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Power Transition, Lawfare and the Spotify/Google Interlocking Directorate

Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.

Hamlet, by William Shakespeare

Power Transition in Business

When a relatively unequal competitor is about to overtake a dominant competitor, lawfare is most likely to break out when the less dominant competitor perceives their opportunity to replace that hegemon.   3,639 more words

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thetrichordist reblogged this on The Trichordist and commented:

Long read but worth it for insight into the Google/Spotify alliance against Apple!

Creative Commons: Please Share Your Money To Figure Out How Sharing Makes Money

Guest Post By Alan Graham  (Twitter @agraham999 )

A former music major, I’ve worked in technology for over 20 years. I’ve always been a proponent of technology and in the past have supported many of the principles of the EFF and Creative Commons, but as time has gone by I’ve found myself more and more on the side of the creative class. 2,336 more words

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Another Misleading Rabbit Hole from Rethink Music @berkleecollege

The “transparency report” from the Rethink Music Initiative at the Berklee Institute of Creative Entrepreneurship has a number of real howlers in it.  As one might suspect from an organization backed by the… 1,677 more words

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Deflecting Blame Away From Spotify Berklee Gets it Really Really Wrong on Publishing

If you are not ready to go down into the weeds on this I suggest you stop reading right here.  But I hope you do.  Because this is probably the most important post that we will do on the Berklee College of Music/Rethink-Music/Kobalt Music (Google Ventures) flawed transparency and fair pay report. 1,427 more words

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Berklee's Misplaced Reliance on Sony Pictures Hack

The Berklee College of Music’s bizarre “transparency report” is a gift that keeps on giving.  One of the odder parts of the report is a quotation from one of the confidential emails stolen from Sony Pictures–allegedly by “North Korea”–and published on Wikileaks.   1,582 more words

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NCES "Transparency Report" on Berklee College of Music

The Berklee College of Music has released a report on fair pay and transparency in the music business  (ed note- but it’s not clear they actually wrote it, check fig 4.) 360 more words

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Antitrust Lawfare Breaking Out by Google and Spotify Against Apple--Using Your Music

As reported in The Verge, that ever-reliable source for Spotify press releases, the Federal Trade Commission is apparently continuing its investigation of Google….no wait…Apple… 1,683 more words

davidclowery reblogged this on The Trichordist and commented:

Why does this story matter to artists? Spotify free ad supported rates are killing artists. They pay just 1/7th of what the subscription services pay. Just when it looks like there is some hope that a large premium only streaming service will gain traction  (Apple Music) Spotify is doing everything to kill it. Remember Apple Music will pay at least 8 times as much as Spotify free!  Spotify is basically trying to take money out of your pockets with this move.  Torches and Pitchforks time folks. As we have reported here before, since Spotify hired Jonathan Prince a former Obama administration official to run their DC operations they have aggressively engaged Lawmakers and Federal Regulators to intervene on behalf of the private company. So far this strategy has worked. In the latest twist they have managed to get what appears to be a pay to play investigation by the FTC of their much smaller rival. The investigation appears to be pure harassment as it wants the FTC to investigate Apple's 30% that it marks up apps and music sold in the iTunes store. This is the rate the company has charged since the stores inception. So what is the point of the FTC investigation? Is profit margin somehow illegal? This is Crazypants™ Is the FTC gonna start mandating the profit margin on your business? Chris Castle is exactly right someone needs to do a "Freedom of Information" request. All emails, phone records, etc between Spotify and FTC. Here is how you do this: https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/foia/foia-request Finally are there any academics/ post docs out there willing to research and investigate the lobbying efforts of Spotify with FTC, Attorney's General and EU?  Need someone experienced in FOIA efforts.  I'm willing to find grant or fellowship money for you.  This is not a joke.