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The National Music Publishers Association on Monday fired an opening salvo at lyric sites that it believes have not obtained licenses to publish those lyrics, including Rap Genius, a high-flying New York startup that last year landed a $15 million investment from Silicon Valley venture firm Andreessen Horowitz.
With all of the media focus on the recent decision in the Jackson family's wrongful death suit against AEG, in which a jury found AEG not liable over Michael Jackson's death, there is another court battle generating less press but which could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
“It’s safe to say that 10 years ago, a U.S. chat show host wouldn’t have seen it, wouldn’t have responded to it and wouldn’t have entered into an A-list Twitter beef over it,” BBC Radio 1 executive producer Joe Harland says.
Martin Kierszenbaum, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer as well as the co-founder of the successful Cherrytree Records, has partnered with Kobalt to launch Cherrytree Music Publishing, for which Kobalt will provide funding as well as admin and creative services.
Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing has acquired a picture book based on the online sensation devised by the Norwegian comedy team Ylvis (ILL'-vis). The publisher announced Monday that the upcoming release, "What Does the Fox Say?" will come out Dec. 10.
Third Point, the hedge fund run by Daniel Loeb that has been pressuring Sony to spin off part of its entertainment arm, was listed as holding 1.64 percent of the Japanese corporation's stock in a filing with authorities in Tokyo on Monday.
Buena Vista Social Club, which began as a group of Cuban senior citizens who rose to global stardom after being recruited by Ry Cooder for a historic recording session in Havana, will reportedly say "Adios" to world stages with a 2014-2015 farewell tour.
For about two years, Google Inc. refused to let Nielsen Holdings place measurement tags on ads running on YouTube, a stance that media buyers say stopped some advertisers buying time on the online video site. Last week, Google reversed its position in a decision that analysts say could fuel the shift of TV ad dollars to online video.
Wall Street Journal
To sell Glass, its augmented-reality form of eyewear, Google has already tried to make it a fashion accessory and a must-have video device for any parent or sky diver. Now it is also presenting this $1,500 piece of wearable technology as a way to interact with music.
New York Times
At some point, one has to question whether it is still possible to earn a living as a musician, or any type of creator.
The Scholarly Kitchen
As an array of everyday objects such as thermostats, toasters and even sneakers gets connected to the Internet, the FTC is taking a first stab at examining this vast and emerging area of technology, sparking concern from trade groups that fear regulation could harm innovation.
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