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France to legalize file-sharing?

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Wow: according to this Bloomberg article, the French Parliament voted to legalize file-sharing with regards to music and movies. Not really sure what to think of that. I’m all for the replacement of the current music industry business model with something sustainable given the utter ease of digital duplication and distribution these days, but is this really the right answer?

Probably a half-step would be better: don’t let industry thugs like the RIAA get away with suing grandmothers and pre-teens for downloading, but at the same time, don’t just let people copy whatever they want whenever they want. How to find (and how, technologically, to implement) a middle-ground measure is awfully tricky to imagine, though. What the ethical basis for such a compromise would be is also a bit hard to see.

Modern day pirates

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2002

The away message of some random girl I don’t even know reads:

i’m a pirate, and so are you if you download music. and for some reason, this makes me happy to konw that i can be considered a modern-day pirate. maybe they should come up w/ a new term that makes me feel shitty for downloading music, but for now…..ARRRRRRRR!


Virtuoso rock musicians

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2000

The current issue of the Atlantic Monthly landed in my mailbox yesterday; on the cover: “Internet Piracy Isn’t the Problem, The Music Industry is the Problem”, or something like that. Cool. The article is online as well.

I abandoned the “Our Children and Music” thread in a while back because it had simply become too tiresome. Finding some downtime at work today, I revisited it and found some more amusing and/or sad tidbits. Well, a lot of them, actually; here’s just one.

> > This quote was based only on the first 6 years of rock
> > music, in which there were no virtuoso musicians,

> Virtuoso rock musicians….bwahahaha ha ha heh eh ….BWAHAHA HA HA HA

You don’t get out much, do you?

No more Napster here

Friday, April 21st, 2000

Thanks to a lawsuit brought by Metallica, Yale has “temporarily” banned students from accessing Napster. Mwahahaha… and about time. It’s not that I feel guilty about ripping off the major labels (which is what’s happening since it seems like very little non-mainstream music goes through Napster), but the whole scheme would set a disturbing intellectual-property precedent if it were allowed to continue freely.

Our custodian friend has not returned for me to give him his copy of Hybris. Hmm.

Napster and NEARfest

Tuesday, February 15th, 2000

Depressing fact: about 85% of the highest bandwidth users at Yale University are students using Napster, the poorly-designed, poorly-programmed, poorly-implemented MP3 sharing program that has nevertheless seen its popularity skyrocket thanks to the huge population of bored, seemingly amoral college students. The “disappearance” of Napster I cited in an entry a while back was actually an experiment by Yale’s Information Technology Services; they shut off access to all Napster servers, including the website, and traffic dropped like a rock. My question is, why did they reinstate access? I suppose that since the majority of music transferred through Napster is popular music made by artists and labels that already have plenty of money anyway, I need not be too annoyed, but something about the concept of stealing music to such an extent, no matter what the music and no matter what the state of the industry, pisses me off.

Purchased my NEARfest 2000 tix today; they went on sale at 11:00 am. Orchestra sides. Got ‘em at about 2:00; there was a big panic on, as it seems the box office at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center was overwhelmed by calls. How do these guys do it? All the other prog festivals lose all kinds of money or barely break even; NEARfest 1999 sold out in two months, and at one point it looked like NEARfest 2000, with twice as many seats (1,002), might sell out in one day! Absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to go; now time to do some research on area hotels.