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  • Mike Masnick: Business Fixed Extended Mix – Reznor v2.0

    Earlier in March, I mentioned Michael Masnick was about to hold a keynote presentation at Leadership Music Digital Summit 2009 in Nashville. He announced to update the case study on Trent Reznor (= Nine Inch Nails) he presented at Midem, which was simply brilliant. So the expectation of extending a presentation of this quality requires full attention.

  • Warner’s got a brilliant idea – sending a DMCA takedown notice to Larry Lessig

    I guess I won’t have to comment much on this one. Just imagine this scenario: Warner Music on YouTube finds a presentation Lawrence Lessig did. Warner Music demands Lawrence Lessig to take down the video of his own presentation. No April fool’s joke, no misinformation, no fiction. They have done so. And of course, Lessig stands up against.

  • Lawrence Lessig: An Endangered Species Called Culture

    After publishing the most recent article on Dubber’s pitch for Popkomm, I once more browsed Lawrence Lessig’s “Free Culture” (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 1.0 Generic License). Actually, I happened to find a metaphor he used that perfectly fits my comment on ContentSphere which I’d like you to think about.

  • Popkomm’s arising: Dubber – Music, Culture, and an Industry Stifling Its Future

    Andrew Dubber just recently pitched a topic to Popkomm – “Music As Culture”. If you read the outline of this hopefully upcoming speech at New Music Strategies, you might recognise a bit of Lawrence Lessig’s “Free Culture”. We’ve seen the USA extending copyright terms, and European countries suggesting to do so. Just yesterday, the European parliament voted in favour of a prolongation.

  • Recommended: Andrew Dubber’s “The 20 Things You Must Know About Music Online”

    Andrew Dubber is known for being a lecturer, a music industries consultant doing un-consultancies, an entertaining blogger, and a trustworthy man true to his principles. Some of these are “only free music gets it started”, “free music is no strategy”, “DRMs are not useful” and most all – helping independent musicians to thrive by mastering new media technology.

  • GEMA vs. Jamendo et al. – Get Money for Nothing

    You will remember my article on music distribution platform Jamendo going with Creative Commons. Today, I just read news from a week ago that they are about to integrate a new search tool. It supports promoters, agencies, movie makers and game manufacturers by providing search categories like mood, occasion, genre and language. Business customers of Jamendo who would like to make commercial use of tracks offered can purchase licenses within Jamendo PRO.

  • Excuse Me, What Again Is It I Should Pay For?

    Michael Masnick revisits the shutting down of SpiralFrog: However a new idea in online music business gets hailed, there still is at least one predominant reason for failure. To succeed, you have to offer more than what you can get for free using bit torrents. You need real added value. It’s what Masnick calls the “reason to buy”.

  • Keep Culture Safe – Don’t You Dare to Touch It!

    Michael Masnick had me checking out Richard Smith’s article on the issue of extending copyright. Richard Smith from London’s Guardian features the book “Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind” (free download under CreativeCommons license) by James Boyle, professor of law at Duke Law School, North Carolina. The books’ core statement is that “the world has made a colossal cultural mistake that shames our generation”.

  • Masnick on Reznor at Leadership Music Digital Summit 2009

    Don’t miss the chance to witness an updated version of his Trent Reznor case study. Yes, Trent did it again. Michael intends to refer to the latest online activities by Nine Inch Nails which started just two days ago at Twitter. Luckily enough, I just started running twhirl when Trent came up.

  • Dr William Cooper, CEO informitv, on Challenges in Television Industry

    Today’s informitv newsletter is concluded by a comment by Dr William Cooper, CEO informitv, addressing current issues. It’s a brilliant one. Unfortunately, I can’t find it anywhere on their site (“resource not found”). So here it is, straight from the newsletter…