3 Examples Why SOPA/PIPA Would Not Help the Music Industry [GUEST POST]

HTML SOPA/PIPA Protest

This post was written by Shane Jones, a music industry fanatic who’s interests extends beyond just listening to all the intricacies involved with networking and building a brand. His real passion lies in folk-Americana bands, particularly projects he has worked on in the past, such as The Vulcans. You can follow him on Twitter @shanejones15.

Causing a buzz across the entire U.S. internet community is the widely unpopular bill proposed by Congress known as SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. Coupled with its sidekick, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), the two bills pose a major threat to online rights and freedom of speech by censoring any site that has allegedly engaged in copyright infringement.

The aim for these bills is to inhibit online practices of digital theft, and disseminate a strict anti-piracy culture across the web. This attempt to censor the web from all sites that encourage copyright infringement comes with the increasing trends of digital piracy and the negative implications they hold for the entertainment industry, specifically the music and film industries. These trends have been outlined in the infographic created by the internet marketing company WebpageFX (at the bottom of this article).

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There’s an App for That: EMI’s Music Coding Project [GUEST POST]

The Echo Nest

This post was written by Brittany Lyons, who aspires to be a psychology professor, but decided to take some time off from grad school to help people learn to navigate the academic lifestyle. She currently lives in Spokane, Washington, where she spends her time reading science fiction and walking her dog.

British record label EMI has teamed with technology company The Echo Nest to launch a music-based application coding project. Operating through the OpenEMI initiative, the project grants developers access to EMI’s music catalog for the purpose of creating applications for Apple and Android devices, and the internet in general. Potential applications could include streaming services similar to Pandora or music-based games like Guitar Hero.

The music coding project aims to create interactive technology tools in a democratic manner. Established and beginner developers have an equal shot at designing a potential application for the label’s approval—you don’t need programming PhDs to participate in the project. The end result is a product that promotes an EMI artist, The Echo Nest’s technology, and the career of the developer all at once.

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Why Digital Music Services Reward Better Music [GUEST POST]

eoin

This post was written by Jesse Langley, who lives near Chicago. He divides his time among work, writing and family life. He has a keen interest in blogging and social media and also advocates for online education. Mr. Langley writes for Professional Intern.

When I was on a university fellowship in Europe, I found the time to take the ferry over to Belfast and traveled by train down to Dublin. After some time in Dublin I hitchhiked around and ended up in Dingle, County Kerry. I happened upon a great local musician — Eoin Duignan — who was playing the Uilleann pipes and the low whistle in a small pub. We chatted for a long time later that evening about music over a pint and he gave me his album Coumineol on compact disc. I listened to that album constantly over countless miles of railroad from the far north of Scotland’s craggy coasts to the beaches in the south of France near Montpellier. I listened to the Uillean pipes in the majestic magnificence of Westminster Abbey and while climbing Arthur’s Seat overlooking Edinburgh. But sometime the next summer, while trekking in the mountains near Suchitoto in El Salvador, I lost the disc.

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