“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” Decimus Junius Juvenalis, Satires, Satire VI, lines 347–8. According to Digital Music News, “Google has just tapped the Harry Fox Agency (HFA) to handle certain music-related licensing and administration services for Google Play.” Depending on what this means, it raises some interesting questions. As agents for its publisher principals, HFA has […]
[Editor Charlie sez: This post first ran in December 2010] You gotta know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em. The poker capital of Cambridge, Mass. a/k/a The Berkman Center got something of a bad hand in the form of an unsigned editorial from the staff of the Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper at Harvard University, […]
When Eric Schmidt testified before the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, he was sworn in and had his swearing in picture taken. This is as much a rite of passage for Fortune 100 CEOs as is refusing to answer questions under oath on the advice of counsel. Schmidt did both that day. In fairness, he only flat out refused […]
Hell is a place where the music is by YouTube; speech is by Google Voice, your car drives itself and royalties are paid by Rightsflow.
My first trip to New Orleans was a long time ago when I was a little boy and our ship was steered through what was then a far more robust but probably equally treacherous Mississippi delta by one of the great romanticized figures of my childhood, a Mississippi River pilot. We were making our first […]
You just never know when the smallest moment will have the biggest impact on a child’s life. Thanks, Tom. Good to see you back, but then you never left.
Of all the canards foisted on the professional creative community by the professional free riders, none has had such a sustained life as the “non-commercial use” dodge. I would suggest that the longevity of the fallacy is at the very core of Web 2.0 right alongside another reality: there is no free lunch. If you do not […]
This piece appeared in the February 2011 issue of MusicTechPolicyMonthly (subscribe at http://www.musctechpolicymonthly.com) In coming days, MTP will have further discussion of the recent ICANN actions so watch this space. When it comes to dealing with big problems in an economic market like the music business, using the word “solving” is something of a misnomer. […]
There is something comforting about hearing the Speaker of the House of Commons crying “Order, order” and having the MPs actually heed that instruction. It’s particularly comforting in light of the tragic wilding that has been occurring in the ancient city of London, the font of British civility and civilization. But the rioting in London is really the […]
Keith Bernstein of Royalty Review Council is in the Glenn Peoples news scoop in Billboard about Keith’s Crunch Digital company and PDX service. Here’s Keith Bernstein’s interview with Chris from the February 2011 issue of our sister publication MTP Monthly (you can sign up for the MTP Monthly newsletter here–it’s free). This issue’s featured interview is with Keith Bernstein […]