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Motown Tries Mobile Promo

accessMotown Records has tapped wireless community to promote four of their newest CD releases. In this campaign, consumers answer trivia questions using their mobile phones for the chance to win free music. Designed as an Urban Soul care package, this gift pack includes CDs from BadBoy Records, and new Motown artists like Donnie, Girl5 and R&B sensation, Latif.

As part of the campaign consumers enter their information on the website and can choose to receive trivia contests on their cell phone. Twice a week multiple choice questions are sent out, responses tallied up and the chosen winners receive their musical bundle through the mail. Motown’s mobile campaign started on August 30th and will continue until the 1,000 CD sets are completely given out.


british_flag(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) The live music scene is flourishing in the United Kingdom according to the first ever survey by the Live Music Forum. Almost half of the venues, which took part in a major new survey on the state of the live music scene in England and Wales, have put on live acts in the past 12 months, and a fifth regularly stage live acts.

The survey shows:

- almost half (47 per cent) of pubs, clubs, student unions and restaurants have put on live acts at least once in the past year;
- a fifth (19 per cent) of the venues staged live music regularly – at least twice a month;
- more than half (55 per cent) of venues who put on music do it because customers demand it; but
- many potential venues have not thought about putting on live music despite the changes in the new licensing laws
The survey, which interviewed licensees in around 1,600 small venues, will help inform the work of the Live Music Forum. The Forum, chaired by Feargal Sharkey, brings together the music industry, Arts Council, local authorities, small venue owners and Government to look at the current and future live music scene.

"From the Beatles to Blur we have a live music heritage to be proud of," said DCMS Minister Richard Caborn. "This survey shows that heritage is alive and well with a flourishing music scene – an estimated 1.7 million gigs were staged in the past year alone in bars, clubs and restaurants whose main business isn't putting on live music. The new Licensing laws will create more opportunities for budding musicians, but the survey shows that there are many potential venues who have not thought about putting on live bands. We need to encourage them to do so and show them that the licensing changes will make staging live music easier so that they are ready to embrace the new law when it comes in next year."

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Rockin' The Vote Radio Invades NYC

KrockFMQB reports that with the Republican National Convention kicking off in New York City today, Viacom/Infinity Broadcasting Modern Rock outlet WXRK (K-Rock) is making a statement by letting Axis Of Justice Radio takeover the airwaves. Axis of Justice is a non-profit political organization formed by Tom Morello of Audioslave and Serj Tankian of System of a Down.

They over the K-Rock and began played political music while talking about issues that voters face in the upcoming presidential election. Featured have been protest songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Sex Pistols, Billy Bragg, Rage Against The Machine, Bruce Springsteen and The Clash.

Filmmaker Michael Moore dropped by during the progam, heating up an anti-Bush topic of discussion. Moore, who directed System's "Boom!" video, told the duo that it was good to have both of their groups "out there keeping Rock & Roll on the edge where it belongs."

HPipodLook familiar? It's Hewlett Packard's new version of the iPod, but except for a different logo on the cover it might as well BE an iPod. It's part of HP's smart moves into the digtial entertainment world which also includes sattelite radio receivers, a wireless device that makes it easier to isten to tunes stored on your computer on your stereo, plus flat panel TV's, DVD/movie burners and this co-branded player and companion iTunes style music store.

Smart moves for HP, but does it signal that Apple/Jobs is opening up his technolgies to others? Sneed to since the HP player is such an iPod clone and breaks no new ground...we somehow doubt it. Bad boy Steve. You need to learn to share better.

See the new HP lineup.

Portability Debate Rages While Rome Burns

teen_laptopBillboard reports that "as anticipation for portable subscription music builds, the plot details for this new chapter in the digital distribution saga remain unclear. Record labels and digital music service providers are at odds over how much consumers should pay for the ability to move around with content they rent but do not own.

The labels fear that the new services will reduce revenue from their best customers. The service providers are concerned about how much margin they will have to sacrifice to gain access to content. It's the latest wrinkle in the already complicated economics of music on-demand subscriptions, which have yet to offer portability.

