Friday , August 7 2020

Science and Technology

Follow the Middle Path, Grasshopper

Company seeks to thread needle between consumer freedom and people getting paid for online music: In effect, Mediacode is attempting to re-create online what the music industry has in the physical world. There, standards for compact discs enable artists, labels, gear manufacturers, distributors and retailers to offer music and players …

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Dude Digs iPod

An ode to the Pod: For some time, therefore, I have been eyeing the iPod with a wary desire. It is beautiful and clever, holding thousands of songs in magical digital form within its sleek, pristine loveliness. There is a nifty wheely control and it glows warmly when you touch …

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Whither the $.99?

When you pay the Apple Music Store, MusicNet, Pressplay, or Rhapsody your $.99 fora tune, where does the money go? Check out the cool graph at Business 2.0. According to them, 40% goes to the hosting site, 30% to the label, 12% (average) to the artist, 10% to various slug …

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Mary Wants to Be Hilary?

Rep. Mary Bono, widow of Sonny Bono, copyright beneficiary, copyright fanatic, may be in line to replace Hilary Rosen as head of the RIAA: Bono, R-Calif., said she hasn’t considered whether she would accept a prospective offer to replace the departing chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America …

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Brownback to the Rescue

Our bud Farhad Manjoo at Salon, cyber-sleuth, got hold of a draft of Sen. Sam Brownback’s consumer digital rights bill, discussed in Blogcritics here. Salon: Verizon has thrown in its support for an eight-page document that, in civil liberties circles, is referred to simply as the “Brownback bill.” That phrase …

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Blogcritics – Plain Brown Wrapper

After millions of dollars in marketing and developmental costs, Blogcritics disreputable sibling – the Roger Clinton of the blogosphere – Blogcritics Plain Brown Wrapper is finally up, providing news and reviews from the world of adult entertainment. Though it is intended for those 18 and older, there isn’t anything all …

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Keeping Up With Dr. Frank

Our good pal, esteemed blogger, killer songwriter, and genuine ROCK STAR Dr. Frank has moved to a new locale, now called Dr. Frank’s Blogs of War. He was the first Blogs of War before the name was horned in on by interlopers who have never done shit for me. But …

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…And Your Little Dog Too

Phillip has very kindly kindly referenced my new MSNBC story on Metallica and the Internet – there is a sub-feature on other bands that goes with it. Thanks! Many other bands are also taking advantage of the Internet to add value to their packages: Metallica certainly isn’t the first artist …

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Pursuing P2P Privacy via the Grapevine

While the entertainment industry and the Ashcroft Justice Department seek to erode or cripple free exchange over the Intenet, some are working to keep it free: We are creating an anonymizing storage network – a network that resembles the World Wide Web, but is capable of allowing people to publish …

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