Monthly Archives: May 2009

Hard Work


   Following 300-400 articles  is not all that difficult. But, it is very time consuming to try and find the contact info of the business people involved with the acts that I like.
   Each news item about an artist can lead me to finding anywhere from 1-20 people to contact about that news. This can take 10 minutes per news item. The mistake I have made is that I “clip” too many articles everyday. If you’re trying to do anything similar to this, I suggest using discretion.
   Personally, I only have about 2 hours to spend on finding this contact info and then 1 hour to spend contacting these people everyday. If it takes 10 minutes per news item, I should only clip 12 news items per day if I plan on getting the work done in the 2 hours of contact hunting time. Luckily, I keep running across similar studios, PR agencies, managers, etc. So, at least I don’t have to find the contact info over and over again.
   I do the majority of my clipping via NewsGator on my SmartPhone while I’m out and about throughout the day. With 300+ articles per day, clipping only 12 items would require serious discretion. So while I’m out “clipping” on my mobile, I clip 30-60 news items then use more strict discretion when going through them back at home.


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Collaboration Podcast


  Podcast syndication is great.  Collaboration is great.  Subscribing to each others rough ideas would be even better.

  I’m calling this is a “CollabCast”.  I will be releasing song ideas that are missing parts.  If you subscribe to my CollabCast, you can open the .mp3 and load it into your favorite digital multitrack, add a new blank track, then record your instrument, export and post as a new podcast, and on down the line.

  Expect to see a new logo on the upper right of this blog, called “CollabCast”, by the end of the week.

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Twitter, Bookmarks, and Google CSE


    Now that I have subscribed to all the newsletters and rss feeds associated with my current bookmarks, now its time to find out which of them have other social networking sites that I should be a part of and follow them on.  

    My first stop was twitter.  But, upon opening my bookmarks ready to go through them one by one, I realized that this method was going to take a while.  With hundreds of sites to go to, this could have taken hours.  So I looked for a better way.

    Thinking it would be great to just search my bookmark database, I tried but it only returned search results of the titles and urls of my bookmarks.  It was the content that I was after.  Next, I investigated Google Bookmarks because I figured their service would use the Google engine to search the content of the bookmarks.  However, this was not the case.  Still no results from the content of the bookmarks.  Hmmm.

    Persistence paid off when I found what Google calls “Custom Search Engine on the fly”.  This is designed for people to embed on their website so viewers can search the content of the links found on that page.  Then, it dawned on me.  I could export my bookmarks as an html file and embed the search tool into that page so that it would search all the links found on that page. In this case my bookmarks!!!!

    Here’s an example.  Type “twitter”, or “myspace”, or “newsletter” in the search box to see how it works.  Then, go there and subscribe if you’re interested!

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Entertainment Law Podcast


  Gordon P. Firemark has a great new entertainment law podcast.  The “Entertainment Law Update” released its first podcast on April 21st and was very informative.  It seems to be marketed towards lawyers but anyone who’s serious about their music career should follow him here .  Here’s a list of what he covered on the first show:

* Featured Topic: Ownership of partners’ and principals’ intellectual property contributions to a business in the absence of employment agreements.

* SAG & AMPTP have arrived at a deal…

* The competing “Octomom” trademark registrations

* Is giving a (loaded) iPod as a gift an act of copyright infringement? (First Sale and Fair Use) (President’s gift to Queen ElizabethII)*

* Copyright and Defamation issues in new social media… Twitter, Facebook, etc. Courtney Love being sued.. a cautionary tale for anybody who uses the Web? 1st Circuit won’t review defamation ruling in Noonan vs. Staples.

* Copyright holders taking action against content “scraping” websites. (Hot News doctrine)

* Fair Use, YouTube, DMCA takedowns, etc. -YouTube says 37% of DMCA takedown notices are not valid copyright claims, etc.

* Wish Upon a star” – Fox’s “Family Guy” “parody”/”satire”

* Litigation: “Push” lawsuits – When is a deal a deal?

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