Some services have grandfathered short-term deals that allow for access to subscription content. But most labels are not saying yet what they will charge other services for portable subscription content once Microsoft's Janus digital rights management technology debuts later this year."

hypebot: And they wonder why people download? While the majors fight over control the people (as they always will) find a way to get it portability and choices they demand.

RIAA "Illegal" File-sharing Suits Now Total 4700

The number of Americans sued by the RIAA for illegal file-sharing is reaching the size of a small city.

Music industry trade orgs filed suits last week against 744 individuals who allegedly shared copyrighted music on peer-to-peer networks. New suits bring to nearly 4,700 the number filed by the RIAA since it began
taking on pirates in court last September. Of those, 836 individuals have so far reached settlements, typically for a fine of several thousand dollars.

Five hundred and ninety-two of the latest suits were against anonymous defendants in nine cities. Courts ruled earlier this year that Internet service providers can't be compelled to reveal the names of users who engage in copyright infringement. The other 152 suits were against named individuals who were identified by other means and contacted but declined to sign a settlement offered by the RIAA.

Despite the nearly 5,000 suits, there has not yet been any indication that peer-to-peer file swapping is slowing. Legal alternatives such as iTunes have grown in popularity, however, and the RIAA cited polls it commissioned that showed 60% of Americans are "supportive and understanding" of suits against individual online copyright infringers.

The new suits come just a few days after the RIAA and MPAA lost an appeal of a lawsuit to hold companies that operate P2P networks liable for illegal file Trading.

Source: 2004 Punmaster's MusicWire

New Label Team Love's Business Plan Based On Free Downloads

team_love BusinessWeek magazine and in it's online edition have published a series of short articles on indy record label Team Love who use the internet and viral marketing to realease and promote their releases. Instead of suing downloaders, virtually every track Team Love releases can also be downloaded for free (sometimes in live or alternative versions). Sound crazy? It's working.

An excerpt: "While the record industry has been waging war against the Net and music pirates for years -- arguing that such forces might destroy their business -- a fresh crop of artists is taking the opposite approach. Team Love, Tilly, and many others are embracing technology and using it in innovative ways. And this, even more than illegal downloaders, has the potential to recast the industry. That's because the Net frees musicians from the need for major labels, allowing them to market themselves by giving away their music and to communicate with fans through message boards and blogs. "The Internet changes the dynamic," Oberst says. "It takes away the marketing advantage that the big labels have and gives people a chance to listen to music they couldn't hear on the radio or get in a Wal-Mart (WMT )."

Kissing Off The Big Music Labels - Team Love has a new approach to selling its CDs: Give away free downloads
Online Extra Article.
Interview With A Young Fan.

Big Champagne's Weekly Download Chart


Internet download watchdog Big Champagne's weekly chart may just be the only accurate measure of what music the public really wants. No economic motives. No label manipulation (yet). Just what people are downloading. As music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz writes, "BigChampagne evidences what the public REALLY wants, and in what quantities. Their information is SO good that labels pay them for it, even though out of the other side of their mouths these same companies state that P2P is a cancer on our society that they're eradicating in the name of creativity."

"But they're NOT eradicating it." continues Lefsetz. "File-trading is DOUBLE what it was last year. In July, 7.1 MILLION people were trading files worldwide at one time. In this same month, 20 million people a WEEK were trading files on P2P networks in the U.S."

"It's an underground economy. That the major labels refuse to monetize. It's evidence that there's HUGE demand for labels' wares, it's just that they're not selling them in a fashion PALATABLE to consumers."

LW TW : Artist .: Track

#01 #01 Nelly My Place

#02 #02 Lil' Flip Sunshine

#12 #03 Maroon 5 She Will Be Loved

#08 #04 D12 How Come

#20 #05 Kevin Lyttle Turn Me On

#07 #06 Houston I Like That

#03 #07 Usher Confessions Part 2

#04 #08 Juvenile Slow Motion

#09 #09 Ashlee Simpson Pieces Of Me

#32 #10 Lloyd Banks On Fire

Japanese Music Companies Raided In Ringtone Scandal

Associated Press reports that "Japan's anti-monopoly agency raided several top record companies Thursday on suspicion they illegally blocked other firms from offering music ringtone services to mobile phone users. Fair Trade Commission official Toshihiko Oizumi said investigators suspect more than 10 companies violated Japan's fair trade laws by preventing the Japanese mobile phone operators from offering the service.

Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music, EMI-Toshiba Ltd., Avex Inc., Victor Entertainment Inc. and Label Mobile Inc. were among those raided, said Oizumi. He refused to disclose all the record companies' names.
The allegations center around the lucrative business of letting mobile phones users download a hit song to play as the ringer, a service first offered in late 2002.

Record companies now hold a dominant share of the industry, estimated at 10 billion yen ($91 million) a year. They charge about 100 yen (90 cents) per song, which includes royalty fees. Downloading a music-only version of a song from phone operators costs 10 yen (9 cents)...Experts estimate that Japanese download some 300,000 songs a day to their mobile phones."

Byrd's Roger McGGuinn Uses Technology To Beat The System

McGuinnUSA Today has published a story about how tecnology has allowed former Byrds frontman and solo folk artist Roger McGuinn and other musicians to inexpensively record and release their music.

"File-sharing and the iPod get all the credit for rocking the established recording industry, because that stuff is happening in the highly visible, mass-market consumer part of the business. But back at the beginning of the music pipeline, a different challenge bubbles. Technology is making it cheap and easy to turn a laptop into the equivalent of a professional studio, which means that record labels no longer have a lock on making good-quality recordings...The studio used to be a (costly) barrier to entry...Those days seem to be over. McGuinn illustrates what's happening at the professional level...

...He released his most recent CD, Limited Edition, in the spring. Twelve of the 13 songs were recorded and mixed on his laptop. He explains that he has a Dell laptop...He does most of the work using $299 software from Adobe called Audition, which used to be Cool Edit Pro before Adobe bought it.

McGuinn has a pretty good idea of how much money the technology saved him. The first track was recorded in a Nashville studio in a session that cost $6,000, he says. So for 13 tracks, the studio would've cost about $75,000. Instead, the rest of the CD cost him almost nothing. For drums, he even had Tom Petty's drummer, Stan Lynch, set up in McGuinn's family room, recording into the laptop...

...The low cost allows McGuinn to bypass a record company deal. He sells the CDs on his Web site ( and on Amazon, and he seems to feel that's enough of a distribution network for his fans. Instead of paying back an advance for studio time, McGuinn makes money on every CD he sells."

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The RIAA Files 744 More Lawsuits Against Downloaders

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the evil empire represented by the RIAA have "filed lawsuits against 744 unidentified people in nine states Wednesday, claiming copyright breaches by Internet users who used file-sharing services to facilitate illegal downloads of music and movies. The suits are the latest in an intensified hardball tactic by the music industry trade association, which renewed its pledge "to pursue copyright infringement online wherever it may arise." It is the highest number of suits the RIAA has fielded in a single day since its aggressive legal campaign against unauthorized downloading began last year. In what has become a monthly tradition for the RIAA, the lawsuits seek subpoenas compelling Internet service providers to hand over defendants' names and addresses. Also Wednesday, the RIAA refiled an additional 152 lawsuits against alleged violators who initially had been sued as "John Doe" defendants and, once identified, either declined or ignored settlement offers."

When will the suits learn that they are on a futile and distructive misson?

Indy Tool Provider Wraptor Adds Tickets To Mix

wraptorIn an partnership that shows the potentail of technology helping indy artists and labels take control of almost every aspect of their careers, Wraptor, developer of a multimedia file format that can include music, lyrics, photos and other content, announced on Wednesday a partnership with online ticketing provider Wantickets. The deal will allow artists using the .wrap format to distribute music on file-sharing networks to include the ability to promote and sell concert tickets alongside their song files.

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Dylan & Nelson Tour Ballparks In Unique Package

dylanIt's been a very weak concert season and one of the few bright spots is coming from an unusual place - minor league ballparks. In what hypebot thinks is one of the more creatively packaged tours in years, Jam Productions has packaged two icons who (while still great) are so far past their prime that they are only worth a couple of thousand tickets each - Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

But packaged together and placed in 22 minor league ballparks in secondary markets their doing 6-10,000 tickets and more nightly. The fact that expenses are low and and all concerend smart enough not to get greedy helps too. Tickets are usually a comparatively modest $45 for Dylan, Nelson and an opener including ticket charges with all kids 12 and under free. Beer is $4-$6 instead of the $8-$9 charged at the major sheds.

