Competition / anti-trust issues.

Is it a Compact Disc Digital Audio CD or is it not?

I read an article in p2pnet describing a CD that seemed to have both the CDDA logo indicating a standard CD as well as a "copy control" warning.

If any Canadians see a CD with both the Red Book audio CD logo on it and copy control, please let us know. It is likely illegal in Canada and many other countries to do that given the Red Book logo is labelling indicating a specific encoding standard on the CD, and any type of "copy control" is by definition not conforming to that standard.

Copyright debate gets dirty

The very Orwellian double-speak named "Creators' Copyright Coalition" have a BLOG posting where they claim that the opposition to Bulte's policies are coming from US groups or from "the academic apologists for piracy". See Howard Knopf's comments.

Given their strong opposition to alternative methods of development, distribution and funding of creativity, I find it ironic that they are using the GPL licensed WordPress software for their BLOG. I suspect the extremists in this coalition would call Richard Stallman, the origional author of the GNU General Public License (GPL), a "pirate" and be so out of touch with reality as to believe it.

s.Moving to real solutions to textbook cash-saving, eradicating the legal hassle

An article by Adam Gonshor for Metro Toronto that discusses Access Copyright received the following letter to the editor.

Access Copyright has been lobbying hard to oppose the best solution to the problem of textbook pricing and potentially illegal copying of textbooks. Access Copyright is an administrative body for a largely outdated business model, namely the collecting of royalties for any copying of literary works. While this model made sense in the past when copying was more expensive, with photocopiers and the Internet there are far better solutions.

How p2p file sharing helps artists, by Loaf from The Pariahs

This article by Loaf from the band The Pariahs includes:

Old-school record companies are being squeezed by two factors, both caused by digital technology.

It used to be that unless you were independently wealthy, you needed a record deal to make a professional quality recording. This is no longer the case.

It used to be that you needed major label clout to make your music widely available -this is no longer the case either.

Why should I care about the revenues of intermediaries?

(Also on p2pnet, mp3newswire)

Various legacy intermediary industry associations, such as branch-plant versions of foreign industry associations such as CRIA, CAAST, and CMPDA, are often telling us how much of a decline in revenue they are observing. They then ask governments to "fix" this problem.

I don't doubt that the major labels and similar associations have seen a decline in revenue. I also don't doubt that there has been a decline in revenue with the distribution channels that they control, such as the retail of mechanical media.

Saving the Net: How to Keep the Carriers from Flushing the Net Down the Tubes

An essay by Doc Searls starts:

We're hearing tales of two scenarios--one pessimistic, one optimistic--for the future of the Net. If the paranoids are right, the Net's toast. If they're not, it will be because we fought to save it, perhaps in a new way we haven't talked about before. Davids, meet your Goliaths.

Mark Cuban's plan to break the video window.

This Slate article by Edward Jay Epstein includes:

If the studios did not give DVDs a 45-day head start and a large number of DVD renters switched to pay-per-view to get the same movies, the studios would make much more money.
What has prevented the studios from closing the video window is simple: Wal-Mart. The company, which is the single biggest seller of DVDs, has made it clear that it does not want to compete with home delivery.

This is just yet more proof that the problem the studies (and major record labels) have is not the lack of legal protection for their (possibly illegal) attempts to monitor, meter and control the (unrelated to copyright) private activities of their customers (AKA: DRM).

The recording industry benefits from the electronics industry, not the other way around.

There is a common misconception that claims that the consumer electronics industry benefits from the products of the recording industry, and that there should be a levy against the electronics industry to subsidize the recording industry. I simply don't understand the logic. Since the recording industry owes its very existence to technologies that allow for the recording, distribution and playback of music, in a just society we would be seeing a levy on the recording industry to help promote innovation in the electronics industry.

In our backward world we have Japan's recording industry asking for a levy on iPods (See also: p2pnet, MacWorld). When are we going to see some sanity, such as a suggestion that a percentage of the revenues from major labels should go into a pool to promote innovation in the technology behind recording, distribution and playback of audio that the recording industry depends on?

Stories behind the stories

p2p news / p2pnet:- There's always more behind some of the stories reported in the media, and some recent p2pnet stories deserve to be expanded.

Being under copyright != activities are unauthorized != copyright infringement. (For non-computer folks, != means "is not equal to" )

A recent headline story on p2pnet is about Michigan lawyer John Hermann who represents several victims of the EMI, Sony BMG, Warner and Universal sue 'em all marketing campaign.

While it's great to have a lawyer defending these victims, it's important that he uses language that doesn't harm our rights in the longer term.

What would you say to the Canadian motion picture industry about digital distribution?

As part of the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival there will be a panel on Saturday September 24 titled "Digital Distribution: Technology and the Entertainment Industry". Along with Fading Ways Music musician Johnny Charmer, I will be participating in this panel. While this panel will not allow for speeches, the following is what I would like to say and I will try to bring different aspects of it into the discussion whenever possible.

I do not believe that people downloading and sharing music or movies without authorization is a sign of some type of moral decay in otherwise law-abiding Canadians. While there are a small few that may want something for nothing, the vast majority are expressing some unfulfilled need that they would pay for if what they wanted was available commercially.

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