Last month reports surfaced that Google had “disappeared” Rap Genius by tweaking its search algorithms -- an existential threat to gutsy startups that many have complained of in the past. So what was the cardinal sin justifying Google in disappearing Rap Genius? And what does it mean for others?
Representative Mel Watt (D-NC-12) has introduced the Free Market Royalty Act (H.R. 3219), one of the most intriguing proposals in years. The bill accomplishes two principal goals: Watt starts getting the government out of the music business by eliminating the compulsory license for digital audio transmissions and extends the sound recording public performance right to all audio performances.
Dance music label Ministry of Sound has reportedly sued Spotify in the United Kingdom over playlists of MoS’ well-known compilation albums -- even though MoS doesn’t license to Spotify. How can you tell it’s an MoS compilation? Because Spotify’s playlists say so. And therein lies the rub.