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Live Performance, Copyright, and the Future of the Music Business 

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| This article considers whether the emergence of business models based on free 
| digital delivery of music and other content have rendered copyright 
| protection less necessary or justifiable. Falling production and distribution 
| costs have led many scholars and popular commentators to conclude that 
| creators can and should embrace free distribution models for copyrighted 
| works. In particular, many contend that the recording industry can survive 
| and prosper by producing and freely distributing recordings as a form of 
| advertising for the concert business. Some have further concluded that 
| copyright law may need to change to reflect this new reality.         
| Live Performance, Copyright, and the Future of the Music Business 
| http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1337914
| Live Concerts Can't Support The Existing Recording Industry... But Did Anyone 
| Ever Say They Would? 


Cut the middlemen.

Security Researchers Shouldn't Face DMCA Liability While Protecting Users From
Faulty DRM

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| Longtime Techdirt readers may remember Alex Halderman, who conducted 
| influential research into the problems created by CD-based DRM during his 
| time as a grad student here at Princeton. He's now a professor at the 
| University of Michigan, and he's working on a new project: seeking a DMCA 
| exemption for security research related to defective DRM schemes that 
| endanger computer security. We've seen in the past that DRM schemes can open 
| up security vulnerabilities in users' computers, and Halderman argues that 
| the public would benefit if security researchers could examine DRM schemes 
| without being threatened with litigation under the DMCA for doing so.         



MPAA Matches RIAA In Massive Layoffs

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| I missed this one when it initially happened, but it looks like the MPAA is
| following in the footsteps of the RIAA -- who recently laid off a bunch of
| folks. Apparently the MPAA quickly followed suit and drastically scaled back
| after the studios cut the MPAA's funding by about 15 to 20%.


Why Obama Should Change US Trade Policy On Intellectual Property

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| That's why it's good to see Ed Black, president and CEO of the Computer &
| Communications Industry Association, writing up an opinion piece for the San
| Jose Mercury News explaining to President-elect Obama why US trade policy
| concerning IP needs to change. First, he worries about the widespread reports
| that Obama has chosen Xavier Becerra to be the new US Trade Representative.
| In the past, the US Trade Rep has basically acted as a representative of
| Hollywood at times, and Becerra may be no different... as he's literally the
| Congressional rep for California's 31st district... which (you guessed it)
| covers Hollywood. Uh oh. That would be like making a Congressional rep from
| Detroit in charge of automotive policy in the US. They're less likely to have
| the nation's overall best interests in mind.

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