Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

RIAA Admits ‘Stream-ripping’ Is Not A Problem

July 19, 2007

I guess this is about as close to good news as you’re going to get when it concerns the RIAA.

“The Digital Freedom Campaign today responded to a statement made by RIAA Senior VP of Govt Relations, Mitch Glazier in a recently noted that stream ripping, an unrelated issue to the current Internet radio royalty rate debates, was not necessarily a problem.

Mr. Glazier, addressing the logic behind a sudden effort by the recording industry to require webcasters to adopt anti-stream ripping technology was asked whether stream-ripping was even a problem, stated, “why wait until it is a big problem to start addressing it? There are available technologies in the marketplace to address this issue.” The ‘stream-ripping’ issue is not relevant to the Internet royalty rate decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in March, and was not mentioned in the CRB ruling.

“The music industry’s top lobbyist is calling for the implementation of a burdensome, costly, and completely unnecessary technology by webcasters who play and promote the artists the RIAA claims to represent. He then admits that the issue is “not a big problem,” said Jennifer Stoltz, a spokesperson for the Digital Freedom Campaign. “For the RIAA to try to impose unrealistic and wholly unnecessary technical mandates on an innovative and vibrant industry as part of larger, unrelated negotiations process is baffling.”

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Russian Music Site Down, Sister Site Up

July 4, 2007

“A music download site that was the poster child for U.S. anti-piracy crusaders and an obstacle to Russia’s bid to join the World Trade Organization has been shut down by Russian authorities, according to the U.S. government.The victory, however, was short lived: The same company behind Allofmp3.com has launched a similar site that resembles the shuttered service, provides the same legal disclaimers and sells songs at a fraction of the price of iTunes.

Moscow prosecutors declined to comment on whether allofmp3.com had been shut down, leaving it unclear if the government was behind the site’s disappearance.”

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VideoLAN Security Advisory

June 18, 2007

If you use VideoLAN’s VLC Media Player (and who doesn’t?) you should probably upgrade to the latest version.  Here’s the info from their site:

“2007-06-17

VLC media player versions 0.8.6b and lower suffer from a security vulnerability in the CDDA, Vorbis, Theora and SAP plugins. More technical details are available in our advisory.
An updated release of VLC is available which includes a few other fixes as well. The full list of changes can be found here.
We strongly recommend all users to update to this new version.”

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AT&T To Start Scanning Their Network For Pirated Material

June 13, 2007

“In a move that could send ISPs tumbling down a slippery slope toward serving big media companies before consumers, AT&T has decided to start targeting pirated content being moved across its network. How exactly they’ll do that isn’t clear, but there doesn’t seem to be any real way of them detecting what materials being sent are copyrighted without them prying into every file people send online. But hey, what’s wrong with that? We should trust AT&T! It’s not like they spy on us for the government already or anything.”

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Microsoft To Release Free Music On Xbox Live

June 6, 2007

“This program will focus on the release of new, downloadable music and music-related content created by cutting edge artists on the verge of worldwide success. The first group to debut on the Ignition program’s initial month of service is the U.K. band Maximo Park, who have attained recent notoriety in their native England through their latest album, Our Earthly Pleasures.”

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Amazon To Sell Unprotected Music

May 16, 2007

Amazon has announced plans to launch a digital music store that will allow customers to download music without any copyright protection. Amazon has licences to sell music from 12,000 record labels, including EMI Group’s digital catalogue.

Millions of songs will be sold without Digital Rights Management (DRM) software, allowing – for example – customers to burn their own CDs freely.

Amazon says it will launch the new store later this year.

“Our MP3-only strategy means all the music that customers buy on Amazon is always DRM-free and plays on any device,” said Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon.”

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Last.fm Adds Music Videos

May 9, 2007

“Social music site Last.fm is now adding music videos to its service.  The idea is that since Last.fm knows your playlists and what you may like it can now surface music videos in addition to audio streams of just the songs.  Think of it as a personalized MTV that knows what’s in your music collection.  It’s just like what MOG TV does with music videos from YouTube, except that Last.fm is promising better quality videos licensed directly from the music labels.”

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Two US States Restrict Used CD Sales

May 7, 2007

This is just wrong.

“DrBenway sends us to Ars Technica for a report that Florida and Utah have placed draconian restrictions on the sale of used music CDs; Wisconsin and Rhode Island may soon follow suit. In Florida, stores have to hold on to CDs for 30 days before they can sell them — for store credit only, not cash. Quoting:

“No, you won’t spend any time in jail, but you’ll certainly feel like a criminal once the local record shop makes copies of all of your identifying information and even collects your fingerprints. Such is the state of affairs in Florida, which now has the dubious distinction of being so anal about the sale of used music CDs that record shops there are starting to get out of the business of dealing with used content because they don’t want to pay a $10,000 bond for the ‘right’ to treat their customers like criminals.””

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What Does Your Musical DNA Sound Like?

May 1, 2007

“Because of his songwriting credits, Pete Townshend — with an estimated net worth of £10 million (US $20 million) — has always been the biggest Who earner. Now he’s co-created a Web-based software program that allows the rest of us mere mortals to compose our own classics: Method.Long story short, the software — which launches tomorrow on a trial basis — asks users to input two audio samples (including, but not limited to, a voice), a rhythm sample, and a favorite photograph. Method then compiles the four elements into a piece of “musical DNA.”

“The Method is software that creates music, allowing you to ‘sit’ for a musical portrait just as if you were being painted,” says the software’s Web site. “The software ‘paints’ your music. It will only take a few minutes of your time.””

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Last.fm is about to become more useful

February 8, 2007

“The worlds fourth largest supplier of music, Warner Music Group, has announced yesterday that they will be releasing their entire music collection to use for all of you Last.fm users out there.”

More info here