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Why don't more game developers see royalties from their work?

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When people talk about the importance of actually spending money on games, rather than resorting to a used purchase or piracy, the importance of "supporting the developers" is never far from the argument. Yet for a lot of classic titles being repackaged and sold these days, money from new...
Why don't more game developers see royalties from their work?

Booktango Automatically Publishers Your Timeless Text To Multiple Platforms

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Say you, like me, wrote a book about the two Lithuanian lovers who find themselves trapped in a basement and have to solve mysteries and learn magic to escape the traps set by them by an evil wizard robot using their brawn, brains, and a little sultry lovemaking. How would...
Booktango Automatically Publishers Your Timeless Text To Multiple Platforms

Vevo CEO: The war on piracy is like the war on drugs…’unwinnable’

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The Next Web is at the Guardian Changing Media Summit this week, a conference promising to deliver insights from the organisations and individuals capitalising on disruption within the digital content space. You can monitor all our coverage here. Following on from BSkyB’s CEO Jeremy Darroch announcing its new Now TV...
Vevo CEO: The war on piracy is like the war on drugs…’unwinnable’

Apple Determines iTunes Match Royalties By Counting How Many Times A Song is Accessed

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TuneCore president Jeff Price today wrote a blog post praising Apple's iTunes Match service for creating money "out of thin air" for copyright holders. iTunes Match launched with all the major record labels on board, but some small labels refused to participate over concerns the service was legitimizing music pirates....
Apple Determines iTunes Match Royalties By Counting How Many Times A Song is Accessed

TuneCore: first iTunes Match royalties are "magic money" out of "thin air"

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Music distribution service TuneCore has described the royalties from iTunes Match as "magic money that Apple made exist out of thin air for copyright holders," signaling early support of the service from one part of the music industry. TuneCore CEO Jeff Price made the proclamation in a blog post...
TuneCore: first iTunes Match royalties are "magic money" out of "thin air"

TuneCore: iTunes Match created a whole new revenue stream for artists

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While the music world has shown some skepticism towards streaming services such as Spotify, Apple’s iTunes Match may be getting a much warmer reception, Ars Technica reports. So how is Apple’s cloud-based service any different from its competitors and why does it please musicians? The independent music distribution service TuneCore summarized it...
TuneCore: iTunes Match created a whole new revenue stream for artists

Google Wants Huge Royalties Every Time Apple Sells An iPhone (GOOG, AAPL)

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As Google is set to acquire Motorola and the company's 17,000 patents, it's planning on asking for the same 2.25% maximum royalty per unit that Motorola is already demanding for every iPhone sold, reports Philip Elmer-DeWitt of CNN. Apple obviously takes issue with this, and so does entrepreneur and lobbyist...
Google Wants Huge Royalties Every Time Apple Sells An iPhone (GOOG, AAPL)

iTunes Match generates 'magic money' for music copyright holders

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As the first iTunes Match royalties trickle in, online music distribution company TuneCore says that the service created money "out of thin air" as it monetizes music whether pirated or not....
iTunes Match generates 'magic money' for music copyright holders

Microsoft's €899 million antitrust fine upheld by European court

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The European Union's General Court today rejected Microsoft's appeal of a 2008 antitrust ruling in which the software giant was fined €899 million ($1.12 billion) for failing to comply with a previous antitrust decision. The case goes all the way back to 1993 when Novell complained about Microsoft licensing practices....
Microsoft's €899 million antitrust fine upheld by European court
Spotify dips a toe in web waters, but isn’t yet swimming

Reading Rainbow is back! Our in-depth video interview with LeVar Burton

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Reading Rainbow is making a big comeback, and it’s skipping your TV in favor of the other screen in your living room: your iPad. In an in-depth chat in VentureBeat, Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton came to chat about how the reincarnation came to be. As always, Burton was...
Reading Rainbow is back! Our in-depth video interview with LeVar Burton

Club Jameco borrows from Etsy and Kickstarter, lets DIYers design, sell and buy project kits

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Though electronics hobbyists may not have the same resources that the Maker Sheds of the world have to design, package and sell do-it-yourself kits, electronics component distributor Jameco plans to change that. With Club Jameco, enthusiasts can pitch their kit ideas to the electronic component wizards in Belmont, CA...
Club Jameco borrows from Etsy and Kickstarter, lets DIYers design, sell and buy project kits

Now Google Might Open Its Own Retail Store (GOOG)

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Google might open a 1,323 square-foot retail store at its headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, Bloomberg reports. The store "would be open to the public and sell unspecified 'Google merchandise.'" This doesn't exactly sound like an Apple store since it's a part of Google's HQ. It's more like a gift...
Now Google Might Open Its Own Retail Store (GOOG)

Amazon Publishing will likely acquire troubled Dorchester’s backlist

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Amazon Publishing is likely to acquire the assets of Dorchester Publishing, the 41-year-old mass market publisher that closed its doors this February after years of economic trouble. Literary agent Richard Curtis, writing at Digital Book World, points to the announcement of an auction for Dorchester’s assets. At the auction, Amazon...
Amazon Publishing will likely acquire troubled Dorchester’s backlist

