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By Toby Field -- After a devastating accident, young Charlotte White struggled with severe disability and lack of motivation until she found the right type of music therapy.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday afternoon (3/21) that it will not hear the appeal from Universal Music Group in a digital royalty dispute between Eminem’s former production company and the label.
Last year the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Eminem’s former production company, who filed the suit claiming they were underpaid for digital sales. UMG then appealed to the Supreme Court.
The suit claims that the rapper’s music on iTunes was being licensed, not sold, and therefore was subject to a higher royalty percentage rate. According to Eminem’s contract, he is owed a 12% royalty on “records sold” and a 50% rate on licensing agreements. He was paid for iTunes sales under the 12% rate.
The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that iTunes downloads aren’t sales because the label is licensing use of the master recordings to iTunes, which then sells the digital downloads without further involvement from the label. This means he is owed 50% of money made from paid digital downloads. - Nashville Music News http://www.musicnewsnashville.com
Hayes Carll - Live at SXSW 2011 EP http://bit.ly/HayesSXSWLive
Ryan Bingham - Live at SXSW 2011 EP http://bit.ly/BinghamSXSWLive
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - Live at SXSW 2011 EP http://bit.ly/BJLSXSWLive
Lucinda Williams - Live at SXSW 2011 EP http://bit.ly/LuSXSWLive
Also in celebration of Lost Highway’s 10 years, the label has released a low-priced ten song digital sampler with a $4.99 price or less at all retail partners. The sampler includes great songs from the Lost Highway artist catalogue including “When The Stars Go Blue” (Ryan Adams), “Man Of Constant Sorrow” (Soggy Bottom Boys), “Southside Of Heaven” (Ryan Bingham) and “Are You Alright?” (Lucinda Williams). The sampler is available at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-highway-10th-anniversary/id424037316. See reverse side for full track listing.
The Lost Highway store is also open for business. Fans can buy the Ten year anniversary clear vinyl LPs, T-Shirts, new releases from Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Lucinda Williams and Hayes Carll. All orders come with a free poster from the South-By-Southwest Showcase, while supplies last. www.losthighwaystore.com
By Bob Pool -- Glenn Morrissette orchestrates scores for TV and film from his recording studio on wheels — a recreational vehicle he calls home as he meanders around the U.S. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]
Compiled by Mario F. Gonzalez, Esq.
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