Aug 20, 2015

Spotify Is Now Tracking Your ‘Online Activity’ Even When You’re Not Using Spotify

From Spotify’s updated Terms & Conditions (effective August 19th), which you probably didn’t read.
I. You’re now being tracked even when you’re not on Spotify, often through Spotify ‘business partners’.

 
II. In addition, Spotify is now even tracking your […]

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Aug 19, 2015

How Straight Outta Compton’s Director Is Purposefully Ignoring Violence Against Women

Dee Barnes has written an article for Gawker titled Here’s What’s Missing From Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dre Beat Up. Here’s an excerpt…
 

 

That’s right. F. Gary Gray, the man whose film made $60 million last weekend as […]

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Aug 18, 2015

Universal Music Planned on Partnering with MegaUpload Just Two Days Before the Raid

Kim Dotcom had a meeting with Universal Music Group regarding a partnership just two days before the Megaupload raid. The two parties were interested in creating an advertising network that would target the largest piracy index… Google.

Universal also promised to help improve Mega’s […]

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Aug 17, 2015

Diplo: “Technology Has Never Benefited the Artist. It’s Always Benefited the Audience.”

…from an interview with Charlie Rose, which also featured Sonny Moore (aka Skrillex).
Charlie Rose: Look at this clip with [Spotify CEO] Daniel Ek, here it is.
Daniel Ek clip (from 5/1/2014): What I hope is that we can take this technological shift and […]

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Aug 14, 2015

Obama Handpicked This DIY Artist For His Spotify Playlist

The White House released a pair of Spotify playlists today curated by The President. Alongside The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Florence And The Machine and Justin Timberlake, sits a hard-working Philly based band doing it all themselves.
I first discovered Low Cut Connie at the Echo in […]

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Aug 13, 2015

SoundCloud Faces Massive Legal Action ‘Before Thanksgiving,’ Sources Say

Legal threats against SoundCloud from major content owners are now intensifying, according to sources, with filings likely to happen within a few months if negotiations don’t progress.  Earlier, Digital Music News pointed to looming legal threats from major labels Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, based […]

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Aug 12, 2015

Raves Don’t Cause Overdoses. Drugs Do.

Earlier this month, two teenage girls died at HARD Summer Music Festival in drug-related complications.  But does that mean that EDM festivals should be banned?  The following is a response from Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella, whose Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) is one of the largest […]

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Aug 11, 2015

SoundCloud Plays Have Nearly Doubled In the Past Year

…according to mid-year data shared by Next Big Sound.  SoundCloud is currently facing major label lawsuits and significant funding issues.
 
 
The post SoundCloud Plays Have Nearly Doubled In the Past Year appeared first on Digital Music News.

Source: Industry News

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Aug 10, 2015

If ‘Happy Birthday’ Was Written In 1893, Why Is It Still Copyrighted?

The following guest post comes from Charles Duan, an attorney at Public Knowledge.
My two-year-old son Alex loves songs—or rather, he loves one song, “The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round.”  The song, of course, involves various parts of a bus doing various […]

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Aug 9, 2015

Spotify Preparing to Offer Premium-Only Content, Sources Say

Spotify will soon be shifting towards a premium-only, ‘gated access’ model, according to several sources speaking in confidence with Digital Music News over the weekend.  The decision will mean that certain releases will only be available to paying Spotify subscribers, or offered for an extremely limited time […]

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