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THIS IS A GREAT VIDEO on why your voice sounds different from a recording than what you think it sounds like. Singers especially need to keep this in mind!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US: Federal Judge Rules that “Happy Birthday” Is Free From Copyright.

Today’s opinion (read here) rejects Warner’s argument that a copyright entitles them to a presumption of validity with the judge noting that it isn’t particularly clear whether the registration included the lyrics. Furthermore, the ruling establishes that rights never properly transferred.

“Defendants ask us to find that the Hill sisters eventually gave Summy Co. the rights in the lyrics to exploit and protect, but this assertion has no support in the record. The Hill sisters gave Summy Co. the rights to the melody, and the rights to piano arrangements based on the melody, but never any rights to the lyrics.”

It looks like there’s going to be a number of lawsuits from people trying to claw back some of that royalty money.

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HIGHER ED: Professors Respond to Millennial Slang. I was pretty good, though I didn’t know “mupload” at all.

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A NEW WEBSITE TO HELP EAR TRAINING: Toned Ear Trains Your Ear for Better Musical Ability. I like the look and appreciate how Toned Ear works, but I’m not sure it can teach students to match pitch. I would love to find a program that really worked at that.

 

 

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FORBES: That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket. I think the liberal arts degrees can be fantastic, provided that they actually contain sufficient academic rigor and are representative of some of the amazing achievements and insights of mankind.

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BREITBART: 5 REASONS THE MUSIC BUSINESS IS IN THE TOILET. “Sales of recorded music have declined by 70 percent since 1999, even while adjusting for inflation, according to Boluk. After years of sustained growth, digital music downloads from online outlets like iTunes have also begun to decline.” I’m not sure if it’s a side effect or a cause, but it is unfortunately the music business has focused solely on entertainment and given up on artistic excellence.