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

Lucas Gonze lgonze at panix.com
Fri Sep 10 12:28:47 PDT 2004

On Fri, 10 Sep 2004, tom poe wrote:

> "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.
> Tom

Man!  It's so great to be getting this message out, breaking through the 
noise about stealing and DRM.


> 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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