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RSS Media, a great potential for online music distribution

March 1, 2007

Really Simple Syndication or RSS is a XML file (eXtensible Markup Language) which usually contains information such as news update or links. RSS feeds are widely used to get information from your favorite sites, from only one place (a web browser with RSS enabled for example).
But RSS has much more potential than carrying text or links. RSS 2.0 is able to carry information about media file which allow the reader to play the file from their RSS reader. Information such as size, type but also copyright and rating (if explicit content for example) can be contain into the RRS feeds. RSS 2.0 is part of the new web standard 2.0 and still have to reach a lot of web users who doesn’t use this technology yet. In a near future, I can imagine that RSS feeds and so RSS media will be as common as peer-to-peer at open the door to a major online music distribution system.
In order to respect copyright and make it profitable, a fee could be applied to the obtention of the RSS feeds.

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What is PPL?

March 1, 2007

Ever wonder how nightclubs, bars or restaurant can play music legally?
Well it’s simple, you just need to buy a Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) licence. The licence cover the copyright fee and allow to play mechanically recorded music.
Nightclubs owner who think that they get away with it are facing serious legal actions, such as a ban of playing music, quite logical after all. That’s what happens to Mr R Hussain (owner of Bracknell’s Shikara nightclub) who was told by the justice that he wasn’t using the proper license. He faces a heavy fine and even prison if he doesn’t come back on the legal side. Read about this story here.
If you are an artist and have your music played in the media (TV, radio, clubs…), you need to register to the PPL organisation in order to receive your royalties. Get more information at www.ppluk.com

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Vinyl never dies

February 23, 2007

Vinyl pellets before being process into a discAfter decades of existence and competition with modern music medium (cds, mp3…), the vinyl industry is still standing. And this is due to passion of certain people to the warmth and analog tone of music played on a vinyl. There are still a standard in DJing as well, for scratching, mixing and blending.

Nashville’s United Record Pressing (www.urpressing.com) has been manufacturing vinyl for over 40 years and is today the biggest producer with an average of 40.000 discs pressed everyday.

Vinyl will always be a vintage and stylish object, as well as a very lively way to listen to music with its little cracks and its “round sound”. Modern music medium may be easier to distribute and share but they will never replace the pleasure of having a vinyl in your hand and playing it. Vinyl are much more valuable than cd for the reason I’ve stated but also because you can’t reproduce it yourself, they are unique piece of art.

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What is “Creative Commons”

February 15, 2007

Creative Commons is an organisation which provides copyright laws, similar to “some rights reserved”.
Instead of using “all right reserved”, producers, artist or any other person who wish to protect his work can use a “Creative Commons” license if they want to partly protect their creations.
There four main categories:

Attribution:
You can distribute, copy, display or perform the creation as long as you give credit to the author.

Non-commercial:
You can distribute, copy, display or perform the creation but not for a commercial purpose.

No derivative work:
You can distribute, copy, display or perform the creation but can amend or manipulate the original creation.

Share alike:
You can distribute, copy, display or perform the creation but if a derivative production is made, it must be released under the same license.

If you produced a piece of art and you would like to protect under a Creative Commons license, you need to generate a page listing you condition and a piece of code that you embed in your web site if so.
Go to http://creativecommons.org/license/ and enter you condition to obtain your own license.