-- The most interesting part of Reuters’ 1,000-word article on Terra Firma head Guy Hands is a quote from a former investor who got out in April: “Terra Firma is putting it all into EMI. If it blows up, they are finished. It's that binary. It's a high concentration, high risk strategy.” (Reuters)

-- Google is eying Spotify, according to BusinessWeek. But don’t get too excited, no deal is near. From the article: “Google also has been ‘kicking the tires’ at Spotify, according to music executives with knowledge of the search engine's interest, but no acquisition is in the works.” (BusinessWeek.com)

- Rekords Rekords, the label started by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, has struck a new deal with Dangerbird Records. Under the terms of the deal, Dangerbird will provide distribution, marketing, and promotion support. Rekords Rekords, which was previously distributed through Ipecac, has released many of Homme’s projects, including Desert Sessions Volume 9 & 10 and Eagles of Death Metal "Peace Love Death Metal.” Forthcoming releases include Alain Johannes’s “Spark,” out August 31, a self-titled release from Mini Mansions, out September 21, and a Desert Sessions best-of, due October 12.

-- The rock band Rush has sent cease and desist notices to Rand Paul, the Republican Senate candidate from Kentucky, for his use of the band’s songs during his campaign. The band may have a good claim in Paul’s unlicensed use of Rush’s music in videos or ads. In the other two instances, however, Rush’s arguments are weaker. Quoting Rush lyrics is probably going to fall under fair use, and playing Rush songs at campaigns is legal assuming Paul’s campaign acquired the appropriate license from the appropriate performing rights organization. We’ve seen artists complain about public performances of their music in the past. While they may not approve of a candidate’s politics or want to appear not to endorse a candidate, a candidate can acquire the appropriate licenses to play songs at rallies and other public appearances – and the artist has no legal recourse (although polite requests can get a candidate to stop using a particular song).

A song in question, “Spirit of Radio,” is licensed through SESAC. Rush’s lawyer contends that song’s public performances are not licensed for political purposes and claims SESAC can only issue licenses for the rights it has obtained by a specific artist. Attorney/blogger Ben Sheffner read through SESAC’s licensing agreement and found no such exclusion, and he doubts SESAC’s deal with Rush covers addressed the topic. “[I] can say that I've never heard of any contract with a PRO containing such an exclusion, and neither had several other copyright attorneys I asked.” (Copyrights & Campaigns)

-- Nielsen’s Three Screen Report is out. The short version: Americans added two hours per month of TV watching since Q1 2009 while time spent watching video on the Internet rose to 3:10 per month from 3:00. (NielsenWire)

-- Ticketmaster’s hope for a closed paperless ticketing marketplace is running into problems in New Jersey. There the State Assembly has passed a bill that would require paperless tickets to be transferable. Sellers would be required to tell customers if additional tickets will be for sale in the future. In addition, tickets would have to carry their initial sale price. A state mandate that would allow widespread resale of paperless tickets runs counter to Ticketmaster’s hope of locking up the secondary market on its paperless tickets. A Ticketmaster Lobbyist predicted such loss of control would be bad for consumers. “If an artist wants to keep the potential resale price of a ticket low, once that ticket leaves our site,” he told NJcom, “we would not be able to control the exorbitant mark-up at which a broker could then re-sell that ticket.” (NJ.com)

-- Live Nation is developing a “cloud printing” app with Google and Hewlett-Packard, Ticket News reports. The app (web, mobile or desktop) would allow a user to print a ticket to any printer in the world, Google said in a statement. Jim Goodman, a former Ticketmaster executive, predicted a cloud printing app would come with controls. “I think that while this does have 'paper' (it gets printed), this will be analogous to the paperless entry system, where it is far more difficult to transfer/sell a ticket in the secondary market…I think it will be a closed system, again, much like Ticketmaster's paperless ticketing, which will prevent folks from just handing out an email address, etc. to get tickets printed/redeemed.” (Ticket News)

Assorted Links:
-- As manga publishers begin to aggressively enforce their copyrights from digital piracy, a central theme of Lawrence Lessig’s book “Free Culture” falls apart. (The Copyright Alliance Blog)

-- The Country Music Association has filed suit to stop unlicensed shirt sellers during this week’s CMA Music Festival. (Nashville Post, via MusicRow)

-- Gerd Leonhard’s “Selling 2.0: The Future of Commerce in a Mobile World” (Media Futurist)

-- Live Nation’s Ford Amphitheater in Tampa is now the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds. (The Ledger)

-- The lawsuit filed by Popped! Festival’s Alexis Rosenzweig against Live Nation has been settled. (Philadelphia Weekly)

- Dangerbird Records item by Cortney Harding.