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"The netlabel music scene is booming. These ultra-wired record labels focus on the online distribution of digital audio files, which in most cases, are released under Creative Commons licenses. This means that, in the netaudio world, artists often retain their copyright, producers can offer free downloads for promotion, and fans can hear the music when and how they want — for free.

To raise awareness of the burgeoning netlabel scene, harddisk-jockeys and audiophiles from around Europe gathered this October at the in RAW-tempel, where they packed the weekend with workshops on licensing models, collecting societies, audio techniques, music production, and Creative Commons." -- Read more

"When it comes to songs ripped from your CD collection or downloaded MP3s, widely-available software tools allow you to roll your own ringtones instead and put them on a variety of phones."

"But what the world of unencrypted music giveth, DRM-locked media can taketh away. DRM allows media vendors to restrict your fair use rights so that they can be sold back to you piecemeal as "features.""

"The latest example: Apple's announcement that you can now create ringtones of DRM-locked iTunes-purchased music. Apple will only let you convert those tracks to ringtones if you pay another dollar,

"Universal Music Group has announced that the company is going to test selling DRM-free music to consumers in order to assess the market."

"Doug Morris, UMG's chairman and CEO, said in a statement that the company began internally considering the DRM-free waters earlier this year, and the company is expanding its plans into a nationwide test to "provide valuable insights into the implications of selling our music in an open format."

The test will see UMG offering a portion of its catalog—primarily its most popular content—sold without DRM between August 21 and January 31 of next year."

" news:- R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie, Boots Riley of The Coup and other musicians and independent record labels are joining a nationwide campaign to recruit artists to support Rock the Net for net neutrality, being organised by the Future of Music Coalition..

More than two-dozen founding members of Rock the Net, including Canada's Sarah McLachlan and the Barenaked Ladies, will tomorrow launch a web site to allow other musicians, independent record labels and music fans to sign on and take action to support net neutrality, says

There are so many of these stories that I sometimes hesitate to make them featured news. They should be common knowledge by now and RIAA should be getting punished severely for what they are doing.

But this story will just blow you away. RIAA is suing a 10 year old girl, Kylee Andersen, which is actually a daughter of Tanya Andersen which is being sued previously by RIAA as well. So that's two baseless lawsuits brought upon one family. They are baseless because it is not until deep into the process that the defendants learn what exactly are they being accused of and because they in fact did not have anything to do nor were even capable of doing what they are accused of.