-- Much has been said about AT&T's plan to limit bandwidth of new mobile subscribers. Some have called it the end of young, innovative music services that have blossomed through mobile apps. But is AT&T really crippling these services? The L.A. Times article titled "Most Pandora Users Will Be Unaffected By AT&D Data Cap," tweets Pandora CTO Tom Conrad, "gets it exactly right." In a nutshell, the Times says 0.5% of current Pandora users would be affected (although not all use AT&T, of course). AT&T says 98% of existing customers will be safe with the 2GB/month plan. A test by the Times found it would take four hours of streaming Pandora every day on the default sound quality setting to reach the 2GB/month threshold. (@tconrad, L.A. Times)

-- The Register reported on Friday that music service Rdio, which opened in invitation-only public beta on Thursday, offered equity to the four majors but did not offer equity to independents (perhaps through a group such as Merlin). The majors sometimes take an ownership stake in a new music service. Ownership, however, does not beget success. The majors have stakes in MySpace Music. Warner Music Group owned a stake in two deceased services, Lala and Imeem.

Rdio's lack of indie equity could explain why so many indie titles are missing from Rdio's catalog. Yesterday I started using Rdio and took the step of syncing my iTunes library to my online Rdio collection. Unfortunately, Rdio has licensed only 21% of the songs on my hard drive. I will admit that my catalog is heavy on independent artists and independent labels, exactly the type of music that gets licensed after a new service launched. But 21%? Very disappointing. (The Register)

-- IP attorney Barry Sookman offers thoughts on C-32, Canada's attempt to update its copyright law. For record labels and publishers, one of the more important parts of the bill deals with exceptions for user-generation content. Sookman touches upon some possible unintended consequences that could arise from the "breadth" of this section of the bill. "For example, the new work could theoretically involve very substantial copying by an individual of very large parts of works or collections of works as long as some new work of whatever character or originality is created. There is no need for the copying to be transformative or the extent of the copying to be fair in any way. Also, the Section extends to authorizing commercial entities to disseminate the new work unless the damages suffered by the rights holder reaches the level of "a substantial adverse effect" on the exploitation or potential exploitation of the existing work. The intermediary would be immunized from liability. This section together with the new hosting exception would undermine current business models where content is licensed for online uses and is not consistent with the Government's stated intent." (Barry Sookman)

-- Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has issued its "The State of Online Video" report that finds "dramatic increases" since 2007. The most-watched type of online video is comedy or humorous (50% of adults Internet users), followed by educational (38%), movies or TV shows (32%) and political videos (30%). Most people watch stream videos (61%) and far fewer download to watch (23%). Young adults (18-29) lead in online video watching (84%), middle-aged folks (30-49) aren't far behind (74%) and the oldest group (50 and over) really lag (53%). Another interesting fact is that 14% of adult Internet users have uploaded a video -- double the number in 2007. (Pew Internet)

-- In Q1 2010, eMusic's per-track payout increased to $0.40 for the CD Baby-distributed band The Layaways. That's roughly a 33% increase from Q1 2009 and up one cent from the previous quarter. (Digital Audio Insider)

-- Vevo head Rio Caraeff: "We're selling music ads in excess of $25 [for every 1,000 impressions]. When I was at Universal Music Group, the average rate for music videos was $10 [per 1,000 impressions]." The next question: What percent of ads are selling over/under a $25 CPM? (L.A. Times)

Assorted Links
-- MediaNet launches artist tool to package and sell digital music. (MediaNet blog)
-- Rick Carnes, president of the Songwriters Guild of America, praises the LimeWire decision. (Huffington Post)
-- By most estimates, women account for about 5% of producers and engineers in the music business. (Nashville Scene)
-- Music industry social network NuMuBu has partnered with Limelight to provide mechanical licensing support for its members. (Press release)