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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

New Music Merchant: BBC

The BBC wants to be a major player in the digital media world and is considering partnerships with private businesses to sell music downloads.

Mobile porn providers operate outside the law

Wireless applications service providers (WASPs) supplying adult content for cellphones are technically operating illegally, says the Film and Publications Board (FPB).

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Book Publishers' War with Google Heats Up

A tiff between book publishers and Google concerning the latter's Google Print initiative has been heating up. Google has been scanning and digitizing entire books and making them available in Google search results, along with a few sentences that provide context for the search results and links to purchase the books.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Podcast start-up creates music network

Podcasting start-up PodShow, the love child of former MTV video jockey Adam Curry, has created a network for musicians and podcasters.

Warner Music readies CD-free 'e-label'

Warner Music Group is creating a new music-distribution mechanism that will rely on digital downloads instead of compact discs.

Music file sharing to be offered legally

Online music fans will for the first time be able to legally share tracks by big names such as Oasis, Beyonce, David Bowie and Elvis Presley after the artists' record label signed a ground-breaking deal with a new internet service provider.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Legal music options fail to slow file-sharing on campus

As a college freshman, Will Mount feasted on the free but mostly illegal music available through online file-sharing software such as Kazaa.

Sun launches open-source digital rights plan

After years of work, Sun Microsystems has begun trying to rally corporate allies behind a neutral standard for digital rights management, technology that governs how music, video or other information can be used or copied.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Recording industry: CD-burning a bigger problem than file-sharing

Copying music to CDs is becoming a bigger threat to record stores' and music labels' bottom line than online file-sharing, according to the head of the recording industry's trade group.

People prefer to buy CDs

MORE than two-thirds of music lovers prefer to own original CDs, despite the availability of pirated copies online, a survey shows.

Monday, August 15, 2005

G'Day Mate. Do You Know What You're Linking?

A recent decision by the Federal Court of Australia suggests that website owners and Internet service providers (ISPs) should be wary of using hyperlinks to materials that they know may be infringing or illegal. In Universal Music Australia v. Cooper, the court ruled that both a website operator and an ISP had “authorized” copyright infringement by linking to third-party sites where users could download infringing copies of sound recordings.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Defying record companies, musicians try to join Apple's iTunes in Japan

Japanese musicians under contract with Sony and other labels that haven't joined Apple's iTunes Music Store are starting to defy their recording companies and trying to get their music on the popular download service launched last week in Japan.

Music industry sues download junkies

The Recording Industry Association of America on Wednesday filed a new series of complaints against US-based users of peer-to-peer software distributors Kazaa, Grokster and LimeWire.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Yahoo Hears Call of Audio Search

Yahoo is testing a new search-engine feature that will pore through millions of songs offered by popular internet music services like iTunes, Rhapsody and Napster.