Category: Digital Music

Urban Cycling and Digital Copyright Norms

This year, cyclists in New York City are contending with increased scrutiny from police officers, who are attempting to crackdown on any and all infractions of code. Bike Ticketing In New York, Widespread, On the Rise Eben Weiss, Bicycling Magazine, In Crackdown on Cyclists, History Repeats Itself: “Nevertheless, this perception in New York City of bicycles as dangerous and the… Read more →

Statutes Shape Streaming Services

In the Listening Post blog at Wired, Eliot Van Buskirk tries out Boomshuffle, a new service from Snocap, New Direction For SnoCap: Free, 15-Song Embeddable Mixes: “The service only plays 30-second clips of the songs unless you include 15 tracks by 15 different artists, because that helps Boomshuffle qualify for a lower internet radio royalty rate — fine by me,… Read more →

iTunes influence

The Wall St. Journal: Music’s New Gatekeeper: “Apple has jettisoned some of the conventions of traditional music retailing — notably, the practice of selling prime promotional spots to recording companies willing to pay for better visibility for their acts. But behind the scenes there’s plenty of horse-trading going on that influences which songs are seen and purchased by iTunes customers.” Read more →

More on Jobs on DRM

The RIAA released a statement in response to Jobs’ open letter, available at Jon Healey’s Bit Player blog at the LA Times: “Apple’s offer to license Fairplay to other technology companies is a welcome breakthrough and would be a real victory for fans, artists and labels. There have been many services seeking a license to the Apple DRM. This would… Read more →

Apple, DRM and Digital Distribution

A few European countries, including Norway, Germany, and France, are considering requiring Apple, Inc. to make the songs sold on the iTunes store playable on music players from other manufacturers. ARS Technica reports: iTunes DRM called out by France and Germany: “Apple is being challenged once again to open up its DRM by consumer groups in Europe. This time, Germany… Read more →

Calling Elvis’s Ringtone

The Copyright Office ruled that ringtones– including monophonic versions– are subject to the section 115 statutory license: In re: Mechanical and Digital Phonorecord Digital Delivery Rate Adjustment Proceeding. The short result: Labels (RIAA) = 🙂 Publishers (NMPA) = 🙁 Billboard: Compulsory Licenses Cover Ringtones: “The Copyright Office has decided that compositions used for ringtones may be subject to a compulsory… Read more →

Assorted Reading

Privacy and Anonymity Kevin F. Berry, Law.com: How to Unmask an Anonymous Blogger: “When does it make sense to spend the time and expense necessary to determine the identity of an anonymous blogger who is damaging the company?” New York Times: The Theater of the Street, the Subject of the Photograph: “The suit was dismissed last month by a New… Read more →

In 2005, Music Went Digital

The RIAA released year-end statistics for the US recorded music market. The NY Times reports: Music Industry’s Sales Post Their Sixth Year of Decline: “In the United States, overall shipments of music products, including CD’s and digital albums and singles combined, fell 3.9 percent last year.” According to the RIAA, physical unit sales dropped by 8% from 2004 and revenues… Read more →