You can thank our elected officials in Washington DC for this mess. They passed a law giving the United States Olympic Committee exclusive right to the "Olympic" name. Never mind if you where a business,or anything else that might have been might have been using the word Olympic from shortly after the original Greek games ended you would suddenly get a nasty scumbag-a-lawyer gram telling you to stop using the word Olympic. They even tried to sue people using the name Olympia. only to find out Olympia Beer's lawyers where even better back stabbers then those of the Olympic committee.
A similar thing happened in the state of Kentucky. Always looking for more tax revenue to power their local pork projects the Kentucky state legislator passed a law putting a tax on any business who used the word Kentucky in their name. Ever wonder why Kentucky Fried Chicken changed their name to KFC, or the Kentucky Derby is no longer known by that name it is because of this tax.
This has already happened. More then ten years ago. I don't remember the details but an artist was performing his own music after he was booted form his contract by his record label. His former label sued him saying he was infringing on their copyright. The Judge dismissed the suit with prejudice which means the label could not refile the claim. He chewed the label basically telling them this musician composed this music and basically tied it into a free speech issue.
President Jimmy Carter is pissed. The only legacy he has is being known as United States worst President. With Pope Obama Scumbag-us The Only that distinction is rapidly going by the wayside. One nice thing though, he is going out in one term and he is going to take the present leadership in the House and Senate with him.
If you have the cookie monitoring add-ons and No-Script with FireFox the number of outfits that monitor your internet usage is a legion and it is in layers, and so many of them are trackers owned by Google. I have trackers that are in turn tracked by other trackers, and so on. If you are not using FireFox I would really suggest doing so if you want to see what the Spyware does.
Mr. Vomit (love that handle) all of the art work you want is already available just by doing a Google image search. I have some very obscure tastes in music and I have always found the art work I am looking for. This is yet another idea that is nothing more them a fart in a steam room between music executives.
While the music industry dreams
Of new revenue streams.
To get in between an MP3 players filing seams
To mine them for more cash by the ream
With endless updates in a pay for play Scheme
The P2P crowd tells
These people to go to hell
I am a musician and I agree you should get paid for your work. However the way the current system works unless you have the means to market your own work, and thankfully the internet is starting to be a means of doing so you are screwed. Sign with a recording label and you become an indentured servant. They own you, your music, everything. When the are done with you, you have nothing to show for your work. The vast majority of the artists singed never even pay back the money advanced to them.
This is bad enough however the worst part is the 40+ year copyrights enforced for music. This is ridiculous if these old recording where available it would be one thing but what is happening now is Music labels that are nothing more them a post office box are holding copyrights on music they have no intention of ever publishing they are just sitting on these copyrights speculating, it costs them nothing to hold the publishing rights. The only way you can get much of these old recording is if you bootleg them. I would be more them happy to pay for them but this old stuff is not available any other way. Copyright law needs to be reformed. I believe that after a artist has not been published for a period of time measured in several decades these works should become the property of the Library of Congress (LOC). Indeed the Library of Congress already does this, an example is John Philips Sousa. His scores and what recording there are located, for the most part, at the LOC.
I would like to see a system that If anyone wants to release the originals then a fee would be paid and the work published with royalties to be agreed to. If somebody wants make a new recording, again a reasonable fee for the maintenance of the scores and masters would be paid and the new recording made with a new performance copyright enforced. The LOC could make money releasing recordings in their care. I who love to be able to get the collected works of Kay Kyser in a new digitally remastered collection. I can see the LOC releasing such a recording as an example on Kay Kyser's 115th birthday. What few CD's are out presently done on the cheap and really need to have a high powered digital restoration remastering. the bottom line is things just can not continue the way they are now.
Only a researcher like the climategate clown would want something like this. If you don't make the data available so other scientists who are doing the same research so they can validate and use this date to help them in their work it is crap.
GM Killed their electric car. Do you know anything about EV1 it was a dog, no range, long recharge times, etc. And don't feed us the bovine scatology about it was a plot hatched between GM and the oil companies to kill the turkey off. The only reason why the EV1 was produced to begin with was because of the tree huggers at CARB mandated it. They only where able to lease 800 of them. GM spent a billion dollars developing the EV1. The nessary battery technology had not yet been developed when the EV1 was in production. Anyway what does GM have to do with CBS sitting some Jack Benney shows. The relaxation of this rediculous CARB mandate led to the Hybrid cars we have today.
