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Matt Goyer: Digital Music

My thoughts and beliefs on digital music were formed and shaped by my experiences as founder of Fairtunes Inc. a company dedicated to providing an alternative compensation mechanism for artists.

Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 22:50:40 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2004 Matt Goyer

CBC Radio 3 would make a great Media Center application

Tue, 21 Sep 2004 06:26:35 GMT

Today, as we sat contemplating living room killer apps, one of my Media Center designer friends pointed me to the webzine (?), CBC Radio 3, and we marvelled at the beauty of their design and their excellent choice of content. With a little bit of work it could easily be transformed into a very nice 10' application. In fact it is one of the first 2' sites that I've seen that should absolutely have a 10' version. Why? The photography with music with writing just blends so nicely together and is just suited for consuming on a Sunday afternoon from the couch.

Wed, 04 Aug 2004 21:25:20 GMT

Drunken Blog, Convergence Kills:
At the end of the day it's not going to be about who is selling what end-play device, it's going to be about who is sitting in the middle. And Apple wants to be that benevolent dictator, parsing DRM-protected content to whatever device you're using at the time.

This is a very lengthy but very fascinating look at Apple's long term strategy. The best digital media article/post I've read in a long time.

...And if you don't think video on demand is here. It is. Recently we used Cinema Now to watch a video on demand. Yes, there were problems, but within a short time of selecting a movie and paying we were able to watch it. I believe the technology for VOD is around today. The barriers to adoption are one, the user interface, and two, the pricing model.

Mon, 02 Aug 2004 21:26:40 GMT

I recently got an email asking for a recommendation for a Canadian digital music service.

It is my understanding Canadians have only two options. Puretracks and Napster. Is that correct? Anyone have any positive or negative experiences with either?

Wed, 05 Feb 2003 21:02:26 GMT

Jack Valenti:
In the digital world, we don't need back-ups, because a digital copy never wears out. It is timeless.

Valenti must have some special touch with DVDs and CDs because I always end up scratching them and rendering them useless. Never mind that I'm averaging about one hard drive failure a year. I think back-ups are essential in a digital world (from an interview in the Harvard Political Review)

Tue, 12 Nov 2002 00:19:50 GMT

Rolling Stone has placed a great ad in the New York Times 'thanking' the record execs:
Because of you, millions of kids will stop wasting time listening to new music and seeking out new bands.

And there's another one, Squeaking by on a 4000% mark-up.

Premature releases featuring one good song plus forty minutes to forget won't garner much sympathy. Won't fill that six car garage either.

(Via Pho)

Wed, 02 Oct 2002 20:04:11 GMT

Who called it (who didn't call it??): DataPlay poised to close doors.
DataPlay, a company attempting to replace CDs as the music format of choice, has missed its announced release date and appears unlikely to survive.

Mon, 09 Sep 2002 23:25:46 GMT

ZDNet: Toshiba's Mobilphile: A waste of good technology
In an apparent attempt to play nice with the recording industry, Toshiba has managed to sap all of the benefits from USB 2.0.

See Toshiba has proprietary software which converts all your MP3s into an encrypted format and because that encryption process takes so long the USB 2.0 connection degrades into a USB 1.1 connection. It also means that no third parties will be able to develop apps for all those 'fringe' OSes.. Ah well. Good thing I bought an iPod.

Tue, 03 Sep 2002 22:45:29 GMT

This just in:
A bankruptcy judge blocked the sale of Napster Inc. to Bertelsmann AG, killing a deal that might have revived the former song-swap service as a legitimate music-sharing network.
But does anyone care?

Fri, 30 Aug 2002 19:41:57 GMT

Sleeman Cream Ale presents: Label-free music, The best unsigned bands

Maybe this isn't new. I just heard a spot for it on the radio in the car today.

Mon, 05 Aug 2002 20:25:25 GMT

NY Times Magazine: Who's That Girl? is an in-depth article of the making of yet another teen (though she's my age) star (it's reminiscent of the WSJ story about Carly Hennessy):
To break even on Latona's record, J must sell 500,000 copies; last year, of the 6,455 albums distributed by major labels, only 112 sold that many.

To complement this article the Globe and Mail had an article on Saturday answering the question of why radio was so homogeneous (of course the article isn't available online). The answer is of course advertising dollars. Without homogeneous radio big business wouldn't have large audiences to sell it's homogeneous products to.

So how do we break the vicious downward spiral of our culture?

Is it to make it profitable for them to take chances on the indies?

Thu, 01 Aug 2002 18:50:08 GMT

Here's some filler content: Free CDs!

I think we're going to stop giving away free CDs for a while because no one wants them. Maybe we'll start giving away free 0100101s. I hear it's trendy to do that.

Sat, 27 Jul 2002 00:09:15 GMT

Howard Berman: I rise today to introduce legislation that will help stop peer-to-peer piracy.

But you should read 'I rise today to introduce legislation on behalf of my backers who are blaming their inability to profit during an economic slowdown on punk kids with PCs.'

My favorite line is right at the end No legislation can eradicate the problem of peer-to-peer piracy. Duh!? So what the hell is he introducing? Oh right.. The first step that will help the marketplace more effectively manage the problems.

Bah. I'm glad I live in Canada where it takes way too long for new legislation to be introduced.

Fri, 26 Jul 2002 17:37:28 GMT


Thu, 18 Jul 2002 04:58:22 GMT

There was an announcement in the Globe today that Brian Tobin joined the Canadian Record Industry Association's board of directors. Is that good or bad?

Wed, 17 Jul 2002 18:45:51 GMT

iPod news:
Apple lowered the price of the 5GB iPod to $299 from $399 and the 10GB model to $399 from $499. The new 10GB model also comes with a new case and remote control. The redesigned 10GB model is now 10 percent thinner. Jobs also introduced a 20GB iPod for $499.
And it's now going to officially work with windows:
Apple has partnered with MusicMatch for the syncing software. This means there are three iPod models for Mac users and three models for Windows users with MusicMatch software.

And there's also a cryptic note that 'Another new iTunes 3 feature lets people rate songs.' I wonder what that means??

One of these days when I'm rich and famous I'll buy a Mac.

Fri, 12 Jul 2002 20:30:16 GMT

Check out this Overpeer patent application for a:
Method of preventing reduction of sales amount of records due to digital music file illegally distributed through communication network

Tue, 09 Jul 2002 21:28:30 GMT


*If* MP3 downloading cuts into record sales the record industry will be faced with two options:

  • Adapt - Heaven forbid they sell consumers what they want.
  • Resist - If they choose to resist then you are right, they only have one option, which is the prosecution of individuals which will be not only a PR nightmare but also *very* costly.

