EFF ATTORNEY HEADED FOR GOOGLE
-- Fred von Lohmann, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is leaving to become Google's senior copyright counsel. Von Lohmann's name is well known in music industry circles. He defended Grokster and argued the case before the Supreme Court - an 0-9 loss for the P2P company. His quotes are regularly seen in articles related to the industry. And he has been at the forefront of an effort to balance the effort to protect copyright with the need to protect technologies that have legitimate, non-infringing uses. (CNET)


SPOTLIGHT ON WMG
-- Warner Music Group got a fantastic write-up in a Fast Company article on the company's initiatives to combat declining music sales. The short version: music isn't free and WMG is banking on the 360 deal. It's a good read, with good access to executives and their insights. But it's also more than a little odd. For starters, the author doesn't even recognize that WMG's competitors have employed the same tactics. The 360 deal is now an industry standard, but you wouldn't know that after reading the article. In addition, only one manager made the article. Bruce Allen, Michael Buble's manager, actually called 360 deals "dangerous" (Buble has a multi-rights deal with WMG). While WMG executives may love the 360 deal, and Lyor Cohen may call it WMG's "commitment to transparency," the backbone of the future record business is far more controversial that this article would lead the reader to believe.

Overall, though, Fast Company got it right. In a troubled industry, WMG has been innovative, resilient and stubborn in making strides toward its vision. It has lacked the executive turnover that has plagued some of its peers. Financially, the company is faring about as well as can be expected. The real test, however, will come in a few years when WMG's earliest 360 deals mature and we see how the company's non-traditional revenue has grown. (Fast Company)


PEREZ STUMBLES
-- If Warner Music Group has had a recent failure - albeit a small one - it is Perez Hilton's imprint. In a lengthy article, The Daily Beast points to Hilton's failed record label (among other developments) and asks if he's losing his touch. "Garland, the second act signed to Hilton's nascent Perezcious Music record label-part of Warner Music Group-has sold an anemic 29,000 downloads of his single "Believe," according to Nielsen SoundScan data." His label's first release, not mentioned in this article, actually fared even worse. Here's the thing: Hilton never had a touch to lose. Examples of his promotional prowess were label-signed acts that were going to do well even without his support. As the head of an imprint, Hilton has to do all the hard, dirty work of artist development - a few blog posts simply won't do it. The moral is this story is creating success in the music business is a lot harder than outsiders think. (The Daily Beast)


HOW TO MAKE PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT WORK
- Economist Tyler Cowen on what could make a pay-what-you-want model work (in the context of restaurants, but it is applicable elsewhere): "You have to feel like you're being watched. You have to feel that other people are paying. You have to feel like you're part of a cool experiment. Even with Radiohead. It's wrong to call them neighborly, but their fans pretend they're a tight-knit pool of cool people. That's an illusion, but you're still relying on a peer effect. It's a way to feel you're better -- that you're so committed to the band you paid for something out of your own pocket." (Marginal Revolution)


APP STORE GETJAR SCORES FUNDING
-- GetJar, the second-biggest app store behind iTunes, has secured $11 million from Accel Partners in second-round funding. The company says it will use the fresh capital to help expand its presence in apps for open smartphone platforms such as Android, Blackberry and Symbian. Accel has invested in range of well known companies such as Facebook, location-based mobile app maker Booyah!, AdMob (acquire by Google in May) and secondary ticket site SeatWave. (Press release)


SOUNDEXCHANGE Q2 PAYMENTS TOP $54 MILLION
SoundExchange began sending out payments totaling $54.8 million to recording artists and sound recording copyright holders, according to a release. The quarterly distribution, the organization’s largest to date, includes royalties earned through play on Internet radio, satellite radio, cable TV music channels and increased revenue from foreign societies from which SoundExchange now collects.


GARAGEBAND TO SHUT DOWN
-- Music community GarageBand.com will close its doors on July 15. The indie music site was founded by brothers Ali and Hadi Partovi. They later founded iLike to companion site to GarageBand.com. iLike, which benefitted greatly when Facebook opened to third party developers in 2007, was sold to MySpace in 2009. (TechCrunch)


Assorted links:
-- Viacom ruling could take YouTube to profitability because it can place more ads on more videos. (Financial Times)

-- YouTube's win could open the way for more premium content. (NewTeeVee)

-- The biggest winner in the case is the DMCA. (NewTeeVee)

-- Hypebot has taken over operations of the blog Music Think Tank. (Press release)

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