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  1. Dublab, Cornerstone of L.A.'s Avant-Electro Scene, Marks 15 Years – But How'd They Stick Around?

    July 07, 2014 10:12 AM EDT Since its founding in 1999 as one of the first 24-hour internet radio stations, Los Angeles' dublab (a portmanteau of "dubbing" and "laboratory") co-founder Mark "Frosty" McNeill" and the rest of the staff & ...

  2. Kaskade's Free Music: Beer, or Speech? A Look at Sampling, Creative Commons and Copyright (Op-Ed)

    July 01, 2014 10:07 AM EDT Steve Martocci is the co-founder of Splice, a platform that connects musicians and their tools with the cloud. Splice is also advancing the concept of "open source" music and public collaboration.  After a series of DMCA takedown noti ...

  3. Pharrell, Jay Z, Beyonce Win Webby Awards

    April 28, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bieber, Arcade Fire, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Kimmell and Conan O'Brien were also among the winners, announced Monday. The winners of the Webby Awards were announced on Monday, and Pharrell Williams won the Webby and People& ...

  4. EFF, Lawrence Lessig Launch Lawsuit Over Phoenix Video Takedown

    August 23, 2013 4:03 AM EDT The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Lawrence Lessig have filed suit against the Australian independent label Liberation Music for “misusing copyright law” to scrub from YouTube a lecture which carried a Phoenix tune. The video at the ce ...

  5. Business Matters: Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music

    August 01, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music -- Samsung's new Music Hub isn't going to get much credit for being visionary, but the multi-faceted music service is ahead of its time. Music Hub's combination of services ...

  6. Backbeat: Robert Levine, David Carr Trade (Friendly) Barbs Over Levine's New Book, 'Free Ride'

    October 27, 2011 12:45 PM EDT When former Billboard executive editor Robert Levine decided to call his new book, "Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back," he clearly wasn't pulling any pu ...

  7. Vimeo Launches Music Store for Easy Video Soundtracks

    September 21, 2011 11:27 AM EDT Vimeo today announced the launch of Music Store , a new service intended to make it easy for creators to discover and download music for their videos. "Finding music to use in your videos can be extremely hard," Blake Whitman, Vice Presi ...

  8. BitTorrent Reconsidered: How the Demonized File Sharing Protocol Can Help Your Band (Legally)

    June 06, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Sick of Sarah, whose album "2205" was legally downloaded more than 1.7 million times thanks to BitTorrent's Artist Spotlight . (Photo: Amber McDonald) Sick of Sarah is hardly a household name, but the all-girl punk band from Minneap ...

  9. Business Matters: EMI Records v. UPC, Piracy, Amazon and more

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. The 'Scourge of Internet Piracy' - The ISPs may have won over record labels in an Irish court, but the judge went to great lengths to describe the damages done by piracy and the obligati ...

  10. What Do Ping Followers Say About An Artist's Fans?

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What do your Ping followers say about an artist's fans and the formats they buy? Billboard analyzed the number of Ping followers for 49 artists and compared them to three metrics for each artist - CD sales, digital albums sales and digital tr ...

  11. Business Matters: Live Nation, We7, RIAA and more

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Live Nation Pushing Back On Artist Guarantees -- Lower ticket prices appear likely in 2011, and artist guarantees will be pulled down in order achieve those lower prices. So said Live Nation CEO M ...

  12. Indaba Music Revamps Service

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Indaba Music began the process of revamping its website and services today, a process the company says will remain ongoing through the rest of the year. Indaba Music is best known for its online music collaboration environment, allowing artists to ...

  13. Business Matters: Live Nation, Popjustice, RIAA, UMG and more

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The analyst consensus, according to Barrons, is that Live Nation will take a financial hit this summer but its stock has been punished too much. Barrons talks to some analysts (whose investor notes have been mentioned in this column in recent w ...

  14. Indaba Music Unveils Cloud-based Artist Workstation

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Indaba Music, an online service that allows artists to collaborate on music projects through virtual jam sessions, today launched a new virtual music studio called Mantis. The “digital audio workstation” is a cloud-based audio production software ...

  15. Analysis: How Hard Is It To Find Legal Music?

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Consumer Focus, a UK statutory organization that acts as a consumer advocate, wants the record industry to do a better job promoting legal alternatives. Research by the group found that four in ten Great Britons are unable to name a single online ...

  16. Business Matters: Jamendo, Spotify, Vevo, TAG and More

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Jamendo , a site that offers free and legal music publ ...

  17. Business Matters: Consumer Confidence Up, Jamendo Out Of Money?

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global consumer confidence inched up in Q4 2009, according to Nielsen. Opinions, however, were quite varied. Eight of the ten most confident ma ...

