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Saturday, June 26, 2004
Friday, June 25, 2004
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
RIAA again sues an insignificant number of filesharers.
Loudeye apparently supplies Napster and iTunes with a major portion of their catalogue. Middlemen to the middlemen.
Biometric DRM gets a scathing response from Register readers.
More on Beastie Boys' ineffective yet invasive DRM.
iTunes is doing well in Europe.
It doesn't look like the EFF's impassioned speech at MS' campus made any difference: MS and Apple have ignored a convention calling for the most basic of fair use rights.
A sarcastic half-satire by The Register based on true events.
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
European online music stores merge.
DMCA reform is gaining steam.
Interesting example of what should be legal.
HBS review of Oberholzer-Gee and Strumpf's paper.
Monday, June 21, 2004
Another major merger in the works. I fail to see what sort of economics of scale will result from these mergers, except for greater control over market prices.
8cm singles are back. Still not much chance of actually being able to play them, though.
Rhapsody can blog now. This is the latest in a series of developments where music services rediscover the original, social, aspects that helped make the original Napster a phenomenon.
Torrentocracy provides the ability to download recorded shows from the Internet to your Linux PVR. Nice bit of consolidation.
Saturday, June 19, 2004
The model for the future? Already, DC++ networks are the place for serious file-sharers, as they are generally much faster and more secure.
Movies for Music aims to illustrate the pitfalls of the current industry model.
P2P meets DJ Dangermouse--the Tapeworm Collective.
Friday, June 18, 2004
DRMed CD tops charts. No one cares. DRM reaches new (illegal?) lows.
DMCA and other US exports may find their way to Australia. Meanwhile, the US government doesn't seem to be doing to well with its own interventions (1 2 3). And a bill that makes some sense is under fire.
New devices are coming out. BMW-branded MP3 player/watch arrives. The latest generation of MD players sneaks in as well, with the feature that Sony's label has long kept out of it--high-speed digital export.
"Viral distribution," a.k.a. P2P from record companies, is entering a trial phase. Skepticism welcome.
Thursday, June 17, 2004
More old-paradigm thinking from Congress. Miscreants can easily use much more secure forms of communication over the Internet, as can corporations conducting legitimate business.
Were this digital, it would be illegal.
Perhaps some day the revenue from video content will come largely in the form of exploiting its cultural currency. Although embedded advertising distorts that cultural currency, it seems to be on the rise, and might provide a viable alternative to current ad models.
Anti-child exploitation act has effects far beyond its purported intent.
Yet another music service launches...in Finland. And a handful more in the UK.
The fundamental problem with DRM is that is requires centralization of everything, causing problems like this. In short, it keeps the world in the pre-Internet age.
Music piracy will likely be easier to control on cell phones, as they have a consumer-device history vs. the PC's more versitile one, but will still become a problem as data over mobile becomes more prevalent.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
CD prices tended to move up and down together. Oligopoly anyone?
A clever trick to avoid paying royalties will likely never see the light of day.
BBC archive going online. In the United Kingdom, anyone who owns a television must pay a BBC-allocated fee, so the public owns its programming. Contrast this with, say, IP in America, where the NIH funds most drug research, but pharma reaps the profits.
Nice article in the Toronto Star.
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Mr Grimsdale said: "My guess is that there will be gateways between the two DRM systems in the not too distant future. This is, to my knowledge, the first time anyone in the industry as addressed the issue of the permanence of purchases, other than in spiteful rhetoric towards those who provide tools to un-DRM files. Fundamentally, the problem is that the industry wants to possess and consume the same proverbial cake. DVDs and CDs are physical media, and there is no copying allowed, because the end user is not buying the media, he/she is buying the content. At the same time, moving content between devices is frowned upon, particularly in the early days of MP3, and if your physical media is damaged, they will not provide a replacement, so the end user doesn't really own the content either.
While the previous article claims gateways between different DRM specs will avoid a Betamax-VHS scenario, Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD seems to be the format war of the future.
DirecTV agrees to not abuse DMCA quite as much. Score one for the EFF.
Monday, June 14, 2004
Starz launches video-on-demand along with Real.
The effect of iTMS on sales of other download services: positive?
The charts seem increasingly inaccurate. New forms of 'buying your gross' with endorsed songs at red-eye hours, concerts giving out CDs with the show, and now soccer songs claim tops in the charts. Of course, one could argue that the predominance of top-# stations in the last decade has been making the charts something akin to a high school class election/popularity contest.
I included this link before, but it occurred to me recently that the proper term for what the RIAA prevents is time-shifting à la TiVo.
Sunday, June 13, 2004
Friday, June 11, 2004
Thursday, June 10, 2004
Broadband use is up. Music industry surrenders.
The computer is not the only battleground any more for music sharing. TiVo and cell phones will soon have sufficient capabilities to share. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the traditionally-copy-protected sector of consumer devices.
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Monday, June 07, 2004
Wired has an excellent snapshot of the current world IP scene.
Advertising for Internet radio faces challenges. Combined with the fees the RIAA wanted to impose on the medium, it may be years before iRadio listening is widespread. One would think they would wait, to give the new medium time to develop.
"As the increasing popularity of downloading highlights, there is certainly still a market for music." Positive externalities to downloading, anyone? Or is the RIAA simply eliminating the older middleman and creating a new set which it can claim more value from--iTunes is rumoured not to turn a profit for Apple, and as the middlemen scramble to claim bragging rights for the most extensive catalogue, record companies have the upper hand.
"They've got rocks in their head." Well-said.
Classical music, no more?
The Gray Soundtrack. Fair use strikes again.
Saturday, June 05, 2004
P2P on a donations model.
Scientists discover ways to preserve wax cylinder music recordings digitally. In other news, Congress extends copyright terms once again.
Friday, June 04, 2004
Philadelphia-area college RIAA lawsuits
McDonald's and Sony music online promotion
Thursday, June 03, 2004
Patent trolls banished from the realm
Integration between music services, the computer, and portable players. Definitely iTunes-like. We will see how long before the DRM is broken.
It looks like primarily verification, not enforcement, despite claims of "other implications for copyright production in CDs, DVDs and video."
An increasingly-common view among professional (classical) musicians, from what I've seen. Trying to make money off of art can ruin the enjoyment inherent in producing that art.
The title, incidentally, is Greek. Technically, it should be "AntigrafoDexia," a combination of the Modern Greek word for "Copy" and the Ancient Greek word for "Right," or so the online dictionaries tell me, but I like the sound of this better. So the site title share henceforth confuse all Greek speakers, as it means "WriteRight."