Clear Channel Buys Concert Recording Patent, Tells Bands To Stop

from the there-they-go-again dept

Just as more bands have been realizing the power of offering instant concert recordings to their fans, you knew the industry would somehow figure out a way to kill this new, growing business model. Submitted by someone anonymously, comes this story, that tells us that some company actually had a patent on making instant recordings of concerts for sale - and radio giant Clear Channel has now purchased that patent. Of course, now that they have it, they're cracking down on many bands that want to offer such recordings. They claim they want to be "artist" friendly, but are looking at it from a business perspective - meaning stamping out the competition and selling licenses to any bands that want to offer immediate recordings to their fans. It's amazing how the industry continuously finds ways to use intellectual property protections to harm new business models, rather than to let them help grow the overall industry. Of course, once again, you have to wonder what exactly is patentable here: it's basically a CD burner. Why does selling concerts via a CD burner immediately after the show need a special patent?


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    Anonymous Coward, May 25th, 2004 @ 7:21am

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    Like the man said, it's business.

    I'm not sure live music sells like it used to (frampton comes alive and Kiss alive were monsters in my time) but this does seem more hurtful than helpful. I know I'd be more likely to snag a disc of a show i'd been out rather than just a live set.

    Time for the bands to simply record audio/video of the show then sell the MPG on their own site. Low production cost, virtually all profit to the band, content to the people.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 25th, 2004 @ 7:47am

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    this is sickening... one more reason why clear channel should be loathed

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 25th, 2004 @ 8:41am

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    this is sickening... one more reason why current intellectual property laws should be scrapped.

     

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    CallingOutClearChannel, May 25th, 2004 @ 3:58pm

    See ya Sunday

    I just got the patent for digits. Think I'll charge Clearchannel a million dollars everytime they mention their call numbers.

    Wow I'm rich, and I didn't have to do anything.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 27th, 2007 @ 2:36pm

    Prior Art

    Didn't the Grateful Dead do this years ago? Tehre seem to be tapes made going back to the mid-60's (http://deadlegs.com/) and were actively traded. The Dead even allowed some to plug directly into the sound board.

     

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    joemax, Feb 20th, 2008 @ 1:16pm

    they cant stop us, its still going to happen

    in about nine months our work in progress will be on the market making it possible to record, sell, and broadcast all concerts live. so what im sayin is the labels are dead.they just dont know it yet

     

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