Music Mastermind is hoping Zya, its cloud-based music creation and sharing platform, revolutionizes the way music is created, experienced and monetized. Officially announced Thursday, the service combines the look and feel of video games with the hands-on creativity of actually working in a recording studio.
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Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act – which would allow content owners to obtain court orders requiring ISPs and search engines to block access to sites found to offer counterfeit goods and copyrighted content -- avoided familiar claims that the legislation would “break the Internet.” But it did highlight Internet companies’ fears that the bill would undermine the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the law granting “safe harbor” protections against Internet services that allow users to upload content.
Most notable aspect of Google Music's announcement was the very fact that such a major company is now intimately involved in digital music and working with rights holders. “It’s positive to see that level of investment coming into the music industry,” Merlin CEO Charles Caldas tells Billboard.biz. The company showed off social features that allow purchased songs to be shared with friends, and it debuted a new platform for independent artists that allows them to sell music without a middleman.
Google did not disappoint in its hotly anticipated launch event for Google Music in Los Angeles this afternoon. Although the company is relatively late in launching a music-download store, it has put together a compelling suite of features that should put Apple, Amazon and other competitors on alert.
After people from throughout the music industry decended on Nashville for the CMA Awards last week, some people headed for a post-party at Valentino's Ristorante hosted by the RIAA and NMPA. In attendance were Cary Sherman (Chairman and CEO, RIAA), David Israelite (NMPA), Daryl Friedman (The Recording Academy), Rod Riley (Word Entertainment), Pat Collins (SESAC) and Paul Fassbender (Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's office).
While the finer points of Google’s new music-download store won’t be known until the press conference (scheduled for 5 p.m. ET in Los Angeles) takes place, some aspects have become clear from industry sources and media reports over the last few weeks.