Recommended reading: The new business of music

Copyright, piracy, pricing and payment are among the many subjects touched by the launch of MusicLink.

MusicLink team covers software, Internet, music, payments

Founders and key advisors to MusicLink.COM combine more than 80 years of experience in software, Internet, music, journalism and payment services.

Univ. Texas research: Downloads a boon for industry

A respected University of Texas economist says his research shows that digital downloads will end up being a boon for music and content industries.

Hollywood Has a Setback in Controls for Digital TV

The New York Times' Amy Harmon writes about the Broadcast Protection Discussion Group, a tech-industry/Hollywood coalition that can't seem to come to consensus on how -- or even if -- digital content should be encrypted to consumers can't copy it. (NYTimes registration required)

Hollywood shuts down video site

The Motion Picture Association of America prevailed on domain-registration authorities to shut down an Iran-based Web site that had sold access to copyrighted films over the Internet for $1 apiece. (Stephanie Olsen / CNET News.COM)

Fewer people listening to music on radio: Why?

Radio listenership is down more than 10% since 1993. The AP asks why?

The price of an online song -- a tenth-cent per listener?

What's the price of a song played online? Seven-hundredths of a penny, according to the U.S. Librarian of Congress.

The rate is substantially less than that proposed in February by the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel, which would have charged Internet-only broadcasters twice the amount AM or FM stations would pay to retransmit their broadcasts online.

Earthlink adds Full Audio's encrypted, disappearing MP3 download service The Earthlink service offers subscribers access to 75,000 tracks of major-label music from BMG, EMI Recorded Music, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group. Users may ownload up to 50 tracks each month for a $9.95 monthly fee or up to 100 tracks each month for a $17.95 monthly fee; the songs may be listened to when not connected to the Internet, but may not be transferred to portable players or burned onto CD. Also, songs become unavailable once a member's subscription lapses.

Internet broadcasters await decision on music copyright rates

The Librarian of Congress sets the rates.

Europe's privacy regulators target music-player software

BRUSSELS -- Europe's privacy regulators are investigating whether music-player software and other products that automatically send information about the users across the Internet invade people's privacy, the June 14 edition of the Wall Street Journal reported in a story by Brandon Mitchner. (WSJ via Smart Money)
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