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RIAA, Google, Gaga, Apple, the Cloud and Horses – Lumpy’s Thoughts

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I did just a tad bit of digging on this one because the abused phrase “never look a gift horse in the mouth” originally entered my head as I read it.  The phrase originated in and era when horses were commonly used in trade and, big surprise, gifts.  In that era, according to this little post, it would have been rude or stupid, when gifted such,  to look into the mouth of the animal to determine it’s age and value. I wonder how a punch, kick or a cattle prod would go over?

According to Mashable and in my opinion, The music industry did just that.  At first, it may seem like a stretch, however, I beg to argue that it is not.  While Apple may be announcing the securing of cloud deals with labels and launching as soon as June 6, what sense does it make for an industry, supposedly in trouble, to chop off 100 M? Mashable is reporting that Bloomberg Business stated that Google was willing to pay 100 million to the four major labels for cloud license. Apparently the labels were concerned about the fact that Google often points to video and music that violates copyright and the talks broke down.

I think it parallels the gift horse analogy pretty well and I am sure that the Racketeering Idiots Association of Absurdity would have not only punched the horse but would certainly take the next step and sue it, it’s owner, the local blacksmith and the company that sold the owner the grain.

Sticking with the pun, they are also putting the cart before the horse.  Even if Google did somehow completely stop linking to copyright infringing material, does the industry not realize that some other search engine would still link to said content? If the industry claims it losing billions per year to illegal downloading, why not take the 100 million and let the search giant create the legal cloud service?  Seriously, Google is big time and business smart.  Does the industry not understand that if Google had a legal service would it not follow to tweak it’s search results to point to it’s own money maker?  Perhaps the industry doesn’t get that because, at least in my lifetime, they have specialized in business models to drive away their few remaining customers.

RIAA and MPAA Back Legislation to Support Warrentless Searches of DVD Duplication Labs

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A post over at Boing! Boing! points to a disturbing article.  Wired is reporting that a California Senate Bill has already passed two committees.  This bill would make it legal for warrentless searches of CD and DVD plants legal.  The MPAA and the RIAA, in true form, are backing this bill.  The RIAA claims that 90 % of counterfeiting is done is such plants and that the sunshine state has 70 such facilities.  This author must note that the RIAA does not have a, shall we say, an undisputed track record regarding mathematics.

Follow Up – RIAA Will Give “Some” of the Royalties to The Artists

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It was previously reported that the recording industry (RIAA or Racketeering Idiots Association of Absurdity) was not going to give any of the money awarded in the recent LimeWire settlement to the artists.  The story at The Huffington Post referenced a post at Torrent Freak and reading it today it reminds me of the news re-writes in 1984.  Strangely the Huffinton Post now claims that the Torrent Freak article was incorrect.  The original Torrent Freak article reads:

RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy previously told TorrentFreak that the ‘damages’ accrued from piracy-related lawsuits will not go to any of the artists, but towards funding more anti-piracy campaigns. “Any funds recouped are re-invested into our ongoing education and anti-piracy programs,” he said.

Hmmm…. seems like a pretty clear to me.  Based on the track record of the RIAA have any artist actually received anything from these lawsuits?  Remember they announced the end of the “sue em all” campaign?  Now if they announced the end of it, why do they need to “re-invest” any of the settlement money?  It seems that what he previously said was taken out of context… Or is it just being re-written?

Turn About Time, Righthaven Hit with Class Action Suit

POSTED ON May 26th  - POSTED IN Indie Nation News, Law, music, New Media Order, news, Podcasts, RIAA, rock
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According to a post at ARS Technica,  the many individuals that the alleged “copyright troll” company, Righthaven previously sought to sue have turned the tables.  The company produces no product and seems only to exist as a litigation machine. While a vulture is not exactly a predator, the preyed are now on the counter attack.

