Tag Archives: music

Science and Ancient Recordings

Music industry reporting is more about technology and business models than music. The focus is on new ways to make money selling recorded music or getting people to buy tickets to a show. Thanks to Alec Wilkinson’s superb “A Voice … Continue reading

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Is It a Hit This Minute?

Billboard today announced a partnership with Twitter to create the first real time reports of music popularity. Billboard’s charts have influenced the fortunes of artists since 1936. The technology may have changed dramatically, but the announcement brings the charts back to … Continue reading

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Copyright Small Claims or Leave It to the Trolls?

The Copyright Office wants round 3 of public comments on whether small claims copyright infringement procedures are possible. This has been limping along for years, and they’re still asking “whether and, if so, how the current legal system hinders or prevents copyright owners from … Continue reading

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Collegiate Webcasting Wins—Or Does It?

The Federal Circuit decided Friday that the Copyright Royalty Judges would be unconstitutional federal officers unless the Librarian of Congress could fire them at will. So the court found unconstitutional the part of the law making it almost impossible to remove a CRJ … Continue reading

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Village People Artist Prevails on Copyright Termination

Copyright termination rights are an old idea designed to benefit the creators of works who gave their copyrights to the business side of a project in the form of a publisher, record company, movie producer, etc. The idea was that after a business has gotten … Continue reading

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Can The First Sale Copyright Doctrine Apply to a Digital Copy?

A lawsuit filed a few days ago in Manhattan might answer the question. Capitol Records LLC v. Redigi, Inc., 12 civ 0095 (SDNY 2012) is an action by the famous record company which says in effect there just can’t be a … Continue reading

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Digital Perspectives on Yesterday’s News

The Supreme Court ruled against warrantless GPS surveillance and mildly good news on digital music sales showed how relatively small that important industry is in the context of online piracy. A unanimous court speaking in many opinions held that police can’t attach a tracking device … Continue reading

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