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[News] [SOT] The Music Industry's Middlemen Made Obsolete

  • Subject: [News] [SOT] The Music Industry's Middlemen Made Obsolete
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 10:15:09 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Freelance
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Indie labels take e-commerce into their own hands

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| Many other labels' digital stores are directly connected to their online 
| physical stores as well, so that users can purchase T-shirts, CDs and MP3s 
| all at once. "We are counting on our mail-order customers being our early 
| adopters," Rentz said. "Our goal is to make it a real one-stop shop."   


Luddites still trying to find revenue sources...

California Internet sales tax bill faces long odds

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| A California bill that could lead to a tax on Internet music downloads faces 
| slim odds of success, but the Democrat who wrote it says a debate over taxing 
| such online retail transactions is overdue.  



Why popstars are going it alone

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| Music industry lobby groups have long been among the most vocal advocates of 
| copyright reform, urging governments worldwide to prioritise intellectual 
| property protection.  
| [...]
| Last week, Radiohead released its latest CD without copy-controls on its 
| website under a pay-as-you like system (Canada's Issa - formerly known as 
| Jane Siberry - has successfully employed a similar approach for many years).  
| The Radiohead announcement has unleashed a stunning series of follow-up 
| moves - reports indicate that Nine Inch Nails, Oasis, Jamiroquai, the 
| Charlatans, and Madonna have either left or are ready to leave their record 
| labels in search of greater commercial success through live performances, 
| merchandise sales, and other online innovation that may include free 
| distribution of their music.      


Strike hiatus prompts Hollywood writers to go it alone

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| Forget Warner Brothers, Universal and Disney. Say goodnight and good luck to 
| CBS, NBC and Fox. The Hollywood studio model is about to be turned upside 
| down.  


Maine law students vs the RIAA

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| One of the most important, but as yet largely unrecognized, Big Music stories 
| to break this year centres on a small university legal clinic in Maine. 


New Contested Case in Phoenix, Arizona, Capitol v. Weed; Counterclaims Asserted
for Abuse of Process, Prima Facie Tort, Conspiracy, and others

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| Apparently the defendant was representing herself for awhile, but is now 
| represented by two Tucson, Arizona, firms, Williamson & Young and Karp 
| Heurlin Weiss, who have filed an amended answer with counterclaims for:  
| -declaratory judgment of non-infringement
| -abuse of process
| -civil conspiracy to use illegal investigators, commit extortion, and gain 
|  unauthorized access to a computer 
| -prima facie tort
| -copyright misuse
| -invasion of privacy
| -copyright abuse and forfeiture
| -deceptive trade and collection practices
| -declaratory judgment.


Radiohead album bets on fast release, open pricing

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| The release of popular rock group Radiohead's new album next week is the 
| latest wake-up call for a music industry still struggling to deal with the 
| advent of digital music, experts say.  


Defendant: RIAA abusing courts to shore up "failing business model"

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| After the lawsuit was filed, Njuguna said she boxed up the PC reportedly used 
| for infringement and purchased a new one. She then filed a series of 
| counterclaims to the RIAA's lawsuit in an attempt to have the lawsuit 
| dismissed and her name cleared. One of those accuses the record labels of 
| failing to negotiate in good faith.    
| [...]
| Njugana also accuses the RIAA of engaging in deceptive and unfair trade 
| practices, arguing that the record labels have demonstrated repeated behavior 
| that has an "adverse effect on the public interest." She also cites former 
| RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen's lawsuit (which seeks class-action status) as 
| evidence that, unless the courts step in at some point, the RIAA will 
| continue its campaign.     


The RIAA will come to regret its court win

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| And, he told his blog readers: "If [the industry tries to] keep up the 
| strategy of 'you need us badly and therefore we make the rules' you will lose 
| the artists, their managers... and the audience. Another 12 months for this 
| Radiohead experiment to become the default approach. Get engaged or get 
| outmoded. And do it soon."    


Mom Sues Universal Music for DMCA Abuse

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| The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit today against Universal 
| Music Publishing Group (UMPG), asking a federal court to protect the fair use 
| and free speech rights of a mother who posted a short video of her toddler 
| son dancing to a Prince song on the Internet.   


Music industry attacks Sunday newspaper's free Prince CD

| The eagerly awaited new album by Prince is being launched as a free
| CD with a national Sunday newspaper in a move that has drawn
| widespread criticism from music retailers.


Business Model Gone Bad: The Music and Movie Edition

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| How Realistic is this new Business Model?
| How realistic is this? I think it is very realistic.


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