Tuesday Titivation

All the news that's fit to rant aboutGood morning!

  1. Philadelphia’s 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Copyright Office’s Internet radio royalty rate. Unlike broadcast radio, Internet radio pays performer royalties as well as publishing royalties because, according to the music industry, Internet radio has no promotional benefit to the artists. The courts said Congress is silent on this point. The RIAA cheers. Internet radio is silent.

  2. Oak Park, Illinois parent group, STOP (Safe Technology for Oak Park), sues school district over Wi-Fi safety concerns. They’re worried that long term exposure to 802.11 signals might be causing damage that could result in memory loss or other neurological harm. They better hope their kids stay out of Starbucks.
  3. Yahoo Mail beefs up its anti-spam protection, offering dummy addresses for use on web sites, and an improved spam guard for paid users.
  4. Regulators are concerned that XP’s “Shop for music online” link in the My Music folder may violate the terms of Microsoft’s anti-trust settlement.

  5. Sanyo has created biodegradable CDs made of corn. They’ll be available in December. As opposed to the heavy metal CDs made by KoRn. Those are available today.
  6. Slashdot points to a fun article on how not to install computer components.
  7. Ottowan one-man-band, Brad Sucks, is offering a compilation disc of songs inspired by spam. The songs, by various indy bands, include such moving titles as “Urgent Business Confidential,” “My Parents Are Gone For The Weekend,” and “Your Medication.” No salesmen will call.

15 Replies to “Tuesday Titivation”

  1. Hey there Leo. I’ve often wondered about the whole “Radio over the internet” thing. I’ve never understood why the internet guys have to pay those royalties. Could you point us to a site that fully explains the matter sometime? Thanks man. You rock. AND you roll.

  2. I would not be surprised if the leader of STOP is calling these “experts” from their 2.4Ghz cordless phone!

  3. no promotion value….explain iTunes and Napster…and Amazon.com, and counntless internet music sites. The internet is too big for it not be an influence.
    I’m sorry but that comment really irks me. The music industry is full of greedy bastards. They get mad when someone downloads a song for free because it directly affects their pockets…who protects the artists when they are ripped off by the record companies?

  4. Leo, wonderful comment on Starbucks, but it wouldn’t stop the folks in OP.
    I’m in OP and have followed this issue.The group, STOP, has what they call “incontrovertable” evidence which is a stack of some 400 reports(none replicating the results which STOP says doesn’t matter-so much for the scientific method!)ALL of which are on cell phones/towers. They don’t take into account that WiFi is different methodology.They liken WiFi to a “continous” beam of RF. It’s not, but that doesn’t matter to them.
    There are two local university biology experts whom STOP treats as though they are amateur scientists.STOP itself quotes their own experts, neither of which have expertise/training in bioelectromagnetics.
    In short, STOP is a group of true believers.

  5. I would worry about Cellphone sites (repeaters) at schools then 802.11… every school in Scottsdale, Az has many cellphone antanna

  6. Can’t believe RIAA actually said that internet radio has no promotional value. They just don’t get it.

  7. Internet has offers no promotional value to artists? the RIAA is pulling the wool over way too many people’s eyes. They need to be stopped.

  8. I had to laugh about your Starbucks comment Leo. It’s not the wifi that will kill you in Charbucks. It’s the coffee…..

  9. If these people are really that concerned about electromagnetic radiation, I guess they need to totally abandon technology like the amish.
    It’s the only way to “really” be “safe”.

  10. No promotional value, eh?
    I suppose the CD’s that I bought because I heard the bands on RadioParadise don’t count then. I would have never heard of a great band like Porcupine Tree if it weren’t for internet radio. They make great music, but they don’t get airplay on any of the major radiostations.

  11. My pal Paul Simon told me once that “Paranoia strikes deep in the heartland, but I think it’s all overdone. Exaggerating this and exaggerating that, they don’t have no fun.” ‘Bout sums STOP up, I think.
    As for the RIAA, THEIR penchant for exageration seems to be a well honed skill.
    Wet in Ottawa,
    ®

  12. ^^oh the RIAA gets it. They realize with the emerging technologies, there will eventually be little room for them to exist anymore. So how do you fight this? You get laws passed by people who don’t get the technology, in effect keeping the way music sells as ancient as possible…which is best for them money wise. It’s not about the artists, or song writers or producers at all…they are running a huge con and getting away with it so far.

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