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THIS WEEK IN THE MUSIC BIZ
August 23, 2005 Edition


* Veoh Networks Ushers In New Age Of Legal P2P Video Distribution With Release Of VeohNet
* IFPI Tracks Unauthorised Depeche Mode Pre-Release Download To Poland
* Musicnotes.com Sells One-Millionth Download
* ActiveInternet.com Announces The Availability Of Custom DRM Enabled Music Websites
* Sing, Sing, Sing
* MusicNet Appoints Rory Parness CFO
* 'The Peavey Revolution' Chronicles Music Mogul's Story
* Nomad Entertainment Announces The Upcoming 2005 New York Music Seminar
* Entertainment Rights Appoints BMG As Global Music Publisher

Veoh Networks Ushers In New Age Of Legal P2P Video Distribution With Release Of VeohNet

Veoh Networks, Inc., the first Internet Television Peercasting Network, today announced its VeohNet protocol, the company's video transport system that significantly surpasses the capabilities of existing peer to peer (P2P) systems in effectively distributing high-quality video.

The VeohNet protocol is the backbone of Veoh Networks, which will launch in beta in the coming weeks. Veoh Networks was founded by Dmitry Shapiro, a technologist best known for creating the world's leading P2P security software used by more than one million enterprise users today to manage and regulate applications like BitTorrent and Grokster.

"Our engineers and I have spent the last five years dealing with various P2P networks including BitTorrent, eDonkey and FastTrack, as well as the dozens of applications that support these protocols, including Grokster, KaZaa and Morpheus." said Dmitry Shapiro, Veoh's CEO. "We have created a new protocol that sets a new standard in terms of both technology and legitimacy for content owners. In contrast to earlier approaches, our focus from inception has been respecting the rights of content owners."

According to a recent Massachusetts Institute of Technology study, existing decentralized swarmcast systems are fundamentally limited, especially in their ability to penetrate firewalls, requiring users to open ports in order for the systems to work effectively. VeohNet uses advanced firewall traversal technology to provide excellent performance to all users without firewall adjustments or decreasing security requirements. VeohNet was also specifically designed to provide DMCA compliance, unlike traditional systems that do not take this in to account and enable the rampant piracy of intellectual property.

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IFPI Tracks Unauthorised Depeche Mode Pre-Release Download To Poland

Police in Poland have arrested a Polish individual alleged to have accessed a secure pre-release video copy of the new Depeche Mode single Precious and made it available for public download without authorisation.

The police action followed investigations by IFPI, representing the recording industry internationally, and Polish recording industry group ZPAV after a link to the video was found posted on a Polish internet site in July.

IFPI and ZPAV worked with Depeche Mode's record label Mute and its parent company EMI to remove the link which was first posted online publicly on a forum site used by Depeche Mode fans.

IFPI then examined a German server, on which the video had been posted originally, with strictly controlled access. After analysing the data, numerous attempts to download the video were identified as coming from a specific internet address in Kielce, Poland.

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Musicnotes.com Sells One-Millionth Download

Musicnotes, Inc. announced today it has sold its 1,000,000th sheet music download, a little over a year after selling its 500,000th download. Download number one million was the song "Faithfully," written by Jonathan Cain and performed by the group Journey. The $4.95 download was purchased by Jacob Henley of Pasadena, Texas.

The first paid download at the Musicnotes.com web site occurred on November 3, 1999. This download of "Journey to the Past," composed by Lynn Ahrens and Steven Flaherty, from the movie 'Anastasia,' marked the first important milestone for the company.

"Hitting one million downloads is obviously a big milestone, but we are still in the early growth phase for downloadable sheet music and guitar tablature," said Musicnotes' CEO Kathleen Marsh.

"I really like Musicnotes," said Henley, an amateur piano player who has purchased from the Musicnotes.com site numerous times, including the 1,000,000th download. "They have a great selection and the site is very easy to use."

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ActiveInternet.com Announces The Availability Of Custom DRM Enabled Music Websites

ActiveInternet.com, a Microsoft Gold Certified DRM partner announces the availability of Ecommerce enabled music stores. The sites offer the features of the major music stores. The custom storefronts are targeted for record labels, video stores, retailers, distributors, independent musicians and other content owners. See a sample music store at ReggaeCountry.com .

The sites enable content owners to sell DRM protected Windows Media Files as well as hard goods. The music stores support multiple payment options, including credit cards, paypal, wallets, coupons, subscriptions and more. These music stores are custom made to the client's specifications The DRM system can also be integrated with most commercial shopping cart programs.

ActiveInternet.com recently released www.reggaeCountry.com . This site is a niche music store specializing in Reggae Music. The store features music downloads, videos, radio stations, ringtones, and more.

In addition, to the store fronts, ActiveInternet is also offering DRM service for independent artists and other content owners who do not need a store front with an integrated shopping cart. With this service, the files are encrypted with the DRM software and placed on the website or P2P networks freely for download. When the customer tries to play the file they are prompted for payment. There are virtually unlimited licensing schemes available for content owners.

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Sing, Sing, Sing

Sound Choice, a music production company, has launched one of the web's first interactive Karaoke web sites at http://www.ListenToMeSing.com, putting a new twist on this popular form of entertainment.

"Everybody loves to sing along to their favorite music, and Karaoke is immensely popular across the world," says Derek Slep, President of Sound Choice. "With ListenToMeSing.com, people can now croon their tunes sitting right at their desktop computer and even have other people listen to their recordings."

