All the existing laws governing royalties are out of date. The internet has simply turned the "old rules" upside down. We all agree that artists, writer should earn some form of income from their creation. But let us be frank. Most royalties came for record sales. A minority came from airplay simply because logs were only collected from handful of major market stations who played only the top 40 of each genre, a list compiled by the major record companies based on pre-order sales. Even though all stations paid royalties the majority of the money went to the major Labels. With online streamers such as Spotify at least everybody gets a cut. Think about this. 100 major stations play the top 40. That mounts to millions of people hearing the same song two to three times a day, They are the artists who get the money. 1000 non major stations may play a song 100 times. That artist gets nothing because the station's logs are not collected by the royalty magnets. What is needed is whole new way of collecting data from every AM/FM and Online station in the world and royalties distributed evenly. I will will well and truly dead before the major labels allow that to happen. Bottom line is the system is corrupt
The year is 2028. Joe is discussing history with his 16 year old son. "When you were born The USA had several policing regimes. The CAI, FBI, Rangers, County Sheriff, City Police, The IRS and the most feared of all, the RIAA. They were part of the record companies and were ruthless and determine to take down every music lover they could" said Joe. His son replied : "What is the RIAA and what is a record company?"
I wonder what soldiers who have fought for freedoms think about these sorts of actions? Was all their sacrifices just a useless waste? They might as well have let Hitler win because slowly the USA, UK and Australia are turning into the very fascist states they defeated.
I agree. Cloud storage is about as solid as a cloud itself. It would have to go down as the biggest scam so far this century. Having tried out several I have found I can send a parcel to the moon and back faster. No one needs cloud. I can backup my office stuff to my home computer or any other off site system using a mere 56k dial up connection direct to the other remote computers faster than any Internet based system and it is 99% more secure and it cost pennies.
It really looks like the study started with a number and then was worked backwards to make that everything else fitted nicely.
The whole study is so based on unsupported assumptions it is a joke.
If only I could use the same method to convince my bank I was worth 10 times more than I am. Of course my study would be rarely contain anything above three figures
Imagine what would happen if every email sent contained a line or two with the words that activate the NSA filters to intercept an email. 100 million emails a day with those lines written in Arabic would bring down any computer system and have the monitoring staff pulling their hair out.
In reality all NSA is achieving is creating a market for terrorists to use heavier encryption of find alternatives.
For every storage site that is shut down 10 more pop up within weeks. Ever since the kim dot com fiasco dozens of alternatives have risen. Eventually Governments will be pressured into spending the costs associated with shutting down such sites on things the people will consider more important.
That is the Government's Achilles Heel. Start publicizing how much Governments are diverting funds from needy programs just to support a handful of Moguls. The people will howl.
No matter what the situation, complaint, overwhelming evidence money will always prevail.
Unfortunately the majority of people are not willing to stand up and be counted. Most think that elections are the only time they really have a say.
Unbeknown to the people is they have the power to change policy by simply having a majority disobey a law
I'd be willing to pay the real value. Maybe .01 cent per track seeing as most new music will not have any lasting appeal or value.
Plus I already have multiple copies of most pre 90's music because of the never ending best of albums.
After a handful of week, if not days most new music can be purchased at give away prices from retailers, often at less than 50 cents per track.
The more I read TechDirt the happier I am that I do not live in the USA, the land of the oppressed. I speak with authority because I have lived there and held permanent residency (Green Card)that I have since allowed for it to relapse.
The people of the USA have become so complacent over the past 40 years. You have allowed successive governments strip your constitution to pieces and handed power to a handful of corporations and organizations.
The way patents, copy right and invasion of every bit of privacy, all under the orchestrated national security issues have been allowed to continue unchecked is frighteneing.
The more I read about the USA the more convinced I am that the "Land of the Free" no longer exists and has been replaced by an authoritarian regime.
Emigrate to Australia because at present we seem to be the last real free country left on the planet and we only have seven police forces and one, yes one, security organization.
ICAAN is starting to look more like Hallmark Cards. Create a new "Special" day to sell more cards.
Companies have enough on their plate being having to register county based domains or ccTLDs (.uk; .au; and the rarely used .us) To fully protect a domain name one would need to register of 300 ccTDLs.
Now multiply those 300+ by the number of level one domain names (.net.au or .biz.au) then do the math with alternative such as au.biz or us.biz we are already over whelmed with TDLs.
Enough is enough.
In Australia and UK we have a different system. Misdemeanors are presided over by a Magistrate and an accused can be represented in court by a Solicitor (Lawyer)
Felonies or trial by jury are presided over by a Judge and only a Barrister can argue the case. In this situation a solicitor does all the groundwork, chooses a Barrister and provides him/her with a brief (all relevant material).
A solicitor requires years of experience to be accepted at the bar as a Barrister.
It is rare a Barrister would accept a brief that was considered suspect as our courts tend to be intolerant towards courtroom tricks.
Barristers ask questions from their seat and can only approach a witness with a Judge's permission.
As for the wigs and black capes worn by Barristers that exists so a jury cannot be influenced by the Barrister's appearance. They all look the same.
I propose that all newspapers, telephone directories and copy paper become toilet friendly. Yes we need softer newspapers etc. Maybe a home machine that can perforate and aerate paper that turns harsh papers into soft tissues.
Better a patent the idea. The Perfaerator.
Then I guess the printers would object over copyright issues. Transferring print to one's rear may be considered illegal copying.
Come to think about it what did people do during the depression era. Maybe a Perfaerator already exists.
Is it me or am I reading too much into the negative opinions in this and other forums.
The way I see it is the USA is just one basket case. It apparently has totally lost it's way and appears to be so far from what the forefathers envisioned. If those men could spend one day in the current climate they may go back and rip up the constitution and wonder if it is even worth having one.
Lies and secrets eventually fester to the degree when everything is rotten. The USA is close to that point. Wikileaks was trying to get the real truth to the people only to be stomped on by those who thrive of lies and secrets.
Time for 100% open Government. The truth has never been the cause of corruption and wars. Lies and secrets have
When I was four I was given my first cap gun (A toy that used
Impregnated paper to make a banging sound). Later my Xmas parcel included a pump action gun that shot out ping pong balls. By 12 I had a double holster, two cap guns, a bow and arrow set and to date I have not become a raving murderous lunatic.
It is not the tools that make the person, it is what they learn.