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Judge Throws Out 57-Year-Old Copyright On “We Shall Overcome”

from ars technica A federal judge ruled (PDF) on Friday that the most famous verse of the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome” is not copyrighted. The ruling is a decisive, but still incomplete, win for the two plaintiffs. One of those plaintiffs is a charity group called the “We Shall Overcome Foundation” that’s making a movie about the song, and the […]

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The Evolution Of Recorded Music

from kottke The Recording Academy has produced a series of three short and breezy videos on the history of recorded music, from the wax cylinder phonograph to cassette tapes to CDs to MP3s. Interest piqued, I went to read more about the history of the CD. When developing the disc, the physical size of it […]

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The American Songbook: One Man’s Canon

from The New Yorker Here is a collection of precisely a hundred and twelve CDs—my absolute favorites from the American Songbook. I play them regularly on my radio programs on WNYC-FM, and they’ll be called upon to an even greater degree when a new streaming channel, the Jonathan Channel (named, I must hurriedly tell you, by […]

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Postscript: Lou Reed

from The New Yorker When I proposed marriage to someone with a song, Lou Reed did the work for me. I handed over a small mirror with a handwritten note, which said only, “I’ll be your mirror.” The lyrics sum up the work of marriage better than any song I know: “When you think the […]

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Dream Songs: The Music of the March on Washington

from The New Yorker Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which brought roughly two hundred and fifty thousand men, women, and children, mostly African-American, to the nation’s capital. It’s best remembered for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” speech, though that was only a corner […]

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A Striking Evolution In Jazz

from Ted.com Not without a struggle (and a measure of healthy angst), acclaimed pianist Eric Lewis is driving the next evolution of jazz — forging new musical alloys of classic blue note scuttles, delicate improvisations and heady alt rock hooks. Now, with a roster of sold-out shows and a growing list of celebrity supporters, his […]

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The Music Industry’s New Internet Problem

from BW.com Five years ago, New York-based graphic designer Gitamba Saila-Ngita spent around $100 a month buying CDs and digital downloads to fill his iPod. Now, he spends less than $10 each month on tunes. The reason? He gets almost all of his music from services like Imeem and Last.fm (CBS) where he can listen […]

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Music vs. The Music Industry

from Seth’s Blog Some excerpts from an interview on the future of the music industry. I was being specific about one industry, but I think it applies to just about everything: The music industry is really focused on the ‘industry’ part and not so much on the ‘music’ part. This is the greatest moment in […]

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RIAA Seeks Sanctions Against Harvard Law School Prof

from ars technica The Joel Tenenbaum file-swapping case continues to get weirder–and we’re still months away from an actual trial. Not only has the RIAA now appealed the judge’s order allowing one particular hearing to be webcast, but music industry lawyers are now seeking sanctions on Tenenbaum’s lawyer, Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson. The webcasting […]

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Why Apple Should Be Worried About Songbird

from ReadWriteWeb Earlier this week, the open-source music player built on Mozilla technology, Songbird, finally made its 1.0 release. After being in development for two years, this version feels like the kind of solid media player we’ve been expecting and hoping for all along. Although nothing is entirely bug-free, this release worked smoothly, with both […]

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Judge Rejects ‘Making Available’ Defense, Orders Teen File Sharer to Pay RIAA $7,400

from Wired A federal judge is ordering a Texas college student to pay the Recording Industry Association of America $7,400 to settle copyright infringement allegations involving her use of the peer-to-peer file sharing network Kazaa when she was a juvenile. The decision contradicts last month’s mistrial ruling in the nation’s only file sharing case to […]

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