The Death of DRM, the Rise of Patrons

Forget being a big old mass music consumer. Become a Patron of the Arts. The IHT’s Victoria Shannon chronicles the last few gasps of life in Digital Rights Management (DRM) for music, saying that “With the falloff in CD sales persisting and even digital revenue growth now faltering in the face of rampant music sharing …

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The World Cup Walls Come Down

The more I see and read about the “sponsorship” behind the World Cup the more appalled I am. Ever since I heard that MasterCard (briefly) exerted a monopoly over buying tickets to the finals with a credit card, and men were told to take off their lederhosen, I realised that although it claims to, sponsorship …

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The “Sharing Files Thing” Gets Cheaper

It’s a growing space, as the marketing types call it, and it’s not surprising
that Laplink, best known for their linking of laps (shurely “laptops”? – ed),
have decided to make the basic edition of their file sharing appliactions,
ShareDirect, free. Previously available online for $40, the program can
now be downloaded for nothing. It’s not a bad application, — you just
invite trusted contacts to view and download them from the folders you
designate. The files never leave the safety of your hard drive until you
invite someone to download them from you directly. All files are protected
by 128-bit encryption, and can securely travel through

Social Acrobats

You’ve got social bookmark sharing, photo sharing, now you’ve got social Acrobat file sharing: Yummy! Personal PDF Library. Yeah, I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it might have its uses. I just can’t think of any right now. Oh, and it’s brought to you by the guys behind Print(fu), which will turn a PDF …

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BBC ‘Is Devaluing Music’ With Free Downloads

Not everyone is happy that the BBC has given away Beethoven’s symphonies: The Independent Online  reports (via TechDirt) : Managing director of the Naxos label, Anthony Anderson, said: “I think there is a question of whether a publicly funded broadcaster should be doing this and there is the obvious issue that it is devaluing the …

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Opera Offers Support for BitTorrent

Opera has today launched a ‘technical preview’ version of its browser that includes support for BitTorrent, the protocol for distributing files via peer-to-peer that utilises both downstream and upstream bandwidth and spreads the load among different servers. As far as I know this is the first mainstream program that offers inbuilt support for what could …

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Spyware? Not My Problem, Says Business

Maybe the problem of Internet security isn’t educating users to be more vigilant, it’s about persuading companies that there is a problem. A survey (PDF file) released today by California-based Secure Computing Corporation found that that “only 25 percent of businesses recognized spyware as a major problem”. This despite studies that show spyware is a problem: A study …

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Heart Embraces File Sharing

Have record companies suddenly changed their minds about file sharing? A press release from file sharing software company RazorPop and record label Sovereign Artists yesterday trumpeted the release of Heart’s New CD “Jupiter’s Darling” over the TrustyFiles P2P file sharing network as the “first time a major artist has ever released music from a CD …

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