Tuesday, April 3
MUSIC


OFFLINE READING

TEXT:

  • Reading 11-2: The Next Economy of Ideas
  • Reading 11-3: Free

ONLINE

PROS and CONS:

File Sharing: It's Music to our Ears
From the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a description of options for compensating artists in an MP3/P2P world.

Anti-Piracy
Arguments against music piracy from the trade group (RIAA) that represents the U.S. recording industry.

DEVELOPMENTS:

College Students Urged to Stop Illegal Downloads. Reuters, March 1, 2007
The RIAA sends a new round of threatening letters to U.S. universities.

Illegal Music File-Sharers Targeted By Fresh Wave of Legal Action. ifpi, April 4, 2006
Legal crackdown on file-sharing internationally, as described by a global recording industry association.

ON THE ECONOMICS OF IT ALL:

The Right Price for Digital Music. Slate, December 5, 2005.
Why 99 cents per song is too much, and too little.

Follow the Money: Who's Really Making the Dough? Electronic Musician, November 1, 2001.
The economics of music: how record companies work and how the money finds its way to artists and everyone else.

SOME RELEVANT SITES TO BROWSE:

Downhill Battle.
A music activism web site.

CD Baby.
A seller of independent CDs: " Musicians send us CDs. We warehouse them, sell them to you, and pay the musicians directly."

iTunes iSbogus.
A critique/parody of Apple's iTunes by the folks at Downhill Battle.

Weed.
An approach to peer-to-peer file sharing that tries to have it both ways. Read the FAQ and try to figure out the scheme.