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Watch Billy Bragg bark for change

The organisers of the interesting EconMusic event at the Natural History Museum last month have released a video of a panel session which took place during the event.

Focused on social networks, this featured UK singer/songwriter, Billy Bragg; David Hyman, CEO, Mog; Spencer Hyman, COO, Last.fm; Steve Purdham, CEO, We7; Danny Rimer, Partner, Index Ventures. It’s worth a watch.

Get involved: Support the Featured Artists Coalition

We’ve spoken briefly to Billy Bragg about this, and we think any artist should get involved in this debate, but Eliot Van Buskirk over at Wired has put it all together in impressive style. We’ve borrowed a chunk of it because we think it’s an important campaign. We’re pro-artist here, after all…

“A group of British recording artists including (edit to add: Billy Bragg) Radiohead, The Verve and Iron Maiden say the digital music revolution has come up short in terms of the fair treatment of artists, citing an agreement between record labels, ISPs and the British government as an example of artists’ viewpoints being ignored. To make sure their priorities are taken into account in the future, over sixty British artists have joined the Featured Artists Coalition. Continue reading

uTorrent client for Mac leaks online

A pre-release alpha version of a Mac version of uTorrent, the popular BitTorrent client for Windows, has been leaked to the public, TorrentFreak has noted.

The software comes from conentious Swedish torrent site The Pirate Bay, and has been expected since 2006 when BitTorrent purchased uTorrent and promised to develop a Mac version.

However, BitTorrent is warning that the alpha software isn’t really ready for release right now (it’s buggy and doesn’t entirely work), but its existence does at least prove a Mac version of the software is in development.

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Billy Bragg – suing file-sharers is killing music

UK musician Billy Bragg is furious at attempts by major labels and the music industry groups they dominate to prevent file-sharing, saying they don’t understand musicians, don’t understand fans, and don’t get the new age.

On suing file-sharers, he was incensed, “You know who the pirates are?” he thundered during the closing moments of EconMusic yesterday. “The pirates are our fans, when you sue our fans, you drive our fans away,” he yelled, arguing that the industry must change if it has any chance of survival.

What really annoys Bragg is that music labels demand the lion’s share of income from new start-ups and music services, “That’s my income stream you’re pissing with,” he exclaimed, urging labels to pay a higher percentage to artists in the digital age.
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Bragg, 7digital highlight EconMusic ’08

ContentNext has announced this year’s half-day EconMusic conference, an in-depth look at the economics of the digital music industry which features a glittering array of speakers.

The event this year will see some inspiration from the recent deal between UK ISPs and the BPI to begin policing file-sharing activity.

Additional topics will include: P2P vs. retail, “celestial jukebox” subscriptions, mobile, social media, licensing, the death of the record label and more.
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BPI scores a UK.gov own goal

The BPI really doesn’t get it – that’s a subjective judgement, but one based on the organisation’s own behaviour. The Guardian reports that the music industry group sent a stiff letter to ISPs and the UK government just before the recent deal between the organisations and the BPI was announced.

BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor said that while the organisation welcomed the deal between ISPs and the music industry, it felt it important to “clarify” it didn’t think the agreement an “exhaustive solution”. And then went on to threaten its ISP partners with legal action…
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Billy Bragg demands universal download tax

Billy Bragg is one of the first UK musicians to give his opinion on the new file-sharing policing deal between UK ISPs and the BPI, writing in the Guardian.

Under the deal, thousands of suspected file-sharers will be sent warning letters. Bragg thinks its a waste of time, a smoke-screen designed to hide the nature of the crisis music labels face.

“Without some kind of legal framework to back it up, it’s nothing more than a gesture,” he wrote.
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