The Trichordist Random Reader Weekly News & Links Sun May 13

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Last week the UK ordered it’s ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay, the Dutch are getting fed up too…
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404269,00.asp

[Related]Pirate Bay angered over Faux Pirate Bay Proxies…
http://louderthanwar.com/the-pirate-bay-advising-fans-to-use-the-authentic-original-the-pirate-bay-and-not-the-rip-off-sites/

ASCAP President Paul Williams gives an impassioned speech to membership about Artists Rights…
http://www.ascap.com/Playback/2012/05/action/membership-meeting-speech.aspx

Facebook removes Grooveshark App…
http://digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2012/120508grooveshark

MP3 tunes files for bankruptcy, owner/founder still on the hook…
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57432278-93/emi-says-bankruptcy-wont-protect-mp3tunes-from-copyright-suit/

Music Industry discusses improved music discovery via TV Co-Viewing Apps…
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/record-labels/tech-types-tackle-tv-music-tie-ins-at-narm-1007018352.story

Copyhype Debunks the Copyleft Theory of Hollywood Built On Piracy…
http://www.copyhype.com/2012/05/was-hollywood-built-on-piracy/

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Speaks Out for Younger Bands…
http://loudwire.com/lamb-of-god-randy-blythe-claims-record-industry-dying/

The Onion Reports on the “Bold Move” or “Charging for Content”…
http://www.theonion.com/articles/nytimescoms-plan-to-charge-people-money-for-consum,19847/

Support the people supporting Artists Rights on the Hill, the Trans Pacific Partnership progresses…
http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/226215-overnight-tech-industry-urges-obama-to-negotiate-tough-intellectual-property-protections

and… then there’s this…
http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/white-house-pushes-voluntary-anti-piracy-efforts-senators-want-legislation-20120509

Fantastic talk by Robert Levine author of “Free Ride” on the Failure of The Internet to create better opportunities for Artists & Creators and the work to be done.

The Trichordist Random Reader News & Links Sun May 6

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Probably the biggest story of the week is the UK has ordered it’s ISP’s to block access to The Pirate Bay, the BBC reports:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17894176

You may recall that The Pirate Bay lost their final appeal back in February and are headed to jail, Time reports:
http://techland.time.com/2012/02/01/pirate-bay-founders-lose-supreme-court-appeal-going-to-jail/

Here is an insightful editorial from the Boston Phoenix on the new music “Super PAC” model and asks some very interesting questions about Amanda Palmer’s record Kickstarter campaign while giving a shout out to David Lowery’s, “New Boss / Old Boss”. Highly Recommended Reading.
http://blog.thephoenix.com/BLOGS/onthedownload/archive/2012/05/03/the-problem-with-the-future-of-music-amanda-palmer-and-the-rise-of-the-music-biz-super-pac.aspx

Digital Rights Corp will track and remove your titles from Torrent File Sharing sites, Contact them from more info:
http://digitalrightscorp.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74&Itemid=466

Remix without Romance How Free Culture Get’s It Wrong, from Copyhype:
http://www.copyhype.com/2012/04/remix-without-romance-what-free-culture-gets-wrong/

Hypebot reports that Reddit is attempting to “Crowdsource” a hit song… isn’t that what labels have been doing for decades? Bookmark this one…
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/04/redditors-seek-to-create-a-top-10-pop-hit.html#comment-6a00d83451b36c69e2016765e67f23970b

Tech contradicts itself (again), “Freemium” no longer viable, must give away valued content, HypeBot reports:
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/04/the-problem-with-false-content.html

There was a major dust up this week as Prof. Jonathan Taplin of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab challenged the tech establishment on artists rights. The tech community’s hatred of artists seems to have come to boiling point. The situation is both disappointing and disrespectful, Fast Company and Tech Dirt report:
http://www.fastcompany.com/1834866/the-bands-ex-tour-manager-blasts-reddit-founder-alexis-ohanian-kim-dotcom-the-kickstarter-be
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120423/01452218599/bands-ex-manager-accuses-reddit-profiting-piracy-debate-with-co-founder.shtml

