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LAST MINUTE REPRIEVE

Senators throw support behind internet radioLegislation has been introduced in the Senate that would overturn a decision putting Internet radio on a death watch. The "Internet Radio Equality Act" would vacate the recent ruling by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) that hiked payment rates for performances 300 to 1200…

MORE SHEKELS LESS SHACKELS

Leaving the Pack!EMI Music announced in April that it is making all of its digital repertoire available at a much higher sound quality than existing downloads and free of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions on a global basis.EMI's retailers have been offered downloads of tracks and albums in the DRM-free…

PRELUDE TO LIBERATION

Thoughts on Music by Steve JobsWhy would the big four music companies agree to let Apple and others distribute their music without using DRM systems to protect it? The simplest answer is because DRMs haven’t worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy. Though the big four music companies…

INDUSTRY ACTION – LETTERS

Earlier this month, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sent a fourth wave of 402 pre-litigation settlement letters to 13 universities. Each pre-litigation settlement letter informs the school of a forthcoming copyright infringement suit against one of its students or personnel and requests that university administrators forward that letter…

A Legacy

Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus was a scholar, ecclesiastic, poet and teacher from York, England. He was born around 735 close to York — perhaps in the city itself. In 804, Alcuin of York died, leaving his mark. As an educator he made beauty, goodness and truth the hallmarks of Charlemagne's Frankish…