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Managers behinds acts like Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, and the Verve have called for a levy to be added to tickets resold on the internet. The managers – who represent 400 other bands and artists – have teamed up to create the Resale Rights Society (RRS). Under their plans, musicians would get a share in the proceeds of every ticket resold on websites such as eBay.
Game reviewer affirms advertisers run the show – Valleywag
Was CNET’s firing of GameSpot editor Jeff Gerstmann a bizarre special case? Isn’t it hard to believe Gerstmann was axed to appease an advertiser? Not at all, says a game reviewer who claims he’s been pushed out by advertisers twice. Don’t for one second think that this kind of thing is unusual. Publishers and editors use “the appearance of integrity” as a smokescreen for their subsidized spinelessness more often than you want to know.
MPAA head: Content filtering is in ISPs’ best interests – Ars Technica
As befits a man who has spent years in DC, the MPAA’s Dan Glickman has polished his share of folksy analogies to a shine. “I used to grow popcorn, and now I sell it,” he told a crowd of bankers and analysts yesterday at the UBS Global & Communications Conference in New York, a reference to his tenure as Secretary of Agriculture. Now, though, Glickman is the self-described “chief hired gun or mercenary for the [motion picture] industry,” and his comments give us a window into what the movie studios are thinking. His words yesterday revealed that movie execs are thinking about one thing in particular: the technology that can be used to halt film piracy, and that they expect ISPs to implement it.
Sun promises prize money to boost open source efforts – IDG News Service
Sun Microsystems will today (5 December) release details of a new award program meant to spur growth and activity within the company’s open-source efforts, according to a post by Sun’s open-source officer, Simon Phipps, on his corporate blog.
Royalty Board Sets Satellite Radio Rates, SoundExchange Wants More – Digital Music News
The US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has now issued its decision on satellite radio performance royalty rates. The Board set rates at 6.0 percent of gross revenues, a payout that ramps to 6.5 percent by 2009, and 7.5 percent by 2010. Satellite radio executives appeared comfortable with results, which fell inline with earlier analyst expectations.
Google Pre-Launches New iPhone Interface – TechCrunch
We heard a rumor that Google was going to launch a new interface for users accessing the site via an iPhone in the next few days. But an anonymous tip let us know it actually launched without any warning or announcement this evening. If you visit Google.com from an iPhone, you now get a menu of services to choose from – home (search box), Gmail, Calendar, Reader and More (docs, sms, goog-411, news, photos, blogger and notebook). It`s basically all of the core Google services, accessible from a single easy to use menu.
Young Europeans prefer Internet to TV: poll – Agency France-Press
Young Europeans prefer the Internet over television, and nearly half say they watch less TV because of surfing the web, a poll of 10 European countries showed Wednesday. More than 7,000 people were questioned as part of the survey released by the European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA).
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