Jury strikes down Eolas' 'Interactive Web' patent

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Patent-holding company claimed a host of Web giants owed it hundreds of millions in royalties for their use of online video streaming, search suggestions, and other "interactive" elements on pages....
Jury strikes down Eolas' 'Interactive Web' patent

Google Confirms Motorola Licensees Pay 2.25% Per-Unit Royalties

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If all goes according to plan, the same company which last year asserted that patents were essentially legal weapons in an unfair war against the Android operating system, will find itself the owner of one of the largest technology portfolios anywhere in the world. Today, Google took steps to assure...
Google Confirms Motorola Licensees Pay 2.25% Per-Unit Royalties

New “Listen” Button On Facebook Musician Pages Instantly Plays Their Songs In Your Favorite Streaming App

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Today Facebook co-opts the best thing about Myspace pages — rapid music discovery — by prominently adding a “Listen” button to musician Pages right next to the Like button. When clicked, the artist’s jams will start to play in your most frequently used Facebook music streaming app such as Spotify...
New “Listen” Button On Facebook Musician Pages Instantly Plays Their Songs In Your Favorite Streaming App
iTunes Match pays TuneCore artists $10,000 in royalties during first two months
Anti-piracy group fined for stealing music
Windows 8 drops DVD playback, only available with paid Media Center upgrade

Google tells European Commission on 'open standards': do as I say, not as I do

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More than a year ago, I blogged a few times about the European Interoperability Framework 2.0, a set of IT procurement guidelines that was adopted in December 2010. The most controversial item, which delayed adoption by many months, was a passage that some stakeholders wanted to turn into a ringing...
Google tells European Commission on 'open standards': do as I say, not as I do

Big Data Helps ID Who's "Stealing" That Song

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The same kind of digital fingerprinting that helps music lovers identify songs using apps like Shazam and Soundhound is also being used to help help artists, performers and rights holders identify who is using those songs - yet another way big data is changing the way we live and...
Big Data Helps ID Who's "Stealing" That Song

How to become an ebook superstar

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A growing number of ambitious authors are turning to self-publishing. But how do they translate their aspirations into success?It has never been easier to publish your own book. Traditional publishers may take a year to turn your manuscript into print on a page but you can get your own ebook on...
How to become an ebook superstar

Amazon launches ‘Never Before on DVD’ store, offers 2000+ titles that never go out of stock

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In an attempt to revive DVD sales and also provide more choice for its customers, Amazon has today launched its new Never Before on DVD store, featuring over 2000 titles that have never been available on the format and will never go out of stock. The new store uses Amazon’s...
Amazon launches ‘Never Before on DVD’ store, offers 2000+ titles that never go out of stock

Apple hoping to secure standardized royalties for 3G wireless patents

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Apple is attempting to stop the used of "standards essential" patents on 3G technology as legal bludgeons against smartphone competitors. To make its case, the company has gone directly to the standards body behind 3G wireless networking, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). In a letter to ETSI dated last...
Apple hoping to secure standardized royalties for 3G wireless patents

Kobo launches self-publishing platform, “Writing Life”

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Digital reading company Kobo is launching a competitor to Amazon’s KDP and Barnes & Noble’s PubIt: Kobo Writing Life, a free self-publishing platform for independent authors and publishers. Writing Life is in beta tests with 50 authors now and will launch in English by the end of June, “with new...
Kobo launches self-publishing platform, “Writing Life”

The Black Keys On Sean Parker: 'He's An A**hole'

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Selections of a radio interview with Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney appeared on Digital Music News, and he has some choice words for Sean Parker. "[H]e's an asshole. The guy has $2.5 billion he made from figuring out ways to steal royalties from artists, and that's the bottom line....
The Black Keys On Sean Parker: 'He's An A**hole'

Pandora’s Tim Westergren To Congress: “Level The Playing Field” For Internet Radio

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Pandora founder Tim Westergren testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology this morning. His big message: That the same guidelines should be used to determine the royalty rates for all forms of radio. I didn’t see Westergren’s testimony, but Pandora has sent up a summary...
Pandora’s Tim Westergren To Congress: “Level The Playing Field” For Internet Radio

iTunes and Spotify boost UK songwriters' income

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Rise in royalty payments from digital services and international success help offset plunge in revenue from CD salesBritish tunesmiths cashed in on a surge in the use of digital services such as iTunes and Spotify in 2011, and the huge international popularity of artists such as Adele, as royalty payments...
iTunes and Spotify boost UK songwriters' income

Band Tells Fans To Boycott Its Albums, Saying Its Label Doesn't Pay

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Over the years, record label Victory Records has worked up quite the... um.... reputation from artists it has signed. Let's just say that a number of them are less than pleased. Reader Aaron points us to the latest such example, where the band Streetlight Manifesto has put up a, well,...
Band Tells Fans To Boycott Its Albums, Saying Its Label Doesn't Pay
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