Senate Passes Music Modernization Act — Even as late as Tuesday afternoon, the fate of the landmark music legislation was still uncertain, but a last-minute compromise got the bill onto the Senate floor, where it passed by a unanimous voice vote Tuesday evening. For more on those pivotal hours, see Music Modernization Act Passed Thanks to Last-Minute SiriusXM Compromise: Sources and Inside the Music Modernization Act’s Last-Minute Negotiations With SiriusXM. Also see Industry Reacts To Music Modernization Act Passage and, for the perspective of one of the many individual creators and artists who have been key to moving the bill forward, We Did It. The bill must still go back through the House, which is anticipated to occur soon and without any obstacles, before being signed into law. And then the real fun begins.
In Honor of Constitution Day: Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 and the Pursuit of Happiness — Neil Turkewitz writes, “Let’s use this opportunity of celebrating the Constitution to cast off the divisive rhetoric, and to celebrate the arts. The arts not only give meaning to life, but fuel the economy.”
Guest Post: Think Sci-Hub is Just Downloading PDFs? Think Again — “Let me be clear: Sci-Hub is not just stealing PDFs. They’re phishing, they’re spamming, they’re hacking, they’re password-cracking, and basically doing anything to find personal credentials to get into academic institutions. While illegal access to published content is the most obvious target, this is just the tip of an iceberg concealing underlying efforts to steal multiple streams of personal and research data from the world’s academic institutions.”
Gillian Welch on How ‘Everything Is Free’ Became a Modern Classic in the Streaming Era — A wonderful interview from singer-songwriter Welch, who reflects on the tune she penned during the Napster era, which is experiencing a resurgence 18 years later. Most recently, the tune has been covered by artists such as Father John Misty and Courtney Barnett.
Musical instrument goes flat in presence of adulterated medicine — Fascinating. “The challenge with making a generic test for contamination is that all sorts of things can end up in food and medicine. The key to this new idea is that you don’t necessarily need to know what has been added, only that it is different from the standard formulation. In almost all cases, changing the formulation changes the density of a liquid. A sensitive mass sensor, then, should be able to detect medicines that have not been produced properly. … In the developing world especially, hospitals and individuals cannot shell out thousands of dollars for highly sensitive mass balances. They do, however, have access to musical instruments.”