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The Magical Ring of Gyges: Why Illegal Downloading is So Rampant in the Age of Cyberspace

NBC Universal recently hired a company called Envisional to study counterfeiting activity over the Internet. The results of this study – despite the fact that it is industry funded – are literally astonishing: 24% of all global Internet traffic involves digital theft!  Stated another way, one in every four people surfing the Internet are stealing [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:07+00:00February 28th, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Featured, Music Law, RIAA, Songwriting|Comments Off on The Magical Ring of Gyges: Why Illegal Downloading is So Rampant in the Age of Cyberspace

Origins of an Idea–Nothing New Under the Sun?

It was allegedly King Solomon who declared “there is nothing new under the sun!” Now a recent strain of thought seeks to recast King Solomon’s casual observation in order to challenge the basis of U.S. copyright laws, i.e., original ideas. This line of reasoning is perhaps best exemplified in the popular cult film by Brett [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:07+00:00February 25th, 2011|Digital Downloads, Internet Law, RIAA, Songwriting, Technology|Comments Off on Origins of an Idea–Nothing New Under the Sun?

The Proposed “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act”– yet another feeble attempt?

Since before the day that Napster was a twinkle in Sean Parker’s eye – well over a decade ago now – the legal and music industries have each struggled with ways to cope with and transform their dusty old business models from the physical status quo to the digital revolution.

By |2017-07-20T17:44:08+00:00February 22nd, 2011|Internet Law, RIAA, Technology, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Proposed “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act”– yet another feeble attempt?

Jimmy Eugene opens for Gary Allan and performs for a sold out crowd!

My friend and client, Dr. Jimmy Eugene Pollard, performed a sampling of his music in front of a sold-out crowd, performing as the opening act for Gary Allan’s immensely successful Get Off On the Pain tour.  The Pavillion at  the Coushatta Casino Resort welcomed over 4000 people for the February 19th event.  Allan’s tour has [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:08+00:00February 21st, 2011|Client Activity, Life on the Row, RIAA|Comments Off on Jimmy Eugene opens for Gary Allan and performs for a sold out crowd!

Warner Music Group’s Quarterly Report Signals Future Trends

By Nathan Drake & Barry Neil Shrum Warner Music Group's ("WMG") year-end financial reports for 2010 came as little surprise when you take into account two factors:  (1) the general economic downturn in the U.S. and (2) the continued piracy in the global music industry.  See the report on WMG’s website here.  WMG has been [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:08+00:00February 21st, 2011|Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry, Music Row News, RIAA|Comments Off on Warner Music Group’s Quarterly Report Signals Future Trends

New Formula for the Music Industry

by Ross Hill & Barry Shrum The new formula for the music industry, as described by Techdirt's Mike Masnick, is “CwF + RtB = $$$$,”5 which, translated means “connect with fans,” and give them a “reason to buy,” which in turn translates to sales! Masnick’s presentation at MIDEM09 was geared towards this new business model [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:08+00:00February 15th, 2011|Entertainment Industry News, RIAA|Comments Off on New Formula for the Music Industry

New Collaboration “Baby Be My Valentine” Released on iTunes

I have to put a plug in for my brother, C. Kim Shrum, whose collaboration with the artist, Lance Songs, Baby Be My Valentine was released this week on iTunes.  You can check out the production here.  My brother has been writing songs as long as I can remember, and is one of the reasons [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:08+00:00February 14th, 2011|Client Activity, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on New Collaboration “Baby Be My Valentine” Released on iTunes

Congress proposes Copyright Protection for Fashion Design

In response to concerns in the fashion industry, a bill originally introduced by Senators Schumer and Senator Clinton in 2006 has been revised and reintroduced to the new Congress as Senate Bill 3728. The new bill would amend Title 17 of the Copyright Act of 1976 of the United States Code to include copyright protection for "fashion design." If it passes, this would represent the first addition of a new protected class of copyrighted works since Congress passed the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act in 1989

By |2017-07-20T17:44:08+00:00February 14th, 2011|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law, RIAA|Comments Off on Congress proposes Copyright Protection for Fashion Design

Nashville-based Identical Entertainment Finds Uncommon Success With Diverse Team of Writers and Artists

(Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 1, 2011)  Thanks to a uniquely talented roster of writers and artists, Nashville-based publishing and artist development firm Identical Entertainment is making quite a name for itself in the music and entertainment industry. Founded in 2008 by twin sisters Kathy Aberson and Sheila Bauer, the multi-faceted enterprise has benefited in recent [...]

By |2017-07-20T17:44:09+00:00February 4th, 2011|Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row News, Nashville|Comments Off on Nashville-based Identical Entertainment Finds Uncommon Success With Diverse Team of Writers and Artists