The Billboard Power 100

One could do worse than write a history of the business from the pages of Billboard’s Power 100 rankings. This year the venerable music industry…

DMCA’s Takedown Notices

Secondary liability for copyright infringement occurs without the defendants directly committing an act of copyright infringement themselves. There is no direct language pertaining to secondary…

Robert Sillerman’s SFX

The recent and sudden collapse of SFX is a sobering lesson for the live music market. The business has many intermediaries and is perforce regional…

Long Live EDM

The electronic music industry has grown up. Attendances at Electronic Dance Music festivals in the United States exploded between 2007 and 2014, going from 145,000…

Pandora’s Evolution

Of late, the sustainability of streaming giant Pandora has become questionable. Losses are fivefold what they were a year ago, even though revenue has grown…

Small Radio and the CRB: Live365

The Copyright Royalty Board ruled recently on the per stream rate that Pandora, and similar non-interactive online radio services, are to pay SoundExchange. As was…

The Spell of Virtual Reality

The next frontier of a musical experience may well happen inside a specially designed virtual reality headset. Developers like Oculus, Microsoft, Samsung, and Sony are…

The Case For SoundCloud

SoundCloud’s mission has been to offer a free-to-register music platform with little or no advertising. It has gained a reputation since its foundation in 2007…

Compromising Moral Rights

Copyright law is based on property law. It evolved over time and recognized more and more economic rights, such as those of music creators to…

The Lesson of Blurred Lines

In November, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay $5.3 million to the Marvin Gaye estate for infringing Gaye’s Got To Give it…

Crowdfunding Gives Fans Shares

More than three and a half years after the JOBS Act’s passage, the Securities and Exchange Commission has released its rules for the critical Title…