By tapping into new streaming and recording technologies, ListenToMeSing.com allows any singer with a PC to capture their performance and share it with others in the ListenToMeSing community. By plugging in a microphone, users can record their performances and then show off their talent with friends and other users. Options include sharing renditions with other members, sending an email link to friends outside the community, or allowing people to vote and give user feedback on performances.

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MusicNet Appoints Rory Parness CFO

MusicNet, the world's leading business-to-business digital music service provider, today announced that it has appointed Rory Parness to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Parness will be responsible for overseeing MusicNet's planning, reporting and financial systems operations, as well as monitoring and ensuring the Company's financial strength. He will be based in the Company's headquarters in New York and report directly to Alan McGlade, President and CEO of MusicNet.

"Having worked as an executive in the music industry for the last 15 years, Rory possesses both the financial acumen and passion for the business that we sought to add to our senior management team," said Alan McGlade. "We are confident that his deep knowledge of the recording industry will be an asset and provide a unique opportunity to create a state-of-the-art reporting system that will greatly benefit our distribution partners and the record labels."

Parness joins MusicNet from New York-based Zomba Label Group, a division of Sony-BMG, where he served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer. At Zomba, he provided strategic and operational financial management, oversaw the company's recording studio business, and directed its IT and facilities functions. Parness had previously served as Zomba's Vice President of Finance and Controller and was responsible for the company's annual budgets, financial statements and reports, cash management, tax filings, and overseeing royalty reporting.

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'The Peavey Revolution' Chronicles Music Mogul's Story

The Peavey Revolution is the fascinating story of Hartley Peavey and the company he founded 40 years ago. "I didn't have any money and couldn't afford to buy the things I wanted, like a stereo system or a guitar, so I ended up building my own," recalls Hartley Peavey.

Peavey's vision was to build top-quality musical instruments and amplifiers that ordinary musicians like him could afford. Through his ambition, creativity and dogged persistenceand amid personal triumphs and tragedieshe created one of the leading companies in the music and sound industry. Written by Ken Achard and with a foreword by guitar legend Steve Cropper, The Peavey Revolution tells the story of how this Mississippian pursued a dream and developed it into an international music-industry dynasty.

One of the most respected innovators in musical instruments and professional sound equipment, Hartley Peavey remains a maverick in the industry. The Peavey Revolution, as told by its colorful founder and many of his associates, shows how Hartley has influenced a generation and innovated "every link in the audio chain"from the instruments and amplifiers used by music legends to the elaborate sound systems behind Sydney Opera House, London Heathrow Airport and the Las Vegas Strip. It also recounts how this staunchly independent entrepreneur has remained the sole owner and visionary behind Peavey for its entire history, and how his ingenuity and fair-pricing philosophy keeps his company at the forefront of the music products industry.

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Nomad Entertainment Announces The Upcoming 2005 New York Music Seminar In Madison Square Garden

Nomad Entertainment has announced this week that it will bring to Manhattan what promises to be one of the largest and diverse Music Industry Seminars to hit the city in almost a decade. Seminar lecture classes will be lead by such industry giants as Jenine Mclain (Alicia Keys Manager), Bridget Lindsey of Sanctuary Artist Management (The management company that represents artist such as: Beyonce, Destiny's Child, Iron Maiden, Tommy Lee, Jane's Addiction), Wallace Collins ( who's client list includes: Moby, Creed, Ozzy Osbourne, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Eddy Grant, Ani DiFranco), and Kayo Roberson (who has worked with: Usher, Babyface, Whitney Houston, TLC, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Sheena Easton, The Deele, and Bobby Brown)...and these are just the names of a few of the industry leaders who will be heading seminar lecture classes. "The Keynote Speaker is one that will blow the crowd away," said representatives of Nomad Entertainment. "We will be releasing that! name closer the seminar date."

The 2005 New York Music Seminar will be a two day event which will take place on September 10th -11th at Manhattan's Madison Square Garden, and will feature not only the seminar lecture classes and opportunities to network with industry royalty, but it will also be host to up to 55 music industry themed vendors ( ranging anywhere from Music services to artist promotion and more).

"The idea is to give anyone interested in the music industry as a career, a chance to rub elbows with people they would probably never get a chance to meet in the real world, as well as give those independent labels and artists an opportunity to promote, sell and market themselves and show what they have to offer," said Maurice Woodson, CEO of Nomad Entertainment.

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Entertainment Rights Appoints BMG As Global Music Publisher

Entertainment Rights Plc ("ER"), one of the UK's leading independent media groups specialising in the ownership of children's and family programming, characters and brands today announces the appointment of BMG Music Publishing Limited ("BMG") as its administrator and sub-publisher throughout the world in respect of ER's music catalogue.

BMG, the world's largest independent music publisher and third largest overall, will represent ER's catalogue of music rights worldwide for leading brands including Postman Pat, Little Red Tractor, Basil Brush, He-Man and She-Ra as well as other brands owned or controlled by ER.

The agreement between ER and BMG Music Publishing will further bolster the publisher's presence in film and television and in particular the growing children's television market. BMG represents the music catalogues of major film and television companies such as the BBC, Fremantle, Talkback Thames and Famous Music (the catalogue of Paramount Pictures) to name a few and many other Indies such as Tiger Aspect and Wall to Wall.

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Provided by the MusicDish Network. Copyright © Tag It 2005 - Republished with Permission

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