Internet Roundup: The Copyright Tweet Dance

August 9, 2010

Image from Mr eNil @ Flickr

Of note….

First, the New York Times has a neat piece about a ride-along with a music licensing executive for Broadcast Music Incorporated aka BMI as she visits bars in the Southwest to convinve them to pay for the music they play in the bar. The licensing executive’s job seems part-Cops, part-Up In The Air, and part-Glengarry Glen Ross. The article comes off pretty sympathetic of the licensing executive and BMI. Unlike the RIAA and their licensing arm SoundExchange which collects royalties for sound recordings, BMI and its competitor ASCAP are responsible for collecting royalties for songwriters and music publishers. I checked out BMI’s website, and was pretty impressed by their FAQs and contact avenues. If you want to start up a dive bar, you can call BMI directly and work something out. If you are a copyright holder/enforcer and want to collect revenues in a time of recession when piracy is very attractive, you need to make yourself accessible and cheap. Good for BMI.

On a totally different note, Alyx Vesey at Feminist Music Geek poses an interesting quandary where she tries to apply a version the Bechdel Test to dance music. This comes in the wake of a lot of recent dance tunes being about getting drunk and/or hooking up (think Ke$ha or LMFAO). The mission is to find dance songs that don’t express (directly or through euphemism) getting wasted or hooking up. I figure that one could also exclude dance songs that are either instrumental or employ repeated vocal samples (think Daft Punk), because that would make things way too easy. Vesey comes up with a wide range of tunes from Prince to Out Hud to Janelle Monae. Visit the post and chip in your suggestions!

By the time you read this, the MTV TJ competition will have concluded. I bring this up because one of the challenges was to go to a Robyn/Kelis concert and interview the artists. Matt Perpetua of Fluxblog also went to a Robyn/Kelis show and has a write-up plus an mp3 from each artist. Robyn came up in the dance pop world and Kelis toiled in the R&B industry, but both women are poised for big success in dance music. Check it out. I hope to have a review of Kelis’s latest up soon.

Finally, congrats to Gabi of Young, Fat, and Fabulous for becoming the first MTV TJ! Detroit/Chicago represent!


One comment

  1. Thanks for the link. I did think about Daft Punk and an array of instrumental dance music (a lot of which I really love). I feel like, for the sake of this project, we should exclude those selections though acknowledge where their place might be elsewhere.

    And with that, “around the world around the world around the world around the world . . .”

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