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NAACP Overwhelmingly Supports Civil Rights For Musicians In H.R. 848 Resolution July 15, 2009

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The National Association for the Advanced of Colored People (NAACP) passed a resolution at their centennial convention saluting Rep. John Conyers and supporting performance royalties for musicians that would be provided under the Performance Rights Act, H.R. 848 – a civil rights bill for musicians.

The resolution reiterates the support of America’s oldest and most prestigious African American organization for this important workers’ rights and civil rights legislation.

Big radio corporations like Clear Channel and Radio One refuse to pay musicians a single cent when their music is played on the radio- practice the bill would end. The bill in Congress only reaches big corporate radio- specific provision protects small radio stations including all small black-owned radio stations.

“The NAACP recognizes that many black musicians are penniless in old age because Radio One and Clear Channel don’t pay royalties. Performance rights is a civil rights issue, it is a workers’ rights issue,” said Sean Glover, spokesperson for the musicFIRST Coalition.

“This civil rights for musicians legislation guarantees fair pay for musicians.

Verizon Brings The Web To The TV With Facebook, Twitter And Internet Videos July 15, 2009

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Verizon FiOS TV continues to advance innovation leadership in interactive TV with the launch of two new and highly anticipated social TV services – the Widget Bazaar applications store and Internet Video on TV.

Verizon has worked with social media innovators Facebook Connect, Twitter, ESPN, Veoh, blip.tv, and Dailymotion to create a truly converged Internet-to-television experience that lets FiOS TV subscribers connect with others while watching TV, plus search and view a variety of online, personal PC-based videos on their television screens.

Verizon also plans an open development platform to permit developers to write interactive FiOS TV applications that will be available through the Widget Bazaar.

“With FiOS, passive TV becomes social TV, part of the sweeping cultural shift that’s changing how people connect with one another to share ideas, information and entertainment,” said Shawn Strickland, vice president, marketing for Verizon Telecom. According to a recent report by The Nielsen Company (“The Global Online Media Landscape, April 2009”), there are 87 percent more online social media users now than in 2003, with 883 percent more time devoted to social media sites. In February, social network usage exceeded Web-based e-mail usage for the first time.

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New Research Shows Digital Piracy Threat Is Changing Dramatically July 15, 2009

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New Research Shows Digital Piracy Threat Is Changing Dramatically
UK Music fans are turning their backs on regular file-sharing in favor of streaming and other ways of sharing music, especially amongst teens, according to the latest survey by The Leading Question, the specialist media and technology research agency.

Overall levels of regular file-sharing music are down, particularly amongst UK teenagers:

The overall percentage of music fans file-sharing regularly (i.e. every month) has gone down since the last national survey. The biggest drop in those regularly file-sharing occurred amongst 14-18 year olds. More fans are regularly sharing burned CDs and bluetoothing tracks to each other than file-sharing tracks.

There are now more UK music fans regularly buying single track downloads (19%) than file-sharing single tracks (17%) every month, though the percentage of fans sharing albums regularly (13%) remains higher than those purchasing digital albums (10%).

“File sharing is a moving target, so industry and Government policies need to recognise this,” says Music Ally CEO Paul Brindley.

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Microsoft to Launch Rival to Spotify July 15, 2009

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Microsoft is preparing to launch a new online music streaming and downloading website to rival Spotify.

This new service could be launched by the end of July, although the IT giant is still examining how it may work.

In exchange for listening to a minute’s worth of adverts every half an hour, users of Spotify can stream music for free while a premium service is available without any adverts for a subscription fee.

Mr Bale said that Microsoft’s service will be similar with promotion taking place through MSN and other Microsoft networks.

‘We are looking at how other similar businesses have structured their business models and trying to figure out what will work best for both consumer and Mircosoft,’ he told the newspaper.

During June, Spotify announced that music available to stream on its subscription service had been upgraded to CD equivalent quality.