October 2, 2002

2002 October 2 Links [8:38 am]

(entry last updated: 2002-10-02 20:01:50)

Came across an online journal of music industry news with a clear political bent: Music Dish. For a taste, see this article on the recent recording industry hearings on industry contracts. (See also this SFGate report)

Of course, then reading this article from The Onion will make you wonder how to tell the difference between the jokes and the real RIAA strategies. Sadly, if you know the history, this is not even a joke - the record companies already look upon the compulsory license for radio stations as a ripoff (only the music publisher gets paid) - that’s why the webcasting royalties have been so contentious. Until digital webcasting, the record companies got nothing from a radio broadcast - well, except (theoretically) free promotion of their product. And since they caved in to payola, they don’t get that either.

And, as I try to catch up inthe face of a ton of work, I see that I missed a special guest editorial at Findlaw yesterday.

(2 items listed below)

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October 1, 2002

2002 October 1 Links [7:14 am]

(entry last updated: 2002-10-01 15:40:47)

Looks like the RIAA “education” push has gotten really subtle, with a SiliconValley.com editorial and a New York Times in-depth piece. But the settlement of the CD price-fixing case comes along and spoils the pity party.

And I see I missed some action the last couple of days in the copyright debate.

LawMeme supplies a handy guide to reading the Eldred v. Ashcroft petitioner’s opening brief.

Looks like the US Government (or at least the IRIS project - project homepage) is applying some heavyweight thinking to the P2P infrastructure.

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  • Our look at the RIAA education plan starts with this editorial in SiliconValley.com by the songwriter who gave us “I Don’t Wnat To Miss A Thing.”

  • Next, we have this story about the economic plight of the record industry, as the Warner deal with Dry Cell falls apart.

  • but, then we get news that the record industry settles their CD price-fixing suit, with the added note that they probably would have been prepared to settle for much more than they pair.

  • Dan Gillmor takes Jack Valenti’s construction of the Constitution to task. (alienation essay, here I come)

  • In case you missed it, Mr Hollywood Lives in Washington; and Ed Felten’s Fritz’ Hit List

  • A little more on the “smart mobs” enabled by new telecommunications technology is summarized here. (An earlier Furdlog entry points out that Larry Niven predicted this…over 25 years ago!)

  • This Foxtrot cartoon from last Sunday was hard to resist.

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