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All you need to know about music & the internet revolution
Mewton, Conrad.
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London : Sanctuary, [2001]

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215 pages ; 24 cm
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ML74.7 M48 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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(Music Sales America). These are exciting times for musicians, record companies, fans in fact, for anyone with a passion for music. The internet is bringing about a revolution in the way we produce, distribute, and listen to music, and new rules, new deals, new players, and new opportunities seem to be apperaing every day. Where will it end? Will record companies survive? Will MP3 bring down the industry? Can today's musicians use the 'net to go it alone and make a living? How are the record deals of the future going to look? How do you run your own internet record label or online radio station? Is Napster here to stay? Music & The Internet Revolution contains all of the answers, tips and know-how you need to fully embrace the digital age, from webcasting live concerts to reaching fans by e-mail, to setting up your own website. Packed with advice, and with a fully comprehensive appendix of important websites, it is the first definitive guide to the 'net's extraordinary impact on the music business.

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Confused by the whole concept of free music on the Internet? Ex-musician and band manager Conrad Mewton, now an attorney in a top music law firm in London, analyzes the Net's impact on music and offers practical tips for those who want to join the fun in All You Need to Know About Music & the Internet Revolution. Mewton explains how to find, create and listen to MP3s, create an Internet record label and download music. Though computer geeks and serious music fans will be familiar with many of these nuts and bolts, even they should find Mewton's legal insights helpful. Recent developments in the Napster case date some of his discussions but only slightly; in fact, Napster's woes will probably boost sales of this book, because users of that service will need tips on other Internet music venues. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Alan McGee
Forewordp. 11
Introductionp. 12
Chapter 1 Music on the Internet
The Internet Agep. 17
How to Get Onlinep. 18
How to Find Music Web Sitesp. 19
Playing Music on the Internetp. 20
Chapter 2 The Mp3 Revolution
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changesp. 22
How is Music Delivered on the Internet?p. 23
Mp3 Musicp. 25
How Will We Listen to Music in the Future?p. 28
Chapter 3 Downloading, Streaming and Webcasting
Music for the Massesp. 32
Downloading Music from the Internetp. 33
Uploading Music onto the Internetp. 38
Streaming Music from the Internetp. 38
Webcasting Music on the Internetp. 39
Burning CDsp. 41
Wireless Application Protocolp. 42
Chapter 4 The Internet VS the Record Industry
The First Mp3 Superstar-What are the Chances?p. 44
Today's Music Scene-What's Going on?p. 45
What are the Major Record Labels Up to?p. 50
What are the Major Music Publishers Up to?p. 55
Will Record Stores Still Exist?p. 59
Chapter 5 Musicians and the Internet
A Life Without Record Companiesp. 62
The Internet Opportunityp. 63
Using the Internet to Get a Record Dealp. 68
Staying Independent with a Record Dealp. 74
Internet Releases-the Way Forward?p. 77
Tales from the Music Businessp. 80
Part I Relations with record labels-the Mainstream story
Chapter 6 Artists VS Record Companies
New Rules for Record Companies and Artists?p. 83
The Record Contractp. 85
A Word about Publishingp. 100
Chapter 7 Web Sites for Musicians
The Power of the Webp. 103
Creating Your Own Music Web Sitep. 104
Web Sites-Some Legal and Business Tipsp. 109
Chapter 8 Setting Up and Running an Internet Record Label
Tales from the Music Businessp. 117
Part II How to Break a Band on the Internet-the Creed Story
Internet Record Labelsp. 119
Net Advantagesp. 120
How Will the Label Operate?p. 123
Relations with Artistsp. 124
What's the Future for Indies?p. 127
Chapter 9 Indie Labels-How to Use the Internet
Tales from the Music Businessp. 130
Part III Alan McGee-from Creation to Poptones
Licensing Catalogue for Online Exploitationp. 133
The Contract-How to Protect Yourselfp. 134
Tales from the Music Businessp. 141
Part IV Ministry of Sound-Using the net to break overseas
Chapter 10 Internet Law-How to do Business on the Net
Your Attorney Advisesp. 144
Contracts on the Internetp. 145
Which Laws Apply? (The Jurisdiction Problem)p. 149
Distance Sellingp. 150
Advice for ISPsp. 151
Chapter 11 Piracy and Copyright
How is the Music Industry Combating Piracy?p. 154
Copyright and Musicp. 159
Clearing Copyright for Internet Usep. 163
Copyright on the Internetp. 166
Online Copyright in the Usp. 172
Chapter 12 Internet DJs and Internet Radio
Internet Radiop. 173
Clearing Rights in the Ukp. 176
Clearing Rights in the Usp. 181
DJs and the Internetp. 183
Mixing Onlinep. 186
Live Music Promoters and the Internetp. 186
Appendix 1 Music Equipment and the Internetp. 190
Appendix 2 Key Music Web Sitesp. 195
Appendix 3 Glossaryp. 208
Sourcesp. 215