Here’s a blog that specializes in library music. Via the first one.
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Jammie Thomas has been successfully sued by the RIAA for allegedly sharing two dozen songs online and ordered to pay 222k in damages. That’s over 9k per song. Fund her appeal. Here’s a news article and here’s an informative rant since I don’t have time to write one myself.
[edit 20071101- fixed link, spelled Jammie correctly]
Avant Music News blogs the demise of a couple of MP3 blogs (1, 2) that specialize in making available out of print music (I wish someone had blogged their existence). I’m a little sad that these people are conflicted about what they were doing. The underlying principle for me is that it is never ethical to prevent music from being heard. I believe that the act of turning a music lover on to something that they need to know about improves the universe by a measurable degree. This act is sometimes complicated by ethical considerations involving monetary compensation, but even in these cases almost always registers in ethical black ink.
A couple of clarifying points: I do not believe that a rightsholder not getting money that they weren’t going to get anyway (which is what we’re talking about with these mp3 blogs) moves us closer to Stalinism. And I believe that in this day and age, scarcity is artificial at best and is usually more akin to market manipulation. The correct way for a capitalist to look at the collision between the internet and content is to recognize that there is no longer a market need for the manufacture and distribution of content. Consumers are happy to do it themselves. Anyone wishing to profit from the manufacture and distribution of content must either add value, or regulate our nuts off. Now who’s a Stalinist?
My copyleft acid reflux has been acting up, I keep starting to draft rants but I don’t have time to edit out the incomprehensible mumblings.
Then Total Dick Head had a thread about how PKD’s daughters asked him nicely to take down the PKD Society Newsletters (good on them for leaving the lawyers out of it), which he did (here’s why), and one of the daughters tried to clarify and it was hard to tell if she being disingenuous, or naive, or sincere under fundamental assumptions different than my own. Anyway, she took a couple of posts on the chin (several were deleted, I might not know the half of it), then a copyright plutocrat came to her defense, then she got frustrated and emotional, and then the Blogger asked nicely would everyone please lay off of her. I had somehow successfully drafted a contribution to the thread, but there is some non-zero risk that it could be read as not laying off of her, which would transform me from lurker to troll. Fortunately I have my own blog. Be sure and read the thread first, it’ll make more sense.