Job Opening: Grateful Dead Archivist

November 9, 2009

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UCSC, home of the Banana Slugs, is looking for a Grateful Dead Archivist.

If making $52k to live in Santa Cruz and listen to Jerry all day is your ideal job, hit the link below, just be sure you’ve got a Masters degree as it is a requirement. And no, Graphix Bong U does not count.

See the full job description here:

The University Library of the University of California, Santa Cruz, seeks an enterprising, creative, and service-oriented archivist to join the staff of Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) as Archivist for the Grateful Dead Archive. This is a potential career status position. The Archivist will be part of a dynamic, collegial, and highly motivated department dedicated to building, preserving, promoting, and providing maximum access both physically and virtually to one of the Library’s most exciting and unique collections, The Grateful Dead Archive (GDA).

Solid State Drives (SSD)

October 18, 2009

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A few months ago I bought a SSD for my mom’s Dell. Windows XP has an inverse relationship with time; it just keeps getting slower and slower. The only known cure is a fresh install and she was due. I figured if I had to go through the hassle of the fresh install, it was the perfect opportunity to throw in a SSD as her primary drive. She doesn’t need much storage anyway and the time penalty of Windows XP would be offset by the blazing speed of the SSD. An extra 2 GB of RAM also brought her up to the 4GB max (3.5GB) and that 2 plus year old Dell felt usable again. Boot-ups now take less than 20 seconds versus the agonizing 3+ minutes before. She’s happy and it was a worthwhile $400.

Two weeks ago I finally got my own SSD in the form of a Mac Mini upgraded to 4GB of RAM and a 160GB SSD. Sure, the new minis might be right around the corner but probably only a minor CPU speed bump and I needed a box for the office. Something small, capable of running two monitors, and speedy. It’s an astoundingly fast little box. I rarely notice when I’ve exceeded real memory and start paging to disk, applications open instantly, and I never wait on the box. I’m not doing anything video/photography, just the usual office suite, web stuff so relatively slow dual cores, low-end gpu. Even with 12 big powerpoints, a dozen excel workbooks, and 30 or so word docs open, it still chugs along without a hitch.

I keep eyeing the Crucial 256GB SSD on Amazon as a replacement for my 256GB old spinning platters in my 13″ MacBook Pro. I haven’t pulled the trigger yet but I’m on the SSD bandwagon. The speed, slightly lower heat, and absolute silence of the things are a lure too sweet to resist. Even older boxes come alive under the spell of the SSD. As they decline in price and little annoyances like lack of TRIM commands get sorted out, more and more consumers will take the plunge.

I’m in.

Telling the Taxi Where To GO

September 25, 2009

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It’s UN week here in New York City. That means heads of state, secret service, cops on every corner, and gridlock. They can close off any street at any time. Run a country and one of the perks evidently is you get a straight shot on Park Avenue without any other cars around you except the Suburbans with the windows rolled down and the don’t-fuck-with-me guys wearing sunglasses and holding sub-machine guns. Yes, it’s Hell Week in NYC.

As the New York Times noted the other day, the proliferation of smart phones has the added benefit of millions of new GPS traffic tracking devices on the road sending real-time information back to the mother ship. There’s a level of detail available now that was never available before just using the car GPS systems with their commercial traffic reporting systems. And a quick glance at Google Maps on the iPhone before getting in a cab can be a lifesaver.

New ritual before snagging a cab: check iphone, calculate route, explain route as simply as possible to cab driver. Something like, “take the park to CPS and turn left on 59th. NOT 57th. Take fifth avenue down.”

Of course, real-time traffic doesn’t account for the cops on Fifth Avenue who won’t allow the left hand turn on 54th street because some VIP just turned there and stopped mid-block. It isn’t perfect but it has made UN week that much more bearable.

Cory Ondrejka out at EMI

August 7, 2009

Nothing like a Summer Friday for burying the news. And yes, it looks like EMI Digital is essentially disbanded.

Says Billboard:

Billboard has learned that EMI executive VP of digital marketing Cory Ondrejka is leaving the company.

Ondrejka is the second high-profile digital executive to leave EMI after having been recruited away from the technology industry. Former Google CIO Douglas Merrill left the company this March. Ondrejka was the co-founder of the virtual world Second Life.

