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Sep
2014

Associate Member Spotlight: eMusic


Posted in Member Services, News by A2IM

emusic_white_rectangleIn an effort to dedicate the brand once again to its original mission, eMusic is renewing its commitment to independent music. Beginning today, the leading download-to-own music retailer will be exiting the mainstream music business and exclusively offering music from independent artists and labels. The company’s goal is to build the most extensive catalog of independent music in the world.

Since its inception in 1998, eMusic has been dedicated to serving serious music collectors who are unbound by genre or the latest trend. Over time, the brand became synonymous with independent music. When the company introduced a vastly expanded library in 2009, the user experience changed and the music catalog began to reflect mainstream trends rather than truly acting a source to discover emerging artists, bands and labels.

eMusic’s mission has always been to provide independent music enthusiasts with the best music, editorial content and music reviews available. With these changes, eMusic is crystal clear on what it can and wants to offer: a world-class discovery service built around the most comprehensive catalog of independent music.

For more info, please contact labels@emusic.com or pr@emusic.com

Sep
2014

Associate Member Spotlight: RED Distribution


Posted in Member Services, News by A2IM

RED DistributionImpressive Week For RED Distribution: Lecrae’s No.1 Album, Jason Aldean Covers Billboard Mag and Thirty Tigers’ Snags Four Americana Music Awards

Lecrae earns his first No. 1 album on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart. Anomaly sold over 88,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Lecrae leads a parade of seven new entries in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 and also earned the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Digital Album, Rap Album, and Christian Album charts. Lecrae recently performed with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and he’s also gearing up for his nation-wide tour, The Anomaly Tour kicking off Oct 2 in Tulsa, OK.

Jason Aldean covers this week’s issue of Billboard Magazine, as he prepares for the release of his sixth album, Old Boots, New Dirt due out October 7 via Broken Bow Records. Old Boots, New Dirt is the follow up to Aldean’s previous effort, 2012’s Night Train which sold 409,000 copies in its first week and 1.6 million to date and “will surely be among this year’s top bows,” according to Billboard Magazine. Aldean was recently recognized as the Top Digital Male Country Artist by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His latest single “Burnin’ It Down” ranked as the top selling single in the country in all genres totally 183,672 digital sales first week, and is holding steady at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for an eighth consecutive week.

Jason Isbell sweeps this year’s 13th Annual Americana Music Awards at the historic Ryman Auditorium, taking home 3 major awards! Jason Isbell won Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Southeastern, and Song of the Year for “Cover Me Up” and Sturgill Simpson also walked out with an award for Emerging Artist of the Year. The evening also featured performances by Marty Stuart, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Parker Milsap, Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell. It was clear that the night truly belonged to Thirty Tigers and the RED team.

For more information on RED, please contact:
Kelly Krueger
kelly.krueger@redmusic.com
917-421-7705

Sep
2014

A2IM Members Latin Grammy Nominations


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A2IM congratulates our members on their 15th Annual Latin Grammy Nominations and urges all voting members to support our Independent nominees.

A2IM-member nominations are below; view the full nominations here:

Album of the Year:

‘Tangos’
Artist: Rubén Blades
Label: Sunnyside Records

‘Somos’
Artist: Jarabe De Palo
Label: Nacional Records

Best Urban Song:

“Vengo”
Artist: Ana Tijoux
Songwriters: Andrés Celis & Ana Tijoux
Label: Nacional Records

Best Rock Album:

‘Don Tetto’
Artist: Don Tetto
Label:  Akela Family Music

Best Pop/Rock Album:

‘Somos’
Artist: Jarabe De Palo
Label: Nacional Records

Best Rock Song:

‘Somos’
Artist: Jarabe De Palo
Label: Nacional Records

Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album:

‘La Vox Del Ídolo’
Artist: Alejandro Palacio
Label:  Codiscos/ Tropisounds

Best Instrumental Album:

‘Final Night at Birdland’
Artist: Arturo O’Farrill & The Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra
Label:  ZOHO Music

Best Tango Album:

‘Tangos’
Artist: Rubén Blades
Label: Sunnyside Records

‘In the Key of Tango’
Artist: Carlos Franzetti
Label: Sunnyside Records

Best Latin Jazz Album:

‘The Vigil’
Artist: Chick Corea
Label: Concord Jazz/Stretch Records

‘Song for Maura’
Artist: Paquito D’Rivera & Trio Corrente
Label: Paquito Records/Sunnyside Records

‘The Offense of the Drum’
Artist: Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Label: Motéma Music

Best Short Form Music Video:

‘Flamingo’
Artist: La Vida Bohème
Label: Nacional Records

Sep
2014

California Federal Court Ruling on Pre-1972 Sound Recordings


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One of the issues artists and labels face is receiving fair compensation and protection from infringement for their copyrights. One current issue has been the lack of federal protection and access to compulsory licenses for sound recordings made before 1972 because recordings made before 1972 were not granted federal copyright protection under the Copyright Act of 1976 or the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. As a result, some non-interactive digital services have historically excluded pre-1972 recordings from their statutory rate payments.

On Monday, a U.S. District Judge in California affirmed copyright owners’ rights under the state’s Civil Code, including the exclusive rights to determine how and when a work is publicly performed.  The judge ruled that the plaintiffs in this case, The Turtles, must be properly compensated for royalties related to the public performance of their copyrights by SiriusXM. The decision is expected to have major implications for sound recording owners and non-interactive digital services.

Read more here.

Read the full ruling here.

