Also to add into this as part of the labels reorganization strategy Island Def Jam and Universal Motown are in the beginning stages of combining and will then likely be under the Interscope umbrella. Interscope is the only record label right now showing a profit because they have acts that generate an incredible amount of income in licensing, touring, advertising through social media (YouTube Vevo etc) and have loyal fan bases who purchase music. (Eminem, Lady GaGa, Black Eyed Peas)
They've been doing an artist imprint shuffle over there for about nine months now. When they announce the mergers they will of course point their fingers at piracy but that is far from the case. When you take into consideration the fact that IDJ has Justin Bieber, and Motown has Drake/Lil Wayne/Nicki Minaj and then throw in Sony's roster you start to realize all they are doing is consolidating to net a larger profit with less mouths to feed.
They might be still playing catch up and learning about technology, but they have figured out the most important aspect of technology.. It requires half the people, half the overhead, and brings in the type of money not covered in a typical recording contract so they don't have to pay it out. I don't think these guys are as dumb as they would love people to believe they are... Especially Doug Morris.
This pretty much paves the way for a Sony/UMG merger that's been in the set up stages for months. It started with the musical chairs, what people don't realize is that while Doug Morris is now the CEO of Sony, as part of his contract with UMG he's still on the board of directors until 2013. This would for obvious reasons be a massive conflict of interest if it wasn't part of a strategy and agreed to by all parties.
"Do ICE and DoJ keep a record of who meets with federal law enforcement about particular domain names? If not, would you consider keeping such a record and making it publicly available, to ensure transparency in government and that Operation in our Sites is not used to create competitive advantages in the marketplace?"
This is the RIAA and the Label's biggest nightmare.
Last I checked one is supposed to have a right to confront their accusers. The fact that it is sealed and the sites are unable to find out who even complained about them is disturbing. Do the sites not have a right to know which record label or label executive filed a complaint against them?
The legal process is ongoing. The sites were only notified a few weeks ago of the steps to take and the deadline for a response to the court hasn't been reached yet. In other words you have no clue what in the heck you are talking about and would do well to not speak on things you know nothing about.
The problem is nothing seems to be safe as far as I can tell.
.com and .net are ran by Verisign which is a US Based company and we know how they got the domains from the music blogs. .tv is ran through DotTV also through Verisign. Afilias which oversee's .org .info .me .in .mobi is not a US company it is based in Ireland, but it has an office in the US. .fm is BRS Media which is a US Based company.
Then attempting to purchase other domains like .co the registries are very limited so even if I go to purchase a domain with say MelbourneIT they also have a US office. I purchased a domain through a German registrar and ended up at Enom.
Exactly where are we supposed to run to? Everything we've found has an office somewhere in the US and apparently that is all the US needs. GoDaddy did not give up the .org domain they were not notified so it once again came from the top level registry only this time its Afilias.
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