Now, I was no fan of Cory’s hire. It wasn’t anything personal, just the wrong background for the job. And when Douglas Merril left just a bit ago, I didn’t think Cory would last in the top spot.

EMI certainly seems to be floundering. BMG/KKR is actively targeting the EMI publishing biz and Guy Hands had to inject hundreds of millions in fresh equity to keep the ship afloat. A year from now, EMI will most likely not look like itself.

Paul McCartney – “Great Day” from Funny People

August 2, 2009

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Paul’s song “Great Day” which is featured in the Judd Apatow movie, Funny People, is free for download. Go get some free MP3 goodness.

Confusing software with hardware…

July 30, 2009

“We reject the view,” he writes in a letter to the top legal advisor at the Copyright Office, “that copyright owners and their licensees are required to provide consumers with perpetual access to creative works. No other product or service providers are held to such lofty standards. No one expects computers or other electronics devices to work properly in perpetuity, and there is no reason that any particular mode of distributing copyrighted works should be required to do so.”

So says Steven Metalitz, the Washington DC lawyer who represents the MPAA, RIAA, and other rightsholders

The fallacy, of course, is that electronic devices are hardware. Hardware does die. Software need not die. It can be backed up, transferred, transcoded. That digital photo I took ten years ago on a Sony Mavica wrote the image in jpeg to a floppy disk.

The Mavica and floppy are both long gone. The jpeg remains  — having survived transfer on probably a dozen computers since then.

He rejects the view that we can OWN something. Everything will be a license, perhaps yanked off your Kindle if he feels like it. Do I believe Steven doesn’t understand the difference between hardware and software? How I can build an Apple II from old, spare parts and fire up that copy of Bank Street Writer if I get the urge? He wants the servers in the sky, not owned, not controlled by the consumer, to have the final say.

All so they can sell the exact same work again and again. He wants consumers to pay for their failures.

Boo hiss

Chia Obama: You Can’t Make This Up

July 1, 2009

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Comes in two versions. Happy.

and Determined

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Watch the animated version on the site. Mesmerizing.

Cashing In On Not Seeing Michael Jackson

June 29, 2009

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I remember being eight and on vacation the hotel had this pinata. Each kid got a couple of whacks with a baseball bat and when the thing finally broke it was worse than a Who concert. Twenty plus kids rushing a small spot of ground piled with candy. Mayhem doesn’t begin to describe it.

Kinda reminds me of MJ. Everyone rushing to make some bucks before the body is even buried. Sharpton and Jesse and papa Joe and the rest of them in a mad scrimmage for the candy on the ground. After all, it’s just sitting there. Throw a few elbows, bite some arms, and grab it. Doesn’t matter if you don’t know what kind of candy it is. Just grab it before someone else does.

There is a guy who knows… John Branca is the guy with those answers but he ain’t talking. Yet. But there’s money at stake and a legacy that must be shined to remove some of the tarnish that’s built up the past decade of wackiness (and worse).  Yeah, everyone wants their slice of the King of Pop.

And that includes AEG. After all, they’re the ones who took a huge gamble on an (essentially) uninsured and faded star. AEG looked good with all those sold out dates, ridiculous VIP packages, and a media storm guaranteed. And now?

Looking at a bunch of empty dates for their venue during the high season, a chunk of production money down the drain, and one million tickets to refund.

They got some video of rehearsals in the can so they’ll recoup some production and MJ upfront there but it won’t go far enough.

So, how about if people actually pay to NOT see MJ?

I mean, what if AEG could get people to pay for a ticket but AEG doesn’t actually put on the show. No lights. No stage. No dancers or security. And, of course, no Michael. Totally crazy, right?

Well, they’re doing it.

From Billboard

Fans will be also given the option to receive the concert tickets as souvenirs in lieu of the full refund. The tickets were printed with the lenticular process and were designed by Jackson, according to the release. The offer will be valid through Aug. 14.

Everyone wants their little piece. And AEG is willing to sell it to them.

NY: ticket scalping illegal (for the moment)

June 5, 2009

When Spitzer de-criminalized ticket scalping in New York State in 2007, it brought out into the light the underground system that had existed for years. After all, plenty of nearby states didn’t have the $2 above face rule and it made no sense for New York to try and stop the underground market. Control and tax is usually a much better system and scalping became legal.

