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    Friday, February 14, 2003

    Happy V-Day to all! One love! Big shout out to my main squeeze, hold'n it down in my heart, my one and only ride or die chick-- Margaret Kranyak. thanks for being my wifey, boo!

    So much love, so little time. Only headlines today, but all the stories are worth taking a peak at.

    I'll be off on Monday and will resume publishing on Tuesday. See you then!

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    Monday, February 10, 2003

    • Web Radio Royalty Debate Resumes
      Here we go again. Web radio operators and music industry representatives must brief the Copyright Office by March 5 on their efforts to hammer out a compromise on royalty payments. If the negotiations are unsuccessful, the Copyright Office will restart the process to establish the royalties that "webcasters" must pay to artists and record labels. The last deal expired at the end of last year, so that's why we're in this boat again. Contact your representatives to let 'em know that setting high webcast royalty rates and leaving broadcasting in the hands of major media corporations is cultural suicide.

    • Clear Channel's Concert Unit Isn't Living Up to Its Billing
      The L.A. Times reports that Clear Channel's purchase of mega-concert promoter SFX has turned out to be not as profitable as they had hoped. Basically, they over-payed for SFX and then were hurt by the slumping economy and bad marketing choices. Right now, the y are not looking to sell, which is a bummer to those of us who want to see them go down in flames.

    • Instant live CDs of a concert? Testing to begin in Boston
      Coming soon, possibly-- buy a copy of the concert you just saw on the way out the door. Nice idea, but many artists are very particular about the quality of performences they release, so there may be some severe quality control discussions to be had here.

    • AOL's Jekyll and Hyde Act
      There's a lot of interesting things in this Salon story about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the fight by the R.I.A.A. to make ISPs turn over the identifying information of subscribers who are sharing files. th emost interesting thing to me is that the writers turns AOL Time Warner's lack of comment (as a major media company and a major ISP) into some big hullabaloo. It seems very clear to me that they're just waiting it out and seeing where the cards fall. In the super-duper long run, media will be distrubted over the internet and AOL will be situated just fine to do it leagally and for a profit. All this legal manuvering in the meantime would just be a waste of their money.

    • Madonna Box Set Will Mark 20th Anniversary Of Her First LP
      There are no details available yet as to what will be on the boxed set, but I don't know what more people are gonna want aside from what is already avialbale on her already released greatest hits albums The Immaculate Collection and GHV2. Perhaps a gaggle of remixes and unreleased tracks. She also working on a new album called American Life with Music co-producer Mirwais Ahmadzai, though it does not currently have a release date.

    • L.A. Rapper Makes Muslim Pilgrimage
      Napoleon, a member of gangsta rap posse Tha Outlawz has become a muslim and his headed for Mecca to make his pilgrimage. Actually, he's been a Muslim for two years-- but I still find it notable considering his career output. ' "I don't regret nothing in my past," Beale said in Saturday's Los Angeles Times. "People respect me more because of it. It shows that only God can humble someone like me." ' Cop your copy of 2Pac & The Outlawz's Still I Rise by clicking here.

    • Music Industry Unveils Net Sales Tracking Tag
      The Global Release Indentifier, or GRid, is a code akin to the Universal Product Code (UPC) bar code found on a CD or cassette tape in stores. The aim is to track each time a record label, online retailer or distributor sells a song in the form of a Web stream or download-- for royalty and sales reporting purposes only.

    • DJ Book for Children, "Turntable Timmy"
      Free Will Press has just released their new hip-hop children's book, Turntable Timmy It is the story of a young boy who is determined to become the youngest DJ champion in history It is illustrated by "Wavetwisters" animator, Doug Cunningham, and also feature an exclusive CD with three tracks from DJ-Q-Bert. Pick up your copy of Turntable Timmy by clicking here.

    posted by Randy on 12:37 PM | permanent link to this entry

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