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Artist Progress, Pre-1972

Artist Progress, Pre-1972

U.S. copyright law currently has an odd loophole that limits federal protection for sound recordings to those made on or after February 15, 1972. This means that the full catalog of sound recordings by the Beatles, John Coltrane, Janis Joplin, and countless others receive no federal protection,...

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Automating Creativity

Automating Creativity

Karl Marx famously said that man is himself and his instruments of production.  Musicians, of course, do not live alone in their own creative bubble. Indeed, the shifting frontier of music making is arguably best observed today by dropping in on a gathering of audio and game developers, audio...

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BABA & Music

BABA & Music

On September 19th, the Alibaba Group had its Initial Public Offering, the...

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Spotify’s Secret Weapon

Spotify’s Secret Weapon

Spotify announced in March the acquisition of The Echo Nest, the industry’s...

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The New Clear Channel

The New Clear Channel

On September 16th, the world’s largest mass media company, Clear Channel,...

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The Copyright Hearings

The Copyright Hearings

For more than a year now the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts,...

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Superfans and House Concerts

Superfans and House Concerts

For fans of mainstream pop culture and arena-filling acts, house concerts are...

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A DIY Playbook: I

A DIY Playbook: I

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two installments dealing with DIY issues...

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