Not a bargain perhaps, but a very fair price to see these acts together in a fun setting located closer to where many of this kind of artist's fans actually live.

Promoter Jerry Mickelson of Jam Productions told touring industry trade magazine Pollstar that "the ballparks were a natural choice. Not only are they located in traditionally ignored areas, but they lack the corporate mentality that has caused the industry to suffer."

"These ballparks are not part of a large corporation that feels the need to gouge the consumer," he explained. "These ballparks are not run by bean counters who know nothing about what fans want. They know about what bringing value to a fan is. They're not worried about quarterly profit returns or margins.
"This is what our business used to be about – being reasonable so we could put more bodies into the seats we're trying to fill."

Mickelson told Pollstar that future tours of similar venues are in the works, and that several acts and managers have contacted him to express interest.

Free Music Compilations For Hair Salons

girlIn what hypebot thinks is a smart and innovative move to expose new music releases to the important female 18+ demographic, Audio Fidelity is launching a new venture with John Paul Mitchell Systems, the industry leader in hair care products called SALON SOUNDS. Dubbed "where music meets style," Salon Sounds brings new music into independent and chain beauty salons nationally.

The first SALON SOUNDS collection, featuring a dozen selections is shipping to more than 10000 independent and Paul Mitchell affiliated hair salons this week. The compilation represents both new and well-known recording artists with cuts selected from current CDs.

"This project was conceived as a new way for record labels to expose both established and developing artists to a specific target demographic," explains Marshall Blonstein, president of Audio Fidelity. "Patrons in a salon are a captive audience for an average of two hours at any given salon visit."

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Microsoft Enters The Online Music Market

mslogo6487dcAccording to the San Jose Mercury News, "Expect Microsoft to announce its long-anticipated foray into the online music business this week, raising the competitive stakes for the current market leader, Apple.

Microsoft plans to quietly launch the MSN online music store with the new version of its Windows Media 10 player.Early-release versions of the player look like knock-offs of Apple's iTunes Music Store, complete with brushed nickel finish. But hey, why mess with success? A button in the upper right corner of the player will take consumers to the download store.

Microsoft has told entertainment executives that it expects to introduce as many as 130 million people to its music download store as computer users are prompted to update their media player software. And that's not counting the 300 million people who drop by the MSN site. The software giant also touts the music store's compatibility with nearly 60 digital music players. Not included in the list is Apple's popular iPod. However, reports that Microsoft had scored a Beatles exclusive for the music store are, in the words of the song, ``Nowhere Man.''

Read the full article here.

Music Awards Shortlist Announces Nominess

shortlistAn innovative awards program that promotes and honors non-mainstream music, The Shortlist Organization has revealed this year’s “Long List” of 73 initial nominations for the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize, as selected by a panel of 20 “Listmakers” including top recording artists and music journalists. Nomination to the Long List is the first step towards the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize, presented by XM Satellite Radio and MTV2. The 10 Finalists for the coveted award will be announced in late September, and the Prize will be awarded during a multi-artist concert at the Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 10th.

This year’s Long List reflects several trends in popular music. More than half of the 2004 Long List nominees come from independent record labels. Also emergent is a renewed “British Invasion” that ranges from rock to rap. Artists from the UK accounted for an unprecedented 15 nominees, including Mercury Prize winner Dizzee Rascal, Scottish new sensation Franz Ferdinand, and previous Shortlist finalists PJ Harvey and The Streets. The complete Long List and the individual selections of each Listmaker can found on the official Shortlist website.


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Help For The Majors Is On The Way: The DualDisc Comes To The US

dualdisc_logoCELEBRITYACCESS reports that the CD/DVD combo disc DualDisc is finally coming to our shores. Is this just another attempt to prop up a sagging bottom line at the major labels? Or could it provide a creative platform that smart artists and labels use to make interesting multi-formet art and connect with fans? We at hypebot fear that greed is the motivator, but also believe that some indys will figure out that these CD/DVD's can provide the kind of immersive expereince that can help music compete with video games and the internet.

