Godin's memo to 'media monopolists': Get a backup plan!

Seth Godin, one of Silicon Valley's most successful serial entrepreneurs, has written a brilliant summary of the dilemma facing mass-market monopolists in music and content because of file sharing. His message: Better have a backup plan, because the technology and consumer demand is slowly burning away your monopoly. It's in the July issue of FastCompany Magazine.

Vivendi partner Emusic.COM offering big backlist in "open" MP3 format by subscription

The Emusic.COM partner of Big Five label Vivendi Universal will offer about 1,000 backlist albums -- artists like B.B. King, Jimmy Buffet, the Four Tops, Joe Cocker Ringo Starr and Stevie Wonder, as part of a 200,000-song subscription package in MP3 from $9.99 to $14.99 per month.

To charge or not to charge: Websites fhave no easy answer

Steve Outing and Rusty Coats researched a key question facing online publishers -- whether to charge for content -- and provide an inconclusive but action-oriented summary of the situation at the Poynter Institute website.

Danish court decision arouses fears of ban on "deep linking"

A Danish court has upheld a ban on so-called "deep linking" by one website to another. The impact of the decision is unclear. Click on the headline above for more from the Washington Post, or read CNET News.COM's account.

Jupiter says pay content will total $5.8B by 2006

The most experienced web users are resigned to the need to pay for content, and content providers are better able to start charging because most well-financed dot-com startups have gone out of business, according to Jupiter Media Metrix study. The study says online content commerce will reach $5.8 billion by the year 2006.

The Copyright preserve: And why Mickey is worried

Stanford law professor Larry Lessig and other academics are squaring off against Hollywood, according to Village Voice writer Sarah Lai Stirland, for its efforts to extend copyright protections. Their proposed solution: The "intellectual-property preserve."

British game developer's program creates "pirate" online radio

A 39-year-old British games programmer has created "Streamer" a program designed to let people create online radio stations that are difficult for the authorities to trace. His aim -- fight the five major record labels' copyright-control efforts. CNET News reports.

Newest label ploy: Get Congress to make it legal to damage your PC for file sharing

As expected, California Sen. Howard Berman, who receives campaign contributions from Disney and AOL Time Warner and represents Burbank, where Disney is based, introduced on Thursday (July 25) legislation designed to permit labels to sabotage file sharing. Experts said its language would permit intrusions into a consumer's audio and video files and attacks that would knock a computer off-line. Peter Jaszi, a professor of copyright law at Washington, D.C.'s American University, told Billboard Bulleting the bill is "violently anti-consumer."

How does CD anti-piracy technology work? An explanation

James Bickers writes in USA Today an explanation of how anti-piracy technology works on music CDs -- and examines the question of whether the approach is legal or a consumer ripoff.

Ex-label exec's simple message about file sharing: Compete!

A 34-veteran of Warner Music has written a book, and he's promoting it with interviews in which he delivers a stark message to his former label colleagues -- stop moaning about illegal file sharing and start giving consumers what they want: A simple, inexpensive way to purchase individual songs over the Internet. Lindsey Arent of Tech Live interviews Stan Cornyn in this Q&A format.
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