Hatchet, never buried. EMI says an 11th-hour bankruptcy filing can't protect MP3tunes from infringement liability, including personal liability for its founder, Michael Robertson. C|Net reported the latest salvo in this five-year battle.
Is this becoming a story of subscription #fail? HBO's Game of Thrones is now the most-downloaded (ie, pirated) TV show of 2012, according to stats from BigChampagne. Meanwhile, HBO co-president Eric Kessler feels the move from traditional TV to internet-based models is a passing fad and "temporary problem..."
And, yes, Kickstarter music pitches are diversifying. Here's a pitch for Music Mania, a supremely-participatory song identification board game.
The estate of Jimi Hendrix (ie, Experience Hendrix, LLC) remains cool on an in-development biopic on the guitar great. The on-again, off-again film would feature Andre 3000, though the big question is whether Experience will authorize original recordings.
Deezer has just finalized a deal with global independent rights group Merlin. The deal opens access to a massive amount of indie label content, on a global basis.
Pandora-aiming upstart Raditaz has just inked a content deal with LyricFind. The deal comes just a few weeks after an Echo Nest partnership, which layered intelligence data on top of a 14 million-song catalog.
And, MobBase has just launched a HTML5 mobile web version of its app platform.