[LAU] Intellectual Property in the Digital Age (was ASCAP Assails...)

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Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 2:04 pm

This is one of the few threads here that I read most of the postings. ASCAP,
Harry Fox, etc., are of a bygone era but may well be needed to rebuild for the
new one!

Fact: Folks will download "legally" or "illegally" most anything posted by
most anybody "legally" or "illegally." Folks will not stand on quality of the
product but listen/view it on cellular phones and cheapo mp#-players with
miniscule miserable speakers and screens (The luxury of the iPad is brand-
new!). That expensive ultra-hi-fi stereo system sits mostly idle in the
living-room while folks flit everywhere with junk ear-buds dangling and
falling out of the ears. Or settle for the speaker built into the phone.

Fact: All this copying and downloading traffic has not really hurt "legit" CD
sales in and of itself, despite the pleas burnt on the end of CDs pleading
with listeners not to burn or buy illicit copies or download illegal music.
The disc-man is too big (so is the iPad). The phone is just right and why
carry another gadget? Rarely play CDs anymore--why buy them?

Fact: DRM and other anti-copy scams burn consumers. My daughter downloaded a
load of legal music to my Sony-Ericson phone. I cannot upgrade to a newer
Sony-Ericson, much less to an iPhone or Android without losing this music. I
cannot listen to what was bought legally with my hard-earned money on another
device that I legally own and operate. Not the computer, not the MP3, not the
stereo--nothing. Apple's players and phones share this problem although their
more-widespread DRMs have more illegal breakage options.

Fact: Recent case where one of the "agencies" sued someone running a kumzits
(sitting around the campfire singing) for royalty payments--Give me a break!

At least the folks behind Creative Commons and GNU (opensource) are proposing
and implementing solutions, not just assailing ...

We do need to re-evaluate and rebuild just protections of intellectual
property and payment for its fair and common! usage in the digital/internet
era. Remember when folks said the Edison's new recording invention would kill
off live music? It did not.
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Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Philipp √úberbacher, (Mon Jun 28, 10:17 pm)
Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Gabriel M. Beddingfield, (Tue Jun 29, 7:50 pm)
Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Patrick Shirkey, (Tue Jun 29, 11:46 pm)
Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Patrick Shirkey, (Thu Jul 1, 12:07 am)
Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Kevin Cosgrove, (Wed Jun 30, 10:30 pm)
Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Patrick Shirkey, (Thu Jul 1, 12:53 am)
Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Patrick Shirkey, (Fri Jul 2, 12:52 am)
[LAU] So long, and thanks for all the fish., Gordon JC Pearce, (Fri Jul 16, 7:29 pm)
Re: [LAU] So long, and thanks for all the fish., Mark Knecht, (Fri Jul 16, 11:30 pm)
Re: [LAU] So long, and thanks for all the fish., Louigi Verona, (Sat Jul 17, 7:44 am)
Re: [LAU] So long, and thanks for all the fish., hermann, (Fri Jul 16, 8:15 pm)
Re: [LAU] So long, and thanks for all the fish., Gwenhwyfaer, (Fri Jul 16, 9:07 pm)
Re: [LAU] So long, and thanks for all the fish., James Stone, (Sat Jul 17, 10:14 am)
Re: [LAU] So long, and thanks for all the fish., Gwenhwyfaer, (Mon Jul 19, 5:12 pm)
Re: [LAU] So long, and thanks for all the fish., Patrick Shirkey, (Sat Jul 17, 12:09 pm)
Re: [LAU] So long, and thanks for all the fish., Folderol, (Sat Jul 17, 12:20 pm)
Re: [LAU] So long, and thanks for all the fish., Folderol, (Fri Jul 16, 7:40 pm)
Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Bob van der Poel, (Thu Jul 15, 11:11 pm)
Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas, (Fri Jul 16, 11:36 am)
Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Patrick Shirkey, (Thu Jul 1, 12:59 pm)
Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Gabriel M. Beddingfield, (Wed Jun 30, 1:29 pm)
Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Philipp √úberbacher, (Wed Jun 30, 4:44 pm)
Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Gabriel M. Beddingfield, (Wed Jun 30, 2:48 pm)
[LAU] Intellectual Property in the Digital Age (was ASCAP As..., David Baron, (Wed Jun 30, 2:04 pm)
Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Patrick Shirkey, (Thu Jul 1, 12:12 am)
Re: [LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups, Patrick Shirkey, (Fri Jul 2, 12:50 am)