RAIN 8/24: RAIN announces speakers for programming, legal panels at RAIN Summit Chicago
PREMIERE, ASTRAL DIGITAL CHIEFS; LIVE 365 COUNSEL JOIN US AS PANELISTS FOR 9/13 EVENTWe’re just three weeks away from RAIN Summit Chicago, this year’s early-fall edition of the Internet radio industry’s premiere conference.
It’s not too late to register. True, we’re near the sell-out point, but there are still indeed a limited number of passes available. You can register to attend right now using your credit card or PayPal account via the RAIN Summit Eventbrite page here.
We’re looking forward to hearing from EVP of Digital Media at Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks Brian Lakamp (top-left), and Astral Radio Chief Digital Strategies Officer Phillippe Patrice (right), both of whom will appear on the panel “Give the Listeners What They Want.” The panel will feature a discussion of online radio programming features — like “on-demand” and “time-shifted” listening, as well as ad-free options and the “freemium” model.
Live365 General Counsel Angus MacDonald (lower-left) will join us too, as part of the “Talk to My Lawyer” panel. It’ll be an excellent “brush-up” on legal issues related to streaming, privacy and ad serving, and royalties.
COURT FINDS DMCA PROTECTS MP3TUNES, RULES AGAINST EMIA New York district court ruling this week apparently clarifies that digital music locker services do not need licenses from record labels to allow users to store and access the music they own. Judge William H. Pauley III found against major record company EMI when he ruled that online locker service MP3Tunes was protected by the “safe harbor” provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and is not responsible should its users engage in the transfer of unauthorized copies of music (of which the service is unaware).
Live 365 counsel Angus MacDonald (who’ll speak at RAIN Summit Chicago on 9/13, see today’s top story) writes, “The decision represents a significant victory for other cloud-based music services – such as Google, Amazon and Dropbox – who should have renewed confidence in operating their cloud services without a license.” Read his analysis in Audio4Cast here.
RAIN INTERNET RADIO AWARDS FINALISTS: BEST SINGLE-STREAM WEBCASTEROn September 13th we’ll host our first “hometown” gathering, RAIN Summit Chicago (for which there are a limited number of passes still available, info here).
As we did last year, we’ll conclude the event with the presentation of the RAIN Internet Radio Awards. This week, we’re announcing the finalists in each category (see coverage from Monday and yesterday).
The award for the Best Single-Stream Webcaster will go to the best “pureplay” webcaster (i.e. non-broadcaster) with a single stream of radio content (such as HardRadio.com, last year’s winner in this category). The 2011 finalists for this category are:
We invite RAIN readers to visit these sites, as they’re among the finest single-stream webcasters in the industry. Tomorrow in RAIN, we’ll announce the finalists for the Best Overall Online Radio Service award.
BRS MEDIA MAKES INC. MAGAZINE “FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES” LISTCongratulations to Chairman/CEO George Bundy and BRS Media Inc. The company was included in Inc. Magazine’s 2011 “Inc. 5000” list of fastest-growing private companies in the USA. It’s the fourth consecutive year BRS Media has made the ranking.
BRS Media promotes and markets dotFM and dotAM to media companies. Leading media brands in the .FM top-level domain include Last.fm, Turntable.fm, Blip.fm, Ping.fm, Digster.fm, Shuffler.fm, Headliner.fm, Soma.fm, Digitally Imported (DI.fm). and thousands more. Dot.fm is a sponsor of RAIN Summit Chicago.
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