New Music: Top 20 of 2010 Local Natives, Crystal Castles, Foals, The Drums, 10 Years, The Klaxons, Beach House, Dum Dum Girls, Lights, Geographer, Pulled Apart by Horses, Mark Ronson & The Business International, Sleigh Bells, VersaEmerge, We’re Only Afraid of New York City, White Rabbits, Young Prisms, Bombay Bicycle Club

Support your local retailer!  Remember, you can buy online from indie stores, too.  Ours is Waterloo Records, check CIMS Music for yours! Top 20 of 2010: Rob’s Picks Local Natives Crystal Castles Foals The Drums 10 Years The Klaxons Beach House  Band of Skulls  Dum Dum Girls Lights Geographer Ume Pulled Apart by Horses Mark […]

“One Bad Apple Don’t Spoil The Whole Bunch, Girl”: What do Google’s “new” anti-piracy policies really mean? Part 2

 “Google: Pirate Bay booted off search by mistake” “’Google received a (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) take-down request that erroneously listed, and as a result, this URL was accidentally removed from the Google search index,’ Google said in a statement.  ‘We are now correcting the removal, and you can expect to see back in […]

Creative Community Filing with US Department of Commerce

The creative community alliance of artists and other workers, indie and major record companies, music publishers, songwriters and studios filed their joint answer to the US Commerce Department’s Notice of Inquiry on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Internet Economy.  The organizations signing the joint filing are the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM); American Federation […]

“One Bad Apple Don’t Spoil The Whole Cloud, Girl”: What do Google’s “new” anti-piracy policies really mean? Part 1

Just in time to distance itself from Operation Payback, Google recently posted what can only be described as a non-mea culpa mea culpa on its policy blog about its policies concerning promoting and financing massive copyright infringement.  I avoid using the word “change” regarding Google’s “new” policies only as carefully as Google did.  I can understand that […]

Music Ally: MidemNet Lab 2011 Finalists

Must think piece on the excellent Music Ally site:  MidemNet Lab 2011 startup finalists of the best music-related companies of the year.  “The MidemNet Lab startup showcase is shaping up as a corker, with 30 finalists across three categories announced today. The categories are mobile apps, B2B, and B2C music services, with finalists chosen by Music Ally […]

We just read the articles: EFF and CDT renew their vows to fight artists

The unions representing hundreds of thousands of working people praised the court-ordered seizure of the domain names of sites engaged in facilitating massive piracy of motion pictures and music.  The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees and the Screen Actors Guild […]

The narcissism of piracy

National Public Radio’s All Tech Considered has a great story about Ellen Seidler’s encounter with the operators of the Pirate Bay servers in Holland:  “i’d suggest your clients just fix their own business model and find a way to make money on their productions which doesn’t involve bugging everyone else to get other people to remove […]