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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.

Via nme.com:

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

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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, TorrentFreak.com, 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

OK Go Bid Adieu To EMI

Posted in news, recording industry with tags , , on March 10, 2010 by thirteenburn

Man, what is up at EMI?

As if things weren’t dysfunctional enough (via The Hollywood Reporter), EMI has lost one of their more popular bands in OK Go, initially made famous by their D.I.Y. viral “treadmill video”.

Via LA Weekly:

Call ’em OK Go For Dolo. The formerly Chicago-based band, now relocated to Los Angeles, who rose to fame on the strength of its superb, Gondry-esque DIY music videos has just announced that it’s splitting from EMI. OK Go has founded its own label, Paracadutes. Fittingly, that’s Italian for “parachutes.”

The group’s new venture will handle its promotion and distribution, and according to a press release, OK Go has “always controlled [its] publishing, merchandise, touring, and all other non-recording rights.”

Pink Floyd vs. EMI

Posted in news, recording industry with tags , , on March 9, 2010 by thirteenburn

From NME:

The former members of Pink Floyd are suing the band’s record label EMI over online royalty payments

Rupert Howe, lawyer for the band members, said in a hearing in court in London today (March 9) that his clients wanted clarification on a contract with EMI that they negotiated in 1998 and 1999.

FOR SALE: EMI (UPDATE)

Posted in news, recording industry with tags , on March 8, 2010 by thirteenburn

From The Hollywood Reporter:

“A sale of EMI’s recorded music business to Warner Music Group could happen later this year given Terra Firma’s financial challenges, music industry experts said here Thursday.”

The beat goes on…

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

Abbey Road Studios To Be Sold?

Posted in general with tags , , on February 20, 2010 by thirteenburn

As a sign of just how bad things have gotten for the recording industry, cash-poor label EMI has put it’s ownership of the once-fabled studio of The Beatles on the market.

There is plenty of speculation as to who will purchase the fabled studio as well as what will become of it. While a museum makes sense, I would hope that it could somehow stay as it is and still be used in the manner befitting such a historical monument – both for England as well as rock ‘n’ roll itself.