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The Music Industry’s Fight Against Napster – Part 1: Napster’s Rise to Fame

On December 6, 1999, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sued the first file sharing platform Napster for copyright infringment. This was the start of a still ongoing campaign against file-sharing and related practises. On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of RIAA’s lawsuit against Napster, I would like to retell the story of Napster relying on Joseph Menn’s book “all that rave. The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning’s Napster” (2003) as well as on court documents and press articles.

In part 1 Napster’s rise to fame until RIAA’s filing its lawsuit against Napster is highlighted.

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Call-for-papers: 6th Vienna Music Business Research Days

The 6th Vienna Music Business Research Days will be held at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria, from September 29 to October 01, 2015.

Music Business Research is an inter-discipline at the intersection of economic, artistic, cultural, social, legal, technological and further developments which contribute to the creation/production, dissemination/ distribution and reception/consumption of music. This interdisciplinary nature calls for methodological multiplicity and is open to scholars from all scientific areas.

The conference organizers invite scholars (from the postdoctoral level on) who have a research focus on music business/industry related topics to submit a paper proposal for the conference day on September 30, 2015: pdf-version of the call-for-papers

Indicative themes on all music business research areas, include, but not limited to:

  • Past, current and future developments in the music industry (recorded music industry, live music sector, music publishing, music retailing and wholesaling, music instruments industry etc.);
  • Music market research and music charts research;
  • The economic and social situation of musicians as well as the labor market for musicians;
  • The management of musicians and music institutions;
  • The marketing of music;
  • Music branding and sponsoring;
  • Public and private funding of the music sector (including new forms of music funding such as crowdfunding);
  • Case studies on music companies and other music institutions;
  • Legal aspects of the music business (contracts, copyright, competition law/policy etc.);
  • Music licensing and collecting societies;
  • Music media (radio, TV, online-based media etc.);
  • Economic aspects of music genres (classical, pop/rock, jazz, world music markets etc.);
  • Business-related music education;
  • Music export;

Gender issues can be included in almost every research topic mentioned above.

For further information , please click here:

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Call-for-papers: Young Scholars’ Workshop 2015

The Young Scholars’ Workshop (September 29, 2015), as part of the 6th Vienna Music Business Research Days (Vienna, Austria), invites once again young researchers to submit paper abstracts of all disciplines exploring questions that help understand economic and managerial problems as well as processes of the music business sector and in the field of music management. There are many questions that call for investigation and need to be discussed in music business research, for example:

  • What drives innovation in the music business sector?
  • How can we scientifically understand and differentiate music business models?
  • What do we know about critical success factors? Have success factors changed over time – and has music business (entrepreneurship) changed in general?
  • What rationalities affect this very “personal” industry?
  • Did the crisis change the management of music business?
  • What can we learn about the customer’s willingness to pay for music recordings or related goods?
  • Who will control the future music market, e.g., startups or Apple?
  • How can we understand the role of brands and the music industry?
  • And how can music business research support efforts for innovative business models?


These research questions are not exhaustive, papers may also address other aspects.

The workshop organizers Prof. Dr. Carsten Winter (Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media) and Prof. Dr. Peter Tschmuck (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) strongly encourage submissions from students at all levels of MA & PhD. Students are supposed to work on their MA or PhD thesis and discuss it with senior researchers of music business research.

Abstracts (of about 1,000 characters) are due by April 30, 2015, and full papers (15-30 pages) are due by August 31, 2015. Only abstracts and papers submitted on time will be considered.

A maximum of 6-8 papers will be selected for presentation to guarantee a workshop atmosphere. The sessions will combine paper presentations and discussions including interactive elements. Information on the acceptance of the paper proposal will be sent until June 1, 2015, at the latest.

Please email your submission to

Paper proposals and final papers must be submitted as pdf documents and should include contact information, at least affiliation, e-mail address, telephone number and postal address of the author(s).

Click here for a pdf-version of the call-for-papers


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How Bad Is Music Streaming?

In the past few days two studies on the impact of music streaming on recorded music sales surfaced. The Country Music Association (CMA) presented study results that streaming services are more successful in fostering music sales than radio. It was reported that more than a quarter of the respondents purchased music after streaming it compared to eight percent of radio listeners. Since the CMA study is not available, the results cannot be seriously assessed. Therefore, we rely on a study of Stephen McBride, a researcher of the Science Team at Pandora Media. He testified before the U.S. Copyright Royalty Judges and presented evidence that show a positive impact on music sales. In a nutshell, he highlights that listening to a song on Pandora increases music sales be more than 2 percent – a moderate “Pandora effect”, as he called it. In following, I will analyse McBride’s findings in the so-called Music Sales Experiments that were conducted by Pandora’s science team. Learn more about it here:

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5th Vienna Music Business Research Days in Retrospective

Logo VMBRD 2014The 5th Vienna Music Business Research Days were devoted to the question “How to Monetize Music in the Digital Age”? Academics and business professionals  answered this questions from different perspectives. The VMBR-Days 2014 were held in cooperation with the Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference and attracted an even larger international audience than in the years before. On Oct 3rd, a conference track day complemented the invited conference day on Oct 2nd for the first time. Academics from Austria, Australia, Brasil, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom presented recent findings of a wide range of music business research topics.