Righthaven has come under scrutiny lately because they are sueing people left and right, over 250 according to the article.  The article states that 57 plaintiffs, those of the 250 plus that originated in Colorado are fighting back and the claim states:

“Class Plaintiffs are victims of extortion litigation by Righthaven,”

NEWS Grooveshark pulled from Android market

POSTED ON April 23rd  - POSTED IN news, RIAA
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Wow just when you through enough was enough was enough for the RIAA and the music executives for large music labels. Well Google cited by concerns of copyright violations has now pulled the Grooveshark app from the Android market,  this also means users like me that had the application installed will have it removed from any device running Android OS (droid).  Grooveshark allows you to stream music from a library of roughly 6 million tracks, build playlists or a station to listen to and share with others out on the internet.  This applications isn’t the only one that does this!,  there is Pandora, Last.fm and a slew of other media applications for both your desktop (or laptop) as well as your phone.  Why was Grooveshark singled out?  Why the Android market when you can still do the same functions even more so using a computer.

Well you know that Indienation.fm doesn’t have much of a concerns here as all of our music is opensource, creative commons and Indie artists without a large entity  that want your money. Feel free to comment and thanks for supporting indienation!
Edit:  Recent news sites claim this app is back however I can’t find it on the Android market.

Are the RIAA and MPAA the Biggest Threat to Innovation?

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I have said this before, copyright was intended to foster creativity, unfortunately copyright law has  turned into a lychanthropist, holding hostage and sucking the creative life out of intellectual property.  It seems a bit far reaching that programmers can actually be told they do not have rights to use what they thought about because they thought about it when they were employed elsewhere.  It has long been my opinion that the RIAA and MPAA have led the charge to take hostage intellectual property and stifle progress.  A short post at Slashdot had me heading over to Harvard Business Review.  It seems that I am not alone in this opinion.

Tech news 04042011 subpoena for Pandora and New C64 again?

POSTED ON April 5th  - POSTED IN Hardware, Law, music, news, Opinion, RIAA, site, Stupid
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Tech news for 04-04-2011 Pandora oh no, and Commodore 64 Redux.

Pandora’s box:

A subpoena has been issued to the app provider Pandora. Claim is two fold,  how is music shared and streamed (RIAA ?? *cough), and what data is collected without the user knowing such.

The subpoena is targeting the ‘app’ for IOS device more so that the desktop or app that is common on many blu-ray players? I don’t get that actually.  Go after portable devices when you could (connect your audio out to a recording device at home)..  How much more money does the RIAA want to squeeze our of the public.

Redux a classic computer:

The commodore 64 is 29 years old, the NEW commodore as its called looks the same but surly is not even CLOSE . its a Intel atom processor running opensource, or is it? promises to bring back the C64 and offer modern office applications. Can you say open office everyone.

What is your thoughts on both topics :

The voices from PodcampSLC 19-Mar-2011

POSTED ON March 19th  - POSTED IN interviews, RIAA, site
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Jeff from @indienationfm and iscifi.tv  @jeffnorris   was a presenter at @podcamplslc  to talk about podcasting, how to and during his live demo he spoke with attendee and produced a podcast in real time.

 

This episode was created and produced using only open-source software, and all music is also opensource or falls under the creative commons licensing.

 

 

 

President to Appoint RIAA Lawyer as Solicitor General

POSTED ON January 27th  - POSTED IN music, New Media Order, news, Opinion, RIAA

It has been a disturbing trend in recent times for the line between the United States government and US corporations to vanish.  Through lobbying, appointment and campaign contributions many argue and feel that we have not been a government of the people, by the people and for the people.  This author thinks the only part of that phrase they kept was “buy” for now corporation buy the officials to buy the people and force the people to buy whatever they spin.

In my opinion, it is not specific to any party or administration but simply an era of apathy and lies.  Why else do we have a phrase “business as usual in Washington”?

According to Wired:

President Barack Obama nominated former Recording Industry Association of America lawyer Donald Verrilli Jr. on Monday to serve as the nation’s solicitor general.

