Policy, Research & Politics

Hitmaker Max Martin, ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus Form 'Music Rights Awareness' Organization

The international debate over creators' rights will soon have a new player, run by songwriters who understand it from the inside.

Billboard

Iran: Authorities Arrest Popular Singer

Authorities arrested Iranian singer Amir Tataloo on August 24, demanding that he appear before a court on charges of "promoting immorality.”

Iran Wire

South African opera house accused of exploiting black singers

Chorus members were dismissed after challenging discrepancies in pay for appearing abroad in opera set in colonial Africa.

The Guardian

Turkey: Singer’s concerts cancelled due to coup-related remarks

The Turkish government cancelled four concerts by pop star Sıla Gençoğlu over comments she made about a democracy rally held in Istanbul on 7 August 2016 in the aftermath of an attempted coup that happened a month earlier, reported Hurriyet Daily News on 11 August 2016.

Freemuse

Open Letter to YouTube, “Pushers” of Piracy

YouTube and its parent Alphabet have obliterated the original meaning of the “safe harbor” law with their bullying and coercive schemes to get their users to disrespect and ignore copyright.

Music Technology Policy

La musique : une thérapie de la démocratie ?

La musique a souvent suscité la méfiance des démocraties en raison de son pouvoir manipulatoire. Pourtant, justement parce qu’elle transcende tout langage objectif, elle peut créer du lien social tout en respectant les différences.

Le Monde Diplomatique

How Xi Jinping's crackdowns have squeezed the life out of Beijing's indie rock scene

Not long ago, Beijing was considered home to one of the world’s most exciting underground music scenes. Venues and record labels proliferated. The music — new wave, post-rock, grunge, noise — was raw, loud and, above all, original, reflecting the angst and uncertainty of a city in the grip of constant change.

LA Times

Zimbabwe: Union Gives Musicians Free Legal Advice

The law clinics are targeted at musicians around the country to equip them with the knowledge of the law in relation to their operations as well as helping in the structuring of contracts.

All Africa

South Africa: No Local Music for the Listeners?

Music by South African artists. That's what was supposed to make up 90 percent of the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) program. Three months after the announcement, little has changed.

All Africa


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