Monday , November 22 2021

Culture and Society

Campus File Sharing Crackdown Continues

It’s hardly a pogrom, but apparently RIAA letters, threats, legal action and a “complaint” has spurred Penn State to take action against file sharers: Penn State deprived 220 students of high-speed Internet connections in their dorms after it found they were sharing copyrighted material, the university said yesterday. “Basically, we …

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RealNetworks Buys Listen.com

CNET confirms rumors that Real has bought Listen.com: RealNetworks has agreed to buy Listen.com for about $36 million in cash and stock, a deal that could alter some key alliances in the online music business. The two companies announced an agreement Monday, under which RealNetworks will pay $17.3 million in …

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MacMystery Solved? Apple Music Service

What is Apple announcing on the 28th? Reuters thinks it knows: Apple Computer Inc. is readying to launch an online service that will cut straight to the core of digital music distribution, winning the praise of some record executives who see it is as a weapon against online piracy. Music …

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MacMystery

Apple has SOME kind of blockbuster announcemnt in the works for April 28: Apple Computer Inc. informed MacCentral by special invitation Monday morning of an event the company will hold in San Francisco on Monday, April 28, 2003. While the invitation was not specific on exactly what the company would …

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Revenge of the Remixers

We mentioned last week Madonna’s attempt to thwart file sharing of songs from her forthcoming American Life album (out tomorrow) by placing “dummy” song files in P2P networks like Kazaa. The files are the same length as the songs being “spoofed” but are blank other than the charming 44 year-old …

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Pals

It’s very easy to look at large corporations as impersonal monoliths, but often the business they transact is very personal. Take the relationship between AOL’s Steve Case and Bertelsmann’s Thomas Middelhoff: Mr. Case, 44, who formally departs next month as the company’s chairman, still communicates often by e-mail and instant …

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Avuncular

Understanding Napster is essential to a grasp of how we got where we are now with P2P, the hysterical flapping of the music industry, and the various possible entertainment-delivery futures. We ran an excerpt from Joseph Menn’s All the Rave: The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning’s Napster from the …

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Ashcroft’s Justice Stomps Civil Liberties Again

There's Patriot Act 1, which I was willing to live with until Justice refused to reveal what actions have been taken under it, and now they want to make its provisions permanent. There's the dreaded Patriot Act 2 in the works, and now Justice has sided with the RIAA in the Verizon case. Ashcroft seems to be engaged in a War on Civil Liberties.

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Feel the Vibe

Remember the old Sergio Valente jeans jingle? “Oh oh, Ser-gi-oh-oh.” I think Audio-Oh should adapt the jingle to their own uses: “Oh oh, Au-di-oh-oh,” and people who are using it can discreetly signal to their fellow stimulatees, like an auditory wink. I also had a hard time figuring out which …

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