The Young Scholars’ Workshop gathered for the fourth time students and mentors/discussants from more than 10 countries to discuss the findings a papers derived from master and PhD theses (see also the webpage of the Young Scholars’ Workshop 2014).

For a detailed coverage of the whole conference– including most of the papers and presentation slides as well as the audio streams of all talks and discussions of Oct 2nd – please click here. Continue reading ‘5th Vienna Music Business Research Days in Retrospective’


5th Vienna Music Business Research Days

Logo VMBRD 2014The 5th Vienna Musis Business Research Days discuss the question of “How to Monetize Music in the Digital Age” in Joseph Haydn Hall at the University of Music Performing Arts Vienna (Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna) from October 1-3, 2014. This international conference gathers scholars from different disciplines and music business professionals for all around the world.

Oct 1, 10:00-18:00: Young Scholars’ Workshop (CLOSED EVENT!)

Oct 1, 18:30-19:30: Joint conference reception with Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference in Schönberg-Hall in Wiener Konzerthaus (Lothringer Straße 20, 1030 Vienna).

Oct 2, 09:00-18:00: First Conference Day in Joseph Haydn-Hall with invited speakers and panelist, see conference program:

Oct 3, 09:00-18:00: Second Conference Day in Joseph Haydn-Hall and the Large Seminar Room at IKM (see campus map) with submitted paper presentations by academics from all around the world (see program).

Follow the 5th Vienna Music Business Research on Oct. 2, 2014 from 09:00-18:00 (CEST) on live audio stream:


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Ticketing on Ticketgarden is closed. If you want to participate, please come to the registration desk in the entrance hall of the main building of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna) on October 2. Registration starts at 8:45. Tickets  for passive participation are available for EUR 49 for those who are not members of University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.


Wer noch teilnehmen möchte, kommt bitte a 2.10. ab 8:45 zum Registration Desk in der Eingangshalle des Hauptgebäudes der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Wien). Die passive Teilnahme für Personen, die nicht Bedienstete der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien sind, beträgt EUR 49.-

See also the joint-program with Waves Vienna Music Conference at the University of Music Performing Arts campus’ on Oct 2, 2014: You get free access there too with tickets for the VMBR-Days.


Media Coverage of the 5th Vienna Music Business Research Days 2014:

Salzburger Nachrichten, September 29, 2014: “Ein Hit allein füllt nicht die Taschen

Futurezone, September 30, 2014: Die Zukunft des Musikgeschäfts

Heise Online, October 1, 2014: “Wiener Tage der Musikwirtschaftsforschung: Moneten, Musik und as Internet”

Futurezone, October 3, 2014: Musikwirtschaft: “Musik-Streaming funktioniert finanziell nicht”



Introducing our guests: Paul Resnikoff, digitalmusicnews, Los Angeles

The 5th Vienna Music Business Research Days will be held at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna from Oct 1-3, 2014.  A mixed group of music business professionals and music business researcher will highlight the question on “How to Monetize Music in the Digital Age” from different perspectives. All conference guest that will present/discuss on Oct 2, 2014 in Joseph Haydn-Hall will be introduced in a short blog series.

Paul Resnikoff, publisher of, will talk about the future of music streaming services in Joseph Haydn-Hall on Oct. 2 from 10:00-10:45. He will also moderate the afternoon panel (16:00-17:30) with Keith Harris (PPL and manager of Stevie Wonder), Marc Marot (CEO Crown Talent & Media Group), Andy Chen (CEO of ASPIRO, parent company of Norwegian music streaming service WiMP) and Florian Drücke (CEO of IFPI Germany).

Paul_Resnikoff_fotoPaul Resnikoff is the founder and publisher of Digital Music News (, a premier industry source for news, information, and analysis.  Digital Music News has quickly grown from its humble roots as a small, executive news service to the most widely read information source in the field.

Prior to starting Digital Music News, Paul Resnikoff headed the digital music initiative at internet portal Lycos (until its painful implosion).  He started out at the not-quite-imploded Epic Records (Sony Music Entertainment) in New York, specifically within international and eventually worldwide marketing.

Resnikoff’s interest in digital music comes from his passion for playing and listening to music.  He grew up playing French horn under the tutelage of Howard University professor Bill Penn.  Paul’s father, a consumer protection and anti-trust attorney, is a huge aficionado of the lower brass and actively plays tuba, baritone, trombone, and stand-up bass.

In terms of listening, Resnikoff prefers Progressive House, Classical, 90s Death Metal, New York Rap, Dancehall Reggae and a sprinkling of Reggaeton and Champeta.  Rachmaninoff, araabMUZIK, Obituary, 80s Motley Crüe and Schoolboy Q are just a few getting put into heavy rotation these days, alongside staples like Mozart and Nas.

Outside of Digital Music News, Resnikoff has a boutique music industry consultancy and is expanding the DMN concept into TV (look out for ‘Channel Daily’…) Beyond that, Paul also enjoys traveling (most recently Colombia, South Korea, Argentina, Norway, and Austria), real estate, and is an avid tennis player and urban cyclist. He’s failed miserably at living a car-free lifestyle (in Los Angeles), and remains a long-suffering Washington Redskins fan (on a number of levels).

Paul Resnikoff earned his degree in Economics and Music from Stanford University.

Click for the detailed conference programme here:

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