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) A consortium of record labels, including EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and 5.1 Entertainment Group/Silverline Records, will introduce DualDisc, a new music product, in October. DualDisc is a two-sided disc made up of a CD on one side and a DVD on the other. In addition to a full album on the CD side, the DVD side provides the full album in enhanced sound (such as Surround Sound and/or DVD-Audio or LPCM stereo), and also includes a wide range of special features such as music videos, interviews, photo galleries, web links, concert footage and lyrics.

"DualDisc represents a dramatic expansion of the music entertainment experience," commented Andrew Lack, CEO, Sony BMG Music Entertainment. "By combining video, surround sound and web connectivity in a single disc, we are presenting our artists with a broader palette to express their creative vision, while at the same time giving consumers what they told us they want -- greater value driven by unique content that brings them closer to the artist. We're confident that this ground-breaking new initiative will help to re- energize traditional music retail."

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Forbes Magazine Profiles XM And The Death Of Radio

ForbesThis month's Forbes magazine skewers radio for boring centralized programming and too many ads. This it goes on to praise XM Sattelite Radio as the future of radio. When will radio get smart and understand that they are in real trouble not just from XM and Sirius but from internet broadcasting, the iPod, Rhapsody, and more?

What can radio do?
Learn from public radio like KCRW, WFUV, WXPN and others who mix interesting music with the kind of news and information that people crave along with a heavy dose of community and local information.

Success is possible with every demographic and in every music format by creating and promoting the right mix of music, information, and community.


Madonna Adds Ringtones To Web Site

imgFeaturedProving again that she's smarter than most of us Madonna has added ringtones for purchase on her web site. OK, so everyone is jumping on the ringtone bandwagon. But Madonna goes one smart step further saying, "if you want these cool tones you must enter my web (site)" where she can tell them about toour dates and sell them swag. "The material...the material...the material girl."

Rhapsody Cuts Deals With More Universities

TMobEarsIf college students had a simple and almost free way to discover new music, wouldn't it lead to increased CD/download sales, ticket sales, sales od swag and more?

We think so and now thanks to the folks at Real (and similar deals by Napster). According to, "Rhapsody announced deals with the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Minnesota system that will make the RealNetworks online music service available to students at a significantly discounted rate. The partnership will affect more than 80,000 students, giving them the option to get Rhapsody for a fee of $3 a month beginning this fall. Standard subscriptions cost $9.95 a month. Individual tracks will continue to be available for an unchanged 79 cents each. UC Berkeley is offering the service to all undergraduate students for free beginning now through Oct. 31. After that period, the reduced-price offer takes effect. The University of Minnesota will begin offering Rhapsody at the reduced rate to more than 50,000 students at its four main campuses -- Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris and Crookston -- early next month."

Clive Chides Music Retail For Lack Of Excitment

clive-davisThe Hollywood Reporter writes: "Legendary music mogul Clive Davis has some advice for music retailers looking to persuade music fans to return to traditional record shops: Make shopping more fun.

"You are faced with a major threat ... competition from digital distribution," Davis warned hundreds of merchants and recording industry executives who gathered Sunday for a conference. The renowned chairman and chief executive of BMG North America compared the choice between buying music online or in a store to eating dinner at a restaurant or at home. "It's fun to shop for music ... and you're not making it a fun experience," he said. "You have got to make it exciting." The four-day gathering of music merchants comes at a turning point in the retail music business. Retailers, heavily dependent on physical music formats like CDs and audio cassettes, have been particularly hard-hit by an industry downturn that began in 2000.

Hits Daily Pubishes Reaction To Last Week's P2P Ruling

hitslogo2From Hits:

Appeals Court judge Sidney R. Thomas wrote, “The introduction of new technology is always disruptive to old markets, and particularly to those copyright owners whose works are sold through well- established distribution mechanisms. History has shown that time and market forces often provide equilibrium in balancing interests, whether the new technology be a player piano, a copier, a tape recorder, a video recorder, a personal computer, a karaoke machine or an MP3 player.”