But Monday, the law’s sunset provision hit and for the moment, scalping tickets for more then $2 over face is again illegal in New York.There’s work going on to enact a new law but in the meantime, none of the online ticket brokers should be able to legally sell me a ticket for more than $2 over face value. My credit card and shipping address are both in New York so it’s fairly simple to weed me out.

Sure, one would imagine the smaller guys would ignore the law and try and fly under the rader.

But how about StubHub? Owned by Ebay, a public company? More than willing to bill and ship Madison Square Garden Green Day tickets for well over face to my New York address today.

Or TicketsNow? Owned by public company Ticketmaster, currently under DoJ review for its buyout offer of Live Nation? Yup. Them too. More than willing to sell and ship me Green Day tickets for hundreds of dollars over face value to NYC.

It’s fairly clear. Since Monday, re-selling tickets for more than $2 over face in New York State is against the law. A couple of major public companies don’t seem to care if it’s illegal and it’s interesting how it’s being allowed. After all, catching them is as simple as logging in and buying some tickets.

Be interesting to see how this unravels and how long the flagrant flouting is permitted…

Trent Reznor rocks

May 22, 2009

Proving once again he gets the new world and has a soul and a heart…from the NIN store.

Total is now over $542,212.

A Letter from Trent:

This is for something important. Eric De La Cruz is dying and needs a heart transplant. He keeps getting turned down for a transplant list because he’s on Nevada Medicaid, and there are no transplant centers in Nevada. We want to get involved and hopefully so do you, so we’re extending a hand. His sister Veronica (former Anchor and Internet Correspondent for CNN) has started a campaign to save his life.

Eric’s situation shines a bright light on a broken health care system, and his particular set of problems are being addressed on the political front, aiming for reform in addition to the need for immediate financial help to keep him alive TODAY. I think we can help with the latter.

Here’s what we’re offering – three options:

If you have a ticket to a NIN/JA show: if you donate $1,000 to this cause, we’ll invite you to come hang out with us before the NIN/JA show of your choice. You and a guest can watch NIN and Street Sweeper Social Club’s soundchecks, eat dinner backstage with us, take pics / get autographs and watch the show from the side of the stage if you’d like.

If you donate $300, you and a friend can join us for NIN and SSSC’s soundchecks and a handshaking / hug session before doors open at the NIN/JA show of your choice.

If you do NOT have a ticket to a NIN/JA show: if you donate $1,200 to this cause, we’ll invite you to come hang out with us before the NIN/ JA show of your choice and provide 2 tickets (best available). You and a guest can watch soundcheck, eat dinner backstage with us, take pics / get autographs and watch the show from the side of the stage if you’d like.

100% of the money collected from this will go directly to Eric’s fund.

I hope you’ll consider helping out with this.

Sincerely, Trent Reznor

Spring Cleaning: ScanSnap S1500M and Yep

May 11, 2009

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The weather has turned, the trees are trying to kill me, and so spring cleaning’s time has come. Stacks of papers: bills, notes, cards, and other assorted pulp based products must be dealt with. So I turn to a new tool, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M scanner.

It’s not as if I don’t have a scanner. I have three.

I have a Nikon CoolScan 5000 for slides and negatives that I picked up after finding a treasure trove of my dad’s. There’s also the scanner built-in to the HP all-in-one printer/fax/scanner but it’s woefully inadequate for big jobs. And there’s an aging Epson flat scanner I use for photographs when I must but it mostly lives in a cabinet. I needed something always there, handy, and ready to go.

So in search of a dedicated, sit-on-a-desk and chew through paper scanner I went. And found. The above mentioned ScanSnap.

The brief review:

This thing rocks. The speed is great. It scans both sides of the page automatically. It handles just about anything including receipts and business cards. And it’s really, really fast. Fujitsu claims 20 ppm and this might not meet the vendor’s promised specs (shock) but it comes damn close.

Paper jams — when they occur — are a quick fix. And this thing is small and even folds up when not in use. And I like scanning into a universal format (PDF).

The hardware is well done. The included software is Adobe Acrobat Pro 8. Not sure why they didn’t include the newer 9.0 for Mac now available but no matter. I scan everything into PDFs. Which means I need a PDF organizer. Otherwise, I’ve turned a jumble of paper into a jumble of PDFs and while digital and less space consuming, it would be not meet my wife’s idea of actually being “organized.” Neater, yes. Organized, no.

