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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Digital music sales tripled in 2005
Two years ago, few could have predicted the extraordinary developments we are seeing in the digital music business today.
Few inside the music industry, perhaps....
And the numbers.

German Wikipedia site goes offline after lawsuit
Floricic family has not wanted his name revealed. When the existence of the article—which appeared on on May 31, 2005—became known to the family, they responded with a lawsuit. On Tuesday, a judge sided with the family and ordered be taken down until the offending content was removed. However, the site and original article are still accessible through

Carriers push for tiers, Google isn't buying
The carriers are getting pretty good at spinning this argument to sound benign, as if they are just looking for a fair fee for the greater bandwidth used by larger sites—until one considers the fact that the pipes are already being paid for at either end by web hosts and consumers.

Following the money: how Subway ads ended up in Counter-Strike : Page 1
For Counter-Strike, the code was "included within the game" by means of a special mod developed by IGA that displayed ads at various places in particular maps—but it was never cleared with Valve, the game's creator.
Similar to the recent PSP ad controversy, but digital?

Slyck News - Parallel Success for P2P and iTunes
A large percentage of Napster users (over 50,000) are students who are forced into subscription by virtue of a university “technology fee.” - the original daily p2p and digital media news site
The Big Four, Warner Music, Sony BMG, Vivendi Universal and EMI have, with the help of the movie and software industries, been able to elevate common-garden counterfeit activities to the level of major crime and they routinely use the USTR as a stick with which to beat countries which don't satisfactorily act against 'pirates,' as they've dubbed criminals who copy CDs and DVDs.

Open Access News
John Willinsky's new book begins - quite effectively - by describing how rising prices and a fluctuating currency have forced the Kenya Medical Research Institute to cancel most of its subscriptions to medical journals.

Furdlog » Some (Transparently) Dangerous Rhetoric
Market systems aren’t natural. They are a scientifically-constructed legal scaffolding as engineered as the blueprint of an Airbus jet or the latest automobile rolling off the BMW factory line.



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