There's something going on in Germany. We already had our share of GEMA within the past few weeks (see Rapidshare and Jamendo). Read about it at ContentSphere, or do it over at TechDirt. GEMA, Germany's only collections society, still is surprisingly entertaining (if you're into cynism). But, there's some uprising fresh breeze, and it's coming from Germany's most southward located town: Sonthofen.
Tag / culture
Dear all, holding the role of the curator of Forum I (“Collection Societies & Rights Management”), on behalf of all2gethernow e.V., I’d sincerely like to invite you to take part in our press conference in Berlin on 1st Sept. respectively alert you to Berlin’s upcoming all2gethernow - a new music and culture convention.
The Pirates’ Good Deeds – Tomorrow’s markets: How the Internet is shifting powers between artists and companies. [by Kolja Reichert]
The New York Times’ online archive holds the oldest message in regards to the topic of piracy in music industry. It originates from 13 June 1897, the founding time of music industry. „Canadian Pirates“ mailed counterfeit records across the border and sold them for a tenth of its real price. The industry bewailed a 50% loss in turnover demanding the postal sevice to filter items out.
Andrew Dubber just recently pitched a topic to Popkomm - "Music As Culture". If you read the outline of this hopefully upcoming speech at New Music Strategies, you might recognise a bit of Lawrence Lessig's "Free Culture". We've seen the USA extending copyright terms, and European countries suggesting to do so. Just yesterday, the European parliament voted in favour of a prolongation.
Michael Masnick had me checking out Richard Smith’s article on the issue of extending copyright. Richard Smith from London’s Guardian features the book "Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind" (free download under CreativeCommons license) by James Boyle, professor of law at Duke Law School, North Carolina. The books’ core statement is that "the world has made a colossal cultural mistake that shames our generation".