Perhaps money doesn't buy everything: Jay-Z and Beyonce cannot trademark "Blue Ivy," according to a recent court ruling. That’s good news for Blue Ivy Events wedding planner, Veronica Alexandra, who filed a petition to keep her business name.
James Blunt, former Queen's guard and singer-songwriter of "You're Beautiful," has announced his retirement from the music industry. He told the Daily Mail that there isn't any songwriting on the horizon. "I have been chilling out… I've spent a lot of time in Ibiza, where I have a villa."
Airtime, a social video network, is struggling to gain traction since its launch just four months ago. Too soon to judge? Cofounder Sean Parker - also cofounder of Napster, former Facebook president and a major investor in Spotify - said it's still too early to make conclusions because "this is a ridiculously early stage for a company."
This past weekend's Saturday Night Life featured Bruno Mars, who played the role of a versatile Pandora intern. Singing bits of Katy Perry, Green Day, Aerosmith, and Michael Jackson in under 7 minutes, the Pandora sketch was one of the better rated. However, because the show didn't have digital rights to any of those songs, it was "blacked out" on the internet, unavailable on either Hulu, NBC.com, or YouTube.
Should a small claims court exist for copyright? Sounds interesting, though the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) recently determined that costs spent defending smaller lawsuits could outweigh the benefits. A2IM offered its assessment in response to a Copyright Office inquiry.
BBC Worldwide CEO John Smith has announced his departure after eight years. Tim Davie, current director of BBC Audio & Music, will take over.
Questlove, The Roots drummer, is going to be a professor at New York University. He will be teaching a class called "Classic Albums," exploring the lyrics, production, and business aspects of certain albums that have stood the test of time.
SoundTracking, a social music sharing and discovery app, has just announced its integration with Spotify and Instagram. Users can now share songs, photos, and captions with friends.
Over in Russia, two members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot are now being transferred to a prison camp to serve the remainder of their two-year sentences. After being convicted of religiously motivated hooliganism back in August, Nadezhda Tolonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are going to be sent to separate penal camps.
Finally, iTunes 11 is rumored to launch later today. Completely redesigned, 11 would offer a more visual based user experience, in a cleaner and simpler framework (or so the story goes...)
danwriter Tuesday, October 23, 2012
RE: This past weekend's Saturday Night Life featured Bruno Mars, who played the role of a versatile Pandora intern. Singing bits of Katy Perry, Green Day, Aerosmith, and Michael Jackson in under 7 minutes, the Pandora sketch was one of the better rated. However, because the show didn't have digital rights to any of those songs, it was "blacked out" on the internet, unavailable on either Hulu, NBC.com, or YouTube.
Why couldn't this have fallen under a "fair use" inthe form of parody?
Visitor Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I believe parody fair use only applies if you are parodying the song itself.
Here it could be argued that they were making fun of Pandora not the songs themselves.
An argument could be made that the songs were the subject of parody also, but I believe NBC would rather not bother fighting that fight and just delete from re-broadcast version.
Visitor Tuesday, October 23, 2012
That's a very interesting point.
Do you know any cases where the parody excuse actually didn't work because the infringing song made fun of something else than the original song?