Hollywood and Silicon Valley's marriage may be unraveling?

The historical marriage between Hollywood and Silicon Valley -- technology supported entertainment consumption -- is now threatening to unravel as technology that threatens to undermine copyright control hits the market. This Associated Press backgrounder examines the growing rift.

Reports say labels mounting personalized attack on piracy

The Wall Street Journal reported some of the five major record labels are planning to start suing individual consumers who are sharing MP3 files from their hard drives in a new level of aggression against piracy. The Journal story said some of the labels -- particularly the Warner Music unit of AOL Time Warner -- may yet be worrying the effort may be a public-relations mistake. CNET News also picked upon on the development.

Encryption techniques pose major privacy threat, groups say

Technologies which encrypt music, forcing intrusive software on the user's computer, poses serious risks to consumer and societal rights, including privacy, fair use, free expression, and innovation, privacy advocates told a key congressional subcommittee on June 5. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation said the public is being pushed aside by industry interests in the debate over so-called "Digital Rights Management" (DRM).

RESEARCH: Ipsos-Reid and downloader demographics

There are 41.5 million people in the United States who have downloaded music, according to a study by Ipsos-Reid: -- By age group: 12-17: 8.7 million; 18-24: 11.7 million; 25-34: 9.2 million; 35-54: 10.8 million; 55+: 1.2 million. -- By gender: 25% of males 12 and up; 14% of females 12 and up

FullAudio adds Warner Music to its stable of label partners

Now FullAudio has Warner Music on board for its trial streaming music service, offered in partnership with a Phoenix Clear Channel FM station. Bertelsmann joined up a couple of weeks ago, but the Warner deal apparently includes "burning" rights, and the Bertelsmann one did not.

Nintendo's "Game Boy" will play MP3s

Los Angeles-based digital media device manufacturer SongPro Inc. will release this fall an add-on component for Nintendo's hand-held gaming system, Game Boy, that will allow it to double as a MP3 music player, Billboard Bulletin reports.

Rhapsody: Listen.COM now offering MP3 downloads from all five big labels

All-you-can-eat access to "crippled" MP3 downloads at $9.95 a month -- with titles from all of the Big Five labels -- is now offered by Listen.COM's Rhapsody service directly and through Lycos.COM. But . . . you can't burn and you can't copy. Listen closed with Universal Music on Monday, July 1. Listen has 178,000 songs from more than 5,000 artists -- but hardly any of the Billboard Top 10 or major artists like Bob Dylan.

QUOTES: The emerging consensus on music and the 'net

Multi-site collaboration viewed as salvation for content industry

With often-cited exceptions such as Consumer Reports and The Wall Street Journal, the conventional wisdom is that online sales of digital-content subscriptions isn't making anyone real money. But commentator Jimmy Guterman, writing in Business 2.0 magazine, thinks the answer may lie in something not yet tried -- multi-site collaboration.

More reports of "attitude adjustment" by record labels;<br>Will music will be free as a promotion for artist, or 25 cents?

More and more stories are appearing suggesting the major record labels are undergoing a gradual attitude adjustment about selling tunes over the Internet. The latest pair of stories appear in today's San Jose Mercury News, and also in The New York Times. And The San Francisco Chronicle's take on the same subject focuses on a Listen.COM deal with major labels. Recorded music "will be used to promote the artist, and the labels will need to find other sources of revenue," predicted Starling D. Hunter III, an assistant professor at M.I.T, who studies the impact of technology on established industries, told The New York Times. The Times pieces theorizes that 25 cents a song may be the ultimate price for a download.
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