Want to kill piracy? Then kill the advertising that supports piracy, says top British lawmaker Harriet Harman. The Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport offered the idea as part of a broader, music industry-focused anti-piracy speech at the University of Hertfordshire. The pro-content policymaker traversed a number of issues tied to education, copyright, and enforcement; the complete speech is here.
Is there a wireless ‘spectrum crunch‘ on the horizon? CNN/Money is pointing to a capacity overload in the US as soon as next year, which could put a damper on a number of music and entertainment applications (not to mention voice, text, and email functions). Naturally, smartphones and tablets are a big part of the problem, though debate surrounds exactly when crunchtime would begin (if at all).
Diddy is among the celebrities that will hold dedicated, minority-owned networks on Comcast, with Magic Johnson also among the participants. Diddy’s network, called Revolt, will launch in 2013 and feature a ‘from the ground up’ approach that heavily involves social networks. Former MTV and Live Nation executive Andy Schuon is also part of the Revolt launch. More in this announcement.
Eventbrite will be the exclusive ticketing partner for the upcoming Governors Ball Music Festival, happening late-June in New York. Passion Pit, Modest Mouse, Duck Sauce, Explosions
in the Sky, Chromeo, Devendra Banhart, Santigold, and Built to Spill are on the bill.
The Fader and MSN have just launched Sound Discovery (sounddiscovery.msn.com), a site dedicated to music festivals. Which means info and features on upcoming festivals like Noise Pop, SXSW, Ultra, and Coachella.
On the funding front, Facebook-focused fan connectivity platform Fanzy (fanzy.com) has just raised a second round of $500,000, which brings total financing to $850,000.
Digital Music Forum East has a new, social-focused look, and kicks off Wednesday in New York. We won’t be there unfortunately, but hey, have fun (more at digitalmusicforum.com/east).
Also on the conference circuit, Music 4.5 Mobile Music will be happening March 8th in London. More at music4point5.com.
There may be a major iTunes (and App Store) upgrade ahead, according to 9to5mac.com. The update is likely to include a major cosmetic upgrade.
And, MegaUpload’s Kim Dotcom has now been released on bail. The judge ruled that Dotcom has little means to escape, given that essentially all of his assets have been seized.