GRD’s Failure

In the era of the Internet, it is still difficult to obtain information about the ownership and control of musical rights and works. This can…

PonoMusic: Cheeky

By all accounts, PonoMusic has had a remarkable run. After artist Neil Young appeared on “The Late Show With David Letterman” announcing a special high…

The Value of Tidal

Before celebrity hip-hop mogul and businessman Jay Z came along, WiMP and Tidal hardly made an impact on music streaming. The two services are now…

Talent, Fans, and Equity Stakes

The Internet has been a catalyst for the democratization of creativity in art. The low-cost, high-reach communication tools it affords its users have allowed creators…

SXSW’s Anatomy

Founded in 1987, the South by Southwest Music Conference initially was introduced as a series of events highlighting both the unique location and year-round music…

Your Heart on Your Sleeve

In recent years, the evolution of wearable technology has resulted in an explosion of opportunities in the digital space. Wearable devices such as Google Glass,…

Sampling Without A License

Sampling has been controversial from the very start. Supporters of the practice argue that artists sample songs they love and build on them to create their…

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…

Post-1978 Copyright Reversions

2013 marked the first year that sound recording and musical composition copyrights could revert from labels and publishers, respectively, to artists and songwriters. The Copyright…

Fair Use: A Manual

Fair use has always been a contentious concept. A great number of musicians, as well as artists of other varieties, include copyrighted material in their…