For true PDF organization, I’ve settled on Yep. It is, as they say, pretty much like iPhoto for PDFs. Since I have 30,000 photos in iPhoto all tagged — thanks to keyword manager which is a must have — Yep’s interface and organization was a natural fit.

I now have keywords for things like insurance and taxes and health care and all paper that must be kept, referenced, organized, or emailed gets automatically dumped into Yep. I can find all insurance papers or anything else in a flash.

Actually, a scan of a document of any sort will get sucked into Yep and ready for keywords before I’ve even had the time to shred the document. My only real complaint with Yep is that I can’t link to the OCR software and right-click a document for quick round-trip OCR goodness.

I’d love to be able to right-click any PDF in Yep and have the option to “Scan into Searchable PDF.” As it stands now, I have to “reveal in finder” and right click to open with Abby to make a searchable PDF. Not the end of the world but a little thing that would make Yep that much better.

Between the ScanSnap and Yep, my desk is completely paper-free and I’m resolved to keep it that way. Tagging can be slightly tedious but I find it’s a decent method to improve search and organization. Auto-tagging, while worthwhile for basic stuff, only goes so far. I am, however, viewing Hazel with some interest as a way to help keep my digital workplace automatically clutter-free.

Meet The New Boss. Same As The Old Boss.

May 8, 2009

Bob Lefsetz’s blog is widely read in the music biz. He’s funny, caustic, and never fears to speak his mind or get in a pissing contest. I have him on my RSS reader.

But his piece on the need for artist support for performance royalties for radio digressed into Choruss and he misses the mark:

Like with this Choruss thing.  Sure, the devil is in the details, but I’ve broken bread with Jim Griffin over this topic, the intent of the rights holders isn’t to fuck college students, but to create a legal avenue for music acquisition that generates revenue to purveyors.  Suddenly this is a foul goal?  Music should be free forever more?  There should be no legal alternative to P2P theft?

But if you read the online prognosticators, this is an evil plot by the record companies, to collect names and add heinous college fees.  How this story has gotten so twisted, I do not know.  But I will say that Choruss has done a bad job of telling its story, of getting the facts of its mission across.  Labels have been hated for so long, having sued their customers, consumers no longer give them a pass, they believe if the labels are behind it it’s a rip-off, it’s faulty, it must be stopped.  So a few bloggers take down the entire mission.

I doubt Bob reads my little blog but I am one of those who does think Chorrus is an evil plot by the record companies. Now Bob is right. Music shouldn’t be free forever and a legal alternative to P2p would be a fantastic shift. But I haven’t seen many people argue that music should be free forever. Striking down that straw man arguement doesn’t make the point.

He’s right again that labels are hated, sued their customers and that Choruss has done a lousy job in telling the story. But what he misses — ironically in a piece on how artists should band together — is that the labels have a long history of ripping off the artists. And that Choruss is a label-run entity at its core.

We need look no further than the 2007 settlement with Napster that yielded a few hundred million to the labels. The New York Post had this line that perfectly sums it up:

What’s more, these sources said that after the labels recouped their legal expenses, there wasn’t much left to pass along to the artists.

Typical.

Choruss would have so much more credibility if it came from ASCAP or BMI or any place other than WMG. I don’t get how Bob can believe that Choruss will be transparently set-up when transpancy is the last thing any label wants. Again, who creates the formula for tracking that determines how much each artist is paid? How much does Choruss take for setting up the toll booth? How long will payments take? And why should artists trust the labels when the labels are the same companies that have screwed them for decades, charging for breakage, no payments for music clubs, late or missing payments for digital settlements, etc.?

Maybe Bob is 100% right. The intent isn’t to fuck college students. But the labels will fuck artists. They’ve done nothing but.

I’m not against Choruss as a concept. Yet. I’m against who is in charge. The best idea in the world run by incompetent crooks will not end well. Yes, the labels need to be on board with such a concept but if they really want traction, they’ll step back and let someone else run it.

You don’t put Tony Montana in charge of the drug evidence locker.

Dumb Bully Redux

May 1, 2009

The story is trickling out. Larry Lessig has a few words on his blog about the issue:

Received a notice that Warner Music had objected to its being posted on copyright grounds. Apparently, YouTube’s content-ID algorithm had found music in the video that they claimed ownership to. The organization is apparently responding by disputing the claim. I’ll report back when I hear more.

