YouTube’s Music Pangs

It’s been rumored for quite some time that Google is working on an on-demand music streaming service to be run through their video streaming service…

Music Products, 2015

Americans spend $21 per capita on music products, about as much as they spend today on recorded music. The figure exceeds concert grosses per head…

Shortchanging Covers

On February 5, 2015, the US Copyright Office released a comprehensive set of recommendations on how to revise copyright law called “Copyright and the Music…

Copyright in Public Places

“All the world’s a stage,” wrote Shakespeare in As You Like It, and he said as much in other plays. The public performance of creative…

Song Catalog Finances

After the music industry was shocked in the early 2000s by the growth of piracy and file sharing, many investors were skeptical about the future…

The Power of False Pretense

They say that money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy likes, views, shares, or followers. From the beginning of social media, users have sought…

Conflict over Consent Decrees

In early June, the United States Department of Justice announced that it would be launching a review of the consent decrees governing the nation’s two…

Apple as a Record Label

Apple unveiled  new products as usual, and this year it put out the iWatch  and a new iPhone. But its partnership with Irish rockers U2 …

Smart Artists, Smart Fans

The Internet age has drastically altered the dynamics of the interaction between corporations and their customers. Talking down at consumers, for instance, is less preferable…

The Copyright Hearings

For more than a year now the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet has been conducting a series of hearings as…

Superfans and House Concerts

For fans of mainstream pop culture and arena-filling acts, house concerts are an unheard of phenomenon. You won’t see Katy Perry or Kings of Leon…

A DIY Playbook: I

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two installments dealing with DIY issues in music production, distribution, and promotion. The article will continue next time…

A Hybrid Record Label

In February of 2014, Warner Music Group and Shazam announced that they would enter into a “strategic collaboration” in which Warner would have access to…

Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

Certain sound recordings from decades ago are still considered commercially viable today.  In fact, songs by Frank Sinatra, Etta James, and the Beatles are still…