I think we're seeing signs that soon they'll adapt, i.e. Universal Music to Offer Album Downloads on EMusic. But of course I hope they resist and die because who besides Britney needs them? (Artists will of course continue to need smaller labels.. Just not any of the big 5).

Update 1:

Looks like Gary believes their only option is DRM. I disagree. Once labels figure out how to couple tangible benefits to the sale of an intangible like music then they'll be back in business. Rogue p2p networks may (in the future) offer perfectly encoded & tagged MP3s over a blindingly fast connection but by downloading those MP3s you won't be eligible to win front row tickets or get discounts on T-shirts and the like (i.e. The Tragically Hip's THC).

Labels act as gatekeepers and 'unfortunately' they can't guard against people listening to music but they can levy tolls for access to concerts, merchandise, chats,... That's where the money will be.

Tue, 09 Jul 2002 19:36:58 GMT

Howard Berman on Just desserts for scofflaws:
Each illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) download of a song robs the songwriters of the 8 cents they are due under the mechanical license. That may not seem like much, but when you multiply 8 cents by the reported 1.1 billion downloads on one P2P system in one month, it calculates out to $88,000,000 dollars...a month. Divide even 1/10th of that money among the 5,000 members of the Songwriters Guild of America, and you begin to see that P2P piracy robs songwriters on a massive scale.

Elsewhere in the world: Path to number one cleared for Gareth:

For the last three weeks, JXL's Elvis Presley remix - A Little Less Conversation - has been number one. Gareth's record company, BMG, are in charge of that single too.

But BMG have now stopped supplying shops with copies of it so people can't buy it anymore.

Bosses at the record company, including Pop Idol's Mr Nasty Simon Cowell, are apparently surprised at how well it's done.

And now they are worried it will ruin the chances of Gareth's new record

Mon, 08 Jul 2002 23:40:12 GMT

Gene Kan the self-designated lead spokesperson for Gnutella passed away recently at the age of 25.

I never met him but we emailed.

Here's some links about him:

Wed, 03 Jul 2002 17:20:18 GMT

MSNC: Music labels go after song-swappers
Major music companies are preparing to mount a broad new attack on unauthorized online song-swapping. The campaign would include suits against individuals who are offering the largest troves of songs on peer-to-peer services.

Catch me if you can.

Update: 'Less than 24 hours after the news first leaked, officials within the industry have backed away.' (Wired: File-Trading Furor Heats Up)

Fri, 21 Jun 2002 00:07:41 GMT

GrepLaw: GrepLaw's goal is to be 'the most interesting, useful, and frequently updated source of Internet law and policy news and discussion on the Internet'.

So if Geeks, Laws, and Everything In Between is your thing.. Then head over there. If not. Stay here.

Wed, 19 Jun 2002 04:15:13 GMT

K5: The Future of K5, and the First Ever Kuro5hin Fundraising Drive has already raised $21k in the first day!

Now that's a voluntary payment bonanza if I've ever seen one. ..I can think of one company in particular for whom it might make sense to go the K5 non profit & fundraising drive way.

Tue, 18 Jun 2002 23:24:45 GMT

Finally! A real competitor to the iPod

Tue, 18 Jun 2002 20:05:44 GMT

Don Henley (from Eagles still test the limits)
I have a great deal of distaste and disrespect for what MTV and VH1 have become, pandering to the lowest-common denominator -- you know, contributing to the increasing shallowness of the culture, the dumbing down of the culture, simply to feed the voracious corporate appetite. Corporations are ruining the world, okay? They're sucking the blood out of every culture on the earth.

Sat, 15 Jun 2002 06:21:43 GMT

Royalties proposed for booming used market as new-CD sales stagnate.

Maybe if they gave us motivation to buy their new CDs... Or sold them at competitive prices...

Thu, 13 Jun 2002 04:52:11 GMT

If I wasn't locked in the library this afternoon I would have posted this significant news earlier (see I told you the CD was dead):
This summer, Universal plans to sell tens of thousands of high-quality digital singles for 99 cents or less and albums for $9.99 through online retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy and Sam Goody, according to sources and company executives. Universal plans to make new releases available for downloading as well as older ones, and possibly offer downloads before the music is available on CD.

From the LA Times article Net Music That's a Steal—but Not Stolen (free shitty reg. req'd).

In other music news REM is making available an album of remixes for free download from the REM HQ.

And I'll leave you with this goody from Billboard: Songwriters Claim Spears Pirated Song. My favorite bit:

The liner notes for "Oops! ... I Did it Again" credit both songs to several writers and producers at Cheiron Studios, the Swedish recording studio that also produced hits for the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, and Celine Dion.
Ah, hit producing by focus groups and committees! :)

So if the record labels are stealing from the songwriters and we're stealing from the record labels...

Tue, 11 Jun 2002 21:39:52 GMT

Why I bought not just one, but 3 'In Violet Light' CDs today A chance to win a pair of tickets to an intimate show tomorrow night 2 free unreleased MP3 tracks ripped @ 192kbps Access to The Hip Club Oh yeah, the music. Now my purchase of not one, but three copies of The Tragically Hip is very significant for several reasons. The biggest one being that I actually bought their album while the last time they released an album 2 years ago I did not. Why didn't I buy their last album? It was available online months before the official release No need to compensate them because of Fairtunes. That's right, it was when the Hip were releasing their last album that John and I dreamed up Fairtunes. There was no incentive other than the music to buy it So 2 years ago let's say the Hip essentially got $0 out of me. 2 years later they got $60. What's the secret to their success? The album did not leak. The fact that the album did not leak at all is huge. How did they ensure the album didn't leak? Quite simply they didn't release the songs to *anyone* (that includes reporters) till a week before the launch. Even then they only released a low quality version of the song which could be heard through the flash preview on their site. Lots of incentive to buy Timeliness: Since the album didn't leak it means that once it releases it will take some time before it propogates out through the 'pirate' p2p networks. So if you want to be the first to listen to it, then you gotta buy it. The Hip Club: Buying the CD gets you into the club which means exclusive content in *MP3* format and exclusive merchandise. So that translates into being able to download 2 extra songs the day you buy the CD. Intimate Concert. Buying the CD gives you the chance to enter to see the Hip with a 100 other people at a small venue in either Toronto, Buffalo, Detroit, or Vermount. Is the CD dead? Yes, I still firmly believe so. I'll be throwing these discs out in a few days because to me they're useless. Is paying for music a thing of the past? No, if bands (well really their management) play their card rights they can get dedicated fans to buy, instead of pirate, their material. The secret as we see with The Hip is to offer tangible benefits since music is now becoming an almost intangible commodity. Those benefits can include exclusive access to small, intimate concerts, exclusive access to merchandise, discounts on their back library, exclusive tracks available via a central, reliable server, exclusive access to discounted tickets,... The Hip coupled those tangible benefits with a CD which will work for them, but I challenge them on their next release to offer separately the tangible benefits because by buying their CD today I paid for an outdated distribution mechanism for an outdated medium. The next step for The Hip to extract even more money out of me (keep in mind I have $750 for of Hip tickets sitting on my desk) is to sell copies of their live shows via the net. Currently I pay $3.50 to receive a bootleg Hip show from my taper friends (all money minus costs goes to charity). Now the quality is sometimes good, mostly decent, and sometimes really bad. The Hip now have the opportunity to make excellent bootlegs on their upcoming tour and use The Hip Club to distribute these shows for say $3.50 a download. It's a no brainer.[...]

