Entertainment

Building Traction! Focus on Brands and Celebrities

Steve Masur

By: Steve Masur We are working every day on deals between digital media companies and the biggest brands, celebrities, and distribution channels.   I want to talk about where I think the big opportunities are now that things are finally “converging.” Raising money is one thing, but creating a successful company in a new business is […]

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Steve Masur Reflects on Rethink Music 2011

Steve Masur

The Complaining Hasn’t Stopped At SXSW and CMJ in 1994, people used to complain about not being able to get signed. “The problem is that the major labels control distribution.” But now, 15 years later, ubiquitous near free technology has solved this problem so well that no one even mentions it. Even so, at the […]

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Zediva.com: First-sale Protection or Public Performance?

Steve Masur

By Eric Gerson A new video-on-demand (VOD) service has been making big waves across the internet recently, and may soon be stirring things up in the California District Court as well. This service—called Zediva—offers a unique spin on the normal VOD business model. [1] Whereas services like Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon allow an unlimited number […]

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Songs and Records: Two Types of Music Copyrights?

Steve Masur

Copyrights give authors exclusive ownership interests in their creative works. Put simply, U.S. copyright laws convert creative works into business assets that artists can exploit economically through sale, license (e.g. for use in a TV commercial), or even as collateral for a loan.[1] The right to create, and get paid for copyrights comes directly from […]

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New Music Downloading Sites Arise

Steve Masur

Two advertisement supported mp3 download sites, www.freeallmusic.com and www.guvera.com have recently licensed the EMI and Universal catalogues, changing the way consumers access music. www.freeallmusic.com allows users to legally download music by simply registering with the site and agreeing to the terms of service. Sponsoring brands cover the cost of each download, allowing users unrestricted access […]

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