Tuesday , January 25 2022

Culture and Society

If You Love a File, Set It Free

The essence of the entertainment industry’s problem with the Internet is its culture of freely shared information that dates back to its beginnings as a connected academic think tank: Part of the challenge facing not just the recording industry but all media companies is how to deal with the lingering …

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RIAA’s Amnesty: They’d Rather Not

Salon’s Farhad Manjoo down in the trenches talking amnesty with Vietnam War draft evaders – no, wait, acid flashback – discussing the RIAA’s Clean Slate program: Perhaps to show that it wasn’t the big bully file-sharers claim it is, the RIAA also introduced an “amnesty” program for people who have …

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RIAA Pops Pickle

You couldn’t make up stuff this good. We mentioned earlier today that the RIAA is dropping the suit bomb on 261 file sharers – one of them is 71-year-old Durwood Pickle: “Some of my grandkids got in there,” said Durwood Pickle, 71, of Richardson, Texas, who said his son had …

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Conflict of Civilizations

No, not militant Islam against the West, although there are certainly elements of authoritarianism vs. freedom of expression. No, I’m talking about the RIAA against the 60 million Americans who are file sharers, which comes to a head this week: On this there has been virtually no dispute: People who …

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Trying to Go Legit

Rob Pegoraro discusses the impediments to going legit for online digital music: “I’m trying to make my kids legal, really I am,” wrote Ashburn resident Jane Ellis in an e-mail. But after going to BuyMusic.com, installing the required Windows Media Player 9 software (which left her PC half-crippled) and making …

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The Meaning of P2P

Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of the indispensable Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How It Threatens Creativity and the forthcoming The Anarchist in the Library: How Peer-to-Peer Networks Are Transforming Politics, Culture, and the Control of Information is writing a series, a “five-part panorama of the implications of …

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Entertainment Crystal Balls

A new Forrester Research study released yesterday says the physical media of CDs and DVDs will drift away: Hollywood will win the war against illegal downloading but the battlefield will be littered with casualties, including the DVD and CD formats as physical means of distributing video and audio, according to …

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Audio on Wheels

I am not taken in with the automotive mystique. I like a nice, clean, safe, reliable car that doesn’t suck, but beyond that I don’t much care. I am interested in good audio in the car, though, simpky because I am interested in good audio everywhere. Here is an engrossing …

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Price Points and Ownership Rights

Two seemingly unrelated bits of news are focusing attention on the value of physical CDs vs. digital downloads: Universal Music Group announced the reduction of their CD prices effective October 1, and an iTunes customer is testing the legality of reselling a digital music file purchased over the Internet: George …

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