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Music, Microcaster DJs get screwed under new licensing fees

Microcaster DJs get screwed under new licensing fees

Conventional wisdom dictates that the Internet should be a magical musical wonderland where everyone can be a DJ. But when it comes to user-programmed online radio, the Web is becoming less democratic, squeezing out the little guy with high royalty…
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News, Feature The Day the Music Dies

The Day the Music Dies

Elise Nordling answers the door to SomaFM's warehouse headquarters in the Mission District wearing blue hair, a studded belt, blue jeans, and black slip-on flats. She glides up three flights of stairs and into an art-filled workspace the Internet radio…
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Music, Mixtape Shmixtape

Mixtape Shmixtape

Normally this column is used to recommend local mixes worth hunting down. Since the last installment, though, a major national scandal has cut and scratched the mixtape world, possibly beyond repair. On Jan. 16, an Atlanta S.W.A.T. team in cooperation…
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Music, OK Then

Polishing the Brass

"The market has determined the value of music on the Internet, and that value is nothing." That's one of my favorite quotes from the full day of panel discussions and lectures I had the pleasure of sitting in on at…
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Music, OK Then

Raw Sue-age

Last Monday, Sept. 8, the Recording Industry Association of America, a trade group that represents the Big 5 major labels -- BMG, EMI-Capitol, Vivendi-Universal, Sony, and AOL Time Warner -- announced it had filed lawsuits against 261 file-sharers who, it…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Download or Die

RIAA also stands for Really Intrusive Avaricious Asswipes You're in deep doo-doo, and it's all Khia's fault. Some jerk on the bus was humming her tune "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)," and by the time you got home, you…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

All quiet on the Webcaster front

The Librarian of Congress means "Shhhh" when he says "Shhhh" The music industry is in free fall. Everywhere you turn, you find articles about how sales are shrinking faster than Jose Canseco's testicles. So what brilliant scheme does the Recording…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Paying through the nose -- and the ears

For music fans outside the mainstream, live streaming audio has been a godsend. Now a guy in Anchorage can tune in to a college radio broadcast of a norteño program from Albuquerque, or a woman in Alameda can listen to…
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Culture, Stuff Ransom Notes

Ransom Notes

No one likes to be seen as the roadblock to a revolution. The unfortunate soul -- or the dumb bastard -- who chooses to impede progress is likely to be mowed down by those charging toward tomorrow. He will become…
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Music, Dead Set on Deconstruction

Dead Set on Deconstruction

It's been seven years since Negativland ventured out to the heartland to relate its strange tales and stranger execution on the stages of America. Don Joyce, one of the band's human interfaces, can barely believe the lapse in time himself.…
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Music,

Riff Raff

So Chuck D and About 100 Lawyers Walk Into This Bar ... In the near future, says Spinner.com CEO David Samuel, you'll be able to download the entire catalog of a single artist for a flat fee -- say, $200…
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Music,

The Men of la Mantra

Can a tiny local company with one year under its belt and two pieces of product to its name reshape the face of the entire home-entertainment industry? The young founders of OM Records think it's a distinct possibility. The latest…
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