2003 August 20 PM

(entry last updated: 2003-08-20 17:40:15)

  • Elvis lives–on the Web

    Digital music service MusicNow and music label BMG on Tuesday announced a digital music channel showcasing more than 2,000 Elvis Presley songs.

    Dubbed “Elvis 2nd to None,” the channel features such songs as “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “My Way” and “Suspicious Minds,” as well as albums ranging from “Elvis is Back!” to the gospel collection “How Great Thou Art.” The launch is coinciding with a new album, also called “Elvis 2nd to None,” due to be released Oct. 7. The album will contain a recently discovered Presley track, “I’m a Roustabout.”

    […] MusicNow said subscribers will be able to stream, download and burn Elvis hits in the Windows Media 9 Series format.

  • And so it starts – the push for the next music format with a rerelease of a top stars catalog: Classic Dylan Titles Get Sonic Upgrade

    With the Sept. 16 release of 15 classic Bob Dylan albums on the hybrid Super Audio CD format, Columbia/Legacy is initiating an ambitious sonic upgrade of the icon’s CD catalog. Five albums in the series are also presented, for the first time, in 5.1-channel surround sound.

    Like many current SACD titles, the Dylan series comprises dual-layer discs featuring a high-density layer carrying high-resolution, multichannel surround sound, as well as a two-channel stereo SACD version and a standard 16-bit, 44.1kHz layer. While an SACD player is required for playback of the high-resolution, multichannel layer, hybrid discs are forward- and backward-compatible, allowing playback on standard CD players.


  • From Billboard: UMG, EMI Press On With Suit Vs. Bertelsmann

    Universal Music Group, EMI and a group of music publishers filed a motion yesterday (Aug. 18) in U.S. District Court in New York to deny Bertelsmann’s request that the copyright-infringement suits be dismissed.

    The move is a response to Bertelsmann’s motion filed last month, in which it claimed that U.S. copyright law “does not permit recovery from a third-party lender for damages the plaintiffs failed to recover from Napster.” Bertelsmann also said its actions “were aimed at benefiting the entire music industry,” as its loan to Napster was “specifically earmarked” for a service “in which all the major record labels and music publishers were invited to participate.”

  • A longstanding negotiation is coming to a close? Germany – Agreement On Royalties For DVD Writers

    The amount of payment on DVD writers and combined CD and DVD writers which can be installed in, or connected to, a PC, and which can be used to write DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW and/or DVD-RAM system disks, has been agreed at EUR 9.21 as a standard royalty for all rights holders, and will take effect retroactively from 1.1.2003.

  • More on the Gartner-Berkman study: GartnerG2 Says Digital Media Publishers Must Have Portable Digital Rights Management Standards Or They Risk Alienating Consumers

    The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and GartnerG2 are hosting a one-day seminar to fully explore ways to maintain the equilibrium between technology providers, copyright holders and creators, media companies, and consumers. The event, titled “Digital Media in Cyberspace: The Legislation and its Business Effects,” [ed.note: an invitation only event] will take place September 18 at the Ames Courtroom at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass.

    The project: Copyright and Digital Media in a Post-Napster World

  • From MI2N: RIAA Response To Senator Coleman’s File-Sharing Inquiry

  • SFGate: Code presented in Linux dispute

2003 August 20 AM

(entry last updated: 2003-08-20 14:13:04)

Making progress on switching over to WordPress – now to figure out Apache’s mod_rewrite so the old links will point to the right database entries.

  • According to Cory Doctorow, DontBuyMusic.com is back.

  • Search engines making money by "selling" words may be subjected to trademark infringement suits: Trademarks cast shadow on paid search

    So far, the issue of using trademarked terms in keyword-search advertising has not been tested in court. Danny Sullivan, moderator of the panel and editor of industry newsletter Search Engine Watch, said that the most closely related case to date involved Playboy, which sued Excite and Netscape Communications over the practice of selling banner ads to third parties keyed to its trademark. The court said that companies selling products and services related to Playboy could buy the term.

    An earlier case decided in 1997 went the opposite way, with the judge barring an online publisher of sexually explicit material from inserting the words “playboy” and “playmate” into a section of its site that is seen only by search engines.

    Sullivan said Google is setting a dangerous precedent by granting eBay exclusive use of terms related to its trademarks because “anything can be a trademark.”

  • CNet profiles Sterling Ball, a perennial posterchild for the open source industry – who took his company "Microsoft free" and lived to tell the tale: Rockin’ on without Microsoft

  • Offtopic – Tufte on Powerpoint: PowerPoint Is Evil

  • "Chilling effects" Department: Music Parody Site Pulls the Plug

    Nothing can deflate a joke faster than the threat of a lawsuit.

    In the case of parody website DontBuyMusic.com, a cease-and-desist notice forced the site to go offline last Friday.

    The website, created by the online community Macteens, spoofed the BuyMusic.com website by using the same format as the original site but rewriting the text and redirecting all clicks to the Apple iTunes website. ITunes and BuyMusic.com are both online paid music services.

    DontBuyMusic.com last week brought attention to the marked similarities between TV commercials for iTunes and BuyMusic (see the ads here and here).

  • As I’m sure was the intention, Vague Limits Vex Music Traders

    The RIAA’s statement to Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, appeared to depart from previous statements in subpoenas against more than 900 file sharers, who appeared to be randomly named. The defendants included college students, unsuspecting parents, Internet service providers and even grandparents.

    “I don’t think I’ll download anymore since we don’t really know what they (RIAA) are going to do,” Craig said.

    It seems as if other file traders are in the same predicament. Because the RIAA has refused to quantify what constitutes a “substantial” amount of file sharing, file sharers are left to wonder whether they are vulnerable to litigation.

  • Media groups appeal P2P ruling

    Record labels and movie studios said Tuesday that they have appealed an April federal court ruling that held for the first time that some file-swapping software was legal.

    That ruling, made by a Los Angeles federal court judge, Stephen Wilson, came as a sharp blow to copyright holders’ strategy of suing peer-to-peer network operators and software developers in order to curb the explosive growth of file trading. Beginning with a ruling against Napster, all court rulings had been in favor of the record companies and movie studios.

    “(Wilson’s decision) was wrong,” Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) President Cary Sherman said in a statement Tuesday. “These are businesses that were built for the exclusive reason of illegally exchanging copyrighted works, and they make money hand over fist from it. The Court of Appeals should hold them accountable.”

    "hand over fist" – really? What about the businesses that make tape recorders, video recorders and other products with "substantial noninfringing uses?" So guns (rather than people) really do kill people?

    Inforworld: Recording, movie industries appeal file-trading ruling

  • Apparently the SCO presentation left them open to at least some scrutiny: see this Groklaw entry, whose conclusions were picked up in today’s Boston Globe republishing of an LATimes article – SCO undercuts its Linux case. Bruce Perens’ writeup even includes the much discussed photos of the slides posted. The Slashdot discussion: “Stolen” SCO Linux Code Snippets Leaked; a related followup: SCO Prepares To Sue Linux End Users

    Inforworld: SCO’s proof bogus, Linux advocate says