• Living Room Roundtable: ASCAP, IBMA, RIAA, NMPA

    There is much uncertainty in the business of music these days. The continuing decline of CD sales, the steadily increasing, but not sufficiently so, sales of digital downloads, the continuation of illegal music downloads, and rising price of gas,

  • Satire: RIAA criminalizes remembering songs

    Newstarget.com published a satire piece last month that is worth the read. The piece builds on a recent lawsuit in which the RIAA maintained that copying a legally purchased CD to your computer's internal hard drive amounts to making

  • RIAA – no copying from CDs to computer

    In a lawsuit being heard in Arizona, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is arguing that copying legally purchased CDs onto a computer for personal use amounts to unauthorized use. Sunday's Washington Post has the story about Jeffrey Howell who

  • Copyright Royalties and Internet Radio

    Internet radio has become a great way to hear bluegrass in the last few years. I talk with more and more people who listen online. Now the RIAA has successfully convinced the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) to adopt at "per

  • XM Satellite Radio vs Songwriters Guild

    This piece of news is not directly Bluegrass related, but I thought it might be of interest to some of our readers. It seems the Songwriters Guild of America has joined forces with the RIAA in a legal battle against