Sharman Networks CEO Nikki Hemming told the Associated Press, “This is a fantastic result for the peer-to-peer community. This ruling reinforces similar decisions in other courts around the world that P2P is legal.” Australia-based Sharman, which makes Kazaa P2P software, was added as a defendant in the U.S. case and also faces similar litigation in Australia."

RIAA Chief Executive Mitch Bainwol said of the ruling, "This decision does nothing to absolve these businesses from their responsibility as corporate citizens to address the rampant illegal use of their networks.” Bainwol told the Los Angeles Times that the RIAA would continue to press Congress for new laws to crack down on P2P use.

Said MPAA President Jack Valenti, “Today's decision should not be viewed as a green light for companies or individuals seeking to build businesses that prey on copyright holders' intellectual property. We will continue to pursue all avenues in our power to fight those who illicitly profit from our members' valuable property.”

“I'd say this is Christmas in August for Internet companies,” attorney Christopher S. Ruhland, who previously worked for Grokster/Streamcast plaintiff Walt Disney Co., told the Wall Street Journal. “Basically, the court has given them a road map that says how to steer around the Copyright Act.”

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Live Online Radio Pioneer 97X

97xFrom The Radio Internet Newsletter and The Cincinnati Post: "The 23-year-old Oxford, Ohio-based alternative music station 97X always billed itself as 'The Future of Rock.' With its new Web cast, which debuted July 12, it might want to call itself 'the future of Web casting and alternative broadband distribution.'

"The Internet-only 'broadcast' comes about after owner Doug Balogh sold the terrestrial signal to Dallas-based First Broadcasting earlier this year, which took over the signal in May...

"The Web cast features live DJs from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. with the feel of a radio station on the Internet. 'Everything you hear on the Internet is either computer programmed or a rebroadcast of a terrestrial signal,' (general manager Bryan) Miller said. 'I don't think anyone is doing this in terms of having a live jock at the controls.'

"Miller said 97X Web listening numbers are now as high as they were before the sale of the station...

"Indeed, an Internet-only radio station may be years ahead of the game, relying on technology to catch up that makes Internet radio listening like regular radio. For example, Apple is marketing a new wireless system that lets users easily channel their computer music through existing stereo systems. Technology is approaching where broadband delivery through cell phones will be cheaper and easier, meaning one could then listen in cars, a true breakthrough for Internet-based music providers."


Both Sides Now: The Real/iTunes Flap

family_ipod01062004logo_realLondon's Financial Times has published a well researched commentary on the current Real/iPod flap:

"You could tell it was a bizarre feud by the statement Apple issued, one strangely at odds with the Palo Alto Zen-chic the company normally projects. “We are stunned that RealNetworks has adopted the tactics and ethics of a hacker to break into the iPod, and we are investigating the implications of their actions under the DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] and other laws.” What vile thing had RealNetworks done? They had developed a program called Harmony that would allow iPod owners to buy songs from Real’s Music Store and play them on their own iPods. That’s it. So why all the outrage? It turns out that this little controversy has a lot to teach us about the new economy."

The first lesson of the story is how strangely people use the metaphors of tangible property in new economy disputes. How exactly had Real “broken into” the iPod? It hadn’t broken into my iPod, which is after all my iPod. If I want to use Real’s service to download music to my own device, where’s the breaking and entering? What Real had done was make the iPod “interoperable” with another format. If Boyle’s word processing program can convert Microsoft Word files into Boyle’s format, allowing Word users to switch programs, am I “breaking into Word”? Well, Microsoft might think so, but most of us do not.

This leads us to the law. Surely Apple’s legal claim is as baseless as their moral one? Probably, but it is a closer call than you would think. And that is where the iPod war provides its second new economy lesson.
...But thanks to some rules passed to protect digital “content” (such as copyrighted songs and software) the constant arms race over interoperability now has a new legal dimension. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act and equivalent laws worldwide were supposed to allow copyright owners to protect their content with state-backed digital fences that it would be illegal to cut. They were not supposed to make interoperability illegal, still less to give device manufacturers a monopoly over tied products, but that is exactly how they are being used. Manufacturers of printers are claiming that generic ink cartridges violate the DMCA. Makers of garage door openers portray generic replacements as “pirates” of their copyrighted codes. And now we have Apple claiming that RealNetworks is engaged in a little digital breaking and entering. In each case the argument equates the actions required to make one machine or program work with another to the actions required to break into an encrypted music file. For a lot of reasons this is a very bad legal argument. Will it be recognised as such?


