Consumers, musicians and the music industry are not the only ones affected by the ‘giant billboard in the sky and virtual jukebox’, read here. Legislators have been racing to keep up and reform seems to be perpetual.


In the early days, it was all so simple. Queen Anne published her Statute in 1710, replacing the print monopoly system with a copyright for authors in their books. That was the start o...

This ‘giant billboard in the sky and virtual jukebox’, read here, has been a bonanza for consumers and hugely disruptive for the music industry. But what about musicians?

 

The biggest impact has been connection with fans. Musicians can now have a direct dialogue with fans in a way that would be inconceivable before the Internet. Back then, an artist could communicate at a live gig, through recording...