More Industry News: BPI Targets Google, Rapid Share Kills Rewards, Live Nation, Eminem & More
- Google targeted by BPI for linking to illegal downloads. - UK recording industry association sends cease-and-desist order to search engine, asking it to remove links to infringing websites. (Guardian)
- RapidShare Kills Reward Program Over Piracy Concerns - RapidShare will no longer offer incentives to users who share popular content. After having stopped cash payouts for their rewards program some time ago, RapidShare has now decided to discontinue the entire program. The file-hosting service cites complaints by copyright holders that the rewards were facilitating piracy as the reason for this move. (Torrent Freak)
- Live Nation has named Mike Evans to the newly created position of President of Arenas. Evans, who comes from facility management frim SMG, will oversee Live Nation managed arenas.
- Matt Pincus, the CEO of Songs Music Publishing, has been named to the National Music Publishers' Association's (NMPA) Board of Directors.
- Music business badly needs Eminem's "Recovery" (Reuters)
- Rob Shelby asks the interesting question: Why not have an band that’s completely ad supported?
- The summer session of Berklee College of Music's online school starts June 28th. There's still time to enroll. I've really enjoyed teaching a section of The Future Of Music course for Berklee and been impressed by the quality of the students and their desire to not just participate in, but also to help shape the new music industry.
- NARM is sponsoring a free online seminar this week providing an overview of the Topspin direct to fan music marketing and sales platform. Sign up here
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