happy memorial day from megatrax!

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comcast tests new technology

Comcast cable is testing an alternative to set-top boxes that may well herald the next wave in cable technology. Reports Lisa Greim for PC World: Comcast is testing a system that would let users replace their set-top box with any Internet-ready device, like a laptop or video game console… Why Is This Important? The move is significant for a couple of reasons. First, as Journal reporter Jessica Vascellaro notes, VoIP is the same technology that AT&T’s U-Verse and various smaller companies have used to make an end run around pay-TV providers. In other words, Comcast proposes to beat competitors at their own packet-switched game. Second, although Comcast says it has […]

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europe looks to overhaul copyright laws

The European Commission is looking for a way to standardize copyright laws and licensing across the 27 nations in the EU, and this week they made their formal proposal. Reports Andrew Orlowski for The Register UK: The European Commission has published its blueprint on IP, in a document with suggestions for orphan works, music licensing, trademarks, counterfeiting and online liabilities. The Commission wants multi-territory licensing of music rights, rather than forcing users of copyright (in the traditional sense) to negotiate country by country. Copyright groups want this too – and came up with a proposal to grease the wheels called the Santiago Agreement 10 years ago. This was rejected by Eurocrats […]

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when did megatrax save your day?

Myron Gigger made the video above to show how Megatrax saved his day. We’d love to know about a time Megatrax saved your day. When did you find exactly the right cue, cut, or promo? When did Megatrax’s selection come through when you were on a tight schedule? When did you find exactly the right beat for your project? Use the comment space to tell us all about it, and to let us know what else you’d love to find in our catalogs!

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hey, world! check us out… on wikipedia!

Megatrax has arrived… On Wikipedia! Check us out at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megatrax_Production_Music, and let us know what else you want to know about us!

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connect with megatrax on linkedin!

LinkedIn went public today, and the buzz around that certainly indicates that it’s the place to be for online networking with other professionals. Megatrax is there, and we’d love to connect with you. If you haven’t already, look for us under “Companies,” and follow us. If you’re using and loving any of our catalogs, we’d love your recommendation on any of them on our “Products” page, too. We hope to see you there soon! Megatrax’s LinkedIn Page

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film score copyright infringement suit targets jay z

Jay Z is no stranger to copyright law, having been on both sides of copyright disputes over the course of his career. He finds himself now, though, on the wrong end of a copyright infringement suit for illegally sampling the score of an obscure Egyptian film. Reports Eriq Gardner for The Hollywood Reporter: Hip-hop superstar Jay-Z is facing a lawsuit over claims that the mogul’s megahit song “Big Pimpin” violates the “moral rights” of heirs of a 1960s Egyptian film composer. In a decision Tuesday, a California federal judge ruled that the plaintiff has standing to pursue a lawsuit. What is it with hip-hop producers sampling decades-old film music and then […]

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copyright law upheaval in the uk makes news

The Hargreaves Review of copyright will be published in the UK this week, and it’s up for debate what effect it will have on Britain’s creative industries. Says Rory Cellan-Jones for the BBC: The Hargreaves Review of copyright is published on Wednesday and I’ve now got a pretty good idea of what it will look like. So who has won the battle between the radicals who wanted sweeping changes to our system, and the conservatives who said it was working just fine? What the review does not do, according to several people in the know, is go down the radical route suggested by the prime minister last November.

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sales philosophy from megatrax’s chad huffman

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. My foray into sales was supposed to be brief at best. Something to keep me afloat while I found a “real job” as a journalist, something in public relations, or at worst writing ads. Now, gasp, 10 years later I remain, beyond content with my decisions. Honestly, I couldn’t see myself in any other profession now. I love sales and have been lucky to work with some excellent companies and people that have helped me along the way. One of my first sales life lessons by a handle-bar mustachioed Xerox big wig, and the one that remains most prevalent today, is that “people […]

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ascap makes news taking a stand for songwriters

ASCAP awed lawmakers this week with a huge concert in Washington DC aimed towards making lawmakers aware of the people who make a living writing songs– and deserve to have their property protected. Says The Reliable Source for The Washington Post: Hard times for the music industry means fun times for Capitol Hill. Rarely does a month go by without a chance for music-loving lawmakers to be serenaded by virtuosos with a plea — performers craving radio royalties, recording artists seeking help in the fight against illegal downloading, and so on. Tuesday night’s musical charm offensive came from the songwriters. No particular agenda outlined at the ASCAP Foundation’s concert at […]

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