February 07, 2003
Riding the Big Waves of Conflict In the Music Business

John Mitchell at InteractionLaw writes about the possible antitrust problems for copyright holders and technology makers, when they create involuntary DRM standards to control content, and the backroom deals on control mechanisms between hardware and CD's.

Wired writes about the internal conflicts within Sony as a content provider and an electronics manufacturer. Apparently, the weakest part of Sony's entertainment business is the music division. The company wants to make the latest cool cutting edge stuff, but they are afraid of open, flexible standards in hardware that might put things further out of control, between what customers want and how much digital rights management to inflict on them.

Peter Coffee writes about copyright and the music biz, noting "the present-day business model of the record companies is a temporary artifact of a transitional stage in a developing technology."

Fred Von Lohmann at EFF has a new edition (Jan '03) of his white paper, "Peer-to-Peer File Sharing and Copyright Law after Napster" about the necessary aspects for creating a P2P prosecution-free network.

Steve Albini writes about "The Problem with Music" showing the details of how bands get screwed by record companies. Course, Naxos is doing it a little differently, with some success.

Posted by Mary Hodder at February 07, 2003 07:52 AM
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