Microsoft, Yahoo and RealNetworks are facing legal actions from small music companies who claim they are making certain songs available to users of their respective music streaming services without first getting permission.
Are these private radio stations streamed through these services/protocols or are they actually hosted by the companies in question. There are streaming license fees applicable to this kind of model that are accepted by industry standards. I don't understand why they couldn't make one phone call and work out some sort of deal.
Drat... I was hoping the RIAA just got stupid and overstepped their bounds. After all, do you really think you can be a non-governmental agency and afford better lawyers than Microsoft? After all, a lot of times it is not whether the facts are on your side - it is more like the Cold War: Can you outspend your opponent and force them into financial collapse or an out-of-court settlement.
As to the music industry dying - probably. However, what were they suppose to change their business model to? A free product that is ad supported? Donation based like Wikipedia? No model, just make stuff and give it away free? Go through tightly controlled iTunes store, or pay huge licensing fees to Apple because they undoubtedly hold several key patents to creating and running an online music store?
Whatever happened to making music and art to express yourself and out of passion? I love to express yself in assorted ways, but if I get paid a cent, I'd be happy.
Second Hand Lands. A great indy game. Dev has spent arond $250k into the game and knows he will never profit from it or even remotely cover cost, yet he still works on it...
[citation][nom]zingam[/nom]I knew it that Microsoft is the biggest pirate of them all![/citation]
Microsoft historically has been the god of pirates. Maybe it's so easy to pirate Windows and associated programs because they just want to share the love to those willing?