Music biz sues Robertson again

,----[ Quote ]
| As with any technology, what's "illegal" today could simply be viewed as "not
| licensed... yet".
`----

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11...sues_sideload/

As proof that 'artists' do not hate the Internet, but are willing to embrace it
(unlike the hoarding middlemen):

Pop musician Peter Gabriel launches "YouTube for human rights"

,----[ Quote ]
| Web accessibility simplifies this process by facilitating the
| media-independent global distribution of information and videos recorded on
| film or mobile phone cameras.
`----

http://www.heise.de/english/newstick...846/from/rss09

Let's see how the RIAA and the other media companies can drive human right
people out of commission to eliminate all forms of free entertainment.


Related:

The Land of "Nothing for free"

,----[ Quote ]
| I was down there to give a talk on "Open Source Business Models"
| for a conference. Also represented were entertainment industry
| lawyers, "Big Telecom" management, and a smattering of software
| people. Microsoft was there of course. You can't hold a church
| fete with "Open Source" on the banner these days without Microsoft
| turning up and requesting representation. At least we also had
| Bruce Perens on our side to help make up the balance. The venue
| eas an unbelievably expensive hotel. Even though I was on
| expenses I balked at asking the company to pay for a room
| there and found something cheaper (not by much) a few miles
| down the road.
`----

http://samba.org/samba/news/articles.../column11.html


The RIAA will come to regret its court win

,----[ Quote ]
| 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." * *
`----

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10..._riaa_comment/


Mom Sues Universal Music for DMCA Abuse

,----[ Quote ]
| 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. *
`----

http://www.linuxelectrons.com/news/g...sic-dmca-abuse


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.
`----

http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,2114557,00.html


Microsoft too busy to name Linux patents

,----[ Quote ]
| * * First you get everyone riled claiming open source and Linux infringe on
| * * your patents, then you won’t detail those patents. Why? The paperwork.
|
| * * Yes, Microsoft cited administrative overhead for not detailing the 235
| * * Microsoft patents its chief legal counsel recently told Forbes exist in
| * * Linux and open source. *
`----

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/05...ovell_patents/


Shuttleworth: Microsoft Fracturing the Open-Source Community

,----[ Quote ]
| "That's extortion and we should call it what it is," he said. "To say, as
| [Microsoft CEO Steve] Ballmer did, that there is undisclosed balance sheet
| liability, that's just extortion and we should refuse to get drawn into that
| game. On the other side, if Microsoft is concerned about its intellectual
| property, there is no one in the free software community that wants to
| violate anyone's IP. Disclose the patents and we'll fix the code.
| Alternatively, move on." * * *
|
| Microsoft has said it does disclose which patents are being violated, but
| only in one-on-one conversations with vendors. To Shuttleworth, that is not
| disclosure, because patents are public documents. *
`----

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759...129TX1K0000616


[Mark Shuttleworth Interview]

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft is asking people to pay them for patents, but they won't
| say which ones. If a guy walks into a shop and says: "It's an
| unsafe neighbourhood, why don't you pay me 20 bucks and I'll make
| sure you're okay," that's illegal. It's racketeering. What Microsoft
| is doing with intellectual property is exactly the same. It's a great
| company and I have great admiration for it, but this was not a
| well considered position.
|
| So you wouldn't do a deal?
|
| No, absolutely not. But the time will come when the folks at
| Microsoft who have a clear vision for the company as a participant
| in this community, rather than as a hostile antagonist, will win.
`----

http://mybroadband.co.za/nephp/?m=show&id=6672


Radiohead album bets on fast release, open pricing

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.
`----

http://www.news.com/Radiohead-album-...l?tag=nefd.top


Why popstars are going it alone

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.
`----

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7047723.stm