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Mike McGuire

Research VP
Mike McGuire specializes in mobile marketing, guiding digital marketers on how context, community, location and time - combined with a consumer's purchase history and purchase intent - are changing the relationship between consumers and brands.
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Google’s Move to Copyright Cop Had to Happen

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…

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

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,…

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

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…

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Limewire Gets Squeezed by Appeals Court

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 –…

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Rhapsody: Moving Out and Moving On . . .

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…

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

Just when you thought there weren’t any more ways one could use “social” as a modifier for music, along comes Soundtrckr (www.soundtrckr.com). What Soundtrackr has done is marry streaming music, shared playlists and geo-tagging. The result: what the company calls…

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

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…

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Apple Buys Lala

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…

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

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.…

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

Well, this (from Billboard.com, 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…

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