The Inevitable March of Recorded Music Towards Free

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| 2007 is turning out to be a terrible year for the music industry. Or rather,
| a terrible year for the the music labels.
|
| [...]
|
| The price of music will likely not fall in the near term to absolutely zero.
| Charging any price at all requires the use of credit cards and their minimum
| fees of $0.20 or more per transaction, for example. And services like iTunes
| and Amazon can continue to charge something for quality of service. With P2P
| networks you don’t really know what you are getting until you download it. It
| could, for example, be a virus. Or a poor quality copy. Many users will be
| willing to pay to avoid those hassles. But as long as BitTorrent exists, or
| simple music search engines like Skreemr allow users to find and download
| virtually any song in seconds, they won’t be able to charge much.
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http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/10/04...-towards-free/

Look at Symantec clinging onto trademarks. Like Photoshop, Google, and even
AIM/AOL...

Symantec asks G4L to stop infringing on Ghost name

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| Michael D. Setzer II, the leader of the project once known as Ghost for Linux
| (G4L), recently received a cease and desist email message from a lawyer
| representing Symantec. The company is demanding that the project change its
| name because the use of "Ghost" violates a trademark held by Symantec for its
| Norton Ghost disk imaging software.
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http://www.linux.com/feature/119646



Related:

Big labels are f*cked, and DRM is dead - Peter Jenner

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| Few people know the music industry better than Peter Jenner. Pink
| Floyd's first manager, who subsequently managed Syd Barrett's solo
| career, Jenner has also looked after T.Rex, The Clash, Ian Dury,
| Disposable Heroes and Billy Bragg - who he manages today. He's also
| secretary general of the International Music Managers Forum.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11/03/peter_jenner/


The slow death of DRM

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| * A disaster of historical proportions
| * Consumer litigation against DRM
| * Digital growth is flagging
| * Pressure to dump DRM
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/02...ve_gordon_drm/


Music industry attacks Sunday newspaper's free Prince CD

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| 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.
|
| The Mail on Sunday revealed yesterday that the 10-track Planet
| Earth CD will be available with an "imminent" edition, making it
| the first place in the world to get the album. Planet Earth will go
| on sale on July 24.
|
| "It's all about giving music for the masses and he believes in
| spreading the music he produces to as many people as possible,"
| said Mail on Sunday managing director Stephen Miron. "This is the
| biggest innovation in newspaper promotions in recent times."
|
| The paper, which sells more than 2m copies a week, will be ramping
| up its print run in anticipation of a huge spike in circulation but
| would not reveal how much the deal with Prince would cost.
|
| One music store executive described the plan as "madness" while
| others said it was a huge insult to an industry battling fierce
| competition from supermarkets and online stores. Prince's label has
| cut its ties with the album in the UK to try to appease music
| stores.
|
| The Entertainment Retailers Association said the giveaway "beggars
| belief". "It would be an insult to all those record stores who have
| supported Prince throughout his career," ERA co-chairman Paul Quirk
| told a music conference. "It would be yet another example of the
| damaging covermount culture which is destroying any perception of
| value around recorded music.
|
| "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince should know that with
| behaviour like this he will soon be the Artist Formerly Available
| in Record Stores. And I say that to all the other artists who may
| be tempted to dally with the Mail on Sunday."
|
| High street music giant HMV was similarly scathing about the plans.
| Speaking before rumours of a giveaway were confirmed, HMV chief
| executive Simon Fox said: "I think it would be absolutely nuts. I
| can't believe the music industry would do it to itself. I simply
| can't believe it would happen; it would be absolute madness."
|
| Prince, whose Purple Rain sold more than 11m copies, also plans to
| give away a free copy of his latest album with tickets for his
| forthcoming concerts in London. The singer had signed a global deal
| for the promotion and distribution of Planet Earth in partnership
| with Columbia Records, a division of music company Sony BMG. A
| spokesman for the group said last night that the UK arm of Sony BMG
| had withdrawn from Prince's global deal and would not distribute
| the album to UK stores.
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http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,2114557,00.html