MySpace: Music Is For Selling, Not Sharing

from the that-sounds-smart dept

Is it possible for user-submitted media sites to take a draconian approach to copyrighted material while also remaining cool? Trying to balance these two objectives has led to the death of services like Napster, and it's now being faced by the likes of YouTube and MySpace. To this end, MySpace has licensed technology from Gracenote that supposedly can identify uploaded songs to see whether they're copyrighted. Users often upload their favorite songs to their page that automatically start playing when a visitor goes there. It happens to be one of MySpace's most popular and irritating features. Part of the reason the company wants to crack down on this is because it's planning on offering its own music store, which will sell these same songs from major bands. Supposing the technology even worked effectively, which it never has in the past, it's hard to see what the company is thinking. Eliminating one of its core social features just so it can support its music store is really short sighted. Why does it want to turn itself into yet another underdog iTunes competitor? Already, the site is battling to retain its ever-fickle youth demographic; making the site less cool will only hasten the move to freer pastures, where harmless activities like posting songs to a website will be tolerated.


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    kbob, Oct 30th, 2006 @ 1:02pm

    Can you say...

    Friendster!

    Nice job MySpace.

     

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    Michael Long, Oct 30th, 2006 @ 1:19pm

    Not MySpace's fault...

    "...will only hasten the move to freer pastures, where harmless activities like posting songs to a website will be tolerated."

    This is not MySpace's fault, nor are the pastures free. Any service that gathers enough users will present itself as a target.

     

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    Stu uu tte tteerrinng T t t om, Oct 30th, 2006 @ 1:20pm

    Maybe

    F ff rieennd Sssttsssttsssttstttr

     

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    SimplyGimp, Oct 30th, 2006 @ 1:21pm

    Haha...

    What's sad about this, is that MySpace is only blocking uploads to their own server. What remains a problem is all the 'video/mp3" code sites that let you embed the music to you page with HTML. I personally host whatever song I want on my page on a file hosting website, then embed it using the WMP plugin. That way, when people visit my page, they don't see MySpace''s ugly little music player and they hear the exact song that I want them to hear.

    As far as I know, they'll have to stop people from embedding content in their pages if they want to completely stop this 'music issue'. Until then, anyone who really wants to can still have whatever music or video they'd like right there on their MySpace page.

     

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    Geoff, Oct 30th, 2006 @ 1:39pm

    Marketing for dummies

    What am I missing here? When you or I upload a song to a site like myspace, we are not offering the song for sharing per se, we are offering the song for listening only aren't we?

    Think about the possibilities, I visit someone's site and they are playing a cool tune, I love, I find out who did it and I buy it - or is someone fearful that I will just bookmark the site and everytime I want to hear it I will visit the site in hopes that the site's owner hasn't grown tired of the song and changed it?

    To the best of my knowledge my Zune will not be able to pick up the signal off an embedded page....Unless this Zune is gonna have some far-out uninvented RF capability we haven't heard of!

    The fear mongering at record companies and digital media distributors is so far off the mark it scares the hell out of me, albeit it makes me better understand why so many crap artists get record deals and the best music remains independant!!!!!

     

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    Scottitude, Oct 30th, 2006 @ 1:41pm

    Now if MySpace would just implement software that would prevent obnoxious seizure-inducing animation effects and color schemes that make you want to jab pencils into your eyes.

     

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    Justin, Oct 30th, 2006 @ 1:42pm

    Yessss

    I hated wav/midi/mod files playing in the 90's.. and I don't like the mp3 playing now.

    Sure this is only somewhat related. But man ... I really hate having to always keep my computer on mute when I visit myspace.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 30th, 2006 @ 1:46pm

    HEHE...midi files from the 90's those were awesome.

    however, the mp3s are better because the quality is better. however they both have features that allow mutes and whatnot.

    ohwell.

     

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    DittoBox, Oct 30th, 2006 @ 2:14pm

    Re: Can you say...

    Yes, nice job indeed. It might make going to MySpace slightly less painful.

    "Users often upload their favorite songs to their page that automatically start playing when a visitor goes there. "

    So, let me get this straight: so they're going to start removing the 9 different songs that start playing on people's
    MySpace page as you open it up? Wow! If only they could remove their ugly mugs and strip the bastardized, radiation sick cousin's of CSS and HTML from everyone's profiles and we'd be all set.

     

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    Paco, Oct 30th, 2006 @ 2:19pm

    trUe

    It's bad when the only reason to visit MySpace is to see the latest hot chick on the trUe advertizements.

     

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    MrShoop, Oct 30th, 2006 @ 3:01pm

    you are misunderstanding how music works on myspac

    User can still link to their favorite copyrighted music on their profile, and embed the myspace flash player to play copywritten music. It just keeps fake bands from uploading real bands music.

