The Record Industry's Decline.
"The record companies have created this situation themselves," says Simon Wright, CEO of Virgin Entertainment Group, which operates Virgin Megastores. Rosen and others see that 2001-03 period as disastrous for the business. "That's when we lost the users," Rosen says. "Peer-to-peer took hold. That's when we went from music having real value in people's minds to music having no economic value, just emotional value."
posted by geoff.
on Jun 26, 2007 -
The Digital Freedom Campaign
believes that new technologies are essential to the creativity and innovation, and that digital technology enables anyone and everyone to be an artist and an innovator. The DFC is dedicated to defending the rights of artists, innovators, creators and consumers to use lawful technology free of unreasonable government restrictions and without fear of costly lawsuits.
posted by terrapin
on Mar 28, 2007 -
Interview with David Crosby.
"The people who run record companies now wouldn't know a song if it flew up their nose and died. They haven't a clue, and they don't care. You tell them that, and they go, 'Yeah? So, your point is?' Because ...they don't care. They're actually sort of proud that they don't care.... Now they're going in the tank, because the world has changed, and they did not change with it...I think the only way to sell records that I know about now that does look really, really, really promising is iTunes."
posted by weston
on May 30, 2004 -
As Attorney General for the State of North Dakota, I am pleased to enclose payment for your claim in the settlement of the Compact Disc Minimum Advertised Price Antitrust Litigation.
Checks have gone out to people who "purchased prerecorded Music Products, consisting of compact discs, cassettes and vinyl albums, from one or more retailers during the period January 1, 1995, through December 22, 2000." Mine was for $13.86. I think I'll go buy an indie CD.
posted by travis
on Feb 24, 2004 -
Downloading MP3s via P2P now legal in Canada
thanks to an MP3 player tax. Just don't upload anything. In related news
, the Supreme Court of Canada began hearing arguments over whether Internet Service Providers (ISPs), both here and abroad, should start paying tariffs for Canadian music downloaded by the public. [macrumors]
posted by dobbs
on Dec 15, 2003 -
The hugely popular iTunes
is a success story. But not for Apple, which makes virtually no revenue
from the online download service.
"When that 99 cents leaves your wallet, the RIAA monopoly swallows most of it, and the credit card companies swallow the rest. As the supplicant in this relationship, Apple is left holding the can.
" Steve Jobs -
"We would like to break even/make a little bit of money but it's not a money maker,"
posted by Blue Stone
on Nov 7, 2003 -
The RIAA Strikes Back. (c/o arstechnica.com)
What do you do when nothing else seems to be working and you're the RIAA? Do it Soviet style! Take your message to the classroom! Indoctrinate the kiddies! Get them to rat on their friends! I don't know about everyone else, but I think that this latest RIAA tactic is particularly insidious. But what is worse is that schools apparently are welcoming the RIAA. And you thought that Coke machines in the cafeteria were bad...
posted by tgrundke
on Oct 24, 2003 -
U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. Privacy & Piracy
: The Paradox of Illegal File Sharing on Peer-to-Peer Networks and the Impact of Technology on the Entertainment Industry. View the hearing of September 29. [Real Media]
posted by nthdegx
on Oct 1, 2003 -
RIAA settles with a disadvantaged, now sick, 12-year-old girl. Read CNN's
brief of the settlement and the feel-good synopsis by Gary Sherman, president of RIAA. OR, head over to the UK
to learn that the 12-yr-old has been getting sick from anxiety, feels terrible for the fragile artists and lives in a rent control apartment with her family. I'd take the UK's cynicism over the US slant anyday.
posted by omidius
on Sep 9, 2003 -
Killing the music
Who is the real enemy here? Mefites argue on whether downloading the latest eminem is theft or merely copyright infringement. RIAA says this activity is killing CD sales and wants to slap a lawsuit on everyone with a cable modem. Everyone seems to be missing the real culprit here. [via Ars-technica
posted by Nauip
on Aug 5, 2003 -
Bye Bye Ms. Rosen.
Hilary Rosen announces a decision to depart the RIAA. Is it REALLY about her children
or does the RIAA want to soften it's image. Rosen's tendency to polarize the situation with hard-hitting threats like this
may have finally broken the camels back.
As a friend said - "Things for RIAAare just going to get worse as music sales decrease, piracy increases, and responses to it alienate
listeners of all stripes, who just want to hear some tunes, man."
posted by bkdelong
on Jan 22, 2003 -
Verizon Must Reveal Internet Song Swapper
In a recent discussion
of the Supreme Court's decision to protect the rights of the individual from the greed and sloth of the many I warned that the RIAA and MPAA, comically inept though the media paints them, would soon have things their way. This link is to a news report about an important step in their fight for individual rights.
posted by BGM
on Jan 21, 2003 -
European music copyrights from the '50s due to expire this year,
and to grossly oversimplify things, RIAA is on the warpath, saying that imports from there would be acts of piracy. Considering that there's a gold mine's worth of material begging to be shown the light again (the Maria Callas material mentioned in the article, for example), no doubt there will be some great releases...but will EMI's actions be more the exception than the rule? (NYT link, yadayada)
posted by PeteyStock
on Jan 2, 2003 -