[FoRK] NY Times on the free *and* legal and *good* message

tom poe tompoe at amihost.com
Fri Sep 10 12:07:12 PDT 2004

"Ten Mile Tide's guitarist Justin Munning said that despite the free
downloads, Ten Mile Tide's record sales increased tenfold, allowing its
six members to quit their day jobs in June, Munning said. . . . "

Nice, eh?  Keep up the good work, Lucas.
On Fri, 2004-09-10 at 09:23, Lucas Gonze wrote:
> http://tinyurl.com/6zzy9
> No Fears: Laptop D.J.'s Have a Feast
> OWNLOADING music from the Internet is not illegal. Plenty of music 
> available online is not just free but also easily available, legal and 
> most important  worth hearing.
> That fact may come as a surprise after highly publicized lawsuits by the 
> Recording Industry Association of America, representing major labels, 
> against fans using peer-to-peer programs like Grokster and EDonkey to 
> collect music on the Web. But the fine print of those lawsuits makes clear 
> that fans are being sued not for downloading but for unauthorized 
> distribution: leaving music in a shared folder for other peer-to-peer 
> users to take. As copyright holders, the labels have the exclusive legal 
> right to distribute the music recorded for them, even if technology now 
> makes that right nearly impossible to enforce.
> Recording companies have tried and failed to shut down decentralized 
> file-sharing networks the way they closed the original Napster. (That name 
> is now being used for a paid-download service.)
> Courts have ruled that the services can continue because they are also 
> used to exchange material that does not infringe on recording-company 
> copyrights. At the same time, a bill before Congress, the Inducing 
> Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004, seeks to restrict the way 
> file-sharing programs are constructed.
> While the recording business litigates and lobbies over music being given 
> away online, countless musicians are taking advantage of the Internet to 
> get their music heard. They are betting that if they give away a song or 
> two, they will build audiences, promote live shows and sell more 
> recordings.
> As with the rest of the free content on the Internet, there's no 
> guaranteed quality control. Lucas Gonze, whose webjay.org lets music fans 
> post playlists that connect to free music and video, describes free 
> Internet music as "a flea market the size of Valhalla."
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