In its latest bid to show its progressive side, popular band Pearl Jam has just released its latest music video, "Life Wasted," under a Creative Commons license.
That means, according to Creative Commons creative director Eric Steuer, that anyone will be able to "legally copy, distribute and share the clip" for noncommercial purposes.
Steuer thinks that this is the first music video from a major record label to be so licensed. But either way, it's a great step forward for those who believe that content can be both protected and shared, something the record companies … Read more
Grammy-nominated musician Moby plans to back up Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey on Thursday in a push to enact a federal Net neutrality mandate.
The politician and the pop star plan to headline a rally scheduled for 1 p.m. EST at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington D.C. The event is being put on by the Save the Internet Coalition, an alliance of groups ranging from the liberal Moveon.org to the conservative Gun Owners of America.
They're billing it as forum for promoting "Internet freedom" and protesting "corporate takeover." A "growing … Read more
Microsoft didn't announce a deal with the Dixie Chicks on Thursday.
They didn't announce a partnership and didn't show off a new Web site.
But if the band was working on such a deal, it would be because the current model is broken, said Simon Renshaw, music manager for Strategic Artists Management, which represents the band.
"The record companies aren't going to be around in their current form forever," Renshaw, said, speaking on a panel at the Strategic Account Summit conference for advertisers here.
But they didn't announce such a deal. So please … Read more
Microsoft has hired Niall Kennedy to lead development of a syndication platform, which will use RSS and Atom to broadcast information to a range of devices.
Kennedy, a search engine expert who last worked at Technorati, discussed the plans on his blog on Monday.
He noted that Live.com will be Microsoft's primary aggregation point of syndicated feeds for many users.
"Live.com is the new default home page for users of the Internet Explorer 7 and the Windows Vista operating system," he said.
"I want RSS and Atom syndication technologies to be available anywhere, integrated … Read more
According to Thom's Web site, the official signing was Webcast at 9 p.m. U.K. time on April 3, 2006 and was "the first Webcast signing in major record label history."
The Scottish singer/guitarist has attracted fans with her live Webcam concerts from her basement in London.
"Anyone wanting to come to the venue physically and not watch it on the Web, please note that the room capacity is a maximum of 10 … Read more
Reports persist that Apple is planning to launch a widescreen version of the video iPod.
In a research note Tuesday, American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu said that Apple has told distributors "that its high-end 60 GB vPod is 'at risk' until the end of April, meaning it could be discontinued and/or replaced."
It may still be a ways off, however. "Timing is not certain to us, but we believe a new widescreen vPod with Bluetooth headphones could be ready as early as the June quarter," Wu wrote.
France's National Assembly has passed a bill that could force Apple Computer and others to share the details on previousely secret music protection formats.
According to an Associated Press report, France's lower house gave the nod to a bill that would both impose new fines on music pirates and would require more openness among the companies that protect digital content with rights management technologies.
The proposed legislation would require companies to share their copy-protection technology with rivals that are developing competing music services and devices, AP said.
Currently, Apple's iPod works with songs purchased on iTunes, as … Read more
Pope Benedict XVI got an iPod on Friday, thanks to a group of workers at Vatican Radio.
According to a Catholic News Service story, the pontiff got a 2GB white Nano, loaded with, among other things, the radio station's programming in English, Italian and German, as well as classical tunes from Mozart, Chopin and Stravinsky.
The Nano was given to the Pope following a visit to Vatican Radio, CNS reported.