Sat, 08 Jun 2002 07:55:11 GMT Protecting intellectual property will take cooperation and innovation.
Meanwhile, some ideas advanced by the entertainment industry could have unintended consequences. One concept would require computers and other devices to inspect every bit of incoming content—every file, every e-mail—for digital “watermarks” that indicate copyrighted material. Potentially an invasion of users’ privacy, this measure would also slow the processing of data communications.

Kinda humourous quote considering Microsoft has a patent on a DRM OS.

Tue, 04 Jun 2002 22:17:06 GMT Bertelsmann role becomes clearer as Napster files for Chap. 11

While Napster enjoyed the reputation as a music-industry renegade, Europe's second-largest media company quietly bankrolled the operation, providing five separate loans totaling $91 million.

Sat, 01 Jun 2002 20:02:47 GMT

Music Industry Unveils New Piracy-Proof Format

Music bosses have unveiled a revolutionary new recording format that they hope will help win the war on illegal file sharing which is thought to be costing the industry millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Nicknamed the 'Record', the new format takes the form of a black, vinyl disc measuring 12 inches in diameter, which must be played on a specially designed 'turntable'.

Thu, 30 May 2002 23:06:46 GMT

Just as Clear Channel has a monopoly on American radio Ticketmaster has a monopoly on ticket sales.

Check out Dave Marsh's article on Ticketmaster's Stranglehold over Music & Politics where he examines Ticketmaster's new cap 8% cap on 'fan club' tickets (which don't have those up to 60% convenience fees tacked on). Also check out to see how this affects an act like Dave Matthews Band.

Thu, 30 May 2002 22:39:44 GMT

Objections to the proposed tariff increases [pdf].

Thu, 30 May 2002 21:00:54 GMT

Reuters is running an article For Movie pirates, it's full speed ahead which says:
Viant, a research company tracking Internet piracy, on Wednesday estimated that between 400,000 and 600,000 film copies are illegally downloaded daily on the Internet, up at least 20 percent from last year.

But if you double the number that Doc points to last time someone made up an alarming figure like that then it means there's 2 petabytes being traded a day. That's A LOT (2^50 bytes*2) (i.e. too high to be realistic).

Paul points out that it must be the same movie because both he and Dave can't find back episodes of the West Wing. You guys might try looking/posting at CDROM-Guide where you can buy/trade for back episodes of popular TV shows. And of course it's just plain stupid that you can't legitimately buy the episodes.

Thu, 30 May 2002 20:35:06 GMT

Gord Downie during Grace Too from Live Between Us:
I was raised on TV, like so many of you I see around me. Nothing to live or die for. No religion, too.
The same can be said about Radio. Today's Slashdot's article on Homogenized Music points to an excellent Washington Post piece, Mega Hurts which peers inside the great Clear Channel brain washing machine who's job it is to turn us into culture-less sheeps.
All this leads to a common criticism of Clear Channel: that the company has slowly but methodically bled its stations of any kind of distinctive personality, that in the drive to hold down expenses the stations are losing their local identity.

Fortunately that drive to hold down expenses isn't working and Clear Channel is 'piling up an annual loss of $1.1 billion'. While a Clear Channel implosion would be fanatastic we both know another Big Business will step in and snap up their assets for $0.10 on the $1 and continue to tell us that Britney is all the culture we'll ever need of course until her 'burn score' is to high and we'll be sold another skinnier, younger, more sexual (yet more virginal), breastier girl.

Tue, 28 May 2002 22:24:57 GMT

Stereophile: Sony & Universal to cease CD production in favor of Hybrid SACD?

the record companies have decided that the CD copy-protection schemes tried out in the last few years are lost causes, and are turning to the well-protected SACD.

Yeah, I always said the CD was dead.. But really, are people going to want to replace their cheap CDs with expensive SACDs (Super Audio CDs) @ $23USD a pop!? Nevermind the fact that no one owns a SACD player.

Mon, 27 May 2002 17:30:31 GMT

Darryl: Appealing To Greed In Digital Music Distribution (A Proposed Model).

Revenue from the fees collected for each download are distributed as follows:

Copyright holder(s): 50%
Service: 25%
Person(s) who served the song: 25%

It smacks of Mojonation who have of course moved to the hopefully more profitable p2p enterprise backup (I can hear John laughing from here).

It also makes me wonder how much time Darryl has on his hands at Quarry Integrated Communications if he's penning this proposals :).

Sun, 26 May 2002 18:24:48 GMT

Re: Payola

On Pho Mark Cuban remarked that radio should go to a bidding placement model where every morning a member label would upload a song and start bidding for placement on the morning drive. Highest bidder wins.

Fri, 24 May 2002 23:56:34 GMT

On EM, member profile pages now feature a 'views' column so you can see how many times people have viewed a revision of a recommendation (note: a view is only counted if the viewer is logged in so it doesn't log unlogged-in views).

In a day or two the number of views for a revision will be a link and will click through to more detailed info.

Here is my member profile.

Fri, 24 May 2002 23:31:34 GMT

Newsforge: New violators of the DMCA? Reuters,,, dozens of other publications, and us
In yet another example of how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act could trample on the First Amendment, Reuters may have violated the U.S. law by describing in a story this week how Sony's "copy-proof" protection for CDs can be defeated with a magic marker.

Telling someone to draw on their CD with a pen could mean you'll spend the rest of your life in jail. Pretty whacky!

Fri, 24 May 2002 22:55:21 GMT

Transcripts of the pre-hearing conference held yesterday in Ottawa by the Copyright Board of Canada for the CPCC's Proposed Tariffs.

Hopefully someone will post a summary because I'm not reading a days worth of transcripts!

Fri, 24 May 2002 22:44:28 GMT

Dave Stewart describes the Artist Network:
The music industry is all about picking up some talent, fucking it up, and then dropping it. We want to actually develop artists over time -- provide an alternative to the mass-produced and meaningless product being churned out by the music industry. We're the opposite of that

Sounds interesting (though their website is not usable enough (i.e. too much Flash!)).