This isn’t a DMCA takedown notice or a WMG initiated action — except indirectly. This is YouTube’s content algorithm system put into place by terms of agreements with the major labels. For the best analysis I’ve seen of how the system works, go here. Evidently, it’s fairly good but with a few truck sized holes. Like the one where the system needs the first 30 seconds of the song.

Last December 2008, WMG dissolved its agreement with YouTube and pulled all its music videos from the site. So any WMG content flagged by the system becomes a problem for YouTube. Hence the notice. WMG is still the bully, it just got YouTube’s content system doing the punching.

Dumb Bully

April 29, 2009

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The choice of target is paramount for a bully. The last thing a bully wants is someone who can and will fight back. Prey on the weak, the timid, and the poor and your career as a bully will be long and fruitful.

Someone over at Warner Music forgot the rules of Bullying 101 and sent a takedown notice to Larry Lessig. Whoops.

From LL’s twitter:

Warner Music has issued a takedown of one of my presos on YouTube. Someone send them a copy of §107 (“fair use”).


Dylan and ballparks

April 24, 2009

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Bob Dylan announced the US summer  leg of his tour today. Minor league ball parks. Mostly General Admission. Under $70 ticket price. Kids are free. The Bob Dylan Show. Gotta love it.

Along with fellow troubadour Willie Nelson, this summer The Bob Dylan Show will also feature John Mellencamp, marking just the second time in the past 24 years that these three performers have shared the concert stage.

bobdylan.com is happy to offer pre-sale tickets for all ballpark shows to its visitors. At each venue, the gates will open 30 minutes early for holders of tickets purchased during the bobdylan.com pre-sale.

Visit this page for pre-sale passwords, which will be posted in the table below before each pre-sale begins.

All concert tickets are priced at $67.50 and most shows are general admission, allowing fans to grab a seat in the stands or find a place to watch from the field. Children 14 and under get in free with each adult ticket holder.

Showtime is 5:30pm and gates open at 5:00. Gates will open at 4:30 for holders of bobdylan.com pre-sale tickets.

Unleavened Bread

April 8, 2009

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With the fleeing from Eqypt holiday approaching, I have no time to leaven the bread. These little matzoh bites will need to suffice.

  • iPod near saturation point. According to Piper Jaffray’s annual round-up. No big surprise there. iPhone and applications will be growth driver. Check out Lose it! and iFitness after the big holiday meal.
  • Zappos, the uber-consumer friendly internet shoe bazaar, has an excellent Google Maps mash-up showing sales on the US map. Now if I can only figure out how to make it my iTunes visualizer for the newly released Hartford 77 GD show…
  • If you want to feel like even more of a second-class citizen, go watch the Spotify review on You Tube. Again, not available in the USA.
  • And if anyone can possibly explain to me what Chuck — I can announce three press releases per day every day – Schumer is even talking about with this new ticket reseller bill, I would be very grateful. Is it like a 48 hour waiting period on buying a gun? Ticket brokers must wait 48 hours? Basic economics should tell Chuck this won’t effect the pricing curve but hey, it must be a consumer-friendly bill because the head of Ticketmaster supports it! That alone should be enough to bury this misguided and useless piece of legislation. Noise for its own sake…

“I am very happy to support Sen. Schumer’s thoughtful proposal and leadership on this issue,” said Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff.

  • Q1 2009 had precisely zero albums released that made it to platinum status. And U2′s new album sold a paltry 35,000 units last week in the USA. Strong international sales will help but it looks like a hard climb to get to even 1.5 million US. Halfway there and the little engine is running out of steam.

Metallica’s Label Exit Coming?

March 24, 2009

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Lars Ulrich, drummer for uber-band, Metallic, sat with the LA Times for an interview. Lars has been an outspoken critic of P2p and file-sharing. And he’s a self-admitted Luddite. Wrong side of the past decade to be on.

But as I noted a few months ago, Metallica’s record deal is soon up and Lars is correctly saying that Metallica doesn’t really have a need for a major label anymore:

“The primary — not the only, but the primary — function of a record label is to act as a bank. When you’re fortunate enough to be successful and so on, you don’t need to rely on record companies as the banks. . . .”

