Former RIAA Lobbyist Firm Hired as Independent Technical Expert to Review ‘Six Strikes’ System | GamePolitics

CCI???s choice of a former RIAA lobbying firm makes it clear that the copyright owner parties to the Memorandum of Understanding were more interested in appointing someone they trust than in appointing someone the public can trust,

Lobbyist firm, “independent and impartial technical expert.”

The Piracy Crusade | MediaCommons Press

This site hosts the peer-to-peer review of the in-progress manuscript The Piracy Crusade: How the Music Industry???s War on Sharing Destroys Markets and Erodes Civil Liberties by Aram Sinnreich. The project is currently under contract with University of Massachusetts Press, which has allowed me to post the pieces here for pre-publication and open-review. The draft manuscript with comments will continue to live online here, even after the book has been published. This entire text is available to access freely under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

Interesting process and substance.

Nancy Baym: "Artist-Audience Relations in the Age of Social Media"

Social media have transformed relationships between those who create artistic work and those who enjoy it. Culture industries such as the music recording business have been left reeling as fans have gained the ability to distribute amongst themselves and artists have gained the ability to bypass traditional gatekeepers such as labels. The dominant rhetoric has been of ‘piracy,’ yet there are other tales to tell. How does direct access to fans change what it means to be an artist? What rewards are there that weren’t before? How are relational lines between fans and friends blurred and with what consequences? What new challenges other than making a living do artists face?

“To suggest that music is free and social is sort of sacrilege”

How copyright enforcement robots killed the Hugo Awards

Last night, robots shut down the live broadcast of one of science fiction’s most prestigious award ceremonies. No, you’re not reading a science fiction story. In the middle of the annual Hugo Awards event at Worldcon, which thousands of people tuned into via video streaming service UStream, the feed cut off – just as Neil Gaiman was giving an acceptance speech for his Doctor Who script, “The Doctor’s Wife.” Where Gaiman’s face had been were the words, “Worldcon banned due to copyright infringement.” What the hell?

How apt.