Right Now: Indie Windowing, isoHunt, Breaking the DMCA, Murders & Acquisitions, TuneWiki+Deezer, As I Lay Dying, Splish/Splash, YouTube Music…

Pray tell: where do indies really stand on streaming services?  Whisper calculations show that indies typically get paid less than their major label counterparts on platforms like Spotify (and that doesn’t even include monstrous upfront advances and ownership shares raked by the Big Three).  But indies, often romanticized for their progressive attitudes (deserved or not), now seem to be windowing streaming services.  There’s one big name that really sticks out; we’ll drop that bomb a little later.

Speaking of dropped bombs, isoHunt remains one devastated BitTorrent tracker.  Just yesterday, Ninth Circuit judges flatly refused to rehear a decision that flattened the tracker for violating DMCA statutes.  IsoHunt attorney Ira Rothken (also of MEGA fame) is now rattling for a Supreme Court review, and even Google is stepping in to protest the DMCA-unfriendly ruling.

All of which makes this takedown-based loophole suddenly seem less secure: just this week, a federal court re-opened a DMCA-related case involving EMI and MP3Tunes, thanks to new developments in Viacom vs. YouTube.  And just last month, a New York State court determined that Grooveshark doesn’t enjoy DMCA protections for pre-1972 recordings.  Sprinkle a series of Congressional copyright-related hearings onto those developments, and DMCA-related businesses could face a totally different future.

In murders and acquisitions, rights management powerhouse BMG has now finalized a number of acquisitions from equally-powerhouse-y Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing.  The deals, fallout from strict EU-based merger concessions, include worldwide rights to the Virgin Music publishing expanse, Famous UK Music Publishing, and a number of prominent songwriters.

Elsewhere, TuneWiki is now integrated into Deezer, which brings more than 20 million, lyrically-synched tracks to the streaming platform.  That includes Deezer’s Android app, and a vast, 182-country spread.

Don’t be like As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis, kids.  The band has now been forced to cancel its tour with Killswitch Engage, based on very serious allegations that Lambesis contracted someone to kill his wife.

And, which recently-toasted industry personality is throwing a ‘splashy’ shinding this weekend high above Los Angeles?

Furthermore, what becomes of the ever-powerful YouTube, especially in the wake of a rough ribbon-cutting for Google Play Music All Access?  Outstanding questions surround the plans for YouTube Music, supposedly a cleaner, subscription-based play, not to mention some rumbling startup activity (and investment) in exactly this space (we’ll leave it at that…)


More ahead! Written while listening to Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26 In D.

5 Responses

  1. adamsmith

    Made sense to me as well. But I’ve also been keeping up with these stories independently as well.

  2. adamsmith

    As for the question underneath the headline on the front page: I’m an indie, and I’ll tell you how I feel about streming sevices: They SUCK! I would almost rather be known to a smaller audience than use them. But in light of the recent court cases, as well as more positive action in favor of artists rights behind the scenes, i think there is a glimmer of hope. Otherwise, it’s a distopian future for songwriters/composers and other creative arts.