     

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    Kevin, Oct 30th, 2006 @ 4:02pm

    ehh

    In my opinion, it is very difficult to prevent music being shared for free over the internet. It is said above that Myspace is introducing a store to sell music. Also, bands put up music to be played on user's profiles. All this is legal, but at the same time, people are able to uplaod music from the computer and share it by creating fake band profiles. What I'm saying is Myspace is not to blame. With the technology avalible today, illegal file sharing will be very hard to eliminate over the internet.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 30th, 2006 @ 4:50pm

    Re: Yessss

    ya don't have to keep it on mute, just change your settings so that music and video files do NOT start automatically when you view someone's page. this way, if you want to hear it, you'll have to push play yourself... thus no muting needed! :)

     

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    u no, Oct 30th, 2006 @ 6:34pm

    ok

    I think myspace is stupid (along with all other social network sites). I admit to never using one though, so I could be wrong. These sites are popular and as long as they stay that way, someone will figure out a way to put music or whatever else on their profiles.

     

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    Joe Frazier, Oct 31st, 2006 @ 7:50am

    article is all wrong

    myspace is not doing this because they plan to start selling the songs. and myspace is not getting rid of one of their best features. you can't "upload" a song to your page on myspace. you can add a song to ur page if the song is on a music account.

    the music accounts on myspace are for musicians. almost every major band has an account and myspace alllows users to play the songs that the bands themselves put on the site. the bands choose which songs they want to let the fans share, and the fans on myspace can share them.

    from the beginning myspace has deleted fake music accounts. now they're just using a new technology to help them detect them.

     

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    420, Nov 11th, 2006 @ 12:46am

    fuck yall myspace sux, always has, and always will
    yall bunch of myspace nerds... get a life fucking WEZO's

     

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    Virginia, Nov 16th, 2006 @ 6:26pm

    MySpace music embedding

    How can I upload a song of my choice to my MySpace like you have?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 9th, 2006 @ 5:57am

    Re: Haha...

    yea but thats the point.... your breaking the copy right laws by posting music that is not availible via the artists myspace music account....... Thats why its being cracked down upon, for exactly what you are doing.....

     

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    naresh uttam, Dec 14th, 2006 @ 5:39am

    jab

    i want sale managre jab

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 25th, 2006 @ 4:36pm

    Re: Not MySpace's fault...

    BULLSHIT
    i been done for copyrite shit
    and i haven't done bollocks
    now NONE of my music players will show up on ANY site.

    wtf. ? anti theft method?

     

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    currie johnson, Mar 20th, 2007 @ 1:21pm

    Re: Haha...

    Hey could you please message me and tell me how to go about doing that ebedding thing with my music. I'm trying really hard to put some of my favorite songs on my myspace page but it not working. What hosting site do you use? Is it free? and where can I find this WMP plugin?

    Thanks,
    Currie Johnson

     

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    Mike, May 13th, 2007 @ 6:01pm

    BS

    They are rich enough, copyright is dumb, someone should send record label sellouts to preschool where the first lesson was to share!

     

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    hawaiian_boy, May 14th, 2007 @ 8:12pm

    need help!

    hey guyz cud you tell me whats the best website to upload music files and then get there codes to put on myspace. plss send me and answer to my email aloha_bert@yahoo.com thx and mahalo.

     

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    LarrySDonald, Aug 10th, 2007 @ 11:48am

    This article

    I doubt this will work especially well, not that I care much. I jammed an adblock on the player - I really don't need to hear the first five seconds of someones favorite song and have to click it off every page.

    Being an ISP tech though, MySpace probably doesn't have that much choice here. The music industry would do this anyway, even as a hoster you are responsible to respond to takedown notices from the copyright holder. They would likely use this tech as much as they could, but then MySpace would be responsible for manually going after them (there is no requirement that a takedown notice be sent in a manner that can be automated - it can even be a fax or letter) should the industry choose to get vicious (The music industry being the slightest bit underhanded in hunting online music? Nahh.. That never happens).

    It's true that the rules differ somewhat for broadcasts (both net and otherwise), but that's not at all a free for all - royalties still have to be payed at a lower rate by a complex set of rules I doubt many (if any) MySpace pages are obeying or even understand.

    One would think the music industry would be better served by the exposure then hurt by potential lack of sales due to listening, but bottom line it is their work and that's for them to decide. They're sure not shy about trying to get on radio playlists and eventually they'll probably get around to tapping this market advantage as well or do so more constructively and with less paranoia. But, I reiterate, that's the law and nearly always has been. You make music, you get to decide what and how you intend to get paid or, as the case may be, not paid and where it can be used beyond Fair Use.

     

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