April 07, 2003
Groovy Times in the Music Biz

Where to begin? You probably already know about the RIAA suing 4 students for untold sums (trillions has been bandied about, can we say judgment proof?). Ed Felten links to the complaints. Check out Kuro5shin: the RIAA defense. One solution being talked about that may be more realistic than going after the college students is to levy ISP traffic, which would keep Verizon, et. al. from having to reveal their customers and get them off the liability hook. But everyone else including Congress would have to agree so that the levy was applied equally across all traffic.

Tomorrow, All the Rave: The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning's Napster comes out, and there is an excerpt in the LA Times.

Sony is offering custom CDs online. EMI's copy protection is keeping CDs from play by DJs.

From Frank: Eric Garland (of Big Champagne) has posted his testimony before the California Senate Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry (Thanks Frank!). "So, even if we believe we can solve the peer-to-peer problem, we can take little comfort that this will stem the tide. A new approach is overdue. The music industry in particular must seize this opportunity now, four years after the fact. Remarkably, it is still not too late."

And then there's Radio Head's "Hail to the Thief" released early in rough form, on the darknet, two months before the official release.

Posted by Mary Hodder at April 07, 2003 07:57 AM
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