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Songwriter Would Need 288 Million Spins To Equal Average Spotify Employee Salary

Spotify just posted their financials and Paul Resnikoff at Digital Music News was quick to point out that the average Spotify employee salary is $168, 747. 148 more words

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The Voting Dead: White House memo questions if anonymous comments can be used in making policy? — MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY

If you followed the Copyright Office request for public comments on the DMCA “notice and takedown” safe harbors, you will probably be aware of reports that a group called Fight for the Future generated 86,000 comments to the Copyright Office in approximately 36 hours.

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Progressive Candidates Fail Artists: Zephyr Teachout (NY-19) vs Woodstock NY

“Progressive” Democratic congressional candidate for Woodstock NY Zephyr Teachout is director of an astroturf organization that takes regressive copyright positions that harm artists and favor major Silicon Valley corporations like Google.   2,597 more words

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The Frame: @jghorn speaks to @mlewey and @kayhanley of @wearesonaLA on #dmcafail — Artist Rights Watch — MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY

Hello Spotify, Goodbye Songwriters The Frame’s John Horn spoke with Songwriters of North America founders Michelle Lewis and Kay Hanley about why the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 no longer works in an era of music streaming services and what can be done about it.

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Quid Pro Online Radio: Billboard Editor Goes to Pandora

Billboard’s robust and immediate (within hours) defense of Pandora founder in the wake of revelations that he and other top executives contributed to anti-gay politician raised eyebrows in artists’ rights circles.  62 more words

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White House Protection: DMCA Notice and Shakedown is Not YouTube’s Only Leverage — Artist Rights Watch

By Chris Castle It’s no secret that the major labels are all renegotiating their licenses with YouTube. It’s also no secret that Google’s “notice and shakedown” interpretation of the government’s DMCA safe harbors hands Google (which owns YouTube) a lot of leverage to the great disadvantage of artists, songwriters, record companies and music publishers.

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