Spotify has just landed in Australia & New Zealand, armed with a 16 million-strong song collection. And, just like the US, there won't be any restrictions on free listening. "No gimmicks, no trial period, no catches – just listen and love it, month after month," the company courted.
Parking and copyright: they're oddly similar, as eloquently etched by Techdirt.
Tim McGraw has just inked with Big Machine. And Pearl Jam will headline Jay-Z's (and Budweiser's) Made In America Festival, slated for September 1st and 2nd in Philadelphia.
Case of the Mondays: Facebook (FB) is officially underwater on its IPO after day two. Shares finished just above $34 on Monday after double-digit percentage drops; the target IPO price was $38.
The Supreme Court has declined to hear a long-running challenge against the RIAA from file-swapper Joel Tenenbaum. The $675,000 judgment, for uploading 30 songs, will remain intact despite arguments against treating individuals like more nefarious, pirating companies.
Here's one fool that doesn't believe in treating downloads like sales. Instead, the smooth-singing Michael McDonald has filed a lawsuit against Warner Music Group, alleging that downloads should be treated as licenses - and therefore fetch a much higher royalty. McDonald joins a lengthening list of artist litigants aguing essentially the same thing.
Audio and video distributor Alliance Entertainment has just acquired Audiolife, a move that expands online fulfilment services into direct-to-fan.