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."
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http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6234534.html

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.
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http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6234520.html


Related:

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


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. *
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2232935,00.html


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.
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http://www.p2pnet.net/story/14477


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.
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http://recordingindustryvspeople.blo...n-arizona.html


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


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. * *
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http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post...ess-model.html


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


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


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


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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http://www.5thwind.com/?p=58