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23 Top Music Organizations Sign Letter On NAFTA Talks Demanding Protections For All Creators

President Trump has forced the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico; and included in that negotiation are important copyright and intellectual property provisions. Recently, major tech groups lobbied U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer as the “new faces of the American content industry.”  Not so fast, say 23 top music organizations including the RIAA, A2IM, N ...

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YouTube’s Lyor Cohen Dishes On Music’s "New Golden Age," Streaming Subscriptions and Props To Daniel Ek

YouTube's Global Head Of Music, Lyor Cohen, is known for speaking his mind. So when the former label exec sat down for a keynote interview at the 2017 Music Matters summit in Singapore, people listened. He did not disappoint. "This business is entering a golden age" "There’s so much opportunity between advertising and subscription. This business is entering a golden age. I think the golden age doesn’t get r ...

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Music Industry Paints Target On YouTube Ripping Sites, Despite Many Non-Infringing Uses [Op-Ed]

Stream ripping,  particularly from YouTube,  has become a top source of music piracy. But  putting YouTube to MP3 conversion sites in the music industry's crosshairs is shortsighted argues Timothy Geigner of Techdirt _________________________ Guest post by Timothy Geigner of Techdirt Concentrated attacks on technology tools that can sometimes, but not always, be used for nefarious purposes have quite a long ...

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Four Organizations Using Music To Make A Difference

Music's ability to inspire and bring people means it is often involved in affecting positive change. Here we look at four different organizations (and how you can get involved with them!) working to make a positive difference through music. ______________________ Guest post by Meredith Nadeau, Corporate Marketing Manager at The Orchard from The Daily Rind Music is a unique art form that reaches so many and ...

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Patreon Raises $60M More For Fan-To-Creator Patronage Platform

Patreon has raised an additional $60Million to expand its fan-to-creator patronage site. The popular platform is led by entrepreneur and musician Jack Conte, half of the duo Pomplamoose. __________________________________________ Jack Conte Patreon has raised an additional $60 million in a round led by Thrive Capital along with returning investors Index, CRV, Freestyle Capital and new investor DFJ Growth. T ...

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Ed Sheeran, U2 Cancel St. Louis Shows Amid Ongoing Violent Protests

Concert fans in St. Louis suffered a double disappointment last weekend after both singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and Irish rock band U2 canceled planned performances in the city due to violent protests following the acquittal of a former white police officer in the shooting death of a black man. Ed Sheeran A statement from promoter Live Nation and U2 canceled their Saturday show at Dome at America's Center a ...

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Great Music Sharing Features Available On iPhone, iPad Today with Apple’s iOS 11 Release, But Not If You Use Spotify

Starting Tuesday, iPhone and iPad users will be able to update their devices to iOS 11. It's a major update that adds augmented reality, improved images in Photos and Camera, a more useful Siri and a redesigned App Store. It also adds new options for music sharing, but they are only available to paying Apple Music subscribers. _____________________________________ Today's upgrade of Apple's mobile operating ...

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$10 Million Later, Former MOG, Beats CEO David Hyman Shutters Music Video AR App Blin.gy

Music video augmented reality app Bling.ly has shut down, after acquisition talks fell through. Originally launched as Chosen by former MOG and Beats CEO David Hyman, the music tech startup had raised $10 million to date. _______________________________________________________   David Hyman Serial music tech entrepreneur David Hyman's latest project, Blin.gy has shut down.    After stints as co-founder and ...

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