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Compensation not Control Futurist Gerd Leonhard at MidemNet 2009 (by MIDEM09)

From 2009 but still a very important message (says Gerd)

July 18th, 2012
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Rhapsody’s Rob Reid: ‘Copyright law is like doing archaeology in the Mediterranean’

Found on The Verge: “If you’re a music or tech fan, you’ve probably noticed that the current arms race over patents and copyrights has gotten more than a little out of hand. Rob Reid, author and founding father of pioneering digital streaming service Rhapsody, knows a thing or two about the music business’ unfortunate state of affairs. Having already explained the art of Copyright Math™ in a recent TED talk, he posits a fantastical scenario: Aliens have been unwittingly pirating the human race’s music since the late 70s, and thanks to our primitive copyright system, they now owe us more money than exists in the universe. Needless to say, they are pretty fucking pissed.

That’s the setup for Reid’s new book, Year Zero a kind of farcical, Douglas Adams-style re-imagining of The Day The Earth Stood Still, with humanity’s fast-expanding arsenal of labyrinthine copyright laws standing in for Cold War era A-bombs. The Verge spoke with Reid about extraterrestrial copyright violations, our broken system, and the future of the streaming subscription model. You can find him on Twitter at @rob_reid.

Do you see copyright law and patent litigation as one of the make-or-break issues of our time?

Well, it’s certainly a lesser issue than those of war and terrorism, and the grimmer scenarios on the global warming front. But it is a manifestation of a major structural problem facing our society — specifically, its suffocating excess of laws, lawyers, litigation and special-interest-driven regulation. The Law should ideally be as…read on.”

July 12th, 2012
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A fascinating new report from Associate Professor Michael A. Carrier at Rutgers University School of Law, entitled “Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story”, interviews 31 CEOs, company founders and VPs who have worked in digital music over the past 10 years. It illustrates the digital music landscape in the aftermath Napster’s shutdown, demonstrating how the battle between P2P and the music industry has stunted innovation, discouraged investment in the music technology sector, and ultimately led to a complicated copyright law-dominated environment that has widened the gap between technologists and music. (via 31 Digital Music Execs Sound Off On How P2P Battle Led To Music Industry Demise - hypebot)


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A fascinating new report from Associate Professor Michael A. Carrier at Rutgers University School of Law, entitled “Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story”, interviews 31 CEOs, company founders and VPs who have worked in digital music over the past 10 years. It illustrates the digital music landscape in the aftermath Napster’s shutdown, demonstrating how the battle between P2P and the music industry has stunted innovation, discouraged investment in the music technology sector, and ultimately led to a complicated copyright law-dominated environment that has widened the gap between technologists and music. (via 31 Digital Music Execs Sound Off On How P2P Battle Led To Music Industry Demise - hypebot)

May 31st, 2012
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Musik-Flatrate - ein Schweizer Modell (in German)

BOYKO_110524_0576Mein aktueller Vorschlag für die Schweizer Musikindustrie, Kunstschaffende und Urheberinstitutionen:
"In den vergangenen 10 Jahren wurde Musik im Internet tatsächlich ‘wie Wasser’, mehr oder weniger gemäss der 2002 von David Bowie gewagten Prognose: “Music will become like Water” (New York Times); ein Leitmotiv, das auch schon in meinem ersten Buch ‘Die Zukunft der Musik’ (2005 Berklee Press) ein zentrales Thema war.

Musik fliesst heute wirklich überall, jederzeit und in vielen Varianten und Kanälen; unabhängig davon ob wir einen Download oder einen Stream (also das einfache Anhören) wollen. Bei YouTube gibt es weltweit fast jeden Song - als Video verpackt - vollkommen gratis zum Anhören, und jeder halbwegs Internet-versierte Musikfan weiss wie man den YouTube Stream als MP3 (audio) oder MP4 (video) ganz einfach und schnell auf den Computer oder den iPod befördert (z.B. mit Downloadhelper in Firefox).

Tausende von Webseiten, Online Radio-Sendern, sozialen Netzwerken wie z.B. vKontake in Russland, und mobilen Softwareanwendungen bieten legal, halb-legal oder eben ganz unlizensiert kostenlose Streams an, und es bedarf nun schon lange keiner speziellen Software mehr wie z.B. BitTorrent oder LimeWire, um Musik …weiterlesen (PDF).”
(Foto World Branding Agency, Moscow, May 2012)

(Source: gleonhard.com)

March 17th, 2012
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(via MediaFuturist: Must watch video: Rob Reid at TED: The $8 billion iPod (hilarious Copyright Math)

BRILLIANT video by comic author Rob Reid, showing how ridiculous the calculation of economic losses due to content ‘piracy’ is. Absolutely amazing how he strings the facts and hypotheses together - must watch.

Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.

Rob Reid is a humor author and the founder of the company that created the music subscription service Rhapsody.

February 21st, 2012
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Everything is a Remix Part 4

Kirby Ferguson: Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail…read on.

February 8th, 2012
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Cory Doctorow: The coming war on general computation

We think this is a must view: “The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish. The coming century will be dominated by war against the general purpose computer, and the stakes are the freedom, fortune and privacy of the entire…read on.”

February 4th, 2012
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