I read Lars saying “bank” to mean “venture capital firm.” He’s Danish so I give him the ESL room in the quote — but he’s right. A&R is like venture capital. Signing a bunch of bands and paying for their records — an up-front against future royalties — is a lot like making a bunch of VC investments in fledgling companies. Most will fail but the few that make it will repay the risk with fat rewards.

But Metallica isn’t the first successful band. After all, The Rolling Stones and U2 and other massive bands stayed with their labels well after “success” was a given in a stratospheric career. If a major was just about being a VC firm, post the first deal those bands would have left their majors. They didn’t. They got more money. They got a bigger piece of the pie. But they stayed with a major. Until recently.

Now we can point to guys like Trent and Paul McCartney and Radiohead ditching the major label machine. If it’s not about the VC, what’s different.

It’s about the marketing and distribution.

No longer does radio and MTV rule. And one needed a label to get any kind of play on either.

No longer does physical distribution — with all that logisitics and fixed costs — matter. I can’t even find a record store near me — if I even wanted to.

Lars and Metallica can leave Warner because Warner doesn’t control marketing or distribution anymore. The bank part? Not important to Metallica.

But that doesn’t solve the whole problem. The new world of marketing and promotion independent of a major is still evolving. There are a bunch of service companies stepping in to try and fill the space but everyone is still groping in the dark. The dollars are smaller, the background noise is louder, and the possibility of screwing it up is bigger.

Sure, going back to a debt-laden major which spends all its time suing your fans and pissing them off as the world marches by the window isn’t the brightest move. Unless they’re offering a huge guarantee which is hard for them these days — see debt loads. But wandering out the door into the wilderness and saying, “I can do this myself” is a pretty crazy tact too. Plan carefully, hire smart people, triple-check the technology. Then go.

Back in SF, Lars used to bring a friend of mine that dark, salty Danish licorice she missed so much. He was really nice about it. He’s not a bad guy. He got caught on the wrong end of the P2P arguement because he didn’t understand what it all meant.

It’ll be an interesting to see what Metallica ends up doing. My guess? Another nail in the major label coffin…

Douglas Merrill Out At EMI

March 23, 2009

He didn’t even last a year. By all accounts, Douglas is a tech-savvy, smart, and engaging guy. Clearly those things are wrong for EMI. The announcement came today

EMI Music has announced a restructure that’ll see its digital unit merged back into the main company. Former Googler Douglas Merrill is stepping down from his role as president of digital and chief operating officer of EMI’s New Music unit, while senior VP of digital strategy Cory Ondrejka is being promoted to the new post of executive vice president of digital marketing.

Yup. That’s right. The top spot now goes to Cory.

He who co-founded the disastrous, money-sucking, flailing, hyped up virtual place to have sex with a sheep, Linden Labs aka Second Life.

He who thought iTunes’ music store was too complicated. Meanwhile hundreds of millions of people have purchased over 6 billion songs on it.

He who said, ““I neither buy nor hear much new music.”

With Guy Hands stepping out of the spotlight and, it appears, leaving it to Elio to run things, this has got to be one of those moments that a year from now Elio will look back on and wish it went a different way.

I wish Douglas well on his next endeavor.

Guy Hands Steps Down

March 17, 2009

It looks like Guy Hands has stepped down as CEO of Terra Firma. Tim Pryce, a co-founder, will be stepping up to the number one slot.

EMI will undoubtedly look much different a year from now than it does today.

The Honorable Thief Redux

February 26, 2009

Two years ago, I wrote as part of an overly-long missive: “But IP doesn’t have the same characteristics of hard goods. Not only do they need to stop me from stealing the product, they also need me to actually buy it. They need to turn the thief honorable.”

And from today’s Swedish Pirate Bay trial:

Laughter filled The Pirate Bay trial here Wednesday when John Kennedy, the chief executive of the International Federation of Phonographic Industries, testified that people would have purchased every music track they got free file sharing.

Kennedy answered an affirmative “Yes” to Pirate Bay defense attorneys when asked whether that was true. Bursting laughter could be heard from the audio room beside the courtroom where the trial’s sound was being broadcast.

I still don’t believe in the honorable thief demand curve. Stopping piracy will not result in a sudden and massive influx of revenue for the content rights holders and until they understand that key and basic truism, they will spend their time, energy, and resources trying to capture ghost revenues that will never ever materialize.

As scary as John Kennedy’s court room testimony is, it’s scarier that there are content company executives who may actually believe it.


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