Fri, 24 May 2002 17:37:54 GMT

Two new albums up for auction at Emergent Music:

Auction ends: May 30 (a Thursday) @ 4pm.

You can bid on these albums with EM points which you can earn by rating and recommending new music.

Wed, 22 May 2002 00:24:36 GMT

EM Top Scorers List gone!

Instead we've replaced it with a 'Top Scorers Today' because while I'm sure Rannie enjoyed his perch at the top it was time to make the list more dynamic and more accessible.

So go rate and recommend some new music (I don't yet know if I recommend Melissa Ferricks new CD though..) and watch your name appear.

Some of you (Paul, Dave,..) have noticed that Gary & Bob re-worked the math. They assure me that you haven't lost any points and that under the new math you will in fact receive more. Please direct any comments about this to the EM discussion board.

Tue, 21 May 2002 21:28:18 GMT

Custom RSS Feeds From Emergent Music

If you find our current Radio Userland driven feed not flexible enough for your hardcore RSS needs then please check out our new dynamic RSS feeds (we're using RSS 0.92).

We know have the following feeds:

And you can limit how many items you want in each in addition to filtering by genre.

Send your complaints my way if you have any.

Hopefully this helps Benny who was trying to read our RSS feeds with his iPod.

Thu, 16 May 2002 19:53:05 GMT

Just when I thought it was all over (the whole Napster thing) I get this spam from Scour who apparently has just risen from the dead:
In the beginning there was Scour, and it was good. Now, there’s the new Scour, and it is so much better we can hardly contain ourselves: so we’re not. We’re giving stuff away! Yup, during the Scour Spring Sweepstakes you can enter to win a Sony 5-disc CD/DVD/SACD changer, as well as autographed 7 inch singles and other goodies.

My question is: Is the new Scour better for the rightsholders or better for the consumers?

Here's a Newsbyte article on the situation snagged from Jenny:

An aside:
You: Matt, do you ever read any of the articles you link to from your weblog?

Matt: Never.

Thu, 16 May 2002 02:55:14 GMT

Fairtunes, now, Musiclink is back online after a two and half month outage. I tried to send money but it wouldn't let me create a new account so I don't know if it really is 'back online' or not.

First impression: All the flashing stuff and the splash screen is pretty annonying.

Second impression: The old Fairtunes fully disclosed a lot of information such as who made payments, where they went, what percentage we kept ($0), what percentage went to the payment processor... After 10 minutes I haven't found that information on the new site. Thanks Mark, looks like it's 30% that Musiclink takes.

Third Impression: There is no new functionality. In fact there is less since you can only do transactions with PayPal when previously Fairtunes accepted CDN & USD Visa.

Fourth Impression: In fact Fairtunes was founded in May 2000, incoporated July 2000 and subsequently launched at the beginning of August 2000. John and Matt than sold the majority of Fairtunes' assets in September of 2001 and the new owners subsequently re-branded Fairtunes as Musiclink during January 2002. So the FAQ is off by a year.

More impressions along with an entertaining digest to appear once CS360 is put to bed.

Wed, 15 May 2002 20:34:44 GMT

EFF's Debunking DMCA Blog (via fellow Phoster George).

Wed, 15 May 2002 20:25:09 GMT


'I spent tens of $millions on this file-sharing company and all I got was this lousy T-shirt'

(stolen from the Pho mailing list)

Wed, 15 May 2002 05:18:43 GMT

Without my permission I've been added to a 'Media Levy Objectors' mailing list; you won't find me complaining about this!

This coincides with the official notice that the copyright board received my formal objection to the proposed tariffs on media.

Tue, 14 May 2002 23:57:29 GMT

WSJ: Napster CEO quits
Napster CEO Konrad Hilbers is stepping down. Also, the online music start-up is considering a bankruptcy filing, according to people familiar with the matter.

Tue, 14 May 2002 19:50:00 GMT

Rumor has it Fairtunes aka Musiclink might go back online tomorrow after months of outage. (Remember: John and Matt are no longer involved with Fairtunes). Of course I'll believe it when I can send money to all the artists I've had to hold off sending money to. And we'll mark the occasion by publishing a little digest I've being compiling over the period of the outage.

Tue, 14 May 2002 19:35:32 GMT

USA Today: Kazaa, Verizon propose to pay artists directly (via Jenny)
"An unlikely alliance of swap-service Kazaa and telephone and Internet giant Verizon is floating a proposal to break the logjam of lawsuits: Computer manufacturers, blank CD makers, ISPs and software firms such as Kazaa will pool funds and pay artists directly.

'Historically, there's been a clash between the content community and new technology, back to the player piano,' says Verizon vice president Sarah Deutsch. 'We're proposing the idea of a copyright compulsory license for the Internet, so peer-to-peer distribution would be legitimate and the copyright community would get compensation. It's hard to get the genie back in the bottle.'

Kazaa lobbyist Phil Corwin says a $1-a-month fee per user on Internet providers alone (it's unclear whether costs would be passed along to subscribers) would generate $2 billion yearly: "We're talking about a modest fee on all the parties who benefit from the availability of this content."

Recording Industry Association of America president Hilary Rosen calls the proposal 'the most disingenuous thing I've ever heard. It's ridiculous.' "

Pay the artists directly!? Where have I heard that before! :)

I contend that it makes more sense to not pay artists at the time of download. My main reason for this is that I won't know till after repeated listenings if the song is worth paying for. This is backed up by the many studies that show music downloaders delete x% of what they download so why should they have to pay for it?

It was this belief that lead us to develop a Winamp plugin (which of course doesn't work anymore) which allowed you to pay the artists directly from Winamp. There was even a feature which tracked (locally) what music you listened to the most so you knew who to pay.

In hindsight it makes more sense to couple payment with downloading because the concept of paying after you've partialled consumed is a little too abstract for your every day downloader.

Re-reading the article I believe it was poorly written/reported since the RIAA would be completely in favor of a tariff on Internet usage. Of course they oppose a tariff that would be paid to musicians directly since through their legal wranglings artists no longer own the copyright to their own work. The real owners of the vast majorirty of our 'music culture' are a handful of companies. But of course the story reads better if the RIAA is the bad guy.

Tue, 14 May 2002 00:44:32 GMT

If Dave links to it, it must be a good quote :).

I said: "We'd love record labels to just go away. They're great for a Britney Spears, but I don't see them providing a lot of benefits for smaller acts." (from The Time article). If you disagree I'd love to hear why.

Needless to say the article did not run in the Canadian edition of Time. Do they not realize that *I AM* Canadian content? Hopefully Gary can pick me up a copy or 5 to see if the results of that 5 hour photo shot made it in.

