Future of The Music Industry

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Closing the Analog Hole


“The analog hole is the result of consumers making high-quality copies of original DVD content from the analog outputs of their DVD player, DVD recorder, or PC.  Macrovision ACP prevents or distorts copies of DVDs made over an analog interface to DVD recorders, PCs, digital video recorders (like TiVo, ReplayTV and Media Center PCs), in addition to D-VHS recorders (DVRs) and VCRs.“

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Napster hack leads to free downloads

this is the good old boring story of lamely recording what you hear from the speakers to distrubute illegal music. but i didn’t know about microsoft initiation about this. amazing.

"Microsoft has created software to help block this kind of ripping, but it has rarely been used by content providers. Dubbed "Secure Audio Path," it adds noise to an audio file as it is sent to the sound card. Compatible cards can remove the noise before it reaches the speakers. Any attempt to tap the audio stream before it reaches the sound card would result in a near-unlistenable copy. "

i love microsoft.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

from Future of Music summit.

Back in May I went to this summit about the Future of Music. I joined only a few of the panels but the rest of discussions were available online almost the day after. Here's one about alternative Compensation Systems:


 "Impose a small sales tax (1%) on a subset of all devices sold, services offered - that tax applied applied to 105 of the total volume = $1 billion for every one percent of tax. Total royalties in EU and US, was ~ $3 billion. "

Friday, February 04, 2005

mashing up trend - Music hackers/crackers

what the hell is going on with these music renegades? I can’t believe there are musicians out there who have time to remix an album completely.

“The Prodigy have been given the same honour twice. Last November ‘Music For The Bootleg Generation’ an unofficial remix of the ten year old rave classic ‘Music For the Jilted Generation’ appeared on BitTorrent and mash-up websites. Their last album, ‘Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned’ appeared on P2P networks, remixed, as  ‘Always Outsiders, Never Outdone’ even before the release of the official album.

The Chemicals unofficial remix/mash-up album ‘Flip The Switch’ will be available for download tomorrow, with renegade reworkings from mash up scene hipsters like Cry.On.My.Console, Fake ID, Dunproofin, McSleazy, Big Bad Baz and others. The official album ‘Push The Button’ is released the same day.”

…read the rest on musicbiznews24

Digital Media Project - Content and Control paper

Assessing the Impact of Policy Choices on Potential Online Business Models in the Music and Film Industries.

 The main body of the paper assesses the policy implications for each model comparatively while four appendixes evaluate each model (Digital Media Store, P2P Stores, Collective Blanket Licensing, and Ancillary Products and Services) in greater depth. (link)

(via derek slaters weblog)


Last few days I’ve been listening to one of my favorite compilation series of all time: Sampled series

Thats why I thought I should share what I saw at the Trade Mark blog of Martin Schwimmer.

The music plagiarism project. where they have a list of  copyright infringement cases in history. The project  presents audio and graphic representations of musical works that are, or have been, the subject of adjudicated music plagiarism cases.



DRM articles

Derek Slater has put links to new Digital Rights Management articles online.