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Archive for July 13th, 2010

Why Even Major Label Musicians Rarely Make Money From Album Sales

If any other organization – other than the MPAA’s studios – pulled off this type of scam, they’d be shut down and the heads of the company would go to jail. Why aren’t the RIAA and MPAA dead yet? Borderline criminal organizations both.

Read the whole thing – it’s long and complex but if you have any doubt about the immoral intent of these organizations, read it.

Why on earth would anyone want a recording contract in this day and age. Money actually gets made by bands that sack their Record company and go it alone, or who have never had a recording contract to rob them blind.




Sony adds to Samsung’s warning about 3D TV

Sony adds to Samsung’s warning about watching 3D TV.

Funny that Sony should add it’s warning to that of Samsung a while back – More Good News for 3D? back in mid April. Now ArsTechnica reports that both Nintendo and Sony are placing warnings:

“Some people may experience discomfort (such as eye strain, eye fatigue or nausea) while watching 3D video images or playing stereoscopic 3D games on 3D televisions,” the 3D section of the PlayStation 3 Terms of Service reads. “If you experience such discomfort, you should immediately discontinue use of your television until the discomfort subsides.” The other paragraphs consist of standard warnings: if your eyes hurt, stop playing until they stop hurting. Ask your doctor about younger children using 3D devices.

Reggie Fils-Aime, the President and COO of Nintendo of America, issued a similar warning when talking to Kotaku. “We will recommend that very young children not look at 3D images,” he said. “That’s because, [in] young children, the muscles for the eyes are not fully formed… This is the same messaging that the industry is putting out with 3D movies, so it is a standard protocol. We have the same type of messaging for the Virtual Boy, as an example.”



NYC court tosses FCC’s fleeting expletives policy.

NYC court tosses FCC’s fleeting expletives policy

It’s always been unreasonable to hold the broadcaster responsible for the actions that happen on air that they have no control over – other than never really doing anything live, which kind of kills the last real opportunity for broadcasters.

An essential decision for the future of broadcasting live TV.

FCC spokeswoman Jen Howard had no immediate comment.

“The score for today’s game is First Amendment one, censorship zero,” said Andrew Jay Schwartzman, policy director of Media Access Project, which joined the case on behalf of musicians, producers, writers and directors.

Carter Phillips, a Washington lawyer who argued the case for Fox Television Stations Inc., called the decision satisfying. He said the court had “sent the FCC back to square one to start over” by not only tossing the FCC’s fleeting expletive policy but also a broader indecency policy as unconstitutionally vague.


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