MusicNotes.COM distributing sheet music online via AOL

Musicnotes, Inc. has amassed rights to 14,000 digital sheet music titles from Warner Bros., BMG, Famous Music and others. Now it is putting the sheets on line -- but only via AOL and its own website.

Ndegeocello single release by Warner as 99-cent MP3

A Warner Music Group subsidiary released a single as an unprotected MP3 file -- a remixed version of the song "Earth" by Meshell Ndegeocello, a genre-defying artist. The company initially released a few hundred copies of the remix on vinyl to dance-club disc jockeys, but the 99-cent MP3 version is the only format widely available to consumers. (LA Times/registration required)

Label, broadcaster oligopolies raise regulatory concerns

Advertisers, small broadcasters and Congress are speaking out against what they consider an increasingly monopolized media industry that makes it nearly impossible for new and independent artists to get airplay or pitch shows or for small advertisers to buy time, Bill McConnell writes in a Broadcasting & Cable magazine wrapup of the situation.

BACKGROUND: Harry Fox bulk license of music for Internet delivery

The Harry Fox Agency, Inc., is the licensing agent of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA). In November, 2001, NMPA and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) decided they would jointly provide "bulk licenses" for streaming music and downloading copyright music on the Internet. Read the news release here.

STUDY: 75% of teens think it is ethically OK to download music without paying

Nearly three-quarters of teens do not have an ethical issue over the downloading of music from the Internet, according to a national survey conducted by Edison Media Research for the trade publication Radio & Records. When it comes to download compensation, teens and young adults are more sympathetic to the plight of musicians than toward their record labels. Go directly to the Edison website for its summary, or to the CBS/MarketWatch website for its June 10 story (registration required).

The Wizard of Oz at Napster? It was Bertelsmann

San Jose Mercury News reporter Dawn Chmielewski looked up the court papers in the Napster bankruptcy filing -- and found that Napster was dependent on big-five label Bertelsmann for more than a year -- and still Napster doesn't have an operating file-sharing system which respects copyright.

Toshiba MP3 player may hold 1,000 songs, PC World says

PC World reported that Toshiba is set to unveil a music player that stores files in the MP3, WMA or WAV digital audio file formats and offers enough space for around 1,000 MP3 files of five minutes in length recorded at 128 kbps -- 20 or 40 times the capacity of current memory cards.

Apple's iPod may be able to store 57,000 songs someday, MIT says

Erika Jonietz, writing in the July/August issue of MIT's Technology Review, says Apple's iPod music player may someday be able to store more than 57,000 songs -- if IBM and General Electric have anything to say about it.

"Rights Management Dictionary" -- will it ever happen?

For several years, the International DOI Foundation has been working with book and with music publishers to come up with the equivalent of a universal product code for every work of art in digital form. Success is a slow process.

Copyright madness: Illegal to read Alice in Wonderland aloud?

How far will publishers go to stop personal use of digital works of all kinds? Brewster Kahle says the license for the eBook for "Alice in Wonderland" says it can't be read aloud. That's why Kahl, an Internet pioneer, is pushing his Internet Archive project. Read an interview with Kahl about the archive, or go directly to the Seattle Times website for Paul Andrews' story
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