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In moments of frustration, Sam Adu-Ampoma sees the music industry as a "tightly closed candy shop." The 34-year-old Los Angeles resident has been trying to land a job in the field for several years. He says he's done everything right: networked, submitted resumes to industry big shots, completed MBA studies at USC, and even spent nearly $4,000 to produce a CD "to show them that I had a true and demonstrated knowledge of the music industry."
February 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Cracking down on college students, the music industry is sending thousands more complaints to top universities this school year than it did last year as it targets music illegally downloaded over campus computer networks. A few schools, including Ohio and Purdue universities, already have received more than 1,000 complaints about individual students since last fall -- significant increases over the last school year.
December 20, 2008 | Associated Press
The group representing the U.S. recording industry said Friday that it had abandoned its policy of suing people for sharing songs protected by copyright and that it would work with Internet service providers to cut abusers' access if they ignore repeated warnings. The move ends a controversial program that saw the Recording Industry Assn. of America sue about 35,000 people since 2003 for swapping songs online.
November 14, 1988 | MITCH WEISS, Associated Press
Love it or hate it, MTV, the rock music channel on some cable TV systems, revolutionized and resurrected the music industry from a recession in the early 1980s, according to a recent book by a Bowling Green State University sociology professor. "Let's face it. Performers have to be visual. A key to getting on MTV is how do they (groups) look," R. Serge Denisoff said in a recent interview. "For groups that don't want to do videos, well, that's the kiss of death.
A year ago, Michael Robertson was a computer geek who knew nothing about the music business. Today, operating out of a tiny, nondescript office in a San Diego aerospace complex far from the glitzy music capitals of Hollywood and New York, the 31-year-old former software programmer is feared and loathed by some of the most powerful forces in the $40-billion record industry. Robertson runs a controversial Web site called MP3.
July 6, 2003
An otherwise excellent article ("DVDs Spin Past VHS Tapes in Rentals," June 21) was ruined through the statement "their CD sales flagging amid rampant online piracy." For my daughter's birthday, I bought "Spirited Away," a new DVD, for $20, and an old Beatles CD for $32. The Beatles songs are more than 30 years old and have more than returned the cost of production to the music industry, whereas "Spirited Away," a new movie, still may be paying off its production costs. It seems to me that flagging music sales are simply a symptom of overpricing by the music industry.
March 7, 1997
Times staff writer Chuck Philips has won a George Polk journalism award for his detailed accounts of the inner workings of the music industry, and a team of Times reporters has won a Polk award for tracing funding from Asian sources to the coffers of the Democratic National Committee, some of which was in violation of federal law. "We're honored that Polk has rewarded these fine journalists," said Times Editor and Executive Vice President Shelby Coffey III.
July 23, 2000
I agree with Jimmy Iovine's criticisms of the music industry. However, his comparison to the film industry is wrong ["To This Veteran's Ear, the Music Industry's Timing Has Been Off," The Biz Q&A, July 17]. If anything, the film industry is precisely the example the music industry should follow. Despite some initial carping, the film industry has embraced new technology, especially home video, and it has done so while still managing to pay royalties to all appropriate parties. Even though the film industry is currently suing with regard to the use and distribution of DeCSS [Decode Content Scrambling System]
August 21, 2000 | ESTHER DYSON
Napster Inc., the Internet service that helps individuals trade music files, encourages stealing by making it too easy. For that, it is likely to be shut down by the U.S. courts, despite a recent reprieve. It will probably reemerge as a copyright-friendly service operating with licenses from copyright holders. Napster is already doing what the music industry itself should be doing--making music enjoyable and easy to find.
Al Teller never had a chance at taking the spotlight. He was sharing it with Rosemary Clooney at the Betty Clooney Foundation for People With Brain Injury's first Thanksgiving Awards of the Music Industry. The black-tie dinner was at Loew's Santa Monica Beach Hotel Sunday night. Clooney received the Wind Beneath Our Wings Award for her fund-raising efforts on behalf of the foundation that bears her late sister's name.
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