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Ben Yagoda and Gary Rosen: Tuning Music Royalties to the Times
April 5, 2015 | WSJ | By BEN YAGODA And GARY A. ROSEN

Performers can go on tour and sell merch. Songwriters in the age of Spotify and Pandora are out of luck.

For some time, performers a notch below Beyoncé and Taylor Swift have complained about the change in music delivery from CDs to downloads to streaming, today’s dominant system, as the progression has chipped away at their already-modest royalties. These gripes are legitimate, but even worse off is the non-performing songwriter, who can’t go on the road and sell signed CDs and merch, and who takes home significantly lower royalties........The entire U.S. system of music royalties is confusing, contradictory and inequitable, a monument to more than 100 years of haggling among creators, purveyors and users. To call it Byzantine maligns that great empire.

For one, a musical composition (“the publishing” in music-industry parlance) and its recording (“the master”) receive separate copyrights, with separate licensing systems. There are dramatically different rate-setting mechanisms: Broadcast radio pays royalties for the composition, but nothing for the recording. Digital media—Pandora and satellite radio, for instance—pay for both, but nobody pays for recordings made before 1972, which are not protected under federal copyright law. (They may soon carry a royalty in certain states, thanks to lawsuits filed by former members of the Turtles.) Hardly any music licenses are negotiated in the free market.
copyright  digital_media  music  music_industry  musical_performances  Pandora  royalties  Spotify  songwriters  streaming 
april 2015 by jerryking
If the artists starve, we’ll all go hungry - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jan. 19 2015

After 20 years in the music business, she says she’s seeing songwriters “leaving in droves. If you can’t make a living, if you can’t afford go to the dentist, you’re going to leave.” This is a lament you’ll hear from artists everywhere these days: We can’t afford to do this any more. The well has dried up. Freelance rates are what they were when the first Trudeau was in power. Rents rose, and royalties fell. Novelists are becoming real-estate agents; musicians open coffee shops.

The evidence of this culture shock is in front of our eyes, in the shuttered book shops and video stores and music clubs, yet it’s remarkably unremarked upon. Artists don’t actually to like to complain publicly about their lot in life, knowing the inevitable backlash from those who still believe that creating is not “a real job.... American journalist Scott Timberg argues in his new book, Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class.
artists  Elizabeth_Renzetti  Pandora  streaming  creative_types  songwriters  musicians  free  creative_class  entertainment  piracy  copyright  entertainment_industry  downloads  blockbusters  creative_economy  books  art 
january 2015 by jerryking
How Consumers Are Using Big Data - WSJ
March 23, 2014

An app called Neighborland, created by social entrepreneurs Candy Chang and Dan Parham, aims to help community groups and government offices work well together. The app combines photos, data and APIs from sources including Twitter, Google Maps and Instagram, agencies that report on real-estate parcels, transit systems, and "311" complaints about nuisances like noise, broken lights and garbage.

In 2012, the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition used Neighborland to collect community ideas, map "food deserts," which are areas lacking easy access to groceries and healthy food, and show what the economic and health impact could be if coalition members were permitted to work in more areas.
311  massive_data_sets  APIs  data  analytics  Amazon  Pandora  Netflix  Nike  Jawbone  fitness  CDC  infertility  travel  Skyscanner  Routehappy  open_data  mobile_applications  consumers  hyperlocal  neighbourhoods 
november 2014 by jerryking
Listen to Pandora, and It Listens Back -
Published: January 4, 2014

After years of customizing playlists to individual listeners by analyzing components of the songs they like, then playing them tracks with similar traits, the company has started data-mining users’ musical tastes for clues about the kinds of ads most likely to engage them. ... some companies are trying to differentiate themselves by using their proprietary data sets to make deeper inferences about individuals and try to influence their behavior... Pandora, for one, has a political ad-targeting system that has been used in presidential and congressional campaigns, and even a few for governor. It can deconstruct users’ song preferences to predict their political party of choice.
Pandora  music  massive_data_sets  algorithms  behavioural_targeting  data  voting  elections  online_advertising  streaming 
january 2014 by jerryking
Spotify Hits a High Note: Valuation Tops $4 Billion -
Nov. 21, 2013 | WSJ | By John D. Stoll,Evelyn Rusli and Sven Grundberg.

Spotify AB has secured about $250 million in new financing that values the music-streaming company somewhere "north" of $4 billion,
Spotify  Pandora  streaming  music  venture_capital  vc  funding  valuations 
november 2013 by jerryking
Federal Grand Jury Investigating Apps, Pandora Says -
privacy  mobile_applications  Pandora 
july 2011 by jerryking
The Cloud That Ate Your Music - Readers' Comments -
New York, NY
June 23rd, 2011
10:10 am
Good article, but a broad brush has been used to paint what 'cloud'
means. Very simply put, there are two types of cloud--one that syncs
data across devices (Apple's upcoming service, Dropbox etc.), and the
other where data doesn't physically exist but in the cloud (Pandora,
Google Docs). Privacy concerns and sync bugs aside, these are two vastly
different services and imply different meaning of ownership.
If you use a sync service, it's just that; it shouldn't even be called a
cloud service. Concerns of a lot of people commenting here will be
gone, or at least lessened, when they fully understand this distinction.
letters_to_the_editor  cloud_computing  music  iCloud  Dropbox  Pandora  streaming 
june 2011 by jerryking
New Online Services Offer Hope to Music Fans -
June 22, 2011 | NYT | By JON PARELES. Dematerializing
recorded music has consequences. The positive: it hugely multiplies the
potential audience, letting the music travel fast and far to listeners
who would never have known it existed. It escalates music’s
portability...Negative: it also drives down the price of recorded
music, often to zero, ...the unexpected combination of a nearly infinite
supply, constant availability, suboptimum sound quality and the
intangibility makes songs more trivial...a challenge to culturally
ambitious musicians: before they can be larger than life, they have to
be larger than the LCD screen. Or they can try to conquer that screen
and play the Internet as an instrument, using its defining attribute:
interactivity.....The evolving world of music: Bjork is working on an
album, “Biophilia,” that will have smartphone apps built around every
song: apps that diagram the song in both conventional music notation and
invented graphic notation. ....
Bjork  music  music_industry  cloud_computing  iTunes_Match  Pandora  Rhapsody  Napster  MOG  Rdio  Spotify  smartphones  Jon_Pareles  streaming  Apple  free  mobile_applications 
june 2011 by jerryking

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