Tuesday, Amanda Palmer launched her Patreon. You can read what I wrote about her and the launch here. For those of you new to the Patreon model, it’s now time to pay attention and understand how this is CHANGING the music industry as we know […]Read more
On March 10th at 10AM EST, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hear testimonies regarding the Department of Justice Consent Decrees for ASCAP and BMI. The Consent Decrees, originally entered in 1941, were created to to address competitive concerns arising from the […]Read more
Red Bull Music Academy has announced programming for their RBMA Festival New York. The festival takes place throughout the month of May.
FKA Twigs will be performing twice, A$AP Rocky and George Clinton will give lectures, Blood Orange and […]
Universal Music Group’s giant bet on streaming is falling flat, which may explain why top guys are getting axed. According to financial details released by UMG parent Vivendi, Universal Music Group – across all of its many sub-labels and publishing entities – saw revenues slump […]Read more
…at the Code/Media conference last week, during a Q&A with Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren.
Rodney Jerkins: Hey Tim, Rodney Jerkins here. I asked a similar question to Robert [Kyncl] from YouTube this morning, he kind of gave me the runaround. So […]