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Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past
while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.
[Not so slowly, but, oh, so surely, anti creator forces are sapping creators of their rights, and, consequently, their ability to earn a living.]
BRUSSELS: EU Parliament Rejects ACTA Anti-Piracy Treaty
By Don Melvin -- The European Parliament overwhelmingly defeated the international ACTA anti-piracy trade agreement Wednesday after concern that it would limit Internet freedom mobilized broad opposition across Europe. The vote...means that as far as the EU is concerned the treaty is finished, at least for the moment, though other countries may well participate.
Throwing Out ACTA Will Not Bring a Free Internet, But Cultural Disaster
By Ewan Morrison -- History is strewn with moments when politicians made swift decisions that led to disastrous consequences. One such moment has just occurred. In throwing out the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) bill on Wednesday, MEPs in the European parliament have unwittingly signed their countries up for a future in which internet piracy will lead to the decline of film, the novel, journalism and music on an industrial scale.
UK: BPI AGM: Wadsworth Criticises Government's 'Love Affair' With Tech Companies
By Music Week -- BPI chairman Tony Wadsworth called on the British Government to stop being "blinded by the bright offices of the billionaire tech companies" in his speech at the trade body's AGM yesterday.
By Chris Ruen -- In June of 2009 I published "The Myth of DIY: Towards a Common Ethic on Piracy" on Tiny Mix Tapes. In reader reactions, most people were clearly hungry for balanced discussion on piracy...A minority of readers were simply angry. They didn't want discussion that weighed rights and responsibilities, but to banish anything that wreaked of the old world of paying for music or movies... [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]
iTunes Store Growing Threat to Asia's Retailers
By Ellyne Phneah -- Apple's digital store offering sought-after content and easy payment method fuels competition with brick-and-mortar merchants, especially in markets such as Hong Kong and Japan, observers say.
"Google Now" Knows More About You Than Your Family Does - Are You OK With That?
By Mark Hachman
Google: P2P and Legal Music Sharing Both Getting More Popular in UK
By David Meyer -- (Google) which has been under pressure from the UK government over the issue of linking to copyright-infringing material, issued a 'piracy' report on Monday that was compiled alongside the PRS - Britain's royalty-collection society - and consultants at Detica...reiterates Google's previously-made point that blocking access to funding for pirates' sites is preferable to censoring access to the sites themselves...
How Exactly Is Google Offering to Appease Europe?
By Bobbie Johnson -- Is Google's ongoing battle with European antitrust officials almost over? Not yet. Late on Monday...news hit that Eric Schmidt had sent a letter to the EC competition chief Joaquin Almunia. In it, he is said to have responded to a number of questions about Google's behavior in the search market - offering what is described as a "settlement offer." Sounds like a step forward, right? But hang on a minute...
A Critical Analysis of the Competing Bases of Liability For Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
By Ropers, Majeski, Kohn, Bentley
Google to Shut down iGoogle, Google Video and Other Services
By Ryan Faughnder
Beats Electronics Acquires MOG Music Service
By Mike Snider
Spray-on Rechargeable Batteries Could Store Energy Anywhere
By Wired UK -- A team of mechanical engineers has published a paper demonstrating its latest invention - spray-on rechargeable batteries that could be combined with solar cells to create self-sufficient, energy conversion-storage devices.
Roadtrip Mixtape Plays Artists From the Towns You're Driving Through
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Roadtrip Mixtape is an intriguing web app that lets you input any two cities in the world, then maps your route. What makes it special is that it suggests songs recorded by artists from each town along the way - five songs for every fifteen-minute leg of the trip.
Orchestral Flashmob: The Most Civilized Flashmob Ever [Video]
By Deborah Netburn -- Everyone loves a good flashmob video, but trending on YouTube today is a flashmob video with a little more class than we're used to: In the 5-minute, 41-second "Som Sabadell flashmob," a full orchestra gradually emerges from alleyways and storefronts to play the final movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony in the town square of Sabadell, Spain.
Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/ CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded - including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).
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