Sony Network Entertainment president Tim Schaaff is now out, according to official word from the company. Schaaff was originally lured from Apple several years ago during the forgettable days of Sony Connect. These days, Sony's impact on music remains similarly unimpressive, though Schaaff's oversight spanned entertainment and consumer electronics properties. Schaaff is being replaced by Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House, effective next year.
And, what does a six strikes enforcement policy look like, anyway? Here's the anatomy, courtesy of the enforcing Center for Copyright Information (CCI).
Post-acquisition, Warner Music Group is now girding through a number of changes. That includes a fairly serious restructuring in the US, though the company claims headcounts will not be adversely affected. According to a company email sent by CEO Stephen Cooper, all US operations will be split into three divisions: Frontline Recorded Music, Music Publishing & Catalog Development and Label & Artist Services. "Let's be clear: the drivers of our recorded music business, our frontline labels, will remain as they are," Cooper wrote staffers. "Further, the number of employees within each WMG company will not be impacted by the new organizational structure."
Seriously, any questions? The Taylor train kept rolling this week, with weekly sales or Red dipping to the still-strong 344,000 units in the US. The album is now careening towards two million worldwide, and is already the second-best selling album in the US this year.
The music industry continues its grinding recovery following Sandy. That latest resuscitation involves Carnegie Hall, which re-opens tonight (Wednesday) according to an official announcement.
Pandora continues to polarize: the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is now throwing its weight behind the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA), arguing for parity with more traditional formats (including terrestrial-based streams).
Separately, the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA), an extremely sharp critic of Pandora, has named Mark Fried to its board. Fried is the founder and president of Spirit Music.
This is one debate that refuses to stop simmering. Just this morning, Amanda Palmer became the latest to weigh in (sorta) on the months-old, 'David Lowery vs. Emily White' mega-discussion. "I read something this morning that was really upsetting," Palmer just told Under the Radar (warning: NSFW!) "It was an open letter from a university professor to a girl named Emily White, who is a 19- or 20-year-old intern at NPR.... And I was like, 'you know... something is really wrong here.'"
lroose Thursday, November 08, 2012
An NSFW on that Amanda Palmer link would have been cool - strange looks from the gal sitting in the desk behind me...
paul Thursday, November 08, 2012
OK, I'll add that.