Mon, 13 May 2002 16:41:57 GMT

Time Magazine: Dealing with Download Guilt: ''s honor system bypasses the record labels'

It's a shame that people can't actually visit the Fairtunes site and send money like they could in the good old days. Live and learn.

Time for my nit picks with the story:

  • Where's John!? He was that 'buddy' in the car, he quit his job, he wrote the code, it was his basement we crashed in. It's disappointing he got written out of the story.
  • Some people feel guilty but we didn't start the site because we felt guilty. We started the site because we wanted to pay the musician and there was no system to do so.
  • Did the reporter actually try and send money? Because if he had he would have seen that the new owners have disabled sending money and changed the name to Musiclink. (But really, it took us 3 weeks to write, how hard can it be for the new owners to needlessly re-write the site in PHP??)
  • No Emergent Music coverage
  • Doesn't mention that we're University of Waterloo students

Though is there a picture accompanying the story? (Email me if you've seen the paper copy of the magazine).

Time has another longer story: Burn, Baby, Burn.

This coverage is pretty love-hate. I mean it's great to be in Time and all but Fairtunes just isn't ours anymore. I'd much prefer to see an article detailing the failure of John and Matt to offload the assets in a responsible manner.

Fairtunes has been covered by Time Magazine before though I never saw it. Fortunately you can search back issues but unfortunately you have to pay. So I just paid $2.50 to find out that the previous Fairtunes mention consisted of nothing more than this:
Pangs of conscience? Fairtunes provides an easy way to send money to the artists behind your MP3s

(For future reference: That first mention was on October 02, 2000 in the 'Gallery of Stuff' by Adam Cohen). Fairtunes was also mentioned in the Time Digital article Where To Go... (Nov 2000).

Fri, 10 May 2002 01:58:43 GMT Entirely free music.

I'm listening to O Brother Where Art Thou? right now. ...Listen while you can. This is going to be shutdown fast.

Thu, 09 May 2002 20:11:46 GMT

Canada's Musical Catch-22
[SOCAN] is winning a courtroom brawl against providers ranging from incumbent telephone carriers to mom-and-pop ISPs over Tariff 22, a piece of legislation that would charge service providers for music stored in caching servers and open the door for even more fees down the road by other industry organizations.
(Emphasis mine). Seems this is because caching 'is neither a passive nor a necessary function and thus triggers liability'. Wow, that's just about the dumbest thing I've ever heard of.

Everyone in favor of only judges who understand technology ruling on technology cases raise their hands.

Wed, 08 May 2002 20:18:01 GMT

Hollywood Reporter: Firms outside EU to pay digital tax
Companies from outside the European Union will have to pay tax on electronic and digital products they sell in countries within the EU, according to a law passed Tuesday in Brussels.

The law affects companies from the United States and elsewhere selling digital downloads of music or software as well as subscription-based and pay-per-listen radio and pay-per-view television broadcasting. They will pay value-added tax, which is levied at an average of 19% across Europe.

Wed, 08 May 2002 18:12:56 GMT The Hip Club

Tue, 07 May 2002 21:28:43 GMT

Laugh or cry? LawMeme: Top Ten New Copyright Crimes (via my Wes catchup)

Tue, 07 May 2002 19:14:16 GMT

JAM! Showbiz: 'Hip Club' to offer fans extra music
The group's forthcoming album, "In Violet Light"(in stores June 11) will come packaged with a card granting fans membership in The Hip Club, with access to free music downloads, front-of-the-line concert ticket access and exclusive merchandise.

In a world where music is effectively free what the The Hip are doing is the future, so pay attention because they're doing things right with this 'club'. So someone at The Hip gets it and that's great because they're my favorite band :).

Off the top of my head I can think of 5 artists whose clubs I'd join if they had them. This is significant because the only money I effectively spend on music content is buying tickets to live shows.

The other thing that the Hip (or their management) gets is that their fans aren't leaking the music:

The group's 2000 album, "Music@Work,"; leaked out online months before the album was due in stores.

As an added measure of protection, advance copies of "In Violet Light" will not be sent out to media.

Wed, 01 May 2002 23:12:40 GMT

If you check out Sony's quarterly results you'll see music sales are up 5%.

Wed, 01 May 2002 16:39:31 GMT

We need a database that lists all the 'free' music on the web. The Open Music Registry is a start. What would be even better is if you could query the database with xml-rpc/soap to validate the type of license for any given song. I think this would open up a lot of opportunities for both musicians and webapp developers.

Thu, 25 Apr 2002 18:29:02 GMT

Me: You get the point. Curt: 'Maybe I'm dense and maybe this was your point, but didn't you end up agreeing with a lot of slashdot's critique of fairtunes?' I've ignored Curt's email for a week now. It's probably time for a response. So here goes. What follows are 5 critiques of Fairtunes and my response: We'd never actually send the money to the artists: Disagree We sent money to artists so I obviously disagree with this assertion. Though that said there is still a lot of money that hasn't been sent because it's not cost effective to do so (it'd cost more to send then the amount we're sending) How would *we* find the artists: Agree We did a pretty good job of tracking down artists but it was a very time consuming job often involving expensive long distance phone calls and dealing with arrogant management companies Tipping will never work: Undecided The jury is out on this one though I must say that Amazon is doing a pretty good job at it. Our business model wasn't viable: Agree You have to bring in a lot of money to make the business work. When I say a lot I mean 10's of millions of dollars. Our costs were too high: Agree Even in the 21st century it costs a fortune to write and process a payment to an artist (~$2.50 an artist in disbursements PLUS labor). But why Fairtunes did not succeed was because there was never enough buy in from either the fans or artists. Yes we had fans who sought out Fairtunes to send money to their favorite bands, and yes there were bands who stuck a Fairtunes button on their page but we never succeeded in showing that tipping could be wildy successfully for a band. Something that I never thought of but what Gary pointed out to me was that Fairtunes was not setup to benefit from Metcalfe's law that states the usefulness, or utility, of a network equals the square of the number of users. While users who sent money made our totals go up it didn't result in any sort of snowball effect of more money coming in. To bring about some sort of network effect we would have had to have created some sort of tie between fans and artists that superseded that of simply a financial transaction so that there would be that feedback loop which would cause the network to grow. And of course at the end of the day it's fairly simple to disintermediate Fairtunes who was trying to disintermediate the record companies. W[...]

Wed, 24 Apr 2002 16:55:34 GMT

Doc and Arne deconstruct Valenti. I have to agree that a petabyte of movies a day is a pretty outrageous claim on Valenti's part. But of course if he believes we all have speed of light connections into our home then it could be possible :).

