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William Buckley Jr.
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William Buckley Jr. is a music business veteran, pro-artist digital rights advocate and Founder and President of FarePlay, a non-profit educational organization.

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Why We Can't Protect Artists in America

(2) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 6:25 PM


The final chapter in the long, sordid story of the pirate site, Grooveshark, finally played out in a New York Courtroom last week. The principals, after years of litigation, have finally shut down their website and signed an agreement stating they will never...

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Google Defies Attorney General

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 2:23 PM

In what may become one of the more important legal decisions of the decade, Google is fast tracking a judicial ruling in Mississippi that could provide Google with immunity from local and state investigation of possible illegal activity. That's right. If you have a grievance with Google you'll need to...

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Copyright is Broken. Can Congress Fix It?

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 11:46 PM


History was made at this year's Grammy Awards. For the first time, the serious challenges facing recording artists were being talked about on a globally televised music awards show with hundreds of millions of viewers watching.

It happened toward the end of...

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Can Apple Save the Music Business, Again?

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 5:22 PM

Can Apple and Beats Music make a difference in an industry that has been beaten down by online piracy and now streaming music services that can't seem to get enough paying subscribers to be profitable?

Caught in the middle of all this are musicians and songwriters who have seen their...

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Amazon, Your Neighborhood in the Cloud

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 5:35 PM


During a 60 Minutes interview last December, Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, was asked by Charlie Rose about Amazon's ruthless pursuit of market share. Bezos responded: "You've got to earn your keep in this world" adding the Internet...

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Beats Music and iTunes: Apple at the Crossroads

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 10:44 AM


In what could be a major game changer for interactive music-streaming, Beats Music is rumored to be part of a deal where they will be included in what's reported to be a $3.2 Billion offer from Apple to purchase both the highly successful...

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Online Piracy Finally In the Crosshairs

(14) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 5:07 PM


On March 13, the Congressional Subcommittee on copyright reform held hearings on proposed revisions to the DMCA, Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Those invited to testify were evenly split between those who represented the tech industry and those who represented the artist and Copyright....

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I Respect Music: Artists' Pay for Radio Play

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 10:50 PM

Inspired by the over 40,000 "likes" that Blake Morgan received last December on his Huffington Post article, "Art and Music Are Professions Worth Fighting For," Morgan decided the time was right to launch a petition, I Respect Music, supporting a musician's right to receive pay for...

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Online Piracy, Following The Money

(13) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 2:17 PM

Earlier this month, Chevrolet announced that it was severing their advertising/promotional ties with Grooveshark, a file- sharing site that has been under prolonged legal attacks from major U.S. music companies and musicians for alleged copyright violations.

Even Google, who can be overly neutral in their response to...

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Surviving Thanksgiving With Lester Burnham

(8) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 1:01 PM

I remember when my seventeen year marriage ended. I was hurting, confused and completely devastated, and as so often happens in divorce, many of "our" friends disappeared. My life was a total wreck.

And to be honest, if it wasn't for a movie, I don't know if I would have...

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