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Thank @iamjohnoliver and @LastWeekTonight for Supporting Songwriters!


Nice to see John Oliver and Last Week Tonight stand up for the rights of songwriters.  In the last segment of the show Oliver reviewed the… 136 more words

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The Return of the $50 Handshake: Spotify is Selling Your Fans Data Out the Back Door — Artist Rights Watch

By Chris Castle

What this comes down to is that you are driving fans to Spotify, Spotify is capturing their identifiable information, scraping that into data categories through pattern recognition and other data mining techniques and then profiling your fans to be resold to brands.

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Crispin Hunt Appointed BASCA Chairman — Artist Rights Watch

At least there’s one artist rights organization in the UK that’s NOT controlled by Google! Multi-platinum songwriter and producer Crispin Hunt has been appointed chairman of British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

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DOJ Shuts Down KickAssTorrents, Seizes Domains, Internet Doesn't Break

Can we finally put the most outrageous of the Google funded anti-SOPA canards to rest?

The Department of Justice just shut down the massively infringing KickAssTorrent site.   270 more words

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@Savan_Kotecha: The DOJ deals a devastating blow to professional songwriters — Artist Rights Watch

Last week, however, under Assistant Attorney General Renata Hesse (a former Wilson Sonsini attorney — Google’s law firm), the DOJ announced that, going forward, it intends to interpret the Consent Decrees to require ASCAP and BMI to only issue licenses for songs they control 100%, up-ending decades of custom and practice.

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Department of Justice Shuts Down KickAssTorrents

From the DOJ website today:

“Copyright infringement exacts a large toll, a very human one, on the artists and businesses whose livelihood hinges on their creative inventions,” said U.S. 65 more words

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Music Creators North America Letter to Department of Justice Opposing Full Work Licensing, Partial Withdrawals — Artist Rights Watch

We begin by stating once again that we strenuously object to the timetable set by the DOJ for the submission of these comments. Unlike the many multi-­‐national, billion-­‐dollar corporations identified by your Division as “interested parties” concerning this matter (including one of the world’s richest, most powerful and influential corporations, Google), our coalition of music creators does not have and cannot afford to maintain an army of antitrust attorneys and experts to immediately prepare a detailed analysis and refutation of the solely telephonic report we were given by DOJ.

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