p2pnet news view Music:- What do music sharing genius Michael Robertson and massive illegal file sharing criminal (according to the RIAA) Marie Lindor have in common? – p2pnet asked earlier today, going on:
“MP3Tunes owner Michael Robertson recently said EMI has been engaging in massive free online distribution, ‘using its own websites, using music blogs and other third party sites, and employing paid content delivery networks, of its song files, including the song files which it alleges MP3 is infringing,’ posted Ray Beckerman in Recording Industry vs The People recently.”
And home health aide Marie Lindor, 60, represented by Beckerman and who until the RIAA came long knew as much about computers as she did flying a jet, is supposedly a massive online distributor of copyrighted music.
Now, in an open Letter to Doug Merrill (rght), president of digital strategy, EMI, “Since you haven’t responded to my phone calls or emails, I thought I’d resort to the most public of connection methods,”" says Robertson on his blog.
Ex-Google CIO Douglas Merrill, regular p2pnet readers will recall, is on record as saying file sharing isn’t “necessarily bad”.
In fact, “There is academic research that shows file sharing is a good thing for artists,” he once told The Guardian, also noting:
“We should do a bunch of experiments to find out what the business model is.”
Now, “I think you’re already aware of this, but just for some background, your employer EMI is suing my company MP3tunes for the music locker service we have built so music fans can store all their music online and listen anywhere” says Robertson, continuing »»»
They’re also suing us for our search engine Sideload.com. And, while they haven’t mentioned it yet, I imagine they won’t like Sideload’s close cousin Tuneroom – the first mobile phone music search engine. There are no files on Sideload/Tuneroom just links to publicly available files. In notices sent to my company and filings with the court, EMI attorneys have said that no EMI files are authorized to be searchable at Sideload and we can’t offer music lockers.
I believe the lawsuit was filed before you began at EMI, but since your employment, I’m sure you have come to learn that EMI widely distributes free MP3 files. We recently gave the court three categories where EMI distributes promotional songs for your artists:
Through promotional music sites like Amazon, Spin, MTV, and online blogs. I listed more than 100 sources from EMI’s original takedown notice which fit this categorization. See my declaration for a complete list.
On many of EMI’s own web sites. (See list of sample links below.)
Via CDN (content delivery networks) that EMI pays to distribute MP3 files. (See list of sample links below.)
I applaud EMI’s progressiveness for widely distributing some music files for free on the net. (A decade ago I wrote an editorial about how the record labels could create a top 50 web site by rotating a few full length songs for free download each day – which you should still do!) But what concerns me is the hypocrisy of EMI suing my company for linking to those files and giving people secure, password protected online storage for their personal music collection for both free and paid DRM-free files EMI distributes.
I’ve heard glowing reports from many who know you (and your blog is as heartfelt as I’ve read on the net). I apologize for the ingenuousness of my forthcoming questions, but I feel compelled to ask since you are the head of digital strategy for EMI:
- Do you think consumers should have the right to store their music collection online?
- Do you think online storage is illegal?
- Since you previously worked at Google (and they have many millions more MP3s listed in their search engine than Sideload) did you consider that an illegal service?
- Should Google be shut down?
- Do you condone EMI’s legal assault on MP3tunes?
- Do you think that Sideload is illegal and should be shutdown?
MP3tunes recently told the court that EMI distributes a massive amount of music for free on the net and their actions against us are simply meant to harass MP3tunes and drive us out of business. “All that’s necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke) From your blog you seem like a good man. What EMI is attempting to do to MP3tunes is evil. Online music storage is both protected under the law (DMCA 512-C) and a natural progression of cloud services and technology. Furthermore MP3tunes has always run our service in the most responsible manner with the tightest security of any online storage service on the net.
As President of Digital Music for EMI, I would ask you to closely examine our situation. If you agree with your employers stance, then have the courage to defend it publicly by responding to my questions publicly or privately. If you disagree, then I challenge you to do something to halt it so we can focus on our business without interference.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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