The next MySpace?

Today, the AP reports that MySpace is licensing technology from Gracenote to prevent users from uploading third-party copyrighted music: MySpace Music Move.
Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that teens are already over MySpace and ready to move on to the next big thing. In Teens’ Web World, MySpace Is So Last Year.
As someone who uses MySpace as a music discovery site, I’d love to see something that combines the streaming music and social networking aspects of MySpace with better playlist creation features.
If you go to a MySpace music page and enjoy the first track, you have to then click on each subsequent track in order to listen. Instead, imagine a service where you can queue up a playlist of all of the tracks posted by all the musicians who are your friends and listen through. Or, you can create a playlist of one of your friend’s musician friends or on all of the musicians connected to you within 2 degrees. Add in podcast-type delivery and notification of updated songlists, and you’ve got a great music discovery service. Throw in a way to convert listening into purchases and you’ve got a winning service right there.
Let’s see who is already doing this. is probably the most popular music recommendation service, but it looks more to peer recommendations than to explicit social connections. Pandora looks at qualities of the music, rather than the social aspect.
Mog is a music-focused social networking site, but it seems to only lean in the direction of playlisting. For example, here’s David Lowery on Mog.
MyStrands combines listening histories and peer recommendations. They seem to be doing a lot with recommendation technology and look worth taking a closer look at…

Quick Links

WSJ Law Blog: Jimi Hendrix Steals the Show At Intellectual Property Auction: “Whoever bought this bought themselves the right to be a litigant.”
Google offers a handy guide on how to non-generically verbify the Google mark. Yes, that last sentence is really in English. Really. Do you “Google?”: “While we’re pleased that so many people think of us when they think of searching the web, let’s face it, we do have a brand to protect, so we’d like to make clear that you should please only use “Google” when you’re actually referring to Google Inc. and our services.”
Here’s the archive of the sessions from the Future of Music Conference.
Public Knowledge: Copyright Office delays triennial DMCA ruling: “The US Copyright Office has delayed its ruling in the triennial rulemaking to determine exemptions to the DMCA’s ban on circumventing technological protection measures, instead extending the current set of exemptions for the near future.”
Reuters: MySpace to Block Illegal Use of Copyrighted Music: “News Corp.’s on Monday said it had licensed a new technology to stop users from posting unauthorized copyrighted music on the social networking Web site and oust frequent violators of its policy.”
David Giacalone, Self-Help Law Blog: whaddayaknow about Fair Use and Copyright?: “The e-publication that caught my eye proclaims at the foot of each article (even when it copies someone else’s press release verbatim without attribution) that no reproduction of any sort is allowed because the ‘This article is copyright protected and Fair Use is not applicable.’ The site’s SideBar has a similar warning against any reproduction ‘in accordance with Fair Use of copyright.'”
Also from Giacalone, some additional thoughts on copy permission and copyfraud.

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