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The Spitz looks into subscription licenses

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For those who know anything about subscription license deals, I will assume that they, like me, figured it was only a matter of time before someone outside the system thought it appropriate to take a look around. Everyone is talking about the Most-Favored-Nation clause.. which when you think about it, if every big label gets an MFN clause, then no one is really most-favored. Justification for the clauses came in this little blurb from the LA Times: “The music industry wanted to establish the online marketplace as quickly as possible,…read more

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Vingle?

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I don’t know what people are thinking. Apple is looking to trademark “Vingle” as their cool new word to describe music video singles. http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=1321 Hey… maybe it will work. But I reckon it sounds somewhat stupid. Just call all media “Pods” and claim the market dominance you possess.

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Why the Grokster decision may hurt the entertainment industry

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Amidst all the rejoicing over the Grokster decision, now old news, the entertainment industry may have overlooked an issue… and issue that should now be staring them boldly in the face. Control. Online media networks will grow to a scale that will make traditional music and video outlets look like decent-sized corner stores. Apple iTunes is just the beginning, as one outlet apparently accounts for 70% of digital download sales. Complaints are made about ClearChannel today… what if ClearChannel reached 250 million ears each day?,,The wide spread of media to…read more

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