To wit — can a third party store copies of something that they don’t own, at the behest of those who have paid for the right to use that something, and replay it for them later? Cablevision loses suit on network DVRs – pdf A federal judge has ruled against Cablevision Systems Corp.’s experiment with … Continue reading “A Replay of the MP3.com Fight”
This looks like a fight in the making — if the record industry is foolish enough to make it one: Digital music finds some locker room A number of companies have created online content “lockers” where users can upload their digital media files for storage that they can subsequently access from multiple devices. Examples include … Continue reading “Running Your Own MP3.Com?”
Of course, the courts might have something to say about it (see UMG v. MP3.com): Another Take on Amazon Music: High-Stakes Chess? But one source in digital music suggests a way that Amazon might actually provide something different than Apple while making the digital music business more profitable: What if Amazon believes that the fair … Continue reading “BusWeek Columnist Sees An MP3.Com-Redux Strategy”
Death of a Friend It’s true, of course, that MP3.com has been sick for a long time. They foolishly bet the company on a music “storage” system called “Beam-it” that was really a filesharing system, were nearly put out of business by the resulting lawsuit, then rescued by Vivendi, a company that’s in pretty bad … Continue reading “Glenn Reynolds’ MP3.com Eulogy”
Not sure, but it looks like Apple/Jobs have set up something that’s revolutionary in the world of digital copyright; the pending iCloud service, built into the next versions of IOS (5) and OS X (Lion), will allow users, for free, to move copies of iTunes music among digital devices. Purchased iTunes songs can only move … Continue reading “Apple WWDC Announcement of iCloud”
Russian pirate music site to reopen — pdf Russian music download site www.allofmp3.com has said it will resume business soon, after a Moscow court ruled its operation is in accordance with Russian law.
Russian court acquits music site owner — pdf A Russian court on Wednesday acquitted the former boss of music download Web site www.allofmp3.com of breaching copyright in a case seen as a key test of Russia’s commitment to fighting piracy. […] “The prosecution did not succeed in presenting persuasive evidence of his involvement in infringing … Continue reading “AllofMP3 Owner Acquitted”
Frankly, it’s the Zune statistic that I found most interesting this this article: All Shook Up, Right Down to the Musical Core In this environment, the music industry has a tempestuous relationship with Mr. Jobs, more respect-resent than love-hate. Label chiefs respect that he has revolutionized the online and portable music businesses at a time … Continue reading “A Business Look At the Universal/Apple Contretemps”
You knew it wouldn’t last: Russian Online Music Service Closes AllofMP3.com, a Russian online music service accused of skirting copyright law, has shut down but may be back in business elsewhere on the Internet, authorities said yesterday.
Court can’t see Cablevision for what it is – pdf THE SUPREME COURT ruled more than 20 years ago that recording TV shows on your VCR is legal. Nowadays, technology allows your cable company to essentially keep those shows on its VCR, not yours. Yet a federal court has ruled that this system violates copyright … Continue reading “LATimes Editorial on the Cablevision © Suit”