Quick Hits: Rhapsody exec criticizes labels; Journal and Scripps merge; Lyric sites sued

Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:

Rhapsody exec says labels gave YouTube too much power:¬†Rhapsody European exec¬†Thorsten Schliesche reviews new audience metrics in a Guardian interview, then takes labels to task for giving content to YouTube unnecessarily, calling them “short-sighted.” [The Guardian]

Journal and Scripps merge: Today’s big broadcast (and newspaper) news is the the merger of Journal Communications and E.W. Scripps. their newspaper businesses will reportedly be spun out. the press announcement focused on TV more than radio. We’re interested in knowing what will happen to the Radio League app, an innovative mobile listening service started by Journal in March. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Lyric sites sued by NMPA: The National Music Publishers Association has sued two of the dozens of music-lyric sites that publish song words without authorization. As this background article explains, the clean-up of infringing activity around the web started last fall, and most of the sites under NMPA investigation has reached licensing deals or are currently negotiating. [Digital Music News]



Brad Hill