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Music Streaming Site Grooveshark Wins Discovery Hearing vs. Universal Music Group

Posted in legal, mp3, recording industry with tags , , , , on June 11, 2010 by thirteenburn

According to an article posted on, internet start-up Escape, owners of the streaming site won an important ruling in which discovery will be shared by both sides in the case, which should level the playing field in terms of monetary outlay via each sides lawyers.

Thanks to The Music Industry Report for the click-thru.


Can It Get Any Worse For The RIAA?

Posted in news, opinion, recording industry with tags , , , , , on May 21, 2010 by thirteenburn

It seems that every week, another story regarding the gross stupidity of the RIAA comes out and this week is no exception.

According to, the industry suffered the worse week of record sales since 1991.

Coming on the heels of the NARM conference’s news that only 2.1 percent of albums released last year topped the 5,000 units sold marker, last week saw the worst week in record sales since Nielsen SoundScan started doing the tracking back in 1991.

In light of such news, the recording industry desk jockeys want you to believe that these pathetic numbers are strictly the fault of the so-called “pirates” as well as iTunes and other similar sites that sell music by the song; usually for less than a dollar a pop, and has absolutely nothing to do with the industry’s abject refusal to embrace the internet and it’s myriad distribution possibilities. Couple that with the recent battle between the band OK Go and their record company, who felt that it was their (the record company) decision alone as to how the band distributed their own music and through what platform. Needless to say, OK Go immediately severed all ties with said record company and started their own.

It appears that more and more musicians are choosing to do the same: opt out of contract renegotiations and take over full control of all business related issues concerning their own musical output. Makes one wonder just how long before the record company as we know it becomes extinct.

In my opinion, it can’t happen too soon.

“and the recording industry still can’t figure out why they’re going bankrupt…”

Via The Music Industry Report

SoundExchange Holding Millions In Unpaid Royalites

Posted in news, recording industry with tags , , , , on May 21, 2010 by thirteenburn

As if the recording industry needed any more embarrassment, it has come to light that SoundExchange, a company that collects and distributes royalty payments derived from satellite and internet radio, cable television music channels and other music streaming platforms, has withheld over $200 million dollars in unpaid royalties dating back to year-end 2008, according to the I.R.S.

Read the full story here.

Via the music industry report

Who Really Needs Whom?

Posted in news, opinion, recording industry with tags , , , on April 15, 2010 by thirteenburn

Over the past few months there have been plenty of articles where musicans have spoken out in favor of having far more of a say in how – and for how much – their own material is distributed via the web.

And yet, with zero surprise I might add, the RIAA seems to see it differently, claiming just the opposite: that it’s the musicians who increasinly need the industry to survive and not the other way around, despite acts like Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and others having already proven otherwise and unequivocally so.

Completely ignored are the pleas for enhanced copyright protection from artists and unions. — Neil Turkewitz, EVP, International, RIAA

Story courtesy of the

Neil Peart On The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Posted in news, opinion, recording industry with tags , , , on March 29, 2010 by thirteenburn

Rush drummer extraordinaire, Neil Peart, was quoted in a recent interview with The Canadian Press saying that he really didn’t care much about not yet being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The band was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame last night, with Peart giving the acceptance speech.


It doesn’t matter to me. I’ve got the success and respect that we’ve had, and the opportunity to do exactly what we wanted for 35 years, do we need them to make us feel better? No, not at all. Being in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame, that’s 10 times — 100 times — more (important) than being in some critics’ list.”

Maybe it’s because Mr. Peart is Canadian that he feels that he can speak so freely, but in my opinion his candor is exciting and refreshing and its high time that more and more artists and bands step up and also call out the HOF.

Future possible inductee’s like Alice Cooper, KISS, etc., (the list of those passed up in favor of artists or bands not affiliated with the genre of Rock & Roll is a long and embarrassing read) most certainly should already be in, and it’s up to them to say so, but I fear that they fear retribution by being locked out if they do and that’s too bad. I would hope that neither Wenner nor those who run the HOF are giving said artists that impression, but knowing Wenner’s corpulent ego, it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s happening.

It’s been long been whispered amongst the fans of Rock & Roll that the HOF is becoming more and more irrelevant with each passing induction of groups like ABBA before such luminaries as the aforementioned Alice Cooper, it won’t take many more of those asinine inductions before the reputation and integrity of the HOF will be irreparably damaged.

The legacy of the genre demands that scenario never, ever happen.

Pink Floyd vs. EMI, Part II

Posted in news, recording industry with tags , , , on March 11, 2010 by thirteenburn

A day or two ago, I posted a story regarding Pink Floyd and their legal battle with EMI, and today the verdict in that case was read.


A judge at the High Court in London today (March 11) ruled in the band’s favour, saying the contract contained a clause to “preserve the artistic integrity of [Pink Floyd’s] albums”, reports BBC News.

One has to wonder just how many more verdicts like this EMI can take…

“And the recording industry still can’t figure out why they’re going bankrupt.” – me

The Pot Calling The Kettle Black

Posted in mp3, news, recording industry with tags , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2010 by thirteenburn

OK, grant it: this is an old story, now close to some three-plus months old, but I hadn’t seen it before and thought I’d repost it.

The fine website,, posted a story back in December, describing the incredible double standard of the recording industry as it pertains to their collective ideology towards “compensation for copy-written material” as it pertains to their labels and their artists, and yet BMG, EMI, Sony, Universal Music and Warner Music Group all owe monies to other artists not affiliated with their labels and are being sued for it.

While the major record labels were dragging file-sharers and BitTorrent sites to court for copyright infringement, they were themselves being sued by a conglomerate of artists for exactly the same offenses. Warner, Sony BMG, EMI and Universal face up to $6 billion in damages for pirating a massive 300,000 tracks.

The unparalleled (save for this country’s political “leadership”) intellectual dishonesty of the recording industry is simply mind-numbing.

“And the recording industry still can’t figure out why they’re going bankrupt.” – me