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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