|| Monday, 12th September 2011
A busy night with pal Billy Sheehan, who is beginning the UK tour with Mr. Big.
WillyFred’s mood continues. This morning he is not in active go-mode, continuing to be a sleepy little creature in the bedroom. Not even the prospect of tasty things has lured him down to the kitchen.
A blustery day.
10.59 In response to this…
Re: URGENT - NOTICE OF INFRINGEMENT AND DECLARATION: DECLAN COLGAN MUSIC LTD. | King Crimson/Robert Fripp [grooveshark.com]
… we have received a response from Grooveshark’s Mr. Aaron Ford:
Aaron Ford's Experience
Director, Content Acquisition Grooveshark
Privately Held; Music industry
November 2009 – Present (1 year 11 months) Greater New York City Area
• Collaborate with other entities to expand the reach of Grooveshark through creative and mutually beneficial partnerships - which includes linking artists with brands
• Develop cutting-edge artist marketing programs with content partners
• Negotiate, close, and manage content licensing deals
• Field high-profile takedown requests
• Conceptualize and implement industry relations and B2B marketing strategies
Mr. Ford is quoted: My heart is in marketing and delivering poignant messages to both businesses and consumers to contribute to the goals of the company I represent.
Mr. Ford’s poignant message to us claims that these songs were submitted for take-down and I have now personally checked the links to make sure they are no longer functional. We're sorry that you have found these unauthorized files hosted on Grooveshark. Since you have indicated that they are not authorized, we have assumed that these files were contributed by fans instead of by an authorized provider such as the artist, label, or other representative. Again, we have disabled the links to the files you provided below and will continue to comply with valid take down requests.
Mr. Ford repeats his offer to you get all of your content licensed (that isn't already through other deals we have)…
Diary readers, who have been following this particular thread of industry copyright violation, may recall that Grooveshark has none of our content licensed to anyone with whom Grooveshark may have deals. Mr. Ford ends: Thanks for reaching out to us again and let us know if you need anything.
Actually, what we need now is the same as at the beginning of the series of take-down notices several months ago: for all KC/RF material to be removed from Grooveshark and stay removed.
Interested visitors might go here…
We Ask Grooveshark What Having Their App Dumped By Google Means To Them
by Corey Denis April 8, 2011 2:00 PM
News about cloud based music streaming service Grooveshark broke late Wednesday and continued into the morning - Google pulled the Grooveshark smartphone application from the Android App Store…
… where Mr. Ford is mentioned…
Ford maintains that the biggest losers at the moment "are the potential customers who were going to subscribe, which is revenue lost to copyright owners and our label partners" who all get a percentage of revenue every time a user subscribes to Grooveshark.
But there is no revenue for artists from streaming sites, and this includes Grooveshark. Technically, there is a pittance of pennies and cents; but of such insignificance that, to claim artists receive any form of income, is equivalent to telling a knowing-lie. And were there to be a revenue-stream, who determines its size? A contractual relationship, or agreement in any form, is where at least two parties agree on terms. Not sure how many DGM visitors go to work and rely upon their employers to give them something at the end of the week, or month, but without any discussion as to how much.
An interesting question, then: why do some majors license their material to streaming sites, when the revenue stream is so pitiful? Perhaps, because they are given shares in the company in exchange for its catalogue being made available for streaming? So, what proportion of the share value is paid to artists whose catalogue is made available in this way? The sharp-witted may conclude: nothing - because share-payments do not attract royalty payments. This is an area where transparency, and the light of day, has yet to shine. Relationships like these are presently opaque, obscure, undeclared. Meanwhile, it’s a bright wheeze for some to extract money from the established work of others.
15.38 T is home from London. WillyFred has been suitably adored and rehydrated, and is now being set free to run over the house. We are off to the funeral home to finalise arrangements for tomorrow, and then to a tea-meeting at the Piddle with the Rev. Lynn.
19.32 A wonderful tea with the Rev. Lynn, who officiated at Beric’s funeral and is officiating for Barbara.
Pix of Barbara are prepared for display at the post-service celebration I…
A walk to the church and churchyard…
… to check the preparations for tomorrow, passing Russell the funeral director on the way. Russell is out to walk the street, also checking that all is ready.
A little organizing of Barbara’s effects and home for supper.
A measure of dribbling there is, and an early gentling ahead.
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