Archive for May 2008

Song lyrics

May 29, 2008

OK, I am going to back off piracy today and flag up Jarvis Cocker’s comments on lyrics in The Telegraph. Just yesterday I was having a discussion with someone who contended that in French music lyrics are much more important (hence the chanson, and new chanson) and in Anglo-American music (with a few exceptions) the music/sound/rhythm was more important.

It is interesting that Jarvis, who lives in Paris (or did til recently?), follows the French view. Also the other great British lyric writers he mentions Lennon and Bowie are both song writers who spent time away from these shores (though Lennon later than when he wrote I Am the Walrus).

The moronic Noel Gallagher of course takes the low brow approach of “you could write any old nonsense and it didn’t matter”. Well if you get away with it and get rich and successful of course you can think that.

 

 

MTV anti-piracy ad sucks

May 27, 2008

Look at this pathetic ad from MTV against downloading illegally. The chasm between what the ad is saying and the worldview of the intended audience make it more or less useless. The comments on the linked page pour the appropriate level of scorn upon it.

 Now there is nothing wrong with MTV speaking out on digitial entertainment piracy. In fact informed debate and education is very much part of the way forward for the content industires. 

However this poor misguided ad makes them look thoroughly out of touch with their target demographic who probably look more like this (thanks Corbis) when listening to their illegally downloaded music……   

 

 

 

 

 

The US piracy Watch List

May 16, 2008

Apparently Canada has been added to the IAPC watch list (Billboard), joining illustrious piracy havens such as China and Russia. The fact that the US has this list is somewhat a joke since it is itself one of the biggest digital content piracy melting pots. Among the biggest threats to US content are the number of casual pirates in the US itself, and the scale of commercial digital piracy being enabled by numerous sites.

Where do I start?

Google-hosted blogs linking to infringing content – this is now a substantial source of unreleased music content leaking.

Limewire – a case lumbering it’s way to court.

Soulseek – as far as I can see has been left alone.

The huge number of file-lockers hosting infringing content.

Social networks used for large-scale infringement (e.g. Hi5, Bebo and Multiply).

BitTorrent index sites (e.g. TorrentReactor, TorrentPortal and BTmon)

When will this fat-bellied, dinosaur of a country think about getting its own house in order and leading by example before putting other countries on lists? They’ll be handing out detentions next!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonsense from Coldplay?

May 8, 2008

 So lots of people downloaded the free single from Coldplay last week. EMI claimed that the total number of downloads was 4 times the combined sales of the Top 40. Well great. There are always some great stats about how free stuff outperformed paid for content, just ask the IFPI! 

It gets worse. They are offering buy one get on free on the album tracks and Chris Martin has swallowed the no one buys albums anymore line:

“As I said before nobody buys albums any more, certainly no body buys full albums and we’ve made an album that you have to have from start to finish.”

The thing is some music fans do buy albums. Especially if then album is good. NEws travels fast on the internet. Maybe it is even some demographics do. It’s strange but the buy-on-get-one-free approach seems to undermine the value of the music, and this album in particular, much more than either Radiohead’s pay what you like or Nine Inch Nails giveaways or tiered pricing.

Coldplay may have received some great covereage with the single download. With the requirement of an email address in exchange for the track they may also have substantially grown their email database.

These subsequent comments make them look a bit desperate – or is it the label? I remember the unconvincing reports that EMI’s move to DRM-free had been a success. Question is did or will EMI make any money by consequence of this stunt?

Update: It gets worse…

“It doesn’t matter whether the record is good or bad,” he said.

“It matters that it’s colourful. The songs are supposed to be flavours, things we haven’t tasted before.”  

 

 

 

Dandelionhood

May 7, 2008

http://www.locusmag.com/Features/2008/05/cory-doctorow-think-like-dandelion.html