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New Wine in Old Wine Skins

People don't pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the wine will make the skins burst, and both the wine and the skins will be ruined.   -Mark 2:22 Article 1, Section 8,Clause 8 of the United States Constitution is the starting point for any discussion of intellectual property, and in this specific case [...]

By | December 16th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Wine in Old Wine Skins

SOPA and PROTECT IP: Is the Sky Falling on the Internet?

By Amber Rose and Barry Shrum If you've cruised the net or checked out your local news any time within the last few months, chances are you've heard rumors currently sweeping the United States about two pieces of proposed legislation : H.R. 3261 entitled the Stop Online Piracy Act (“SOPA”) and S. 968 entitled the [...]

By | December 8th, 2011|Digital Downloads|Comments Off on SOPA and PROTECT IP: Is the Sky Falling on the Internet?

YouTube Uses Happy Tree Friends to Educate on Copyright

By Rachel Galloway IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The views expressed in this article are solely those of Ms. Galloway and may not necessarily reflect the views of Law on the Row or Barry Neil Shrum, Esquire. The last time I watched a Happy Tree Friends video was when I was around 13 years old in the company [...]

By | April 28th, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, RIAA|Comments Off on YouTube Uses Happy Tree Friends to Educate on Copyright

Illegal file-sharing has the greatest impact on the lowly songwriter

A decade’s worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators... and the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business.  -Bono (New York Times, January 2010) The passage of the Digital Economy [...]

By | March 24th, 2011|Digital Downloads, Music Publishing, RIAA|Comments Off on Illegal file-sharing has the greatest impact on the lowly songwriter

98% of all Statistics are Made Up on the Spot! Fact is, copyright infringement DOES kill jobs.

Mark Twain had a lot to say about statistics, ranking them as the highest of all lies:  “There are three kinds of lies:  lies, damned lies, and statistics.  Twain is also attributed with the more insinuated saying that “statistics are like ladies of the evening, once you get them down, you do anything with them!”   [...]

By | March 2nd, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Internet Law, RIAA|Comments Off on 98% of all Statistics are Made Up on the Spot! Fact is, copyright infringement DOES kill jobs.

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 | February 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

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 | February 22nd, 2011|Internet Law, RIAA, Technology, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Proposed “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act”– yet another feeble attempt?

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 | February 21st, 2011|Entertainment Industry News, Music Industry, Music Row News, RIAA|Comments Off on Warner Music Group’s Quarterly Report Signals Future Trends

Copyright: it’s the end of the world as we know it.

Abraham Maslow’s famous “hierarchy of needs” places self-actualization as the pinnacle of human behavior.  To illustrate what the phrase "self-actualization" meant , Maslow said: “a musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves.”  Of course, the thing that is important to [...]

By | November 8th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Music Law|Comments Off on Copyright: it’s the end of the world as we know it.

The long tail wags the dog! An independent artist succeeds using the Internet

I have often advised my clients in the past that the new direction for independent artists is what I refer to as "guerilla" marketing, meaning finding alternative means of marketing your product.  One of the most explosive methods of doing that over the past few years has been the Internet.  One of the problems with [...]

By | November 7th, 2007|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News|Comments Off on The long tail wags the dog! An independent artist succeeds using the Internet