Wed, 24 Apr 2002 15:25:35 GMT

The New Patron: The Source for Patronage Services on the Internet

What is the future of the digital music industry? The same as the music industry was in the past: Commission-based. Now anyone can commission any Artist to produce the music that they want. 100% of the money goes straight to the Artist, and the music is made available to everyone on the internet immediately after it has been produced! There are no distribution control issues because the music released will be public-domain! The music can be legally distributed in any way shape or form by anybody.

This isn't a new idea.

Idealive has already tried and failed at exactly the same model. Something I find quite humourous is that Esther Dyson wrote an article about 'Music on the Web' and mentioned both Idealive and Fairtunes and she wrote that had an interest in investing in one of the companys. Of course that company turned out to be Idealive, not Fairtunes. But the funny thing is that Idealive went broke long before we did or maybe they just had a better sense of when to pull the plug.

But regardless of previous failures in the same space, I'll keenly watch The New Patron. If for nothing more than because I need a replacement for Fairtunes (because you can't send money any more).

Mon, 22 Apr 2002 08:05:42 GMT

Mark didn't like that car analog from a few days ago. I suspect it's because he didn't actually read the article I was referring to :). In any event Jenny has a bunch of analogies for the current SonicBlue situation talked about in B2.0's Erasing ReplayTV:
It's like magazine publishers suing the printing industry for allowing their pages to be printed on paper that can be ripped out of a magazine.

It's like radio industry suing auto makers because they include a mute button on the stereo console (which our Ford Windstar has).

It's like the movie studios suing movie theaters for allowing ticket buyers to walk into a theater after the commercials and previews. Or for letting them leave the theater to use the bathroom.

It's like the record labels suing companies that make CD players because they have a fast-forward button on them.

Like I said, it's absurd. Industries fall on hard times, changing times, and evolving models. The entertainment industry is no different than any other, in that you shouldn't be able to sue a company out of existence just because they don't follow your business model and help maintain it.

Sat, 20 Apr 2002 20:46:39 GMT

Gary outlines his plan for creating a new alternative music industry in Three Steps To Freedom.

Is Gary a visionary or just another dot commer with a dream? Be sure to let him know because he wants your comments.

Update: Mark Cuban agrees 'with the thoughts' but believes we need signed artists which IMHO defeats the purpose.

Fri, 19 Apr 2002 01:57:50 GMT

The Globe: Key case restores copyright balance (article by Michael Geist).
Writing for the majority of the Court, Justice Ian Binnie stated that "the proper balance among these and other public policy objectives lies not only in recognizing the creator's rights but in giving due weight to their limited nature . . . Once an authorized copy of a work is sold to a member of the public, it is generally for the purchaser, not the author, to determine what happens to it."

Justice Binnie then continued to emphasize the dangers of copyright that veers too far toward copyright creators at the expense of the public. He noted that "excessive control by holders of copyrights and other forms of intellectual property may unduly limit the ability of the public domain to incorporate and embellish creative innovation in the long-term interests of society as a whole, or create practical obstacles to proper utilization."

Here's a link to Théberge v. Galerie d'Art du Petit Champlain inc.

Also I have just noticed that Matthew Skala a UW Phd student has published his notes from the April 11th copyright consultation meeting in Ottawa. I haven't read the notes yet but will post some comments when I have.

Thu, 18 Apr 2002 05:43:13 GMT

Baen Books has made available a number of books for free in the Baen Free Library and one of the guys recently wrote an article entitled, Prime Palaver #6 in which he asserts that it is not having a negative effect on the sale of their books.
Jim Baen and I set up the Free Library about a year and half ago. Leaving aside the various political and philosophical issues, which I've addressed elsewhere, the premise behind the Library had a practical component as well. In brief, that in relative terms an author will gain, not lose, by having titles in the Library.

What I mean by "relative" is simply this: overall, an author is far more likely to increase sales than to lose them. Or, to put it more accurately, exposure in the Library will generate more sales than it will lose.

I like this car analogy:

There's a different analogy which I think, in many ways, captures the reality even better. Anyone who has ever bought a car-new or used-knows perfectly well that one of the standard techniques used by a car salesman is to offer you the opportunity to take a "test drive." So far from being concerned that a test drive represents "lost mileage," car dealers know damn good and well that it's often the test drive which closes the sale.

Does it always? Of course not. Usually, in fact, people simply take the test drive and wind up walking away. Does the car dealer then start moaning about "lost sales," or whine about the mileage he's given up on a new car?

Hell, no. The dealer just shrugs his shoulders, writes it off to the inevitable overhead expense of his business, and offers the next customer a test drive. But if car dealers followed the moronic practices of most publishers (and, to the best of my knowledge, the entire music recording industry) they would sternly refuse to let anyone even sit in one of their cars-much less give it a test drive-unless they'd already paid for it.

Sun, 14 Apr 2002 05:50:26 GMT

Dallas Observer: Cuban once tried to buy Napster--something never before reported anywhere!

Cuban's initial e-mail suggested that had he bought Napster, he would have moved it offshore to shield the company from digital copyright restrictions that make it a crime to circumvent technologies that protect copyrighted material such as songs.

Where have you heard that before? :) This is where I first heard it. Believe or not but I actually had someone dig up Cuban's email address and I emailed him about our plans to setup an offshore Opennap server but alas he never got back to me.

Anyhow. He would have been the perfect Napster owner. He would have had the balls to move it offshore or to stay and fight the good fight. But instead we have Bertlesmann who have reportedly sunk $100mil into it and it's gone nowhere. Even the brand is now worthless.

Sat, 13 Apr 2002 17:22:13 GMT

Some good articles today in the Globe,... First up we have Steven Page lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies writing a very accessible article on 'The barenaked truth of the music business'. Unfortunately it's one those stories that the Globe hasn't put online. But let me recap his explanation of concert ticket prices (all figures USD): $10.75 - base price of cheapest ticket + $3.25 facility fee (to rent facilities that ClearChannel (the promoter) already owns) + $3.25 parking fee + $8.75 Ticketmaster convenience fee + $3.50 Ticketmaster handling fee = $29.50 Plus the venue gets 30-40% of merchandise sales and 100% of food & drink. He also talks about radio play and radio sponsored concerts. On how much the artist gets from CD sales: We really are all just label employees, without the benefits. As rich as you think some of us are, for every $18.99 CD you buy, the artist usually sees [$2] or so. Pay your producer out of that. Then your manager. Then split it five ways among your band mates. Now don't act surprised when you the drummer of a platinum-selling Canadian rock band behind the drive-thru window at Tim Hortons. There was also an article entitled Indies may hold key to the future and talks about how indies are going to lead the way since they know how to run a lean mean record machine unlike the bloated labels. The best is this quote from Terry McBride who manages Steven's Barenaked Ladies: CD burners are a massive problem. Talk to any kid. Someone who buys a CD when it comes out on Tuesday has sold five copies at five bucks a pop by Friday. What that quote tells me is that Terry's CDs may be over priced and that he's going to have to come down a little in price by perhaps running a leaner machine in order to compete with those punk kids.[...]

