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20,000 albums? We can hardly believe it!

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| Well, it seems like just a few months ago we were celebrating 10,000 albums 
| published on jamendo and this weekend we passed the 20,000 album mark! 


Band Celebrates 'Super Fan' Who Burns Their CD And Gives It Out To Everyone

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| While we still have various old media execs insisting that piracy is 
| destroying content creators, every day we're seeing new examples of content 
| creators who have learned to embrace sharing, recognizing that it's actually 
| free promotion and free distribution.   



Musicians Help Aid FOSS Initiative in Africa

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| Few things are more heartbreaking than the notion of children without access
| to healthcare. While no one denies that there's a tremendous need for better
| healthcare options for American children, the U.S. provides for emergency
| care, vaccinations, and other basic needs. Children in many other countries
| aren't so lucky.
| IntraHealth International works with nations across the globe to provide the
| training and infrastructure communities need to solve public health issues
| within their own country. One initiative, IntraHealth OPEN focuses on using
| open source technologies in impoverished areas because of its accessibility,
| adaptability, and versatility.


Artists Don’t Want Pirate Fans to be Disconnected

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| Last week, a group of music and other entertainment industry representatives
| urged the UK government to consider drafting legislation that would force
| ISPs to disconnect alleged pirates. This proposal now faces opposition from
| an unexpected corner as a coalition of top artists has spoken out against it,
| saying that disconnecting their fans is the wrong path to take.


Radiohead knows more than Microsoft about security

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| The entire rest of the article up to this point was, in effect, laying the 
| ground work for a single, simple point. That point is that security is, among 
| other things, a matter of picking your battles well. There are some things 
| that just cannot be protected in the long run and ultimately, if your 
| business model depends on protecting such things, either your business model 
| will change or your business will fail. It’s really that simple.     
| Radiohead is demonstrating a desire and ability to take chances on new 
| business models when the band sees what appears to be the writing on the wall 
| with regard to the demise of the record industry’s traditional business 
| model.   



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.      


Music industry association recommends flat-rate file sharing

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| I just heard from two contacts in Denmark that their branch of the 
| International Federation of Phonogram and Videogram Producers (IFPI) (the 
| equivalent of America's RIAA and MPAA) has seriously proposed allowing 
| unrestricted downloads of music over peer-to-peer networks, in exchange for a 
| modest monthly fee to be charged to all ISP users.    


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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