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Streaming Services Become More Legitimate

Streaming Services Become More Legitimate

Added: Sunday, July 31st, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Turntable.fm, the revolutionary social music platform, becomes closer to legitimacy. The service has recently stricken a licensing deal with the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). So, it is unlikely that the RIAA will still be able to kill every service that smacks of innovation.


Actually, Turntable.fm has been all the rage days, as it was providing the users with an opportunity to either play DJ for a day, or just enjoy watching others spinning some tunes. The popularity of the service has grown so much that the entertainment industry started to take notice. So, within the last weeks the visitors of the service had to live with the reality that the copyright outfits could target Turntable.fm at any moment.

However, the recent news made the site users breathe freely: Turntable.fm has just been licensed by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. ASCAP announced the news itself, saying that it was good to see a streaming service securing an ASCAP license from the outset. Now the country’s songwriters, composers and publishers can be sure they all will be paid fairly in case the website succeeds. Indeed, any song starts with the songwriter who must be able to make a living in our digital age.

As for the RIAA, which likes to pursue services like Turntable.fm, it might be unable to do anything about it now. The site CEO Billy Chasen used to say that the website was protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, since it was a “non-interactive”. In other words, Turntable.fm is basically a streaming music service similar to Last.fm or Pandora just because its visitors are unable to pick and choose which particular tracks they want to play. In addition, the recent deal with ASCAP could finally lend the service the legitimacy it needed so much and bring the service out of beta – at the moment, it is limited to already invited Facebook friends only.

After even Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has recognized that the service in question offers musicians and labels a dynamic new way to communicate with fans and promote their works, the hope is that music industry will see things the same way. At the same time, it’s good to see that Internet users won’t be charged for listening music while content creators get paid.

July 31st,2011

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Date:  Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2011-08-01 09:18:28)
D4T4 avatarGood on them for obeying the laws of the land! I personally will continue with the free option. Thanks Sam, you're still the man.

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