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16th March 2013, 10:37 AM #1
Downloaded - Napster Documentary
Ooh! I can't wait to see this one: BBC News - Napster: From bedroom to silver screen
If you were around and using it at the time it was quite a revelation, although I do struggle to imagine the volume of music being 'stolen' was as large as claimed considering everyone was on 56kbps dial-up and it took ages to get even one track (allegedly).
16th March 2013, 01:45 PM #2
I love programmes like these.
Before you all cry a river for the slow-witted dinosaur record industry, it's worth taking a look at this
The Problem With Music :Negativworldwidewebland
When your eyebrows return from the back of your head...
Dirty Little Secrets of the Record Business: Why So Much Music You Hear Sucks - Hank Bordowitz - Google Books
Would you believe... there's more?
RIAA Accounting: Why Even Major Label Musicians Rarely Make Money From Album Sales | Techdirt
RIAA Accounting: How To Sell 1 Million Albums And Still Owe $500,000 | Techdirt
I recently read a story of a record contract that stipulated record (vinyl) and cassette sales. The publisher released the band's catalogue on the (as then) new fangled CD format and the artist got nothing whatsoever from these sales as their contract only specified cassette and vinyl.
16th March 2013, 02:38 PM #3
I wonder where we would be now had the music industry embraced Napster?
Amazon AutoRip: How the labels held back progress for 14 years « Ars Technica
British music boss: we should have embraced Napster « Ars Technica
When Michael Robertson heard news of AutoRip, the new Amazon service that automatically adds high-quality MP3s to Cloud Player when you buy a CD, he must have had a sense of deja vu. After all, the entrepreneur introduced a similar service way back in 1999. Unfortunately, it wasn't licensed by the recording industry, and they sued it out of existence. He tried again with a licensed service in 2007, but only one label would cut a deal and the company failed to gain traction.
Metallica Makes Nice With Music Streaming, Comes to Spotify « Mashable
Geoff Taylor, head of UK major label trade group BPI, wrote an op-ed piece for the BBC today in which he called Napster the "Rosetta Stone of digital music," said it was "simple to understand and use," and said that the music industry should have "embraced Napster rather than fighting it."
Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and other digital pioneers sour on 'pay what you want' music « The Verge
Back in 2000, Ulrich filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit against Napster, which was eventually settled, resulting in many users getting kicked off the service. Ulrich also testified in front of the U.S. Congress, condemning the entire practice of sharing music online
It appears he's now convinced that digital music services have matured to the point where he's comfortable offering Metallica's music free to Spotify users (the band's catalog is already available for download a la carte on iTunes and other services), and is willing to let bygones be bygones with Parker.
In a newspaper interview a week ago, the lead singer for the iconic rock band indicated that he and his bandmates may have done more harm than good in 2007 when they self released the album In Rainbows and allowed fans to pay whatever they chose. By turning music commerce into a sort of large tip jar, the In Rainbows offer was hailed as a forerunner of what the music industry would one day become.
Yorke said he now feels In Rainbows experiment may have actually helped technology companies, such as Google and Apple, strip the value out of music for their own benefit. The way Yorke sees it, the Web music services have sought to turn music and other media into commodities, and in the process made them "worthless." Radiohead helped whet their appetites for free music and now that’s what audiences have come to expect.
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