-- The General Accounting Office (GAO) has released a letter from the Copyright Office that weighs in on the Performance Rights Act, the bill that would establish a performance royalty for sound recordings played on broadcast radio. The letter dated April 16, 2010 from Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights, suggests additions to the GAO's draft report on the potential effects of the Act on the recorded music and broadcast radio industries. The Copyright Office's letter notes broadcast radio's recovery will not be matched by a similar recovery by record labels. There exists a waning promotional benefit of radio due to emerging technologies (such as file-sharing), the letter states, and the majority of people aged 12 to 34 whose means of music discovery is the Internet, not broadcast radio.

For the most part, the thrust of the letter was the need to create a new revenue stream for record labels. "The Office suggests that the (GAO's) Report should elaborate on some of the more concrete positive effects that will likely come about with passage of the PRA," it reads. "For instance, the establishment of a new revenue stream for performers and the recording industry would offer an avenue though which record labels would be able to prevent job losses and even the cessation of operations." (General Accounting Office)

-- Interview with Eric Levin of Criminal Records in Atlanta and
president of the Association of Independent Media Stores, a co-founder
of Record Store Day. Levin says the effects of Record Store are difficult to quantify but definitely exist. "What it has done is reinvigorated a lot of independent retailers to the potential of their businesses. I've heard from dozens of retailers that have e-mailed after the fact and said, 'We were going to throw in the towel, but Record Store Day was so fun and positive that we're sticking it out.' I've heard from a lot of people that are opening stores post Record Store Day." (Musician Coaching)

-- Universal Music Group Publishing has inked a deal with TuneSat to track its music on broadcast television. TuneSat's audio fingerprint technology detects songs played on television shows even after other elements - voiceovers, sound effects, dialogue - have been added. The goal is to identify public performances that occurred without the proper licenses. (Press release)

Assorted Links:
-- It seems Sara Bareilles’ fan base has moved on. (FutureHit.DNA)

-- A guide to the cultural battle that is reshaping the media business. (paidContent)

-- Every second, The Orchard gets 18 YouTube hits. (The Daily Rind)

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