RECORD COMPANIES: FEAR OF MUSIC

The recording industry continues its relentless campaign to prevent us from actually hearing any of its products played out loud. The latest is the proposal floated in a cover story in Billboard magazine last week for federal legislation requiring royalties to be paid on the sale of used CDs. Here’s a story reporting on the latest evidence that the recording industry is evil incarnate. […] continued

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NAPSTER AND ITS PROGENY

For those of you that want a refresher, here’s a perfectly nice short article about Napster’s rise and fall, the record industry’s horrible online offerings to date, and the status of the current file-sharing programs. No surprises, but worth reading if you haven’t been keeping up.

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KAZAA SHARED FOLDERS

If you’re using Kazaa, Morpheus, AudioGalaxy, or any of the other file sharing programs, make sure you’re not sharing more than you intend. A study released today concluded that the settings in Kazaa for sharing folders are difficult for many people to understand, so many people are inadvertently sharing e-mail folders, personal documents, or at worst entire hard drives. […] continued

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RECORDING INDUSTRY MARCHES ON

More developments in the recording industry’s relentless war to make sure we can’t actually hear any music.

Yesterday KaZaA, the Dutch software and products company which founded KaZaA.com, announced that it intends to shut down because it can’t afford to defend copyright infringement charges brought against it by the entertainment industry. […] continued

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CRACKING CDs WITH MAGIC MARKERS

The recording industry is going to elaborate lengths to create music CDs that are copy-protected – to prevent you from copying, or “burning,” music onto recordable CDs, onto a computer hard drive, or onto a portable music player. Last week Apple Computers reported that the copy-protection scheme used by Sony and Universal can crash iMacs so thoroughly that they require a trip to a repair shop. […] continued

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EXTRAORDINARY DELUSIONS AND THE MADNESS OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

“Personal video recorders” (PVRs) are the hot new item in the television industry. Tivo and Sonicblue Replay are the market leaders. These boxes act like a super VCR. They record shows for viewing later, holding thirty or more hours of shows at a time. They present program directories; they keep track of the shows you watch and record things you haven’t asked for but that you might like. […] continued

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KAZAA LITE

Kazaa has taken over as the best music sharing program – most users, best selection, best interface. But Kazaa has been rightfully attacked for including other “spyware” programs that are secretly installed along with the main program.

Somebody hacked the Kazaa installation package and removed all the bad stuff. What’s left includes everything necessary to run Kazaa and share music, but nothing that will report on your surfing or allow your computer to be possessed by third parties or any of the other little nasties. […] continued

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WILCO AND THE FUTURE OF MUSIC

Wilco’s new album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, will be released next week. And if you buy it, you might help improve the future of recorded music.

Wilco is one of the few great bands that have emerged in the last ten years. Their first few recordings helped shape the “alt-country” genre, but in 1999 the band released Summerteeth, a genuine masterpiece – pop gems that had echoes of the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Van Morrison, and many others, but spun into a sound that was distinctive and new. […] continued

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KAZAA SPYWARE

Kazaa is one of the popular file sharing programs that took over after Napster was gunned down. It had always had a reputation for installing “spyware” – nasty little programs that monitored your web surfing and downloads and reported back to somewhere without your permission. But recently folks learned about a bigger invasion of your privacy. […] continued

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WHEN ELEPHANTS DANCE

If you’re trying to catch up on the copyright wars, here’s an article that does a wonderful job of summarizing all of the issues and how the different players stand. Copy-protected CDs, the death of Internet radio, the DMCA, digital TV, digital rights management – all discussed in a straightforward way. […] continued

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INTERVIEW WITH LAWRENCE LESSIG

If you’re following the copyright wars, you might be interested in a question-and-answer session on Slashdot with Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford law professor and one of the leaders of the fight to rein in the copyright police.

And consider donating to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the organization doing the most effective work to protect the interests of consumers in the courts and in Congress. […] continued

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COPYRIGHT POLICE GET UGLIER

Today’s news has more evidence that the entertainment industry is successfully shaping our world – by filling it with fear and intimidation.

An Austin, Texas, man could face up to $100,000 in fines and a year in jail for selling ten copies of live concert recordings of actor Russell Crowe’s band over the Web. […] continued

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MORPHEUS TO ADD ANTI-COPYING TECHNOLOGY

Morpheus was looking like an ally in the fight to keep file trading alive. It didn’t include spyware in its software, and its new software tapped into the truly decentralized Gnutella world, where the record companies would be hardpressed to shut it down.

But its parent company now says it’s going to embrace digital rights management and include anti-copying technology in the software soon. […] continued

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COPYRIGHT WARS UPDATE

The voices are getting louder on both sides of the copyright wars.

Michael Greene, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, delivered a lecture during the Grammys, hysterically ranting about the upcoming death of the music industry caused by criminal freeloading swine. The New York Times published an article today debunking part of his speech – turns out he lied about the “students” propped up on stage as set dressing. […] continued

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MORPHEUS/KAZAA UPDATE

There’s a marvelous battle going on in the file sharing world. Allegations of denial of service attacks and conspiracies, record companies sniffing around and getting ready to pounce, companies that hire a Washington lobbyist but can’t be traced – great stuff. Here’s the latest news.

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