longer about the music … It’s about the Benjamins!]
to Taylor Swift’s Music Business Advice
Turner (Penny Fractions) -- What’s happened to Taylor Swift isn’t a petty
squabble between her and Scooter Braun but a preview of the increasingly
financialized state of the music industry in the 2020s. … If your company (or
songs are) suddenly swooped up by a private equity firm, don’t say Taylor
didn’t warn you about the trouble!
of Popcorn Time Info Site is Liable for Piracy, Supreme Court Rules
(Torrent Freak) -- The Danish Supreme Court has upheld a conditional prison
sentence against the operator of a website that provided information on the
piracy app Popcorn Time. The site itself didn't host the infringing software,
but the detailed instructions it provided were enough to warrant criminal
liability for copyright infringements of the site's users.
ZoŽ Keating Says Apple Music Pays Her 4 Times What Spotify Does Per Stream, and
It Shows How Wildly Royalty Payments Can Vary Between Services
Meyers (Business Insider) – [Thanks to Earl Rose for the link.]
Still Generates More Revenue Than Spotify and Twitter Combined
Why Big Tech Is Fighting a 'Losing Battle' On Deepfake Videos
Fujita (Yahoo Finance) -- Major tech companies are scrambling to tackle
“deepfakes” — audio and video content manipulated by artificial intelligence
(AI). Deepfake content has proliferated
at a rapid rate, as online tutorials and forums increasingly democratize AI
tools once reserved for tech’s elite users. The total number of manipulated
content nearly doubled in 2019.
Is The World's Fastest-Growing – and Goofiest – Digital Platform, But Should We
Jackman (The Spectator) -- The Chinese video app, which has more users than
Snapchat and Twitter combined, is underpinned by some of the most sophisticated
artificial intelligence (AI) in the world.
Just Replaced Hundreds of Human Workers With ‘Technology and Artificial
Resnikoff (Digital Music News) -- Yesterday, we first reported on iHeartMedia’s
mass layoff of employees nationwide. Now, the company has explained why
those people were let go.
More Bad Faith from @RonWyden on Copyright Small Claims Legislation
Castle (Artist Rights Watch) -- Senator Ron Wyden is up to his old tricks–he’s
got a secret hold on the CASE Act and is taking his usual ridiculous positions
just to see if he can get away with it. … Why would Senator Wyden care about
the CASE Act? Because Google does.
Living in a Subscriptions World. Here’s How to Navigate It.
By Brian X.
Chen) NY Times) --Subscription services like Netflix and Google Drive are
convenient, but we can lose control of our content and data. Here’s how to take
Women Who Should Be In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
For those who
revere the talents of songwriters like Berlin, Rodgers, Porter, Kern, Gershwin,
et al, you’ll enjoy this story. For those with only a passing recognition of
these names, this is a must read.]
Pleasure and Pain of Being Cole Porter
Gopnik (The New Yorker) -- Almost inhumanly prolific, the songwriter produced a
new kind of American lyric—and language. [PS: Porter, like Berlin, wrote both
words and music.]
Just How Important Is
Melody in Hip-Hop Music?
Car Cassette Adapter: A Legend of Technology
McFadden (/interestingengineering.com) -- The car cassette adapter is one of
the most underrated pieces of technology ever devised. The technology was first
patented in 1988 and was initially envisaged for use with portable CD players,
but they also happened to be great for later portable audio devices like MP3
players, minidisc players, etc. But they also had some very interesting
additional uses. Many providing some of the features of modern in-car systems
that wouldn't become standard for decades.
'n' Roll May Be Dying, but Dad Metal Is Doing Great
Castrodale (Noisy) -- Haters beware—the heaviest bands in your dad's 6-CD
changer are thriving more than anyone else, somehow.
Automotive Museum Will Feature 10 Custom Cars from James Hetfield’s Collection
King (Digital Music News) -- The Metallica frontman is a lifelong car
enthusiast and says his collection is a form of expression.