Sat, 13 Apr 2002 02:23:50 GMT

Wired on Moby:
Behind this machine, of course, is the music, music that sounds cool - but not too cool. Which is precisely why it's so appealing: To corporate America, Moby offers an easy shorthand for cutting-edge cachet; the man who made electronica (read: edgy, intimidating, next big thing) safe for the mainstream (read: mass exposure, mass audience, massive sales).

[I just censored this paragraph].

I have conflicting thoughts about whoring your music to corporations..

So how would you guys feel if your favorite band sold their music to corporations in order to help those corporations sell more stuff?

On the one hand bands need to cover their costs but on the other you'd hope that their music was art and not simply lube for our consumer market.

Sat, 13 Apr 2002 02:11:36 GMT

George Scriban: Price fixing by the Record Industry has caused CD slowdown.

2001, the year that the RIAA's been trying to make the "Year of the Peer", saw the largest average price increase since the price-fixing began (around $.62 per CD).

Thu, 11 Apr 2002 20:32:13 GMT

ClearChannel is buying the House of Blues and the Wall Street Journal is reporting that may be resurrected sometime soon (by an anonymous investor).

And yesterday the Globe had a story on the man who brought us $200 concert tickets.

Napster also today laid off 30 people.

Thu, 11 Apr 2002 17:58:54 GMT

Wired: Are Ads a Gateway to Illegal CDs? :
Gateway store locations will begin hosting one-day seminars, starting Saturday, to teach consumers how to download music and movies, then burn them on CDs.
The tech industry is a $600 billion dollar industry. It's going to roll over the established music business without a second thought.

Wed, 10 Apr 2002 17:28:43 GMT

Music from TV Commercials.

I've seen this before but always forget about it.. Not that I actually watch TV though.

Wed, 10 Apr 2002 17:23:14 GMT

Supposedly there is a Gateway radio ad that ends in ", shipping and handling not included. OBEY MUSIC COPYRIGHT LAWS" And us iPod owners know they come with a Don't Steal Music sticker. (Unfortunately it's small and not as cool as I thought it'd be). But instead of these doom and gloom messages of 'Don’t Steal', 'Don't Pirate', 'Obey the LAW', that chastise the user wouldn't it be better to promote the message of 'Support the artist'? We should steer the user towards doing the right thing instead of threatening them. But hey, what do I know? I'm just a consumer after all, and the record industry could give a damn about what I think or want. Update: I posted some of the above to Pho in response to the message orginally sent and the National Director of Promotion/Online Digital Technology from Sony Music has responded saying he does care about what I (we) have to say.. So here's what I said: Those ads/statements may not have been produced by the record labels but they were certainly influenced by the record companies litigious nature. When record labels and media companies have a history of going after the producers of potentially infringing devices (i.e. the RIAA vs. The Rio, RIAA vs. Napster/Morpheous/..) and they've spoken out against hardware companies (Eisner's comments to Jobs) computer manufactures are naturally going to start covering their asses and you and both know that when the labels come after them they'll have a better chance if they explicitly till the consumers not to steal instead of saying support the artist. In general, I believe that the record labels are approaching this situation from the completely wrong marketing angle. Don’t shame, scare, or force me into buying your CDs because I won't. Instead show me what I'll gain by paying and by this I mean don't show me that I'll gain not going to jail or a $1mil fine. Show me that my $0.50 of a CD purchase really is going to go to my favorite artist and help them[...]

Tue, 09 Apr 2002 20:36:52 GMT

On Pho (a who's who of digital media mailing list) there are people who want to put people like you and me in jail because the record industry fails to provide us with the products we want. This drives me absolutely over the edge. Do they seriously believe they can put 5-100 million people in jail?

Do you think even Beck has legally purchased all the MP3s on his iPod?

Mon, 08 Apr 2002 19:37:03 GMT

Partial lyrics to Melissa Ferrick's song 'e-mail' (full lyrics):
Five million dollars
Ya throw it against the wall
And if it doesn't stick
Watch everybody point their fingers at the artist
Ten million copies sold
Hey kid you're a hit
But at 10%
You know that's 90 for them
Plus the hotel rooms they destroyed
While you were singing your heart out at SXSW

Sat, 06 Apr 2002 06:43:57 GMT

Scary news from MSNBC: Ticketmaster enters scalping business

Ticketmaster plans to launch “dynamic” pricing, which could allow fans to bid for concert tickets rather than sleeping in a line overnight to be among the first to get a seat.

Further down..

But critics say Ticketmaster, the leading ticket distribution system in the U.S., already has too much power and shouldn’t be allowed to enter so many segments of the market.

Economically I understand why it should be this way but it just doesn't seem morally right. The die hard fans at concerts will be replaced by non-fans who's Big Corp. bid more for their ticket (and subsequently wrote it off as an entertainment expense).

Time for that concert co-op...

Fri, 05 Apr 2002 20:23:38 GMT

Digital Mass: Bertelsmann wants Napster

"Our solution now is to completely take over Napster. We want to buy out the original shareholders," Thomas Middelhoff was quoted as saying in the Die Welt daily. "We have made them an offer, because we believe that our strategy is the right one for future of the company."

Fri, 05 Apr 2002 00:42:56 GMT

CNET: Dion disc could bring PCs to a standstill.

Old news but still.. What the hell are those record execs smoking? They should be damn happy someone bought their CD instead of trying to break that person's listening equipment!

Fri, 05 Apr 2002 00:23:40 GMT

It's time to promote the hell out of Emergent Music and get more people writing, rating, and improving the new music recommendations.

  • Any suggestions on places to buy text ads? (We have ads running on Metafilter, Kuro5hin, Blogger and Daypop).
  • Any suggestions on copy for text ads?
  • Anyone know any artists who'd like to send us review copy of CDs that we can auction off?
  • What discussion boards should I be spamming? (Of course I won't *really* spam them :) )

Wed, 03 Apr 2002 16:35:51 GMT

Attention: Mark, Paul, Maeve, Ken, Nat, Aj, Dave, Ming, Rafi, Benny, Lily, Jenn, Chris,...

You guys are all on our Top Scorers List which means you have points. Which means you can spend them! We have two CDs up for auction that you can bid on *today*.

If you too want points to cash in for CDs then get over here and start rating/writing!

Tue, 02 Apr 2002 23:18:12 GMT

There's a bunch of new recommendations so check em out. Rate em. Improve em. Create some new ones.

Tip. Adjust the age control on the main music page if you want to see newer stuff.

Tue, 02 Apr 2002 18:18:03 GMT

Emergent Music: Uncover the undiscovered in new music is now officially launched.

