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This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.

Did Led Zeppelin really steal part of Stairway To Heaven?

May 27th, 2014|

Still on the subject of protecting copyright….As Led Zeppelin prepare for the reissue of their IV album in June, they are about to be sued by the estate of Spirit’s guitarist for allegedly stealing the opening of Stairway To Heaven from the band.

Government plans to shake-up music copyright law

May 22nd, 2014|

Government plans to reform UK copyright law have been tumultuous to say the least with The House Of Lords’ Secondary Legislation Committee (LSLC) showing concern on the many grey-areas of newly proposed law.

Where is the music industry muscle?

May 7th, 2014|

Soundlounge have recently been on the rampage against the current system for remunerating artists on streaming platforms. Our latest discussion on Twitter (@soundlounge), about the paltry $0.08 paid per stream to the record company, got a response from US Spotify research stating that they now have 32 million engaged customers that 46% are more likely to purchase music having listened to it on the service.

Major labels fight court battle over pre-1972 licensing laws

April 29th, 2014|

Some of the world’s major record labels are back in court to fight the latest of a long line of licensing battles with streaming site Pandora.It is claimed that Pandora has failed to pay royalties for a range of music recorded before 1972, something that the labels won a court battle with SiriusXM over back in September last year.

‘Russian Facebook’ accused of piracy by major labels

April 5th, 2014|

vKontakte (VK) is often called the ‘Russian version of Facebook’ and is being sued by several major record labels for deliberately facilitating piracy on its network. Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia & Warner Music UK claim that the network allows tens of millions of users to stream tracks for free on the site.

Pandora dodges potential artist royalty rise

March 29th, 2014|

The world’s biggest Internet radio service, Pandora, has been fighting an on-going battle with the 100-year old American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in the US, over the acceptable royalty level to pay to songwriters for their contribution to the network. After failing to agree on an acceptable royalty level a court case ensued and the outcome was that a judge left unchanged the rate of royalties that Pandora pays to ASCAP at 1.85 percent of the network’s revenue.

Leaked TPP document may terminate artist termination rights

March 12th, 2014|

WikiLeaks yesterday published a leaked report on intellectual property from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which could have a huge ripple effect on the termination rights of artists.

Termination rights automatically allow artists to regain control of their intellectual property after 35 years.

It’s something that the music industry has tried to destroy on many occasions because it […]

YouTube reveals $1 billion payout in royalty fees

February 16th, 2014|

It’s fair to say that Google-owned YouTube came under fire at Midem this year.

With the company taking part in the conference it was an opportunity for record label bosses and independent musicians to voice their concerns over the size of music royalty cheques paid to artists.

Chief Executive of Deezer, Axel Dauchez, said that YouTube was […]

SoundCloud courts major label music licensing deals

February 7th, 2014|

Having raised $60 million in fresh investment, it’s reported that SoundCloud is courting various major record labels with regards to licensing tracks. According to the Wall Street Journal the fourth round of investment will also be used to grow the site’s mobile web presence.

The German company was recently valued at a whopping $700 million and increasing […]

The sample effect: ‘stolen music’ boosts sales

October 30th, 2013|

The sampling and fair use debate is one we have followed for countless years now, with the very popular Gregg Gillis (better known as Girl Talk) often a central point in the conversation. In Girl Talk’s last album, All Day, more than 350 tracks were sampled without authorized use. But a detailed new study executed […]