Sep
2014

A2IM Filing With U.S. Copyright Office: Making Available


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Under current copyright law, the copyright owner has the exclusive right to determine how and when their content is distributed. Over the past 15 years, several high-profile court cases against users of peer-to-peer services (e.g. Kazaa, LimeWire), have posed the question: “if a user makes content available to other users, are they liable for infringement just by “making available” the content?” Or must an actual transfer/usage of the content be shown to prove infringement? The latter standard is problematic given the nature of how P2P technology shields the identity and online activities of its users making the tracking of specific transactions extremely difficult. This also relates to the issue of certain bad-actor technology companies hiding behind a misguided interpretation of the DMCA “safe harbor” provisions and washing their hands of any infringement liability, even when their business is based primarily on providing a means for users to get access to content to infringe.

On February 25, the U.S. Copyright Office initiated a study on “Making Available” rights – a doctrine currently used as the international standard for identifying instances of copyright infringement. The U.S. has also affirmed these rights by signing two international agreements collectively known as the WIPO Internet Treaties. Although we did not file a response to the initial study, the RIAA, PROs, and the publishers did so expressing support of “making available” content-owner rights as guaranteed by our treaty obligations and as reflected in current copyright law.

Recently, The U.S. Copyright Office solicited additional comments related to this issue in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Aereo verdict. Given how much technology and consumer habits have changed since the Copyright Act of 1976, this was an excellent opportunity for us to reinforce that having this standard in place has a positive impact on those that make their livelihood from intellectual property rights, especially as most small and medium sized businesses cannot afford the resources necessary for far-flung worldwide enforcement of copyright interests.

Read our public filing HERE.

Sep
2014

SXSW Accelerator 2015 Entry Deadline


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2015 SXSW Accelerator: Entry Deadline Is Friday, November 7, 2014

Take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your emerging technology product or service in front of industry leaders by participating in the 2015 SXSW Accelerator. This event takes place on March 14th and 15th as a part of the SXSW Interactive Festival, during which you can improve your product launch, attract venture capitalists, polish your elevator pitch, receive media exposure, build brand awareness, network, socialize and experience all that SXSW Interactive has to offer. The deadline to register is Friday, November 7 so visit http://sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator/entry-info today.

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1) Deadline: Friday, November 7, 2014

2) Launch date eligibility requirements:
a. A company’s product / service must have launched no earlier than March 16, 2014.
b. A company’s product / service must not be launched after June 16, 2015.
c. Companies will be allowed to submit only one product / services to the SXSW Accelerator event.
d. Companies who submit more than one product / services will not be eligible to participate in the SXSW Accelerator pitch event.
e. Founders of the applying startup must retain some portion of ownership in the company to be eligible to participate.
f. Company must not have raised over five million in funds from combined funding sources.
g. Product or service must fall within one of the SXSW Accelerator pitch event categories.

3) Is there an application fee?
a. Yes, a non-refundable $200 entry fee will be required from all applicants who would like to be considered for participation in the event.

4) Applicants must be within one of the six categories:

  • Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies encompasses applications and technologies that facilitate comprehension and application of information. These startups seek to improve productivity and management of data, analytics, text, documents, and engagement for business and individual use.
  • Entertainment and Content Technologies highlights applications and technologies for gaming, music, film, television, video, news and publishing, streaming and digital storytelling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment. These are reinventing the ways in which we learn, relax and enjoy our time. This category also contains technologies that focus on other cultural sectors such as sports, travel, mapping, publishing and food as they pertain to entertainment
  • Digital Health and Life Sciences Technologies involves patient-centric health applications and technologies that connect patients, families, physicians, pharmacists, care providers (hospitals, clinics) and benefit providers. These products and services enable people to collect and share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels. These may include Internet of Things and wearable devices, but such devices may be more appropriate in the Wearable Technologies or Innovative World categories (see below).
  • Social Technologies includes applications and technologies that enable personal connections. With this category we’re looking for new and interesting uses, cases, products and services, as well as messaging that push the boundaries of how we find, follow and share our lives with others. If your business or service has a social component but is primarily focused on Entertainment, Health or Wearable Technologies, then you should enter one of these other categories instead.
  • Wearable Technologies focuses on technology worn on, in, or around the body. As this major technology cycle advances we are seeking all types of wearable products that advance human performance and wellness, as well as those involved in apparel, accessories, fashion and lifestyle. If your product is focused on patient/clinician information, please apply in the Digital Health and Life Sciences Technologies category.
  • Innovative World Technologies - Any creative and innovative technology that does not fit in another category is encouraged to apply here. We are currently seeing lots of innovation in the Internet of Things, payments and virtual currencies, data security and privacy, transportation such as autonomous vehicles, energy, space, robotics, and artificial intelligence, If your business / service / application applies to one of these fields (or something not on this list that is even more ground-breaking), then this is your category.

5) Will SXSW announce the Judges and Emcee before the event?

Yes, the Judges and Emcees who are industry experts and/or investors from the financial community will be announced later this year on the SXSW website. Here is an example of past Judges and Emcees – Tim Draper of DFJ, John Sculley of Apple/Pepsi, Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Naval Ravikant of AngelList, Guy Kawasaki of Alltop, Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital, Chris Hughes of New Republic/Facebook, Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, Albert Wenger of Union Square Venture, Scott Weiss of Andreessen Horowitz, and Bob Metcalfe of Ethernet/3Com.

6) Where can I get more information:

Visit the Accelerator website at sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator or contact Jennifer Masset, A2IM’s Senior Director of Member Services and Advisory Board Member for SXSW Accelerator.