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Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.
Making Stuff and Making Money
By Faza — Music hasn’t lost its value – people are still listening to as much music (if not more) as they ever have been. The value is simply being captured by people who have nothing to do with its creation, nor any intention to contribute to it. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]
Disruptions: Let Silicon Valley Eat…Ramen Noodles?
By Nick Bilton — You don’t have to spend much time in Silicon Valley to start hearing that the people don’t care about money. People here are just trying to make the world a better place. Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists eat ramen noodles for dinner and drive old, clunky Hondas to work. If they do make money, that’s just a tiny cherry on top of their altruistic Tofutti soy whip sundae. That’s what people here would like the world to think. Let’s be realistic, these start-ups aren’t nonprofit organizations.
Music Consumption: Listening Is No Longer Enough, Nielsen Study Finds
By Bob Henry — Teens don’t just listen to music, thanks to YouTube, but radio is still the way the most people discover new music, according to a Nielsen study. Here are some of the headlines from the Music 360 study, an in-depth examination of consumer interaction with music in the United States…
U.S. Tops League of BitTorrent Users, Says Report
By Addy Dugdale — A report detailing illegal download activity worldwide has put the American people as the globe’s most prolific music pirates.
The 3 Myths Behind “Internet Pirates Always Win”
By Jeff John Roberts — An economist argues that “three myths” are driving the popular notion that online piracy is inevitable and can’t be stopped. Here’s a quick summary of those “myths” and why dispelling them is important to having a more nuanced discussion about how to handle unauthorized online content.
Safe Harbor Not Loophole: Five Things We Could Do Right Now to Make the DMCA Notice and Takedown Work Better
By The Trichordist
Why Are Google DMCA Notices Skyrocketing?
By Jonathan Bailey — Google’s Transparency Report for Copyright Removal Requests has been an interesting opportunity for outsiders to peek at the process of who is filing DMCA notices and against what. However, a quick glance shows that the number of URLs removal requests has been skyrocketing in recent months…
SiriusXM for Android Update Brings on Demand and Offline Listening
By Jon Fingas
What Happens When Facebook Hits 1 Billion Users?
By Mark Mulligan — …as Facebook nears the 1 billion user mark, there remains a niggling worry which stubbornly refuses to go away: has Facebook actually taken social networking mainstream or has it just taken Facebook mainstream?
Facebook Friends: How Many Is Too Many?
By Antone Gonsalves — Forget its $104 billion IPO, Facebook’s greatest achievement is building a social network of 950 million people. But what if that tremendous size is also Facebook’s Achilles’ Heel?
Shazam Hits 250 Million Users, Now Lets You Tag TV Shows on Any Channel
By Ellis Hamburger — Music-tagging app Shazam today announced that it’s expanding its functionality to let you tag any TV show on any channel in order to find out what music is playing, who’s acting on screen, and more.
Pirate Bay Co-Founder Also Accused of Tax Server Hack
How to Avoid Serious Mistakes When Choosing an Agent
By Marcel Williams
The Best Social Media Site for Bands
By Simon Tam — I often get asked: what’s the best social media site for bands? My business clients ask the same thing using different words: what is the best marketing channel to promote my brand? The idea that there is a magic formula or single solution to take care of all your needs is a misnomer. Where you should be promoting and the tools that you should be using should revolve around one main concept: where your target audience is. It’s as simple as that.
So You’ve Created an App; Now Why Hasn’t Anyone Discovered It?
By Ouriel Ohayon — Most developers underestimate how hard it is to be successful in Apple’s App Store. And even if Apple improves things, it’s not going to be enough. Ouriel Ohayon, cofounder of Appsfire, looks at why this problem is so hard to solve.
Don’t Just Make Unconventional Music, Make Unconventional Instruments, Too
By Brenna Ehrlich — Today, we have to give props to our friends over at MTV Canada for a pretty rad little contest called “Made of Imagination” that they’re running with Booooooom and Sony Xperia, the aim of which is creating a totally new, completely weird, and entirely awesome instrument.