Morning Fix: Ministry of Sound Sues Spotify for Copyright Infringement; Paul McCartney, Prince, Plant – Why Vets Are Turning to Social Media; Warner Music Doesn't Want 'Happy Birthday' to Get Loose

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MINISTRY OF SOUND LAUNCHES COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT AGAINST SPOTIFY

British dance music brand Ministry of Sound is taking the extraordinary step of suing Spotify for copyright infringement. London-based MoS launched proceedings Sept. 2 in the U.K.’s High Court, claiming the subscription service had refused to delete customers’ playlists that copy its popular compilation albums.  
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PAUL MCCARTNEY, PRINCE, ROBERT PLANT: WHY VETERAN MUSICAL ACTS ARE FLOCKING TO SOCIAL MEDIA

When Paul McCartney joined Instagram on Aug. 28 to promote his new single and forthcoming album, the Beatles member joined an elite club of club of veteran musical artists like Prince and Robert Plant, whom in the past month have embraced the modern world of social media.  
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WARNER MUSIC AIMS TO KEEP 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY' AWAY FROM PUBLIC DOMAIN

With the English language's most recognized song at stake, Warner/Chappell Music is not backing down from a bold challenge. On Friday, the music publisher responded in court for the first time to a lawsuit that claims that "Happy Birthday" is in the public domain.  
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RADIOSHACK TAPS 'BLURRED LINES,' STEVE AOKI, MICHAEL PHELPS TO REMIND CONSUMERS IT STILL EXISTS (FROM THE MAGAZINE)

Last April, before Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" soared to the top of the charts, RadioShack was ahead of the game. The retailer produced a TV ad inspired by the song's video to promote the new Pills speaker from Beats by Dr. Dre. The fact that the RadioShack spot preceded the success of the track, and possibly contributed to it, was of note. More noteworthy was that the electronics and mobile retailer had never partnered with a musical act before.  
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BUSINESS MATTERS: HOW MANY SUBSCRIBERS DOES A DIGITAL MUSIC SERVICE NEED TO BE PROFITABLE?

Rdio CEO Drew Larner recently told NPR the service would "absolutely be profitable" when it achieves "real scale" of 25 million to 30 million subscribers. Larner's statement is interesting because it gives a rare glimpse into a company's internal dialogue. Executives tend not to discuss hard numbers.  
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DAVID BOWIE'S CONCERT COMEBACK IS NOT IN THE CARDS

Informed sources have confirmed to Billboard that the earlier story was exaggerated and inaccurate -- not that that stops us hoping regardless.  
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VEVO TAPS JONATHAN CARSON AS FIRST CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER (Q&A)

Carson will effectively fill some of the duties previously held by David Kohl, Vevo’s former sales chief who left the company in April. An executive search for the newly created chief revenue role began in late April, and was led by Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff and recruitment firm Spencer Stuart.
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AIM AWARDS 2013 - FULL LIST OF WINNERS

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) is a body dedicated to protecting the rights of independent labels and artists. Hosting a yearly awards ceremony, the event returned last night (September 3rd) to honour a few notable figures in the industry.
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NEIL YOUNG'S PONO MUSIC PLAYER AND ONLINE STORE SET FOR EARLY 2014 LAUNCH

On Tuesday, Young announced on Facebook that Pono, his high-end music hardware and software combo, is lined up for an early 2014 launch. "The simplest way to describe what we've accomplished is that we've liberated the music of the artist from the digital file and restored it to its original artistic quality — as it was in the studio," Young writes. "It has primal power."
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GLASTONBURY 2014′S HEADLINERS WILL BE “THREE BANDS WHO HAVEN’T PLAYED THE FESTIVAL BEFORE”

“Next year’s headliners are more or less in place. They’re three bands who haven’t played Glastonbury, and that’s important. There aren’t many bands left who haven’t played the festival, and before we run out I’d like to persuade the ones on my wish list to come down. I think I’ve managed that with these three.”
Fact


ROCK BAND CHEAP TRICK FIRES BACK AT DRUMMER WITH LAWSUIT

Richard Nielsen, Thomas Peterson and Robin Zander have sued founding drummer Bun E. Carlos, asking a judge to confirm he was validly removed from the board of Cheap Trick Unlimited Inc and two other band-related corporations.
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