In my own words I'd describe EM as:

A site with collaborative new music recommendations that the community in turn rates and then our fancy math (based on Bayesian statistics) figures out not only the best recommendations but also the best people at creating and improving them (who we then reward).

It's part MetaFilter, part Slashdot, part CNET, part Amazon and part Wiki. It's a place you can go everyday to find out about new music; new music that is being suggested by the community not new music which is being recommended by a radio station funded with payola.

Gary has written an open letter to the EM Community that you might be interested in (but it's rather looooong).

I think I failed to mention: Rate/write recommendations, get FREE CDs. Yes I know the CD is dead. I'm the one who told you so. But hey, earn some points and start bidding on what's available.

Mon, 01 Apr 2002 20:58:22 GMT

A UW Phd student has put up his notes from the Toronto Copyright Consultation meeting. There's lots of gems in his report. Here's one expressing his thought that copyright is a privilege not a right:
Freedom of expression is a right. It's in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Copyright isn't there; it is a limit on freedom of expression and as such it has much less status.

Of particular interest is his notes on ISP liability in which he comments that as a result of Bill C15-A

If there is child pornography on a Web site, the police have to go to a judge and get a court order, and the operator of the site can have a chance to show cause for leaving the site up, and that all has to happen before the content can be forced to be removed. Privilege holders are claiming that that kind of regime is not good enough for copyright infringement; they demand the ability to have things taken down without a court order, just on the strength of a "verified complaint", DMCA style. So in other words, they are claiming that copyright infringement is worse than child pornography.

(Emphasis mine).

I had been planning on attending but there was a blizzard that day, big things were supposed to happen at work, and I had some house hunting.

Mon, 01 Apr 2002 19:14:00 GMT

And here's Cynical Matt:

A lot of people like to talk about the honor system/tipping/voluntary payments/patronage, hell there's even an April Fool's joke going around about it today, but let me tell you that very few people have opened their wallets and put their money where their mouths are.

And yes, I can tell you that because we opened our wallets and gave it a shot.

CNN, the New York Times, support from Esther Dyson, the Globe and Mail, Much Music, Wired, Slashdot, you name it, they covered it. All we managed to snatch up for artists was $15,000. Whoopty-do.

Mon, 01 Apr 2002 02:30:42 GMT

I Have My Rights! (via /.):
[A]anyone who tells you or implies that copying anyway you see fit is an enshrined constitutional right, is completely clueless and while they might have the right to talk nonsense, that's all it is.

Sun, 31 Mar 2002 01:32:07 GMT

Breaking news: Our plans to buy a senator have been put on hold because Wired is reporting that 'Sen. Patrick Leahy says [the] controversial proposal to embed copy protection in electronics gear will not become law this year'.

Fri, 29 Mar 2002 20:30:32 GMT

Curt's reposted a Reuters story:
Universal's plan involves shipping hundreds of thousands of empty cds - a full 10% of its record catalog - to record stores nationwide. The cds will be placed into store shelves and will appear to be identical to other artist cds, with identical artwork, labels, and liner notes. However, the cds themselves will be empty save for a recorded announcement from Hilary Rosen, president of the RIAA.
(Emphasis mine)

Fri, 29 Mar 2002 18:18:04 GMT

Reuters: Calif. video bootlegger pleads guilty in rare case
Mynaf, who pleaded guilty counts of criminal copyright infringement, trafficking in counterfeit labels, and circumventing a technological measure designed to protect a copyrighted work, faces up to 65 years in jail and a fine of up to $3.5 million, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Krotoski.
(Emphasis mine)

Thu, 28 Mar 2002 23:02:11 GMT

Wired reports in Another Punch for Copy Protection that another senator is moving to introducing copy protection legislation 'would follow the same approach as the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act':
By introducing this measure in the House, Schiff hopes to accelerate the passage of digital rights management legislation: The House can move forward on it without waiting for the Senate to act first.

Schiff said that piracy has hindered the release of digital content. "The movie studios estimate that they lose over $3 billion annually to piracy, yet private industry has stalled in developing technology to prevent this illegal activity," he wrote.

So they 'lost' $3bil during a year that they recorded record earnings! Go figure!

This is troubling and will raise the cost of our senator(s): 'In the 2000 election cycle, the entertainment industry handed Democrats a whopping $24.2 million in contributions compared to $13.3 million to Republicans, according to' (Emphasis mine)

Thu, 28 Mar 2002 22:49:09 GMT

Let's get this rolling. These are 'pro digital consumer' senators. If you feel this list is incorrect or have additions then please email me or leave a comment.

  • Senator Leahy (Vermont)
  • Senator Hatch (Utah
  • Senator Cantwell (Washington)

Thu, 28 Mar 2002 21:52:44 GMT

I posted the 'buy a senator' idea to Pho and there's been a call to action from a select group of members.

My concern is this: I'd rather my money go to the artists than to senators.

And for you voluntary payment/patronage/tipping/busking fans out there here's an article for you, Joy to the New World:

In one 24-hour period last year, Tim Quirk made more money from his recordings than he earned in 12 years fronting the revered underground act Too Much Joy.

And if you're anti-Hollings then you must be pro voluntary payments because how else are artists going to make money in a non-DRM environment?

Thu, 28 Mar 2002 16:58:48 GMT

The Register: Operation Enduring Valenti
Brainwashed by the Gospel of Valenti, the goal of Hollings and his Senate supporters is simple. Under the guise of 'preserving America's intellectual capital' and supported by the funding of the entertainment industry cartels, they seek to sustain the entertainment industry's Industrial Age business model (and monopolies) in the modern Information Age - where such models are rendered obsolete by emerging technology. By doing so, these elected puppets of Hollywood will continue earning campaign contributions and ensure their job security.

Thu, 28 Mar 2002 16:49:27 GMT

Reuters: Dutch Court Clears Web Music Swapping!

Wed, 27 Mar 2002 20:54:13 GMT

Let's buy a senator!

As I was eating lunch I was feeling quite anxious about growing up because once I'm grown up I'll naturally be able to afford my own senator. Now that I'm back at my desktop with the Internet in my lap I've realized that the impossible is possible today.

So Senator Hollings the man behind the SSSCA now known as the CBDTPA has been bought for only $300,000 by the media industries. Now what I propose is that we buy our own senator. I don't know which since I'm not American so please suggest one. At $5 a head it'd only take 60,000 for us to get one and with the help of a large tech company or two I'm sure we could even afford one or two more. Let's put the fax machines aside for a moment and fight dollar for dollar.

Gary thinks it's not so easy.

Wed, 27 Mar 2002 20:37:10 GMT

Matt Haughey: Ticketmaster has always shown itself to be a subsidiary of satan.