Morning Fix: Copyright Debated at World Creators Summit; Todd Abramson on Maxwell's Closing; Recorded-Music Sales Show Signs of Weakening

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COPYRIGHT REVIEW UNDER THE MICROSCOPE AT WORLD CREATORS SUMMIT

While U.S. register of copyright Marie Pallente called for Congress to perform a comprehensive review of copyright at the World Creators Summit held yesterday in Washington, DC, other speakers during the day questioned if a surgical rewriting would be more practical to accomplish.
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SIGNS THAT THE RECORDED-MUSIC MARKET IS WEAKENING GLOBALLY

The recorded music market is suddenly looking tired. Poor numbers out of France follow declining digital sales in the U.S. and weak first-quarter numbers in Japan.
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JAY-Z AND SAMSUNG RUMORED CLOSE TO SIGNING $20 MILLION PARTNERSHIP DEAL

While details are still scarce about Jay-Z and Samsung's rumored partnership, first reported by the New York Post this morning and rumored to be worth $20 million, it appears that the deal may include a streaming music offering from Samsung.
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TODD ABRAMSON TALKS MAXWELL’S CLOSING: ‘IT JUST FELT LIKE IT WAS TIME’

The news that Maxwell's -- the beloved Hoboken, NJ club that's nurtured multiple generations of indie and alternative acts since the early 1980s -- will close its doors at the end of July has been met with regrets and fond reminiscences on a scale far beyond the venue's modest 200-person capacity. Longtime booker and co-owner Todd Abramson said the club has fallen victim to changes in gentrifying Hoboken. “When you find yourself spending more time dealing with parking problems than booking bands, you start to think that maybe it's time to start considering other options,” he told Billboard.biz.
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MICHAEL JACKSON LAWSUIT IS EXTORTION ATTEMPT, AEG LIVE CEO RANDY PHILLIPS SAYS

The head of AEG Live told a jury on Monday that he believes a lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother against the con
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VP RECORDS LAUNCHES DUB ROCKERS IMPRINT FOR U.S. REGGAE ACTS, PARTNERS WITH VANS

New York based Jamaican label VP Records is launching Dub Rockers, a new imprint aiming to promote U.S. Reggae acts here, in Jamaica and beyond. The new label is partnering with Vans on a new Dub Rockers sneaker and other projects to promote the imprint.
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INDEPENDENT STUDY: CASCINE

For this installment of 'Independent Study,' we visited Cascine founder Jeff Bratton, whose passion for Swedish pop, such as Jens Lekmann and Chad Valley, and dream of working with them, brought him from Italy to Stockholm to Los Angeles to, finally, Brooklyn.
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JACK WHITE PAYS $142K TO SAVE DETROIT'S LANDMARK MASONIC TEMPLE

Jack White has dropped $142,000 towards Detroit's Masonic Temple -- where he's performed nine times -- to save it from foreclosure. The temple (the world's largest of its kind) had gotten into tax debt in recent years, and had until yesterday (June 3) to pay its outstanding balance to avoid foreclosure. White, one of Detroit's most famous musicians (whose mother once worked as an usher at the temple) footed the entire bill. The Cathedral Theater, which seats 1,586 patrons to the Masonic's 4,400, will be renamed the Jack White Theater in the rocker's honor.
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APPLE iRADIO PROGNOSTICATING, TRAINSPOTTING, BLIND SPECULATION

Tech, biz and music journalists are in a lather "reporting” whatever possible on impending Apple's “iRadio” music streaming service at this coming Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Reports range from a standstill in Apple’s licensing negotiations with Sony/Sony ATV to the paperwork has already been signed and the iAd roll-out with definitive proof of little except for the WWDC's venue decorations. Meanwhile, a funeral march is prematurely being played for competitor Pandora which was reflected in the company's stock price drop and prompting the company’s CFO to take to the press.


PANDORA LAUNCHES NEW HTML5-BASED TV EXPERIENCE, STARTING WITH XBOX 360 AND PS3

Pandora today launched a new browser-based interface for TVs that it hopes will help set the standard for using the service in the living room. The first devices to support this new HTML5-based interface are the Xbox 360 and PS3, both of which will finally get their first semi-native implementations of Pandora thanks to this new version.
TechCrunch


ITC RULES FOR SAMSUNG, BANS IPHONE 4 IMPORTS

A U.S. trade agency on Tuesday issued a ban on imports of Apple's iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 after finding the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung Electronics. Because the devices are assembled in China, the import ban would end Apple's ability to sell them in the U.S.
However, President Barack Obama has 60 days to invalidate Tuesday's order from the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington.
Associated Press


L.I. BIG BACKS MSG'S NASSAU COLISEUM PLAN

Madison Square Garden’s bid to redevelop Nassau Coliseum got supercharged after a heavyweight Long Island developer joined forces with James Dolan, The Post has learned. Scott Rechler’s RXR Realty not only pumped megabucks into MSG’s plan, but trashed a rival bid by Barclays Center. The CEO of Long Island’s largest realty company claims the proposal by Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner and a star-studded team that also includes rap mogul Jay-Z, is more “smoke and mirrors” than substance — and could leave the area dormant like much of Ratner’s 22-acre Atlantic Yards project footprint in Brooklyn is today.
New York Post



JUSTIN BIEBER IS FIRST PERSON TO HIT 40M TWITTER FOLLOWERS

Justin Bieber has become the first person to acquire more than 40 million Twitter followers. The star has put some distance between himself and Twitter following rival Lady Gaga who currently stands at around 38 million. To celebrate the occasion, Bieber posted an old tweet from September 28 2009, which said: “wow, just yesterday I had 2 followers, today I have 40! THANKS GUYS!” On average, Justin Bieber’s tweets can accrue anywhere between 60 thousand to almost 100 thousand retweets at a time.
Music Week


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