MySpace is alive and well and apparently never lost its core group of users, music fans. More than 50 million people visited what many people think of as the original social network service this past November (the latest monthly figure available), a 575% increase, the Wall Street Journal reports. And they viewed more than 300 million videos in the month of November (the latest monthly figure … [Read more...] about MySpace’s nonexistence greatly exaggerated
Correction: What our kids could've taught the media industry if it had been listening rather than suing them, that is. In his keynote at the Edinburgh International Television Festival (edited video from The Telegraph), Kevin Spacey – star of House of Cards, the first digitally distributed drama series to earn a major Emmy nomination (it got nine nominations, Variety reported) – referred to … [Read more...] about What our kids could’ve taught the media industry
The headline in the Huffington Post is certainly misleading, suggesting that the Internet is a "digital drug," but so is the article about binaural (two-toned) digital music that can be heard on CDs and MP3 players as well as the Internet. These audio files are "designed to induce drug-like effects," according to News 9 in Oklahoma City, which cites the state's Bureau of Narcotics as saying that … [Read more...] about ‘I-dosing’: Digital audio as virtual ‘drug’?
It has been a big news week for file-sharers, music fans, and copyright lawyers. Days after a judge reduced the file-sharing penalty for Minnesota mother of four Jammie Thomas-Rasset from $1.92 million to about $54,000, the recording industry offered to settle for $25,000, but Thomas-Rasset turned the offer down, CNET reports. "Sibley and Camara had already said that they planned to challenge even … [Read more...] about MN mom expects $0 penalty for file-sharing
Whether or not even feasible, a call in Congress for a ban on P2P file-sharing by government workers is very instructive for households where kids share a lot of music. The main takeaway: A lot more than music can get shared. But let's back up. The story is that Rep. Edolphus Towns (D) of New York, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is calling for the ban because of … [Read more...] about A lesson in US lawmaker’s call for P2P ban