What Else? Your Party, Public WiFi, Libera, HMV, MIDEM, Sirius, Clive Davis, Gangnam, Hall of Fame…

‘Your Party,’ by Ween, it’s an awesome song. Which brings us to MIDEM, where we’ve already received generous invites to parties from companies like Kobalt and FUGA (we accept).  But who else is on the must-attend itinerary?  More shindigs ahead…

Are we staring at the end of open, easy, latte-powered WiFi in the US?  It now looks like cafes could become collateral damage of ‘six strikes,’ set to be implemented soon by US-based ISPs.  In recent comments by the administering Center for Copyright Control (CCI) to Torrentfreak, cafes are mostly overstepping their bounds by offering take-all wireless, and could be forced to close their accounts to avoid warnings.

A2IM is now accepting submissions for its second annual Libera Awards, aka ‘the Libbys,’ sort of an indie answer to the Grammys.  Submissions are due February 17th, more at a2im.org.

And the latest from the carnage of HMV?  Restructuring specialist Hilco has now confirmed that it has purchased the debt of HMV only, and not the broader business.  Whether HMV gets dismantled is another question, though reports contiinue to point to active subsidizing and rescue efforts from major labels.  “Hilco believes there to be a viable underlying HMV business and will now be working closely with Deloitte who, as administrators, are reviewing the business to determine future options,” the company noted.

The Sirius XM Radio board is now getting shaken up, thanks to incoming owner Liberty Media.  Among the departed is the oft-truant Leon Black, as well as Lawrence Gilberti and Jack Shaw.

In SXSW news, Clive Davis has now been named a featured speaker, with the regaling commencing March 14th.  Also worth watching will be Downloaded, a Napster documentary debuting at the festival.  Take a peek.

And the question of just how much ‘Gangnam Style’ has earned continues.  In a recent earnings call, Google pointed to ‘all-in advertising’ revenues of more than $8 million, which sounds astonishingly high.  The record-obliterating video now has 1.23 billion views.

Elsewhere, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is now spreading details on its upcoming, April 18th induction ceremony.  John Mayer and Gary Clark, Jr. are among the performers, with an inductee slate that includes Rush, Quincy Jones, and Public Enemy, among others.  The action is happening at LA Live (tickets on sale February 1st).

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  1. Visitor
    Visitor

    “Are we staring at the end of open, easy, latte-powered WiFi? It now looks like cafes could become collateral damage of six strikes, set to be implemented by US-based ISPs. In recent comments by the administering Center for Copyright Control (CCI) to Torrentfreak, cafes are mostly overstepping their bounds by offering take-all wireless, and could close the accounts to avoid warnings.”

    Most of us probably agree that anonymous web access makes it too easy for criminals to distribute child porn and other illegal files.

    But it’s not surprising that Torrentfreak brings this story.

    The magazine not only has close relations to organized crime, it’s also one of the few websites in the world that doesn’t remove justifications for pedophilia from their forum.

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    • Casey
      Casey

      Agree or not doesn’t matter. Should we kill off a truly useful and innovative product just because a few people might abuse it? I tend to think not.

      Business accounts should be immune from 6 strikes. You can’t control your employees/users. It is simply not possible. And the internet is an absolute necessity for modern businesses.

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      • Visitor
        Visitor

        “just because a few people might abuse it?”

        Why don’t you ask victims of child abuse? Perhaps they’ll agree with you.

        My guess is they won’t, though…

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        • Casey
          Casey

          Killing open wifi because someone might be able to transmit child porn isn’t going to fix the problem. Disturbed people are going to do that anyway. Whether they have to buy a foreign VPN service, use TOR, or steal a neighbor’s wifi.

          It might actually be better to have upload/download it on open wifi connections in public places. It is by far the easiest place to catch a person because open wifi is insecure and the people let their gaurd down. If someone uses TOR or a VPN, even the FBI will have trouble catching them. If they steal a neighbor’s wifi, someone else is probably going to be wrongly accused and the offender will go unnoticed.

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          • Visitor
            Visitor

            Bottom line:

            Do we want to make it irresistibly easy for criminals to distribute child porn and other illegal files?

            I know your answer, given the fact that you not only find it necessary to use VPN’s yourself but also to make them.

            But people with children and intellectual property to protect live in a very different reality.

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