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May 29

THE CONTINUING BATTLE OF RIAA VS. TECHNOLOGY: PEERGUARDIAN
Network World – "Spy on my machine? No way man!"
http://www.nwfusion.com

IGN ENTERTAINMENT’S BEST OF E3 (INDUSTRY GAMING SHOW) AWARDS
Includes Best Booth Babe
http://games.ign.com

New Essay

THE BEAT GOES ON: APPLE, ROXIO, & CENTERSPAN

May 21, 2003
Entertainment synergy has been touted for two decades now. The alignment of Apple-iTunes and Roxio-Napster-Pressplay is an old theme. ... Picture Maxtor selling a $100 80GB hard drive with entire music catalogs that the user can preview and unlock with a credit card. Or Microsoft giving away such drives in exchange for a one year broadband and music subscription.
Read it

New Sites

PeerBuddy
Eliminate P2P network spoofing and bad files by blocking bad IP addresses (over 2 million blocked).
http://www.isopleth.com/peerbuddy.htm

PeerGuardian
Eliminate P2P network spoofing and bad files by blocking bad IP addresses.
http://methlabs.h4x3r.net

RIAA Radar
Check if an album is produced by a RIAA member
http://www.magnetbox.com

May 20

ROXIO BUYS PRESSPLAY FOR $39M (HAD BOUGHT NAPSTER)
http://biz.yahoo.com
http://news.com.com
http://www.nytimes.com

CENTERSPAN SUSPENDS OPERATIONS (HAD BOUGHT SCOUR)
http://biz.yahoo.com

NIELSEN STUDY DEBUNKS RIAA CLAIMS THAT FILE SHARERS HURT REVENUES
- 71% of music downloaders bought music recently
- 22% of net users downloaded music in the past month.
- Music downloaders are 25-111% MORE likely to purchase music than average net users.

http://www.prnewswire.com

DAD, SEND MONEY! COLLEGE P2P OPERATORS SETTLE WITH RIAA
Students to pay $12-17,000 over 4 years for copyright infringement.
http://news.com.com

COURT FINDS BMG & SONY MUSIC STEAL UP TO $100 MILLION FROM ARTISTS
Record clubs (buy 1 and get 10 free!) don't pay artists
http://www.musicdish.com

POLICE RAID A NAPSTER CLONE OPERATOR IN GERMANY
http://mi2n.com

LEGITIMATE ENTERTAINMENT DOWNLOADS TAKE OFF WITH TRYMEDIA
PC games distribution includes P2P.
http://mi2n.com

CLEAR CHANNEL'S BIG, STINKING DEREGULATION MESS
Clear Channel makes deregulation look bad, ruining it for everyone. Still, the FCC wants to deregulate even more.
http://www.alternet.org

HOW TO EVADE INTERNET FILTERING SOFTWARE
http://www.peacefire.org

BELGIUM'S ANSWER TO FILE SHARING: TAX REWRITABLE CDS
http://news.com.com

HOLLYWOOD ALTERS MOVIES TO FOIL CAMCORDER PIRATES
http://www.nbc4.tv

INNOVATOR AND ARTIST PETER GABRIEL
Pushes for online paid music downloads, while fighting free file sharing.
http://media.guardian.co.uk

METAFILTER BLOG LAUNCHES MUSIC SITE
Also uses Andromeda, a low-cost streaming server.
http://music.metafilter.com/
http://www.turnstyle.com

REALNETWORKS LAUNCHES MOBILE CONTENT STREAMING SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE
For mobile phones and PDAs
http://biz.yahoo.com

May 6

AMERICAN PERVERSITY - DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO

The US Government censors and cripples the rights of its own citizens. Researchers have canceled technical conferences due to the DMCA law.
http://news.com.com
The DMCA isn’t enough. Now the entertainment industry has pushed "Super DMCA" legislation that outlaws various technologies and limits more personal rights.
http://www.securityfocus.com
http://www.eff.org
And they’re assembling an arsenal to sabotage file sharer computers.
http://www.nytimes.com
It's not just music and movie folks. Here’s our good friends at Wal-Mart crushing Re-Code, the bar code satire site.
http://www.re-code.com
http://www.wired.com
http://www.salon.com

At the same time the US fights for freedom. But not in the US. Here’s a US agency that commissioned software to evade censorship blocks by the Chinese government.
http://news.com.com/2100-1028-997101.html
Proxy software: http://www.peacefire.org/circumventor/simple-circumventor-instructions.html

Other news

FROM HOLLYWOOD WITH LOVE: RIAA KISSES 200,000 OF ITS BEST FANS
Sends IM warning to file sharing users.
http://www.reuters.com
http://news.com.com

ITUNES OFF TO A HOT START – SELLS 1 MILLION SONGS IN ONE WEEK
http://www.wired.com
http://biz.yahoo.com
http://www.apple.com

IS STEVE JOBS THE MUSIC SAVIOR? UNLIKELY.
Apple iTunes 99¢ singles for Macs (Windows coming soon) is a step in the right direction. But uses proprietary AAC format and still has copyright protection.
http://news.com.com
http://storage.ziffdavis.com
http://www.theregister.co.uk
http://www.siliconvalley.com
http://www.fortune.com
http://www.salon.com
http://apple.slashdot.org
http://www.apple.com AAC audio
http://www.apple.com ads

DOLLAR SONGS: BARGAIN OR RIP-OFF?
$1 song beats subscriptions but it’s no discount from album pricing and it’s not competitive with free.
http://www.wired.com

42% OF P2P IS PORN: ITUNES IS MISSING HALF THE MARKET
http://www.wired.com

HOW WILL ARTISTS EVER GET PAID ONCE COMPUTER COMPANIES BUY MAJOR LABELS?
http://www.musicdish.com

HOW TO BE A PROFITABLE ONLINE MUSIC BAND IN THE AGE OF ETHICAL SHARING AND COLLABORATION
http://www.masternewmedia.com

 

 


 

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