More evidence that Touring is NOT the solution for musicians in the digital age, Digital Music News reports:
http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2012/120504easier#fq6yeUXeS0y6-QMrtd6f1Q

Google is watching you, believe it. While Google is spending record amounts of money lobbying, and trying to convince you that the protection of artists rights is a “censorship” issue, they continue to challenge the law by invading your privacy, Ars Technica reports:
http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2012/05/google-may-face-massive-fine-from-ftc-for-bypassing-safari-privacy-controls.ars

The Trichordist Random Reader News & Links Sun Apr 29

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Google stops charging for advertising, moves to t-shirts and merchandise model instead (just like bands should)…
http://themusicaldisconnect.blogspot.com/2012/01/google-announces-ads-free-just-buy-tee.html

Class war on creatives; Salon reports astounding labor stats of 45.3% drop in “Musical groups and artists” from Aug 2002 – Aug 2011…
http://www.salon.com/2012/04/22/no_sympathy_for_the_creative_class/singleton/

Spotify to introduce “Pandora” like internet radio. This allows Spotify access to all music, as no artists or labels can opt out and royalties are set as stat rate. Will be interesting to see if the Major Labels have direct licenses that redirect the artist share to the labels.
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/04/spotify-readies-pandora-like-radio-service.html

This week was Grammy’s On The Hill, support artists rights, call your representative…
http://capwiz.com/grammy/callalert/index.tt?alertid=61243176

In case you were wondering, traditional terrestrial radio airplay is still the number one influence in music purchasing “60 percent of musically active consumers citing it as a top influence.” We love social media but don’t believe the hype…
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/12/active-vs-passive-fans-why-radio-tv-still-rank-tops-for-music-discovery-best-of-hypebot.html
https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/pressreleases/pr_111110

If you disagree with Sergey Brin it’s only because you aren’t smart enough to understand that he doesn’t want to ask your permission to exploit you or your work so that Google can make more money…
http://copyrightblog.co.uk/2012/04/20/a-sergey-update-we-misunderstood-him/

Can’t make this up, Pirate Politician Says Party ‘Rising as Fast as Nazis’…
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,829166,00.html

Hacker collective Anonymous to create pirate streaming music search engine so that music “can be free.”
http://www.slashgear.com/anonymous-targets-music-industry-with-anontune-20223840/
However, there is some interesting skepticism online.
http://www.geek.com/articles/news/anonymous-launches-anontune-streaming-music-service-20120419/

Larry Lessig explains why Hollywood (ie, “the copyright industry”) needs to accept that there’s no point in protecting copyright. This is the origins of the “break the internet” rhetoric. Uploaded by the Pirate Party to YouTube on Aug 27, 2009…

The Trichordist Random Reader News and Links Sun Apr 22

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Here’s some interesting stories and links we discovered or were sent during the week. These may not be stories OF the week, as we share them as we find them.

German Court Rules Against YouTube in Copyright Case:
http://news.yahoo.com/german-court-rules-against-youtube-copyright-suit-115708414–sector.html

Supporting Copyright Is Not The Same as Opposing Free Speech:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/apr/19/copyright-freedom-speech

Rapidshare Writes Four Page Anti-Piracy Manifesto:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/20/rapidshare_stop_piracy/

Interesting interview Between Ben Watt of Everything But The Girl and Journalist/Author Robert Levine:
http://www.buzzinfly.com/index-robert-levine-interviewed-by-ben-watt.html

Musician / Composer Mark Isham Launches ibuymymusic.org
http://ibuymymusic.org/I_Buy_My_Music_Dot_Org/Home.html

TechDirt Goes on the Defensive after Gearslutz thread asks, “Why does TechDirt hate musicians”:
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120415/02354118491/difference-between-nuanced-discussion-evil-underbelly-internet-is-apparently-fine-line-indeed.shtml
http://www.gearslutz.com/board/music-business/719114-why-does-techdirt-hate-musicians.html

The Chicago Reader Picked up On David Lowery’s “New Boss, Worse Than Old Boss” as posted at TheTrichordist.
http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/04/17/the-good-old-bad-old-days

Another shout out to TheTrichordist, this time from The Cynical Musician:
http://thecynicalmusician.com/2012/04/recommended-reading-the-trichordist/