Weekly Recap and News Sunday Nov 11, 2012

Grab the coffee!

Recent Posts:
* Madison Avenue and Media Piracy, Are Online Ad Networks the Birth of SkyNet?
* Bad News, Good News, Bad News. Internet Radio “Fairness” Act Sponsor and Conservative UT Congressman Chaffetz Taunts Musicians; Admits to Belief in Evolution; Urges Government Interference In Markets.
* Muzzling Free Speech By Artists: IRFA Section 5 Analysis
* Lobbyist For CCIA Makes All Kinds of Wild Claims About Copyright Management Organizations. BMI ASCAP SOCAN SAMI Included in Charges of Corruption.

From Around The Web:

Copyhype:
Friday’s End Notes 11/09/12 (Essential Weekly Reading)

Dan Ariely
How to Stop Illegal Downloads
“Before it was my book being illegally downloaded, I was more on the “Information wants to be free” end of the spectrum. The sudden, though predictable, shift in my feelings when I found my own work being downloaded for free was a jarring experience.”

Digital Music News
Goldman Sachs Is About to Invest $100 Million In Spotify…
Dear Pandora, You Totally Suck. Signed, Songwriters…
Pandora Is Now Suing ASCAP to Lower Songwriter Royalties…

TechCrunch:
Spotify Is Having A Good 2012: Revenues Could Reach $500M As It Expands The Digital Music Market

Billboard:
Songwriters Are Left Out of Pandora’s Royalty Plan: Guest Post by Downtown Music’s Justin Kalifowitz

The Hill:
NAACP blasts Pandora-backed Internet royalty bill

The New York Times:
A Clash Across Europe Over the Value of a Click

The Precursor Blog:
Google’s Top Ten Anti-Privacy Quotes — Part 3 In Google’s Own Words Series
“We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about”Google Chairman Eric Schmidt 10-1-10 per the Atlantic

Torrent Freak:
Supreme Court Rejects Hearing For Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde
RapidShare Limits Public Download Traffic to Drive Away Pirates
“Six-Strikes” BitTorrent Crackdown May Target Private Trackers

Columbia Journalism Review:
Audit Notes: digital ads, margins of error, freehadists – French publishing’s online revenues make the Americans look good

Music Tech Policy:
IRFA and the Future of Music Policy Summit: Why Would FOMC Miss An Opportunity to Defend Artist Rights?
Stretching the Possibilities of Offensiveness, Pandora Demonstrates How to be Ugly at Scale

The Washington Examiner:
Report: Google and Facebook competing for an Obama cabinet slot

Digital Trends:
Sorry, Internet, SOPA had zero effect on election day results
“Of the 24 House Members up for reelection who co-sponsored or otherwise supported the highly contentious anti-piracy legislation, all but three won reelection on Tuesday. This includes Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, of Texas, SOPA’s author and chief co-sponsor who became the Internet’s Enemy No. 1″

ChinaDaily:
Free Online Music in China Coming to An End?

Weekly Recap Sunday October 28, 2012

Grab the coffee!

Recent Posts:
* Is Tim Westergren (Pandora) Really Just A Beard For Clear Channel?
* “We’re Gonna Boycott Your Band” And Other Empty Freehadist Threats- 6 Months Of Campaigning Against Piracy.
* Pittsburg Post-Gazette TV Critic Instructs Readers In How To Get Pirated Copies Of DVD’s…and Fund Terrorism?
* UPDATE : Pittsburg Post-Gazette Published Piracy Link
* Pandora Comes Out Of The Closet; Confirms Clear Channel and Pandora “More Than Just Friends’

From Around The Web…

COPYHYPE:
* Essential Reading of the Week as Compiled by Terry Hart at Copyhype.

HUFFINGTON POST:
* John Mellencamp Talks Internet Piracy

CNET:
* Commentary on John Mellencamp Talks Internet Piracy

BBC:
* More piracy sites faced with blocking as BPI contacts UK ISPs
“since the April court order, The Pirate Bay has lost three quarters of its visitors.”

SPIEGEL ONLINE:
* Voters Growing Disillusioned with Germany’s Pirate Party

THE CYNICAL MUSICIAN:
* Got Change?

TORRENT FREAK:
* TV Shack Admin Richard O’Dwyer “Almost Certain” To Be Extradited To US
* Torrent Site Webhost Ordered to Pay “Piracy” Damages
* Pirate Bay Censored in Ireland After Mysterious Court Order (Updated)

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS:
* Taylor Swift’s Label: Streaming “Doesn’t Make Sense to a Small Record Company…”
* It Was 2012. And Streaming Hadn’t Yet Gone Mainstream…

HYPEBOT:
* Metallica Prepping First Independent Release

MUSIC TECH POLICY:
* Friends Don’t Let Friends Get IRFAd: Five Simple Facts About the “Internet Radio Fairness Act”
* Google and Clear Channel Send Their Shills Out for IRFA Lobby Fest
* Constitutional Opportunism Continues with IRFA: Copyright Royalty Judges are Properly Appointed

The Sky Is Rising : Magic Beaver Edition

It’s unfortunate that some people are gullible enough to take a tech lobby funded Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) sponsored report “The Sky Is Rising” researched by a tech blogger as fact. As we detailed in our post about the SF Gate blundering the facts (obviously without fact checking!) here are some quick responses to the grossly selective and highly biased reasoning that enables such propaganda, and should have everyone questioning the credibility of such work.

Eventually there will a complete break down of the fallacy’s presented by a real economist but until then here are five quick standouts of absurdity:

#1 :  This is not an academic study or serious scientific study. It is a tech / internet industry commissioned (CCIA) lobby report.

#2   : The report falsely claims that the value of global music business grew from 130 billion to 160 billion. They do this by including iPod and music instrument sales. We are not joking about this!!

#3:  To claim that the entertainment business grew 50%  they include revenues from computer and video games.  Video gaming has exploded over the decade. And global gaming revenues are about 5x the size of global recorded music revenues. Console Gaming also has very robust DRM booting users off console networks if pirated or cracked copies are detected (Xbox, Playstation, Wii).

#4 :  Instead of showing the fact that gross recorded music revenues which have fallen over 50%,  the report uses the number of transactions.  Of course there are more transactions since a single album is now available by tracks which can contribute 10-15 times more “transactions.” Clearly the use of this metric is intended to deceive. This chart from The New York Times represents the actual facts.

#5  : Number of tracks cataloged?  Pointless.  This is mostly hobbyists using Tunecore and CD baby to “release” their tracks.   How do we know this?  Of 75,000 albums released in 2010, 60K sold less than 100 copies. Here’s more info spelled out by Ted Cohen and Tom Silverman from a Midem Presentation.

This all really begs the question, if the internet is really working for musicians than why are there less musicians working professionally?  Salon reports a decrease of over 45% less working “Musical groups and artists” from 2002 – 2011 according to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics. The tech / internet community it seems has confused  the democratization of distribution with the democratization of talent.

Of course coming from people who insist that “the internet is different,” (different from what?) and “old economic laws do not apply to the cyber economy,” (despite Google’s Chief Economist disagreeing with them) it’s not hard to take the leap to such absurd and nonsensical beliefs that a magic beaver lives in a space ship under the googleplex, which could also lead to the distorted magical thinking that produced The Sky Is Rising.

It’s also important to understand the near religious devotion some in the tech and internet community have taken to these issues. There is a fanaticism that is blind to all logic and reason that can only be described in the cult like obsession of “The Singularity,” as Jaron Lanier comments.

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