Quick Hits: Forbes forecast; interview with RIAA lawyer

Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:

Forbes columnist attempts to match 2016 prediction success: Zack O’Malley Greenburg struck gold in three out of four of his 2016 predictions last year. That’s a high standard to live up to, and Greenburg fearlessly picks up the gauntlet this year with four music and music-service predictions in Forbes. You can guess his Spotify prediction — not going very far out on a limb with that one.

RIAA lawyer talks about … things: A Hollywood Reporter interview with Steve Marks, General Counsel for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) covers a look back at 2016, expected lawsuits and legislative issues, and music law generally. “2017 is shaping up to be a critical year for music law,” he says, partly because although the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has established royalty rates for recorded music, the rates for songwriters and publishers are being argued now.

Brad Hill