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Hard News: The Mega Conspiracy

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  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    it may be that wholesale prices can vary as well,

    So why not just price per track/minute, just like any other bland commodity. Discount for bulk even. You could even price it per bit, that way you pay more for quality or you could just wait for the iMusician® random hit generator which picks up on your mood and plays appropriate tunes (warning; may cause emotional feedback loop and turn you into a terminally wretched person, an iAm or iGot)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4669 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    So why not just price per track/minute, just like any other bland commodity.

    Percentage based royalties are almost universal these days, no matter what commodity you look at.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    True but sad.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4669 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod - A TED talk from the last few days (might even be yesterday)

    Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.

    Rob Reid is a humor author and the founder of the company that created the music subscription service Rhapsody.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 1874 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    True but sad.

    No, true but good. I'd rather have a percentage that adjusts with the price of an item than being reliant on a fixed return. Ask anyone signed to an old fashioned recording deal in the early 1960s how it felt to be on a farthing a record in the mid 1970s.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Todays granny shows up blunders by Police

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6005 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    I'm not sure there is anything about this case that hasn't been fucked up.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 1874 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    OT: Mr Wikileaks plans to run for the Aussie Senate. Pirate Party, methinks?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4155 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Big media flex their muscles again...
    This time they want Hotfile. Google steps in.
    Emboldened by Megaupload shutdown, Hollywood targets Hotfile

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4669 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Pirate Bay plans to build aerial server drones with $35 Linux computer

    Chris Dodd, the current head of the MPAA, has a flock of flying monkeys standing by ready to take action against TPB's airships.

    Whatever next?.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4669 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4155 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    I get the notion that the seemingly ardent over-zealotry of the US DOD in this case may ultimately prove to be a string in the defence bow:

    Neil MacBride, the US Attorney for the Eastern District Of Virginia, has a message for anyone who lost personal data when his office swooped on the MegaUpload operation in January: “Fuck you, I’m a fucking US Attorney and I can do whatever I fucking like”. Well, I’m paraphrasing slightly, but that’s certainly the sentiment expressed by the official in his latest court submission relating to the Mega saga

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4155 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    seemingly ardent over-zealotry of the US DOD

    Perhaps you mean DOJ? Although, from what I've read elsewhere there was a fairly substantial portion of MU's traffic and data storage that went to deployed military personnel for videos of their escapades.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3898 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Instead of posting geotagged pictures of their shiny new helicopters on Facebook, with predictable results.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4420 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Who needs intel when the troops shoot themselves in the foot?

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 1874 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 1874 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    The criminal charges against Kim Dotcom in the United States may never get to trial, the judge overseeing the case has told the FBI.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4672 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 1874 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to nzlemming,

    Brazil's copyright societies indicted for fraud, new law demands efficient, transparent collecting societies

    I think ours are very conscientious these days and transparent in their structure and accounting, but I had reason to query a statement sent from the Hungarian office many years back. The record had gone to number 1 there and the airplay figure was just $10.

    I questioned this and was told that most radio didn't report, and - anyway - the singles chart was based on physical sales there, not airplay as it was in much of the world.

    The sales figure arrived - for $10. I again questioned it and was told by the record company that the singles chart was airplay based and there was no real market for physical issues.

    I still have the plaque for the # 1 but that $20 was all we ever saw.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    heheh - Catch-22 alright

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 1874 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    is this how the MegaUpload saga will end?
    Feds Seized Hip-Hop Site for a Year, Waiting for Proof of Infringement

    Federal authorities who seized a popular hip-hop music site based on assertions from the Recording Industry Association of America that it was linking to four “pre-release” music tracks gave it back more than a year later without filing civil or criminal charges because of apparent recording industry delays in confirming infringement, according to court records obtained by Wired.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4672 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    From the herald article this morning

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10825903

    Mr Davison asked about the origin of intelligence used to plan the raid, raising a meeting two months earlier attended by officers from Ofcanz, the police legal section, the Crown Law Office, American authorities and the unnamed group.

    Taxpayers re funding a mystery group who have input into police raids.
    In an open democracy the High Court and the people should be entitled to know.

    And the mystery group at the Dotcom meeting is...............?

    Perhaps representatives from the Office of the First Citizen John Key The First.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1185 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Iain Banks had his rock star character in Espedair St receive his Eastern Bloc royalties on a barter basis in the form of bulldozers and the like, which he stored in his deconsecrated church in Glasgow. I'm sure this is based on fact.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4420 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    And the mystery group at the Dotcom meeting is

    Probably GCSB, being the Government's IT experts. Somewhat excessive, really, but not a secret agency. A bit surprised Davison didn't ask that question.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3898 posts Report Reply

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