Friday Roundup: Shocking Plot To Copyright All The World's Sounds Revealed

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Shhhhhh! The man is going to copyright every sound in the world, so you'd better pay or stay quiet. Wunderground has uncovered a dastardly plot, as reported in today's Friday Roundup...

In today's Friday Roundup, Wunderground uncovers a dastardly plot by "the man"; Kaskade reacts to what SoundCloud did to his mixes; a look at the true meaning of success in the newly-glamorised world of DJing; how to use social media to grow an organic fan base; and why (being serious for a second) piracy truly robs everyone. All these stories and more are shortlisted for you in our weekly muster of the best DJ news from around the web. Have a great weekend!

  1. Universal Music & SoundCloud Copyright The Entire Spectrum Of Sound - You'll never guess what SoundCloud and Universal have been cooking up (according to Wunderground...) - the "truth" will shock you! Read more
  2. Five Cheap DJ Tricks And How To Avoid Them - DJ Techtools gives a rundown of five DJing cliches. We don't agree with them all 100%, but the site has a point... Read more
  3. What Defines Modern DJ Success? - What does success really mean in the DJ business today? Traktor Tips gives us food for thought Read more
  4. How Luciano Got 2 Million Social Media Followers - Promotion is a key aspect in furthering your DJ career and influence. Check out on JustGo how Luciano leveraged social media to a spectacular degree Read more
  5. Kaskade's Big Move Following His SoundCloud Ban - After having his music taken down from SoundCloud recently, Kaskade announced big plans to "stick it to the man", again as reported by JustGo Read more
  6. Piracy Kills EDM, Too! - Despite the megabuck DJ/producer earnings you see touted by mass media, music piracy is disastrous for all music makers, as DJ Mag points out... Read more
  7. Ibiza's Top 10 Dance Tracks - A countdown of the hottest summer tracks on the White Island, via In the Mix/Shazam. Get the vibe even if you can't go... Read more

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  1. Aren't you supposed to disclose when something is satire? I'm going to say "Ha!" Now and go on to why this is a joke.

    There are already (international) laws in place indicating that no entity can copyright, trademark, or patent a sound that is naturally derived including patterns thereof. ASCAP and BMI may authorize specific songs, parts, and voices, but only when it can be proven they were generated by a specific method.

    Yes, I do hang out with Lawyers, what of it?

  2. Today seems like a day for jokes, the DJ Mag article basically tells people not only where to look for illegal tracks, but what they should do to automate the process. I cannot tell if the author was just being dry about their humor, or if they were naïve when relaying this info in their article. Either way, it seems that "their irony is showing."

    The music industry has changed since digital downloads became normal. There's definitely a push (by labels) to find any way possible to put the profit back in selling music, but that's not normal anymore.

    Most people don't know what they are listening to, and don't care anymore. Most people would rather listen to Internet Radio than to the music they already own because someone else mixed it up for them... it's easier this way. So this leaves two revenue sources, concerts and licensing. From experience, I can tell you that anyone enforcing their license at a club is asking for their product to be removed from rotation.

    So what is an appropriate solution? First, let's understand that consumers, when they like something, need it to be convenient, programs like Shazam are good, but they don't get every song. Solution part 1) Make getting song information easy, either by broadcasting metadata, or some other means, but give the listener the ability to include the song they love *right now* into their internet streaming list. Solution part 2) Release DJ Remix kits as part of the song purchase. This gives DJs something to work with and encourages DJs to be more creative with media (this goes hand-in-hand with the next part). Solution part 3) Endorse people who play (and listen to ) your music *anywhere*. It's easier to get loyalty and money out of people who are friendly than those who are not (Producers need to stop acting like they're drug dealers and treating people like they're stealing their crack).

    This is a new era, let's stop trying to operate like we're in the past.

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