Music labels face the inevitable counter-punch to their years of merciless litigation against file-sharers in the US courts, with the coalition of the willing beginning to show significant cracks as key players reconsider their support for the RIAA.
A huge salvo was sent across the music industry bows this week, when the judge in the famed Napster case, Judge Miriam Hall Patel, calling for major copyright reforms,
Her plan includes a new public/private body to preside over the licensing and enforcement of copyright, Listening Post informs.
Legendary UK act, The Charlatans (known as Charlatans UK in the USA) gave their tenth album – You Cross My Path – away for free through UK radio station XFM earlier this year. I caught up with lead singer, Tim Burgess, just before the release to ask, ‘what’s going on?’ Once again, this interview appeared in print in a UK magazine, but others may be interested in taking a look.
From getting together in 1989 to the present, The Charlatans have spawned a string of hits. They first emerged when they released the still-enduring ‘The Only One I Know’ in 1991, a track which put them solidly beside their ‘Madchester’ peers, the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.
They won success with their use of dance rhythms and psychedelic 60’s swirling organs, suspended above fabulous grooves and lyrically eloquent Rolling Stones-inspired songs. Albums ‘The Charlatans’ and ‘Tellin’ Stories’ underline their legacy, while collected singles compilation ‘Melting Pot’ is an essential selection for any discerning music lover, with its collection of classic songs, including the Chemical Brothers remix of ‘Patrol’ and eternal favourite ‘North Country Boy’.
Flash forward to the present day, and the band last year announced their plan to release their tenth album for free download on the very same day Radiohead captured international attention with that band’s announcement of the digital release of their ‘In Rainbows’ album. We spoke with the band’s vocalist, Tim Burgess. Continue reading →
Yahoo has revealed plans to close the Yahoo! Music Store – and in an echo of the nightmare of DRM when online providers fail, has told customers it plans to stop supporting their legally-acquired music.
Essentially, the company will switch-off the authorisation servers, meaning users attempting to transfer their music collections to other computers will be sunk. They may as well have invested in 8-Track.
We’ve always been greatly concerned that DRM, far from protecting musicians, actually punishes consumers. The biggest question any music lover should ask when buying music online is “what happens when the service shuts down?” Continue reading →
Internet Service Provider’s in the UK are reportedly in talks with music labels in order to police file-sharing activity on the part of their users.
ISP’s have so far resisted labels in their attempt to force them to police the way their networks are used, but a recent UK government threat to force a “three strikes and out” approach as seen in France has caused ISP’s to reluctantly enter talks, as civil liberties arguments now clearly lack the weight of the rights of copyright owners in Britain today. “The British government just put a gun to our head,” one top-level executive said.
“All of the ISPs are at the table meeting with the rights holders,” a source said. Participating ISPs include Tiscali, Carphone Warehouse, Virgin, and BT.