"In a dramatic acceleration of the seven-year sales decline that has battered the music industry, compact-disc sales for the first three months of this year plunged 20% from a year earlier, the latest sign of the seismic shift in the way consumers acquire music.
The sharp slide in sales of CDs, which still account for more than 85% of music sold, has far eclipsed the growth in sales of digital downloads, which were supposed to have been the industry's salvation.
The slide stems from the confluence of long-simmering factors that are now feeding off each other, including the demise of specialty music retailers like longtime music mecca Tower Records. About 800 music stores, including Tower's 89 locations, closed in 2006 alone.
"At least one American university has the courage to stand up for its students, refusing to cave in to blackmail threats being spammed to schools across the US by the Big 4 music cartel's RIAA.
The University of Wisconsin says it won't be a Big 4 copyright cop, or act as their runner in extorting 'settlement' money from students."
""The University of Wisconsin went against the national trends Friday by warning students about its policy regarding illegal file sharing but refusing to forward settlement letters to violators from the Recording Industry
Looks like someone in the US Congress is finally making some sense.
"Talking about the Future of Radio House Telecom and Internet sub-committee hearing, "that focused on the horrible ruling that could shut down Internet radio stations and the XM/Sirius proposed merger," he (Sean Garrett of The 463) says Doyle, "brought his fellow members into the current century with a story about one his constituents - who happens to be one of the hottest DJs of the moment ..." -- Read more
This extremely clearly illustrates just how out of line RIAA truly is with their anti-"piracy" lawsuits. This is basically one of their major business models and revenue streams. Pity that it is not only an unlawful business model (although they keep getting away with it), unethical and wrong on all counts imaginable.
An anonymous settler took a screenshot of the last page of a payment form for his settlement which says the following: "We thank you for your payment of $3,456.23 to settle case #****. Your receipt ID is ****.
"If the RIAA and SoundExchange get their way, independent webcasting / Internet radio will soon cease to exist.
Why? Earlier today, the Copyright Royalty Board, the group overseeing statutory licensing for US-based internet radio stations, announced the new royalty rates for streaming radio performance rights. The board rejected the arguments made by webcasters and instead chose to adopt the proposal put forth by industry-backed SoundExchange, a royalty fee collection agency created by the RIAA.
The new rates are based on â€œperformancesâ€ of songs. A â€œperformanceâ€ is defined as one song being streamed to a single listener. In other words, a station with 1000 listeners is charged for 1000 performances of each song it broadcasts."