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Music Industry Trying To Penalize Everybody

According to an item on Wired, Some people in the music industry are working up a new plan to bilk people out of more money.  It goes back to one Jim Griffin, a consultant in “digital strategy” for three of the four major “big content” music providers, and his suggestion that ISPs collect a surcharge of $5.00 per user, per month and used “compensate songwriters, performers, publishers and music labels”.  The idea is that the money would be divided up according to the popularity of each artists’ popularity on P2P sites.

It’s amazing, some of the things people will try to come up with.  I can’t help thinking that ISPs who buy into it are gong to need medical id bracelets with “Impaired Brain Function” stamped on them.

Yeah, there’s a problem with piracy and so on but the answer is NOT to charge EVERYBODY for it.  That’s penalizing people who haven’t ever had anything to do with what they’re wanting to charge for.

All it’s going to do is align more people against the music industry, just like more and more people are aligned against the RIAA and the MPAA.  If the music industry keeps going down this road they’re going to end up losing out completely.  Already more and more artists are working out their own distribution and licensing arrangements by way of their websites and the power of internet distribution.  “Big Content” is quickly becoming outmoded.

[edited to add: Note that this $5.00 per user, per month surcharge would mean $20 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.  ….More than twice what the music industry is already making!!!  Let’s NOT let them get away with it!]

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MPAA Ranting Against Net Neutrality Agian

I’m thinking that the people running the MPAA need to get their story straight because what they’ve been saying lately sounds like they belong in a drug rehab facility.

Why? Because on the one hand, they’ve been ranting for years now about how online piracy is costing them humongous amounts of money.  Yet at the same time, they’re talking about all time record profits.

Specifically one of the MPAA heads, Dan Glickman, was at the ShoWest convention in Las Vegas and talked about things like the domestic box office numbers UP 5.4% to $9.63 billion…. The worldwide box office numbers up 4.9% to $26.7 billion… and so on.

Meanwhile, at that same ShoWest appearance, Glickman argued that neutrality regulations would prevent use of new tools that ISPs can use to prevent piracy.  (Can you say “Comcast”?  I knew you could!)

Of course, lobbyists for the MPAA and movie studios & so on have been hard at work trying to convince lawmakers that net neutrality is going to stop them from hunting down pirates.  Frankly, I think that they need to be stopped.

If they were to lay off spending so much time, money and other resources trying to stop people from sharing files, they might find that concentrating on just making more of the better quality movies and making them available at customer friendly prices would save everybody a whole bunch of aggravation.

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How would you like to get Charter High-Speed Internet for Life?  How about a Nintendo Wii?  Well, Charter has an auction style contest going that gives you a chance to win Both.

About the Wii.  It’s a Nintendo Wii Console and includes the Wii Stand a remote controller, a Nunchuck controller and a Sensor Bar and the AC adapter and AV cable.  And because it wouldn’t be much fun without any games, it comes with Baseball, bowling, Boxing, Golf and Tennis so when you get it all you need is a few minutes to set it up and you’re ready to play.

I wouldn’t mind winning one of those myself because of how it works the Wii is quickly becoming a popular form of exercise disguised as a game system with a high level of interaction.  So Click Here for a Chance to Win a Nintendo Wii.

But Wait!  There’s more!  You also get the chance to bid on getting Charter High-Speed Internet for Life…and that means the highest speed available in your area.  Bidding starts at $10.  Biding increments range from $1 to $25.  The winning bidder gets the fastest Charter High-Speed Internet service available in their area for life, a Gateway Modem and free installation.  You also get a certificate from Charter so that in the event you move, all you need to do is present it to the local Charter agent and they’ll set you up with the fastest connection available.  For the complete Sweepstakes Rules go to: http://connect.charter.com/ForLife/

Obviously it does require that you have to be in an area where Charter provides Internet serviceable area and so you have to take a second to verify that Charter Internet is available in your zip code.

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A Little Respect Please

One of the holiday traditions in our house is to watch one or more of the many football games.  This year we sat down to watch the Sugar Bowl because one of the teams, Hawaii, was one that we hadn’t actually heard of before and I don’t think they’d ever shown up in a bowl game before.  We thought that because of their 12-0 record it had potential to be a pretty good game.

As most people know, the start of a sporting event involves the playing of the national anthem and this is where my complaint is centered.  As The Star Spangled Banner played, the crowd that filled the Superdome showed an immense disrespect in not having the courtesy to spend the few minutes it took for the song to be played in a respectful state of quiet.

I’m sure that there were plenty of people there that did, however judging from what I saw and heard on the tv, MOST of the people there spent the time being anything but respectful.

I realize that people want to just cut loose at things like this and have fun … and I’m all for it.  Knock yourself out.  But at least have the decency to be still and shut your yap for a few minutes while the national anthem plays.  I don’t care if you don’t like it or whatever.  You can at least have a little respect for those who do like it and still believe in this country and SHUT UP for five minutes.

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iPod Nano Giveaway

First up, I’ve got a contest to tell about.  It’s an iPod Nano giveaway by Trusted Tours and Attractions.  Everyone who signs up to receive their Trusted Travel eNewsletter automatically gets an entry into a drawing to win an iPod Nano.  This offer ends on December 31st so you shouldn’t waste any time.  It only takes a few seconds (less than a minute anyway) to sign up.  You actually get a choice of what prize you’d like.. 4 tickets for a sightseeing tour in one of 21 cities across the country or an iPod Nano.  What with the Christmas gift season going full swing I’m betting a larger percentage will be choosing to win the iPod Nano.

While I was looking over the details for the giveaway, I had a look at the rest of the site.  It turns out that Trusted Tours and Attractions was created by Historic Tours of America in 1999 as their new Internet division.  Seeing they’ve been around since 1958 means that you’re not looking at a newcomer, they’re backed up by years of experience.  What Trusted Tours and Attractions does is offer tickets to the best sightseeing tours at a discount in 21 cities around the nation.

This got me to thinking a bit about travel.  Y’see while I’ve done a little bit of traveling, it’s never been for something like sightseeing and honestly, there’s a bunch of places that I’d like to see.  Take Boston for example.  That city is absolutely loaded with history.  There are quite probably more historic sites and stuff going back to the time of the revolutionary war and even before.  There is also quite a bit that’s gone on since then.  I don’t doubt a person could spend a month or more just hitting the high points.

Then there’s New York.  Not only is that city also loaded with historical significance.  It’s been the location for so many movies and television shows that you’d never be able to visit all of the places used scenes that most people would recognize.  All that just touches the edges of possibilities of just two cities.  These people are in twenty one cities.  You could spend your retirement going over all of them.

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