-- SoundExchange Q1 2010 payouts topped $52 million – 25% higher than any previous quarter. New registrants, growth in Internet radio and an increase in satellite radio subscriptions were said to be behind the record payout. (New York Times)

-- A coalition of visual artists has filed a class action lawsuit against Google to stop further development of the Google Library Project. Taking part in the suit are The Graphic Artists Guild, The American Society of Media Photographers, the Picture Archive Council of America, the North American Nature Photography Association and Professional Photographers of America. (Press release)

-- Fatsoma, an Web startup in Manchester, England, has a new twist on ticket sales: it is a ticketing and promotion platform that emphasizes the power of online social networks. Online representatives receive commissions (10% of the face value) for each ticket purchased by a friend. The company provides barcoded e-tickets and free e-ticket scanners to large venues. (Manchester Evening News)

-- Live Nation has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Hillside Productions Inc., the owner of the 7,000-seat Freedom Hill Amphitheatre. The promoter alleges Hillside owes it nearly $322,000 related to five concerts and has proposed to pay the amount by requesting that Live Nation produce ten shows this summer. (Detroit News)

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