category: music | 0 comments | submitted by: joeyjojoshabbado | 02 Mar 2007 | email this to a friend
The music industry is adopting new tactics in its battle with students who download and share music illegally
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category: music | 1 comments | submitted by: oscarthegrouch | 04 Dec 2006 | email this to a friend
Russia has agreed to shut down Allofmp3.com, the music website singled out by the United States as an obstacle to its support for Russian membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
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category: music | 0 comments | submitted by: lau | 04 Dec 2006 | email this to a friend
Apple may have to pay royalties in 2007 for every iPod shipped in 2007 if Universal Music Group successfully negotiates an agreement with Apple. Earlier this year, DailyTech reported that Universal had struck a deal with Microsoft and its Zune portable music player. Microsoft would pay royalty fees for every song downloaded by a user and every Zune player sold. Similar to a tax, this contract was definitely a big win for Universal and the music industry.
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category: music | 1 comments | submitted by: oscarthegrouch | 29 Nov 2006 | email this to a friend
This week the U.S. government announced a joint program with Russia in an effort to thwart piracy as well as protecting intellectual property (PDF). The new joint program calls to address what the U.S. terms IPR, or intellectual property rights, which is a big concern in Russia right now as well as other countries such as China and Taiwan.
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category: music | 0 comments | submitted by: oscarthegrouch | 19 Nov 2006 | email this to a friend
Universal Music Group sued MySpace.com late Friday, claiming that the social-networking site is infringing on the copyrights of thousands of songs and videos.

Universal, owned by French media conglomerate Vivendi, claims that Myspace has looked the other way as users unlawfully uploaded copyright music videos.
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category: music | 9 comments | submitted by: High Voltage | 17 Oct 2006 | email this to a friend
The top consumer complaint at online music service Napster: Songs purchased at Napster won't play on Apple's iPod.It's not Napster's fault. Apple's (AAPL) hugely successful iPod business is built on a closed system. You shop at iTunes Music Store for digital songs and use iTunes software to transfer them effortlessly to the iPod. The system works great for iPod owners. For others, there's a chaos of competing formats.
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category: music | 0 comments | submitted by: lau | 17 Oct 2006 | email this to a friend
More than 8,000 alleged file sharers are facing legal action, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). This latest crackdown targets uploaders - people who allegedly put their music files onto peer-to-peer networks
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category: music | 0 comments | submitted by: lau | 22 Mar 2006 | email this to a friend
The cynics at VoteForTheWorst.com sense the end may be nigh for American Idol contestant Kevin Covais.

Oddsmakers are betting against the baby-faced, 16-year-old TV talent show survivor, nicknamed "Chicken Little" because of his resemblance to the Disney movie character. Betmaker on Tuesday was giving 100-to-1 against his making the final.
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category: music | 0 comments | submitted by: lau | 16 Feb 2006 | email this to a friend
The other night, a few friends sat in Tracey Kennedy's Rock Island, Ill., living room listening to music. A song by a band no one but Kennedy knew started to play, and everyone wanted to know who it was.

Kennedy revealed that it was Silversun Pickups, an under-the-radar Los Angeles band she'd found using an Internet music service called Pandora.com. For her, the Web site's personalized music recommendations have sparked new listening habits. "It's like I've come back to life," says Kennedy, a 30-something computer programmer. "I'm getting all these vitamins I need." Since she started listening to Pandora at work in late October, Kennedy has bought about 35 new albums.

That's music to the ears of those who make recommendation technology. By 2010, one-quarter of online music sales will be driven by such "taste-sharing applications," predicts a study released in December by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and research firm Gartner.
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category: music | 2 comments | submitted by: elmo | 10 Feb 2006 | email this to a friend
People like a song more when they think other people like it too, a new study suggests. But the interactions between individual and group opinions are so complex that it is impossible to predict whether a good song will be a hit or a flop, according to researchers who asked people to rate the quality of music by unknown bands.

Sociologists Matthew Salganik and colleagues at Columbia University in New York, US, recruited more than 14,000 people to visit a website with 48 songs by relatively unknown bands. People could listen to songs, rate them, and then decide whether to download them.

One group of participants saw only the names of songs and musical groups. Other participants also saw how many times a particular song had been downloaded by others. Both groups broadly agreed about which songs were good and which were bad.

But participants who could see how often a song had been downloaded tended to give higher ratings to songs that had been downloaded often, and were more likely to download those songs themselves. That created a snowball effect, catapulting a few songs to the top of the charts and leaving others languishing.
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category: music | 1 comments | submitted by: oscarthegrouch | 28 Jan 2006 | email this to a friend
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has won a landmark legal victor against two British citizens who distributed music over the Internet using peer-to-peer file-sharing programs, it announced on Friday. This is the first time unauthorised file-sharers have been successfully prosecuted in the UK, according to legal experts.
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