How Music’s Digital Shift Rapidly Impacted The Industry

shockwebpic_howmusicsdigitalshift“Widespread copyright infringement is like a generational shift and ignorance of existing law, similar to massive experimentation with illegal drugs in the 1960s,” says Stephen Witt, author of How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century and the Patient Zero of Piracy. The book was named on the “Best of the Year” lists of The Washington Post, Forbes, Slate, The Atlantic, Financial Times and others.

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The Culture of Free: A Look Back At Napster & Its Impact On Music

shockwebpic_napsternytimesdocuThis NY Times Retro Report documentary short takes a look back at the beginnings of the file-sharing program Napster which began in 1999 and its strong impact on the music industry, artists and music buying fans.

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US Gets New Copyright Alert System: ‘Six Strikes’ And Your Internet May Be Affected

Starting today, a new copyright alert system is being implemented in the US to prevent piracy. It seems this system has been designed to catch the most casual of pirates, as Computerworld, TorrentFreak and a host of others point out, the system is easy to circumvent and is focuses on monitoring torrent users who don’t take privacy precautions while downloading illegally acquired copyrighted material.

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Watch The New Pirate Bay Documentary – TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard

TPB AFK, the new documentary about the founders of the Pirate Bay is here. Directed by Simon Klose, read more about this project which we covered last month. Watch this full length feature and tell us your thoughts.

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Downloaded: The Rise And Fall Of Napster – A Documentary, Premieres At SXSW This Spring

It seems to be the year of music docs, ‘Downloaded: The Rise and Fall of Napster‘ is a feature length film on music industry game changer, Napster.

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Watch The Trailer For The Pirate Bay Documentary Due This Spring

Watch this trailer for the upcoming documentary about the founders of the file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, TPB AFK. The film is directed by Simon Klose and will be released this spring for free online and for sale in download and DVD form for those that would like to support the filmmakers.

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Will Megabox Be The Next Big Music Disruptor?

MegaUpload founder Kim DotCom has been teasing his latest creation, Megabox and today released a video giving us a first look at the upcoming service which he says will be a legal way for fans to access music and for artists to get compensated via advertising revenue. Dotcom claims the new service will be “unchaining artists and fans.”

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Copyright & Innovation: The Untold Story

Michael A. Carrier, a professor at Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey has written an in-depth article addressing the many issues surrounding copyright and it’s impact on innovation.

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Anontune: Anonymous Out To Disrupt The Music Industry With New Music Platform

In a move sure to attract attention from the music industry, a small group of coders claiming to be part of Anonymous is putting together a social music platform. The rather ambitious goal: Create a service that seamlessly pulls up songs streaming from all around the internet.

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A Technical Explanation Of SOPA & PIPA And Why They Are Unconstitutional

Here’s A Technical Examination of SOPA [Stop Online Piracy Act] and PIPA [Protect IP Act], written in plain english and illustrated in an easy infographic which explains why these two acts are such a tremendous threat to business, innovation and a censorship free internet in the U.S.

This is a handy guide for those trying to understand how this would affect the web…pass it on before it’s too late!

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