  18. Jay Bennett, Ex-Wilco Member, Dies At 45

    May 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay Bennett, the former Wilco multi-instrumentalist, passed away in his sleep on early Sunday morning (May 24) due to unknown causes. He was 45. Bennett was best known for his work with Wilco, the group for which he wrote and recorded on 1996' ...

  19. Morning Briefs: EMI Signs Lottery Deal, Borders' Fiscal Results, Ticket Scalping Laws and More

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - To lure younger people to buy lottery tickets - known in some parts as the idiot tax - EMI and Pollard Banknote Ltd. will team up to offer prizes of music downloads from the entire EMI catalog. At least EMI gets full wholesale cost for each down ...

  20. SKU'ing Up

    March 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT During the past two years, one 29-year-old Bay Area music fan reckons she's spent about $200 on music. She gets most of her music for free from blogs and BitTorrent trackers, but one recent release struck her as cool enough to get her to lay ...

  21. French Digital Briefs: Zaploop, Ayo, Jamendo

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Warner Music France has reached an agreement with French music community platform Zaploop, which will enable the service's users to sell music from Warner catalog through widgets in a licensed "super-distribution" scheme. Warner M ...

  22. NIN Offers New Album Free Of Charge

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails is at it again, throwing another digital strand of pasta at the wall to see if it sticks, this time giving away the new album "The Slip," completely free of charge, to anyone providing their e-mail addres ...

  23. MidemNet Day 1 - Quotes of the Day

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST "We're very committed," - Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy's response when asked if there was a chance UMG's record unit might be spun-off in future. "I remember legal bills per month of $500,000. It's hard to run a ...

  24. Mavericks Dominate MidemNet Day 1

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital technology entrepreneur Janus Friis, inventor of the original rogue P2P application Kazaa, told delegates at MidemNet today that his vision and energies these days are directed toward building legitimate, robust businesses. Friis said his ...

  25. MidemNet 2008 Up And Running

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST MidemNet 2008 has officially kicked off. The two-day music and new-media conference's visionary chair committee, chaired by Ted Cohen, managing director of TAG Strategic, set off this morning with a mission to discuss the "future of the ...

  26. Ezrin Joins MidemNet Line-Up

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veteran rock producer Bob Ezrin has joined the list of keynote speakers at the MidemNet Forum, held Jan. 26-7 in Cannes, France as part of the Midem trade fair. Canadian Ezrin, whose credits include Pink Floyd's "The Wall, Alice Cooper&# ...

  27. Copyright Row Dominates Summit

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Day one of the inaugural CISAC Copyright Summit has wrapped, after an afternoon session dominated by a stand-off between delegates and controversial Creative Commons founder Prof. Lawrence Lessig. Creative Commons issues copyright licenses that al ...

  28. CISAC Organzies 'Copyright Summit'

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST French crooner Charles Aznavour, English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, film-maker Michael Apted, British Telecom CEO Ben Verwaayen, and EMI Music Publishing president Roger Faxon will take part in a two-day 'Copyright Summit' in Brussel ...

  29. $19 Million Awarded To Music Programs From 'Payola' Fund

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors today (Dec. 19) revealed 218 recipients of the second cycle of grants from the New York State Music Fund , the fund created from the settlements with major record companies investigated for violating "payola& ...

  30. Pump Audio, Creative Commons Form Promo Pact

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pump Audio and Creative Commons have teamed formed a promotional pact. Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization espousing a flexible copyright scheme for creative works, is recommending Pump Audio's commercial licensing service to the indep ...

  31. Billboard Q&A: Former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Just last month, now former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., was honored--along with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and artist Kelly Clarkson--at the Recording Academy's Grammys on the Hill event. The honor Just last month, now former Rep. Mark Fol ...

  32. RIAA Responds To Video Criticism

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Short film aims to educate students on copyright issues. As trade groups criticize a RIAA-prepped educational video on copyright law as misleading and factually inaccurate, the music industry body is defending the short film and responding to crit ...

  33. Behind the Deal: The State of the Music Industry - An Interview with Michael Sukin

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST As 2004 came to a close, <I>Billboard</I> sat down with a dozen lawyers to discuss the state of the music industry. Their work in connection with the industry varies. For example, Attorney General Joh As 2004 came to a close, Billboard ...

  34. GarageBand Offers Creative Commons License

    June 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tag allows users to download, share songs. Online musicians' community GarageBand.com will offer the Creative Commons Music Sharing License as an option for songs uploaded to its Web site. The license, provided by the nonprofit group Creative ...