July 27, 2005

Again, Why Is Downloading Bad? [4:06 pm]

A little fuel for the fire: Downloading ‘myths’ challenged

People who illegally share music files online are also big spenders on legal music downloads, research suggests.

Digital music research firm The Leading Question found that they spent four and a half times more on paid-for music downloads than average fans.

Rather than taking legal action against downloaders, the music industry needs

Some other links: - from The Leading Question - Music pirates spend four and a half times more on legitimate music downloads than average fans; Digital music will not kill the radio star; The Guardian’s report, Online filesharers ‘buy more music’

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New Telecom Bill Proposal [3:55 pm]

U.S. senator unveils bill that aids phone carriers [pdf]

[Sen. John] Ensign, a Nevada Republican and chairman of the Senate Commerce subcommittee on technology, innovation and competitiveness, called his 72-page bill a starting point as Congress considers overhauling the 1996 Telecommunications Act that aimed to promote competition in voice services.

“Changes in technology necessitate that we update these rules if America is going to be competitive in the face of global competition,” he told reporters, pointing to rankings that the United States has slipped to as low as 16th in the world for deploying high-speed Internet service, known as broadband.

Under the bill, companies that want to offer video service would no longer have to get permission from local or state officials, a boon to companies like Verizon Communications and SBC Communications Inc., which are rolling out video.

It would also eliminate requirements in 2011 that the four big local telephone companies, known as the Baby Bells and includes Verizon and SBC, resell their phone service to other competitors at regulated rates or have to make parts of their existing copper networks available to competitors.

Senator Ensign’s press release on The Broadband Consumer Choice Act of 2005.

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Convergence [2:13 pm]

XM, Napster to sell music heard on satellite radio [pdf]

XM Satellite Radio and digital music provider

Napster Inc. on Wednesday said they would launch a service that lets XM subscribers buy music they hear on XM radio, sending Napster shares up 7 percent.

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Too Busy Hunting For The Real Killers… [6:47 am]

..To pay his DirectTV bill. And, to think, a movie star caught “stealing signal:” O.J. Simpson Is Ordered to Pay DirecTV in Signal-Theft Case [pdf]

The satellite TV giant on Tuesday was referring to its civil court victory in which a Florida judge ordered Simpson to pay $25,000 for allegedly stealing its signals.

The case stems from the recovery in 2001 of two “bootloaders” in Simpson’s home that allowed viewers to tap into DirecTV signals without paying for them.

“This ruling serves as a reminder that there are consequences to signal theft, whether you’re O.J. Simpson or John Q. Public,” said Dan Fawcett, the company’s executive vice president of legal and business affairs.

Simpson’s lawyer, Yale Galanter, said his client would appeal the judge’s ruling.

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Digital Shift In Movies Set, Except For Who Pays [6:44 am]

Talk about an “unfunded mandate:” Studios Settle on Technical Standards for Digital Shift [pdf]

Hollywood’s major studios have hammered out technical standards for digital movies, capping a three-year effort intended to save millions in distribution costs, enhance picture quality and increase anti-piracy protections.

The agreement, to be announced today in Beverly Hills by a consortium of seven studios, does not detail who will pick up the tab for changing from film to digital projection, according to studio sources familiar with the discussions.

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