Category archive for: Online Music

Google’s Move to Copyright Cop Had to Happen

December 6, 2010 | 3 Comments

It’s quite interesting to note how one blog post can both illuminate and obfuscate hugely complex issues. An example? Here’s one right here. Google’s chief legal counsel, Kent Walker, pledges that Google will work even harder to make sure that copyright holders which send take-down notices because unlicensed content is on, for example, YouTube. That’s… Read More

Google 1, Viacom 0 (Now, we head into overtime)

June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

I’m over in Europe running about visiting clients at the moment, so it was interesting to be in a different part of the world when the news that a judge effectively gutted Viacom’s $1billion copyright infringement case against YouTube/Google. (Yes, yes, I know, Viacom will appeal which means this case will drag on for awhile.)… Read More

Steps to Towards Taming the Complexities of Content Licensing Content in a Multi-channel World

June 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

One of the serious challenges facing media companies and new online (and I include mobile in “online”) distribution intermediaries is knowing what content is available to license out (media and content companies) and how to secure licensed content and then track its consumption (distribution intermediaries). Royalty calculations, among other contractual obligations, are paid out based… Read More

Limewire Gets Squeezed by Appeals Court

May 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Inducement, thy name is Limewire. So now – almost five years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2005 (in the MGM vs. Grokster case) that purveyors of file-trading software could be held liable for “inducing” copyright infringement – a district court ruling in a suit between the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)… Read More

Rhapsody: Moving Out and Moving On . . .

April 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

Rhapsody, one of the very earliest of legitimate online music services and, as a result, one of the first to be hammered by the juggernaut that became iTunes, has finished the spin-off process from Real Networks and like a divorcee celebrating the end of a rocky marriage, has made some changes. First, an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch… Read More

Soundtrckr Tries to Marry Location, Music: Marriage Made in Heaven or Shotgun Wedding?

February 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

Just when you thought there weren’t any more ways one could use “social” as a modifier for music, along comes Soundtrckr ( What Soundtrackr has done is marry streaming music, shared playlists and geo-tagging. The result: what the company calls a “geosocial music service.” What users can do is seed a “station” based on a… Read More

It’s 2010, Didn’t We Bury the Advertising-Supported-Song-Download-Model Last Year?

January 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Right off the bat, I have to admit, I have not been invited to the Free All Music beta test. But it would appear this CNET blogger was invited. He states he found the experience of watching ads – of selecting ads and then watching them – before getting the downloads was “…surprisingly painless.”  Now… Read More

Apple Buys Lala

December 7, 2009 | 0 Comments

Apple confirmed on 4 December 2009 that it was purchasing Lala, developer of an online streaming music service that lets consumers sign-in and stream music on-demand with the ability to pay $.10/song to build online libraries of albums and playlists of songs. (Songs are also available to download for $.79 each.) This has all the… Read More

In Google Music Search Space Nobody Will Hear You Scream “No, I Meant ‘Iggy and the Stooges’ not the ‘Three Stooges’”

October 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

For many months, nay years me and my ilk have wondered, “What will Google’s play be in online music?” License content and sell it through Google Checkout? Buy a small upstart music service? Well, the answer is no and no. Really, all Google wants to do is just control the search results for music searches.… Read More

A Plan to Ease Licensing Challenges for Online Music Services – Less Friction, More Transactions

October 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

Well, this (from, subscription might be required) is nice news. Government regulators, online service providers and performance rights organizations coming together to “pledge” to try and resolve an important obstacle to greater consumer choice in online services: simplifying the process for legitimate online music sites to license content. Imagine that,  a plan to make… Read More