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Music Startups and the Licensing Drag

Music Startups and the Licensing Drag

It is surprising that, to date, most of the conversation around the music licensing challenges faced by new music services has centered on cost rather than friction — the specific prices of royalty rates and the dollar value of advances, instead of the complexity of the process. When that...

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The Battle Over U.S. Intellectual Property Costs

The Battle Over U.S. Intellectual Property Costs

New music media companies are trying to lower intellectual property costs.  Digital radio is calling for cheaper royalty fees and forcing the issue on a variety of fronts.  The opposing side takes the form of rights collectors who represent songwriters, publishers, record labels and performing...

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The JOBS Act and the Music Business

The JOBS Act and the Music Business

In 1997, the British band Marillon was able to raise $60,000 to finance their...

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Indie Artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Indie Artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

As the Internet continues to usher in a new era of artists, rapper-producer...

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Copyright and The Supreme Court

Copyright and The Supreme Court

This year marks the two hundredth anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth. The...

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An Update on Spotify

An Update on Spotify

Spotify began as a Swedish online music streaming application that launched in...

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A Drum, A Drum! Xbox Doth Come

A Drum, A Drum! Xbox Doth Come

Microsoft’s new “Xbox Music” service is the company’s latest dive into...

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Billboard Touring 2012

Billboard Touring 2012

The touring industry’s top minds gathered at New York City’s Roosevelt...

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