The proposed merger of ticketing giant Ticketmaster and Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, should be closely scrutinized by the Justice Department, according to the chair of a Senate antitrust subcommittee and 50 members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday.
South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference is pleased to note that this month marks the ten-year anniversary of the Daily Chord, the web page/email listserv which aggregates pertinent stories from the worlds of music and technology each weekday. The Daily Chord is bookmarked on the browsers of prominent executives and artists who regularly review the Chord stories as part of their online research. As the Chord enters its' second decade, efforts to broaden the reach of the updates into new avenues continues.
Universal Music Group's distribution arm is teaming up with digital track distributor TuneCore, a move it says will give it a leg up in signing up-and-coming artists without a recording deal yet.
ARS Technica reports: After years of contention, rightsholders and commercial webcasters have agreed on pricing terms for online music streams. Although the new program is being termed "experimental," the prices will stay in place until at least 2014.
The RIAA has won a nearly two-year-old copyright infringement suit against news-sharing and communication network Usenet.com; the verdict comes on the heels of a similar win against file-sharer Jammie Thomas (to the tune of $1.92 million). In 2007, the RIAA accused Usenet (a precursor to social networks like Facebook and MySpace) of using pirated music to entice its users to pay monthly fees; CNET reports that U.S. District Judge Harold Baer found the company guilty of “direct, contributory and vicarious infringement.”
In yet another attempt to piss off the consumer ASCAP has sued AT&T to get more revenue from ringtone plays.
62An excerpt from an amazing talk given by Quincy Jones at SXSW 2009.
62Now you can take a piece of the action with you as Auralex announces that its SonicPrint artistic acoustical panels will feature two of the most successful box office action movie franchises ever. Auralex has teamed up with StudioCanal, a French-based production and distribution company that owns the third-largest film library in the world, to offer select movie titles, including official Rambo