If confirmed by the Senate, Verilli, now the White House deputy counsel, would assume the powerful position left vacant by Elena Kagan, who was elevated to the Supreme Court. Obama said he was “confident” Verrilli, one of five former RIAA attorneys appointed to the administration, would “serve ably.”

I wonder how many former EFF attorneys are serving on the administration?

RIAA and Others Upset Over Potential Domain Names

POSTED ON January 25th  - POSTED IN New Media Order, news, Opinion, RIAA
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I always say that the RIAA should stop surprising me, one of these days I am actually going to learn to stop saying that.  I don’t think it is going to happen in this lifetime.  They surpass even the government at being ridiculous.

This time, it is a letter to ICANN.  The RIAA and others, believe that the draft application guidebook (DAG) regarding generic top-level domains (gTLD) needs a few changes.  So the RIAA wants to be involved with law enforcement, government and now domains?  They must have the best KoolAid in their board rooms.

I caught this at SlashDot and followed it back to ArsTechnica.  I read the complaint letter from a “coalition of 15 national and international trade association that represents songwriters, recording artists, music publishers, record labels, and performing rights societies around the world.”  In fact, so many of these rhetoric spewing organizations signed this letter, it is referenced as “Appendix A”.

This is not uncommon for an RIAA letter.  It think the goal is to have so many letters in the acronyms that you can rearrange them into the an alphanumeric keyboard.  Then they are going to sue typist for stealing all their trade marks.  I know it sounds crazy but, remember, no more surprises, that, and you heard it here first.

What are they so upset about?  In a nutshell, they are afraid that music themed domains could be used for piracy.

“…we fear that we will have no realistic ability to object if a pirate chooses to hijack a music themed gTLD to enable wide scale copyright infringement of our works.”

According to the RIAA, what doesn’t contribute to piracy in this day and age?  I am surprised they haven’t gone after headphone and earbud companies…

Sticking true to form, they want to be involved in keeping gTLD safe from the pirates

“We would like to work with ICANN and others to ensure that best practices are developed and used to ensure this type of malicious behaviour does not occur.”

Wow, Internet police and now domain cops as well.  Maybe they should all stop dealing with artists and get jobs in law enforcement?  No wait, that is a really bad idea… everybody would be guilty and, all too likely, they would shoot first and question later.

However, they sure seem to like to police everyone… unless it involves actually paying royalties to the artists… they missed that somehow.

And, like many RIAA letters, it ends with a threat:

“We strongly urge you to take these concerns seriously, and expeditiously implement appropriate changes to the DAG to address these critical concerns.  We prefer a practical solution to these issues, and hope to avoid the need to escalate the issue further.”

Wow.  I have a simple solution.  Take the money you guys spend on litigation and just start buying up all the domains you are so afraid of… Podsafe music anyone?

Re-Post “Why I have a Problem with the RIAA”

POSTED ON August 12th  - POSTED IN music, Opinion, RIAA

This post goes back a few years, it was first published by me back in 2003. I didn’t realize I had been on this crusade that long, but I have. Unfortunately, little has changed… Personally, my biggest change is that I now only seek indie music and don’t really miss the same dozen or so songs on the radio.

The RIAA’s “About Us” page reads as follows;

“The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade group that represents the U.S.recording industry. Its mission is to foster a business and legal climate that supports and promotes our members’ creative and financial vitality. Its members are the record companies that comprise the most vibrant national music industry in the world. RIAA members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 90% of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect intellectual property rights worldwide and the First Amendment rights of artists; conduct consumer industry and technical research; and monitor and review – – state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™, and Diamond® sales awards, and recently launched Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, a new award celebrating Latin music sales.”1

The statement just doesn’t sit right with me. My intent here is to analyze it line by line. I believe that actions and logic speak louder than words. I intend to take a look the words, their actions and logically analyze them. This is my opinion. I do not intend to litter this work with numerous citations and facts. This is a human being expressing his right to free speech. His ability to remember things accurately and his ability to free think.

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