May 2, 2013

Universal Music Says Artist Privacy at Stake in Digital Royalties Dispute

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(from Billboard.biz, April 30, 2013)  In 2011, Rob Zombie and Rick James proposed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group over digital income.  The litigation from Rob Zombie and Rick James on behalf of themselves and others under the Universal Music Group umbrella seeks substantial damages from the record label’s decision to treat income […]

April 18, 2013

SiriusXM Launches MySXM Interactive Internet Radio Feature

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(from Billboard.biz, April 15, 2013) On Monday, SiriusXM Satellite Radio launched their answer to Pandora, called MySXM.  The feature creates an interactive Internet radio service by allowing users to personalize existing SiriusXM stations.  The feature is available to all subscribers of SiriusXM. Using more than 50 existing SiriusXM channels as a starting point, listeners use […]

April 4, 2013

Court Rules Against ReDigi Efforts to Resell Digital Music

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(from Billboard.biz, April 1, 2013) Capitol Records won their case against ReDigi Inc., a company that sought to build a marketplace for consumers to sell their “used” digital songs, on March 30. This was a closely followed case by those in the music and movie business because the outcome had the potential to sway billions […]

March 21, 2013

Kim Dotcom at SXSW: Megabox Online Music Service Could Launch in Next Six Months

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(from Billboard.biz, March 11, 2013)  Monday at SXSW Interactive, Kim Dotcom, founder of the now defunct Megaupload, joined the conference via Skype from his home in New Zealand.  Dotcom drew a bigger crowd than a keynote by Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde three years ago ago at SXSW.  He spent the hour long question and […]

February 14, 2013

Ticketmaster Announces Digital Ticket-Transfer Platform

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(from Billboard.biz, February 12, 2013) Ticketmaster is launching a new option for North American ticket buyers, which will allow them to transfer tickets to others at no extra cost, directly through their Ticketmaster online accounts.  This method will digitalize every ticket, helping curb issues like ticket counterfeiting and scalper fraud. Michael Rapino, CEO of Live […]

October 25, 2012

Redbox Gets the Ticket

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(from Billboard Magazine, October 20, 2012)  Redbox is entering the ticketing game, starting in Philadelphia, offering tickets at kiosks and online.  There are plans for the ticketing service to hit Los Angeles in early 2013. Before the Internet and call centers, record stores and venue box offices were the primary outlets for ticket sales.  Even […]

October 11, 2012

Universal Takeover

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(from Billboard Magazine, October 6, 2012)  Universal Music Group is now the official owner of EMI and there has been major talk about how the two companies plan on merging into one.  EMI could not provide Universal Music Group with complete data until the deal was done on Friday, but sources say that there has […]

September 27, 2012

New Bills Seek Internet Radio Royalty Parity

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(from Billboard.biz, September 21, 2012) On Friday, U.S. Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced versions of the Internet Radio Fairness Act to address the high royalties paid by some digital radio platforms, such as Pandora. The bills were created with the goal of changing how royalties are negotiated […]