Why 90% of your streaming cash goes to acts you may not like

The 30% that most streaming platforms retain is quite reasonable for a hosting fee (and much better than the 85% commonly seen in record deals), and any service that raises subscriber fees is likely to lose users to its cheaper competition. Low royalty rates may also be down to the deals which acts signed with their record labels.

Source: Why 90% of your streaming cash goes to acts you may not like

Microsoft brought book burning into the digital age 

When Microsoft terminated its ebooks store — a service — it did not have to recall the books it had vended; instead, it terminated access to them. In essence, although the books continue to exist as intellectual property, those copies of the books just went away at the sole discretion of the provider, subject only to any contractual obligations.

Source: Microsoft brought book burning into the digital age — and you should be worried

Trading In Music’s Futures: Why Greed Is Good 

Major record companies have essentially always operated as mini-banks, providing an advance (which is effectively a loan) to artists in exchange for the rights to the music the artist releases. But now, actual banking institutions, hedge funds, and private equity groups are sniffing around the music industry, seeing an investment in music Intellectual Property rights as a safe bet.

Source: Trading In Music’s Futures: Why Greed Is Good (Guest Column)

How music publishers can prepare for Mechanical Licensing Collective Database 

Many music publishers are thinking that they will just let the MLC clean up their data for them. Theoretically, that works if you want to slow implementation and the flow of royalty monies to you and your songwriters. And in this era, data maintenance should be a core capability of any copyright-based company.

Source: How music publishers can prepare for Mechanical Licensing Collective Database | Opinion

4 Steps Songwriters Should Take Now To Prepare For The Music Modernization Act

There is nothing that has done more damage to the music publishing industry, and probably nothing more likely to torpedo the effectiveness of the new Mechanical Licensing Collective than the single most intractable problem in the entire music industry: the simple inability of songwriters to get along.

Source: 4 Steps Songwriters Should Take Now To Prepare For The Music Modernization Act

MPAA and RIAA’s Megaupload Lawsuits Remain on Hold, Perhaps For Years 

A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload’s request to keep the civil lawsuits filed by music and movie companies on hold until April next year. With the criminal case still pending, this standstill could last for years. Meanwhile, Kim Dotcom is plugging the upcoming token sale of the new content publishing and monetization platform K.im.

Source: MPAA and RIAA’s Megaupload Lawsuits Remain on Hold, Perhaps For Years – TorrentFreak

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