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The MLC Update
Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) presents a sit down with
Kris Ahrend, CEO of The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC), who will
provide a recap of The MLC’s recent inaugural royalty distributions to Members
and discuss what’s on the horizon for the organization, including an update on
how The MLC is handling historical unmatched data and royalties.
Venue Grant Applications Are Finally Up and Running
Mims (Billboard) -- After months of waiting and weeks of delays, more than 17,000
independent venues and other business owners have started the application
process since Monday's portal relaunch.
Why Repeal Not Reform Section 230?
Cleland (Daily Caller Op-ed) -- Repeal of Section 230’s 1996 lawless Wild West
Internet policy is inevitable because it is based on an immoral premise and has
inflicted severe damage to America’s constitutional liberties, national
security and economic prosperity.
Urged To Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech
Bacchi -- (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A coalition of musicians and human
rights groups urged music streaming company Spotify on Tuesday to rule out
possible use of a speech recognition tool it recently developed to suggest
songs - describing the technology as “creepy” and “invasive”
Slams Allarco ‘Pirate Device’ Lawsuit, Refuses to Ban Sales at Staples &
Maxwell (TorrentFreak) -- Super Channel operator Allarco claimed that major
retailers including Staples and Best Buy are selling and encouraging the use of
"piracy devices" that undermine its business. However, the company's
application for an injunction banning sales has now been denied, with the judge
slamming Allarco's application and investigative actions from every conceivable
Revolution Will Be Digitized: How RAC Is Using NFTs to Empower Artists
Cirisano (Billboard) -- With his new NFT agency, the Grammy-winning producer
aims to use the buzzy new art form to "challenge this notion that music is
worth 0.000-whatever cents."
Ideas For Behind-The-Scenes Livestreams
Patterson (Music Think Tank) -- It’s no secret that livestreaming has gone
mainstream. Some of the biggest names in every industry have developed new
technologies, changed their focus, and created new opportunities along the way.
Scott Doesn’t Like ‘Branding’ or ‘Marketing,’ but He’s So Damn Good at Both
Spears Calls the New York Times and BBC ‘So Hypocritical’
King (Digital Music News) -- Britney Spears has taken to Instagram to speak out
against two documentaries about her life — one created by the BBC, and the
other by the New York Times.
Investors Flock to Discord and Telegram for Financial Advice
Holger (Wall Street Journal) -- Add live chat rooms to the list of places where
young investors are paying for stock tips. … Popular trading apps and
social-media platforms including Reddit, TikTok and YouTube have helped to
create a wave of amateur traders online. Now apps that host live chat rooms
dedicated to investment topics (like Discord and Telegram) are attracting large
6 MAY In Music History
Rodriques (Baffler) -- Thulani Davis’s poetry conjures a lost era of jazz. … Nothing
but the Music, which collects verse written between 1974 and
1992, reasserts Davis’s centrality to the Black Arts and Black Feminist
movements. Though the book covers a wide range of topics, all the poems engage
with music: listening to it, composing it, being transformed by it.
Could Happen’: Inside The World’s First Virtual Reality Opera
Jeffries (The Guardian) -- Current, Rising at the Royal Opera House, London,
takes its audience on a dizzying journey through strange realms. Could this be
Nostalgic Texas Hotels with Vinyl Record Collections
J. Drake (TexasMonthly) -- With in-room record players, album lending
libraries, and, in one case, a vinyl concierge, hotels around the state are
embracing the record renaissance.
Song That Sold America to a Generation of Asian Immigrants
Jeong (The Atlantic)