The Real Reason for this blockade is the domestic sugar industry. They have a very powerful lobby and have successfully kept foreign sugar out of the US for many decades. Because of this the price of sugar is artificially high. The domestic sugar industry is located mostly Louisiana. It is because of this monopoly, and high price beverage bottlers have gone to corn syrup as a sweetener. Some bureaucrat, or perhaps a hidden rider put on another bill passed into law by a politician with ties to the Democratic sugar industry has hit on this idea as a way of keeping imported sugar out of the country. So don't be fooled by the IP law smoke screen.
At last a concept to explain the appeal Apple has "content ecosystem" Derek I don't know if you originated this term but you hit the nail on the head. I was a geek long before the term was coined I am a Ham Radio operator and have been using demon from hell computers since the early 1970's. I have observed the rise and fall, the rise and fall, and the latest rise of Apple computers. Looking from the outside I could not really get my mind around the almost religious devotion people have with Apple. I didn't understand this devotion to Apple until I had chance to visit an Apple Store. The first iTouch I purchased had a touch screen failure so I made an appointment with a "Genius" to get it replaced under warranty. I laughed my ass off when I did this, I am going to see a GENIUS!. But when I got to the Apple Store I instantly saw the genius (sorry :))in Apple's marketing strategy is not for geeks like us, rather it is designed for people who hardly know how to turn a computer on. When I reported to the Genius counter I looked around me at people who had trouble with their computers that to us would not be a problem at all. But these poor anguished souls put their best friend in the hands of a Monk of the Holy Order of Apple after chanting the holy words they placed hands upon it and it was cured....Amen.
OK this explained to me the appeal of Apple Computers.
Now don't get me wrong I like Apple Computers while I was at this store I perused the computers they had display. Loved the keyboards, and the glide panels on the laptops where the most responsive I have ever used. This however did not explain the iPod. I really liked my iTouch but I have had other MP3 players and yes I enjoyed the music but the iTouch was not that much better. Then I discovered podcasts. An Apple Bonker nailed me and I fell like a ton of bricks. Now I look forward to the next podcast of Archaeologica, Hour of The Subgenius (this for my strange side), Don Carlin's Hard Core History, Naked Astronomy, or any of the numerous podcasts I subscribe too, like I once did TV shows. Whats more the available podcasts are almost a bottomless pit. Now I understand the iPod landscape and Derek with the concept of "content ecosystem" I now name a for it. You don't just purchase and Apple you buy your way into a digital universe. I have to say I don't feel deprived When I get a second iTouch I might jail brake the one I presently have but I have looked into it and frankly I don't really see any advantage in it. As I said in before in this thread it is a hassle to convert my collection, and i Tunes at least the way it works on a PC is a very clanky, it acts like it is operating in enemy territory, which it. If the Neo-Newton has the kind of functionality of an iPhone/iTouch they will have a winner.
Excellent observation. I have an iTouch and I too am a huge fan of Anima. I convert the Anima I wish to watch on it with either "Cucusoft", which is a real nice dedicated converter just for the iPhone, iTouch, or "Any DVD Converter Professional" which will convert videos to any player you have from an Ipod to a Zune, and is fast and converts mass files quickly. I have several gigabytes of eBooks in various formats which I would love to view in my iTouch. I have not figured out a way of doing so. I enjoy my iTouch more then any electronic device I have yet owned but it's limitations are somewhat irritating. I have about 700 gigs of video in various codex, and 2 T bytes of music in every format you can imagine. It is a pain and space waster to have to convert all this to what the iTouch will play. I might consider an Apple Neo-Newton if it was something like a super iTouch but locked down like it will be I am not so sure.
Poor Kodak stayed with film cameras way to long by the time they started producing digital cameras everyone else had already staked out the market. Bell & Howell indeed, all of the domestic brands that have gone down the tubes, Fisher, Emerson, Zenith, to name just a few. Now Kodak will follow. Like the before mentioned marques the name will still be there but considering what it once was it will not be worth shelf space in a pawn shop. We can now call them Suedak.