ASCAP Daily Briefing
Reaching New Lows – Charity Album Piracy
By James Gannon — Those who engage in music piracy will often list a familiar set of excuses to justify IP theft: the album is too expensive, the labels don’t make it available in digital format, artists don’t receive a big enough portion of album revenues,…. That’s why I was dismayed, but really not surprised, to see how quickly the Haiti benefit album “Hope for Haiti Now” cropped up on all the popular BitTorrent indexing sites… [Thanks to Neil Turkewitz for the link.]
The Music Industry’s Demographics Problem
By Mark Mulligan — Apps, a fundamentally interactive experience, are tailor-made for the digital natives, whereas the static 99-cent music download remains wedded to a bygone era. Of course, the kids still like music, but the current digital-music product doesn’t compel them to part with their cash in the way an app does.
Watch Out, iPhone Devs: One-Man Android App Nets $13K Monthly
By Jolie O’Dell — As Android’s growth continues to explode since the release of the Droid, only the most foolish of app shops are not planning to expand beyond Apple’s walled garden.
The Pirate Bay Torrents Remain Online Despite Court Order
By Ernesto — Last October the Amsterdam Court ruled that three former Pirate Bay operators had to remove a list of ‘infringing’ torrents from the website and block access to Dutch users. The Pirate Bay trio had to comply with the Court’s demands before today, but nothing has changed and it’s unlikely that the Dutch will be shut out of the site in the near future.
French Youth Making Piracy a “National Sport”
By Jared Moya — Now boasts having one of the highest rates of software piracy in the European Union as the country’s youth challenge one another “to crack the most elaborate software programs” and rebel against the most repressive copyright legislation in the world.
New Zealand Proposes Internet Suspension, $15,000 Fine for File-Sharers
BBC Proposes Deep Cuts in Web Site
By Eric Pfanner — The British Broadcasting Corp., yielded to critics of its aggressive expansion, proposing sweeping cuts in spending on its Web site and other digital operations.
The United States Steps Up
By Chris Castle — Authors can feel a bit better–they have a great advocate in William Cavanaugh of the Justice Department representing the United States in opposing the Google Books “settlement”. This passage in the recent hearing sums it up…
20 Free Ways (Some of Questionable Legality) to Manage Video, Music, and Photos
By Adam Pash and Rick Broida – These eight no-cost utilities and services can help you find, organize, and wrangle your media files–or enjoy some great video online.
Audio Dedupe Cleans Up Your Music Collection
By Preston Gralla — Keeping an ear tuned to a fat collection of music files and an eye on your PC’s ever-diminishing hard drive space? Then give Audio Dedupe ($30, feature-limited free demo) a try. It uses a sophisticated set of tools to find duplicate music files, even if they’re in different file formats.
i-Tab Digital Tablature Reader
By Jimin Brelsford — The i-tab will have you playing pop songs in no time, its up to you whether or not you look like a putz while doing so…. Probably the most newsworthy part of this unit is how it represents a real push for so-called “legal” tabs.
Music Software Popularity Index – 2009 Q4
PRWeb — Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for Fourth Quarter 2009.
Looking Back at Oscar’s Biggest Goof
By Gregg Kilday — The 61st Academy Awards, held March 29, 1989, at the Shrine, stands as the great object lesson…. Oscarologists still shake their heads over the infamous opening production number in which Merv Griffin sang “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts!” amid an onstage re-creation of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub before turning the stage over to a high-pitched Snow White, who boogalooed with Rob Lowe to the tune of “Proud Mary.” [Producer? Allan Carr.]
[How to make your website sing]
Put Your Web Site in the CodeOrgan
By Ben Johnson — The CodeOrgan analyses the *body* content of any web page and translates that content into music. The CodeOrgan uses a complex algorithm to define the key, synth style and drum pattern most appropriate to the page content. [This is really fun. You’ve got to try it.]