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7th April, 2007. 12:29 pm. hello(c_death)

I just joined this group so I would like to say hello.

I am a web programmer via live365. My station is called "waiting for the blackouts". You can look further on my lj for more details if you like.

I noticed there hasn't been any activity since last year here. I would think with the recent ruling to up sound exchange fees it would be an outpouring of comments.. but I guess not.

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26th April, 2006. 11:13 pm. Can someone translate this for me?(shadowbunny)

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9th September, 2005. 3:23 am. Hello, just joined.(dj_proxy)


I just joined this community because I started hosting a channel for my friend's internet radio station. Just wanted to see what other people are dealing with.


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26th April, 2005. 10:02 pm.(governmentsucks)

Hi everyone,

It seems rather quiet around here, so I just thought I'd introduce myself.
I'm Michael, a student from Australia, and I'm (obviously) against RIAA/DMCA etc.
Finally, and semi-related, I'd also like to point out http://www.againsttcpa.com/, which I feel is also an important issue.

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15th April, 2005. 12:23 pm. Mitch Bainwol(dojolovemachine)

Does anybody have any contact information for Mitch Bainwol (chairman and CEO of the RIAA)?

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24th February, 2005. 8:17 am. From the RIAA website:(soylentblack)

On the anti-piracy page of http://www.riaa.com, they close with this -

Breaking into the music business is no picnic. Piracy makes it tougher to survive and even tougher to break through. As recording artist "Tool" noted, "Basically, it's about music -- if you didn't create it, why should you exploit it? True fans don't rip off their artists."

Who knows what "Tool" was talking about. Maybe he was talking about piracy, file-sharing, THE RECORD COMPANIES, THE RIAA ITSELF...

I just thought it was rather funny that the RIAA would use that as a reason not to download music.

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24th August, 2004. 7:15 am. aparantly this does work..(polardemonwolf)


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25th June, 2004. 2:12 pm. Is anyone here a college student?(gavinlesnick)

My name is Gavin Lesnick and I'm a reporter with KRT-Campus, a wire service for college newspapers. I am writing a story about file sharing on college campuses and would like to speak to a student. I have already interviewed an RIAA representative, but I would like to get the student side of the story. If anyone would like to be interviewed or knows someone who might be, please e-mail me at glesnick@krtinfo.com.
Thank you! - Gavin

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25th June, 2004. 9:41 am. Two excellent OP-EDs in the NY Times today...(soylentblack)

I'll copy a lot of it, since you need an account to log in and read them ( I think? )

from Share the Music

The association argues that file sharing is directly responsible for the widely reported slump in CD sales from 2000 to 2003. This, however, ignores the fact that the economy was in a post-Sept. 11 recession and that many other industries suffered even greater declines in their sales at the time. Still, it is reasonable to assume that downloading was a cause of some drop in CD sales.

But this simple narrative is a bit more complicated. The two primary direct competitors for young music buyers' dollars — video games and DVD's, both also widely and freely traded on the Internet — continued to do quite well. And during the first quarter of 2004, CD sales in the United States rose 10.6 percent over the previous year, an upturn that the recording industry association confidently attributed to its lawsuits. But a report issued in April by the Pew Internet and American Life Project stated that the number of people who said they had downloaded music files during the same first quarter had increased by 5 million, to a total of 23 million, from the project's previous survey in late 2003.

In other words, at the exact moment file-sharing activity rose, so did CD sales.

from Don't Beat Them, Join Them

(writing on copyright holder's abilities to establish new business models when new technology appears)

It is noteworthy that the story with the happiest ending — both for the public and for the copyright owners — was the one in which the owners were denied any share in the revenues earned by the developers of the new technology but instead had to develop a new business model to take advantage of it (VCR's). The next best outcome occurred when the copyright owners first allowed the new technology to take root and then worked out an arrangement in which they obtained modest license fees (radio). The least satisfactory outcome occurred when copyright owners demanded fees that were so high they hurt the growth of the new technology (Webcasting).

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18th May, 2004. 2:32 pm. In the news...(dirtstar)

NIELSEN RATING SYSTEM AT ODDS WITH RIAA'S CLAIM OF "LOST SALES"; RIAA says sales are down. Soundscan says "Wha..?" Who should you believe?

When speaking this month to a representative from Soundscan, the company that provides much of the data for the Billboard Top 200 Chart, I learned things that would contradict reported statements by the RIAA. Mainly that US labels have had a significant reduction in sales over the past three years. Cary Sherman, president of the RIAA, responded personally, put his rebuttals on the record and in the process exposed intriguing insight into the way the RIAA calculates "losses."

Read the full article "Nielsen Rating System At Odds With RIAA's Claim Of 'Lost Sales'" at MusicDish Network member site Entertain The Thought, Arts, Entertainment & Media careers


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