Hollywood Reporter Names Billboard's Chris Morris Music Editor

thr_logo_2003Billboard senior writer Chris Morris is joining The Hollywood Reporter as music editor, editor Howard Burns announced yesterday. Morris replaces Tamara Conniff, who recently was appointed as an executive editor at Billboard. The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard are both part of VNU Business Media.

Morris has been with Billboard since 1986. For the past 12 years he's been the weekly music trade's senior writer. Morris has covered a broad array of stories over the years and has been among the leading voices covering the independent sector. He previously served as a writer-editor for the publication's media, talent and retail sections. Morris also writes an indy msuic column for LA alternative weekly City Beat and has penned several books.

Dowloading Track To Cell A Hit In Europe reports that, "the ability to download complete tracks directly over cell-phone networks to mobile phones is becoming a reality in Europe. O2 Music, the music arm of U.K.-based international telecom operator mmO2, has started offering songs for download in Germany and the United Kingdom.

The emerging trend of selling full-length songs directly to mobile phones in Europe has been triggered by better understanding and cooperation between mobile phone operators, handset manufacturers and record labels. In addition, the launch by year's end of the new third-generation networks is expected to give consumers a range of new services in which music downloads will play a major part."

hypebot: Why os he US music industry always behind the curve?


thr_logo_2003The Hollywood Reporter has just announced that, "the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a legal blow to movie studios and music companies today when it ruled that Internet peer-to-peerfile-sharing services Grokster Ltd., Streamcast Networks Inc. and Sharman Networks Ltd. are not liable for copyright infringement occurring among service subscribers. The judges noted that the software firms provided software for individual users to share information over the Internet, regardless of whether that shared information was copyrighted."

Broadband Users Outnumber Dial-up

thr_logo_2003From The Hollywood Reporter: "Early Internet entrepreneurs envisioned a day when consumers would devour short bites of entertainment on their computer screens delivered over the Internet by fat broadband pipes. When the companies failed, executives blamed it on slower-than-expected adoption of broadband on behalf of consumers.

Now, about four years after the Pop.coms of the world went under but not before burning through hundreds of millions of dollars, Americans who surf the Internet using a broadband connection finally outnumber their narrowband counterparts.

Nielsen//NetRatings reported Wednesday that last month 63 million Americans, or 51% of the country's online population, used a high-speed DSL, cable or ISDN connection, while 61.3 million, or 49%, used slow-speed modems no faster than a traditional 56K dial-up system."

The Recod Business May Be Hurting But BMI Is Rockin'

BMIEven as labels complain about the effects of illegal downloading and competition from new media, the Hollywood Reporter writes that performance rights organization BMI "posted record revenue and royalties for the fiscal year ending June 30. Revenue hit $673 million, a 6.8% increase over last year, and royalties for BMI's songwriters, composers and music publishers reached $573 million, up 7.5%. BMI attributed this year's increases to licensing and revenue growth in radio, network television, general licensing and new media. New-media revenue jumped 70%, including licensing more than 100 mobile music content companies for ring tones and other services. BMI's international revenue also rose, leaping 35% to more than $186 million."

hypebot: This just goes to prove hypebot's theory that consumers aren't moving away from music, they are just changing the ways they recieve and and enjoy it.

TiVo For XM & Sirius

XM8MusicBiz is reports that XM is about to offer a new high-tech toy - receivers capable of storing up to 30 minutes of a live broadcast to play back at a later time. MusicBiz also says that early next year Sirius will respond with a receiver that can download programming from the Net for playback in areas where signals cannot reach.

Both services also keep adding smaller and smaller receivers. The newest XM model weighs less than four ounces, with micro-antennas that are smaller than a quarter.