SHURE LAWSUITShure Brothers filed a civil lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to enforce the firm's intellectual property rights.
Shure alleges that the defendants, Pro DJ Inc. of Saratoga, Calif., Taky Electronics Co. of Taichung, Taiwan, SHS Musical Wholesale of Indianapolis, Ind. and Music Go Round of Orland Park, Ill., violated federal and state law by copying the unique physical appearance of Shure's premium line of Beta microphones, as well as the promotional materials associated with the line. The counts forming the basis for the action include trade dress infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition, deceptive practices and copyright infringement. Shure asked the court for monetary and injunctive relief.
GLOBAL MUSIC MARKET UP IN 1998The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry reported that global music sales climbed 3% in 1998 to $38.7 billion, while growth of CD sales worldwide doubled from the previous year with a rise of 6%. However, worldwide unit sales of recorded music slipped 1% to 4.1 billion as cassettes continued to be replaced by CDs.
Music sales in the United States showed the strongest growth in four years, rising 11% in value and 7% in units due to high CD sales and growth in the clubs and special markets sector. The IFPI, which represents over 1,300 record producers in 70 countries, said the CD now accounts for 65% of all albums sold.
UPCOMING SHOWSMusicBiz 2005 takes place October 15-17 at Ex'pression Center for New Media in Emeryville, Calif. Billed as a "futurist music conference," the event will include panel discussions, hands-on demonstrations, workshops and special events. The focus is aimed five years down the road, when many of today's developments and controversial issues will have been resolved. Topics to be addressed are MP3 downloading and intellectual property rights, connecting the artist and fan in cyberspace, redefining the record company, Internet radio, emerging technologies (DVD multichannel audio, high-resolution recording/playback formats and advanced recording systems). Attendance is limited to 250 people. For more information contact Keith Hatschek and Associates at 415/227-0894 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fourth National Entertainment Industry conference, sponsored by Apple Computer Australia, will be held August 6-7 at the ABC Radio Centre in Sydney, Australia. There will be 50 speakers in eight seminar sessions, plus a TechXpo music technology and online music exhibition. Produced by IMMEDIA! every two years, this year's theme is "The Technology, Art & Business of Music." Brochures and registration information are available by calling Danielle at 612/9557-7766 or e-mailing email@example.com.
NEW WEB SITESXOOM.com, a direct e-commerce company, launched the beta version of its Media Sharehouse (http://sharehouse.xoom.com), a free online service that allows members to store, share or showcase virtually any type of digital file, from MP3 audio files to streaming video clips. XOOM.com also announced the Lilith Fair Online Talent Search. The contest will showcase talented women in music, encouraging them to submit songs on CD, audio tape or over the Net as MP3 files. XOOM.com will digitize the songs and showcase them in the Media Sharehouse, where visitors can download the tracks and vote for their favorites. On August 1, the ten songs with the most votes will be put before a panel of judges. The winner will be announced on August 10.
Yamaha Pro Audio's site at www.yamaha.com/proaudio contains product descriptions, reprints of product reviews, press releases and more. There's also a section allowing dealers special password access to downloadable images and specialized sales literature.
Ultimedia launched www.rpmdirect.com, a site featuring industry forums allowing producers, executives, studio owners and pro audio personnel to trade information in an industry-only environment. The site is currently free to producers, mixers, engineers, techs, etc., who submit their discography information. Music supervisors and A&R executives can subscribe to the site.
Radian Audio Engineering's site at www.radianaudio.com includes descriptions and specifications for their systems, components and replacement diaphragms. Information on installations and new products is also available.
Sweetwater Sound's site has been updated and redesigned. The site features "inSync," the industry's first Internet daily. Check out www.sweetwater.com.
CORRECTIONIn the article "Vocal Recording Masters in Their Own Words" (April '99) we referred to recording engineer Chris Fogel as Chris Vogel, and misspelled the names of producer Glen Ballard and artist John Hiatt. Our sincere apologies.
Producer Tom Dowd will be inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame and Sting will receive the Les Paul Award at the 15th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held September 24 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.
The TEC Awards Hall of Fame was created to recognize individuals whose careers have exemplified the spirit of creative and technical excellence in professional audio. Tom Dowd was a staff engineer for Atlantic Records in the '50s and '60s, working on classic sessions with everyone from John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman to Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding. Later, he became a highly successful producer, cutting albums with the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others.
The Les Paul Award recognizes individuals who have set the highest standards in the creative application of technology. From his groundbreaking work with The Police in the late '70s, through a succession of brilliant solo albums, Sting has proven to be a master singer, songwriter, producer, musician and bandleader-an innovator as well as a superb collaborator. Working with the likes of engineers Hugh Padgham and Neil Dorfsman, he's had an enormous impact on the sound of pop records in the latter part of this century.
For a complete list of the 1999 TEC Awards nominees, please see page 70. For tickets or information about the TEC Awards, call Karen Dunn at 925/939-6149.