-- Julius Genachowski, the FCC’s new chairman, has been sworn in and has named his staff. Edward Lazarus, from he law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, will be his chief of staff. Bruce Liang Gottlieb, who was legal advisor to Commissioner Michael Copps for three years, was named Chief Counsel. (Radio Ink)

-- When it re-launches next month, CDBaby.com will offer download cards to its members to sell at shows, give away in promotions, send to media contacts, etc. (CDBaby.org)

-- Spotify, according to company founder Daniel Ek: advertising hasn't really taken off yet, it has five to six times the usage of competing streaming services, and it would be the most popular service in the world if it wasn't legal (a tip of the hat to its programmers). (The Register)

-- What would the Jammie Thomas-Rassett trial have looked like in Canada? Attorney Charles Wilson gives an overview of relevant trials, Canada's Copyright Act and the CRIA's track record in court. "The best guidance available to Canadians on the issue comes from two cases, decided in 2004 and 2008 respectively, which still leave some uncertainty as to the legality of file sharing in Canada. What is clear, however, is that thus far CRIA has not had nearly the same success in the Canadian Courts that the RIAA has had in the U.S." (Slaw, via Michael Geist)

-- EMI has reportedly withdrawn its mechanical rights from PRS, the UK collection society. Said EMI's general counsel for Europe, "We are not currently satisfied that the new rates - in particular the minima - proposed by PRS for Music for streaming services are appropriate." (Pocket Lint)

-- A group of musicians and investors plan to bring back the Five Points Music Hall in Birmingham, Alabama. The venue was called Banana Joe's last year when it closed after a shooting in its parking lot. (Birmingham Business Journal)

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