August 21, 2003

2003 August 21 PM [7:13 pm]

(entry last updated: 2003-08-21 19:58:15)

  • *Shock!* A study sponsored by Macrovision answers the question How High Is The Risk Of Home Copying To Hollywood? [also at MI2N] with the following:

    Movie studios, independent producers, music video record companies plus creators, distributors and retailers of video content collectively could be losing estimated retail revenue approaching $1 billion a year in the United States, due to lack of comprehensive application of copy protection, according to a new study sponsored by Macrovision Corporation. This level of displaced revenue would amount to nearly 5% of the $20.6 billion home video industry.

  • Kviar Music has a press release on MI2N: Brazilian Label Launches Recording CD Kiosk

    Kviar Music, Brazil’s leading online music label, presented during the Music Fair that recently took place in the northern city of Fortaleza, the first CD recording kiosk system in the country. Totally developed and patented by Kviar, the machine can record customized CDs in a matter of minutes. For that, the public can listen and choose from over 2 thousand tracks, which ones will be present in his or her CD, regardless of genre, author, album, etc. The kiosk then records a CD with only the chosen tracks, prints the cover with the track list, and prints a receipt. The whole process takes only up to 7 minutes and the resulting CD is a regular audio CD than can be listened in the car, stereo, computer, etc. Each CD can have up to 74 minutes, which amounts to more or less up to 15 regular tracks. Kviar expects to charge R$8,00 per CD, (more or less US$3,50), including the cover, media, and the copyrights and taxes due.

    [...] Today, Kviar already allows the public to listen to songs in its portal located at http://www.kviar.com, and include them in what it called “Instant CD”. This system, which uses US company Immediatek’s “NetBurn” technology, creates on-the-fly an executable with the chosen songs and CD cover. The user then inserts a blank CD in his or her CD recorder and in a matter of minutes he or she will have a regular CD which can be listened to in any CD player. Kviar is closing deals with other labels to distribute their music by this system, and now it will extend this partnerships to the CD burning kiosks as well.

    Be sure the read the technology description of Immediatek’s technologies:

    Immediatek’s groundbreaking and patent-pending NetBurn technology offers record labels, distributors, online music sources, and artists the only “one-button burn” solution which can burn an entire CD of music in only one click–directly from the Internet to the CD burner on the user’s computer.

    In doing so, NetBurn protects the copyrights of the artist by requiring either a purchase of the music through e-commerce or through a monthly membership to the Internet site offering the music.

    There’s also Netburn Secure:

    NetBurn Secure burns a two-session disc. The first session contains audio tracks which are “marked” and cannot be copied, played or ripped on a computer. The second session contains digital files, such as Windows Media(tm) DRM files, which are controlled by License Management Technology (LMT), and whcih cannot be uploaded back to the Internet. Because of the unique structure of the discs, as well as the copy control implemented, users can achieve playability on virtually every audio device (such as car and home stereos), as well as computers.

  • How long do you think this site will be available? Memepool describes it as downloading music "old skool style" - University of Colorado

    Digital Sheet Music Collection. Note that their extensive copyright information page explains the limitations as they see them.

  • Jenny Levine on Singling Out The Music Industry - comments on the MTV News article Downloads, EPs, Singles Conspiring To Kill The Album Format

  • Slashdot discusses EarthStation5 and the now defunct xMule P2P application (the SourceForge link): RIAA/MPAA vs. xMule Author, EarthStation 5

  • Lisa Bowman interviews the lead SCO counsel, Mark Heise: SCO’s big legal gun takes aim - the crux of the argument is again stated here, although it’s worth reading the whole thing to see just how convoluted a lawyer can make things when he wants to….

    This case has been characterized as an attack on the GPL.

    We never raised the GPL in this litigation. We are somewhat surprised that IBM, which has this tremendous copyright and patent portfolio, is advocating the use of the GPL since it could have an impact on them. If, for example, their copyrighted materials are finding their way into the GPL, does that suddenly strip them of their rights? We don’t think the GPL applies. We believe it is pre-empted by the federal copyright law.

    The Free Software Foundation apparently disagrees. If you look at the terms of the GPL and the terms of copyright law, copyright law governs. It is the exclusive authority regarding the use, distribution, etc., of copyrighted material. In the GPL, (there is a section that) specifically says it applies only to the use and distribution. In other words, the exact same topics that are covered exclusively by the Copyright Act are covered by the GPL. Section 301 of the Copyright Act says the Copyright Act pre-empts any claims that are governed regarding use, distribution and copying. We believe that although the GPL is being tossed into the fray, it is pre-empted by federal copyright law.

  • NPD Group seem to think the answer to Are swappers scared of the RIAA? is "Yes!"

    The report, released Thursday, said online file swapping started dropping in May, shortly after the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) publicly hinted that it may go after individual file swappers. The number of households acquiring music fell from a high of 14.5 million in April to 12.7 million in May and 10.4 million in June, according to NPD.

    Of course, school let out, too.

  • CNet updates this article: File swapper fights RIAA subpoena

    “This is more invasive than someone having secret access to the library books you check out or the videos you rent,” Glenn Peterson, one of the attorneys, said in a statement. “The recent efforts of the music industry to root out piracy have addressed a uniquely contemporary problem with Draconian methods–good old-fashioned intimidation combined with access to personal information that would make George Orwell blush.”

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