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1. Band of the Week: Between The Buried And Me
2. Article: The Featured Artist's Coalitions Air Statement: How They Want To Ban Illegal Music Downloading.
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1. Band of the Week: Between The Buried And Me
My Bass Player Michael Schellenberg first introduced me to "Between The Buried And Me".
I'm pretty sure he tricked me though. Because I hated Death Metal at the time (I have since grown a healthy respect for it, and this band is a contributor to that).
When I put the Colors Live DVD into my player, it started and I sat there thinking "Hey this is pretty good, sounds almost like Queen".
And then all the screaming, and I was just "What the heck just happened there".
I watched the DVD, and the Genres changed from Rock, to Metal, to Folk, to Jazz, to Bossa Nova.
And then I started to realize how unique Tommy Roger's voice was.
It's amazing (Before you realize that they didn't make a single mistake on their incredibly complicated Live DVD).
Between the Buried And Me may take a while to get used to if Metal isn't your thing, but they do it in a very amazing fashion, to help even the most closed minded listener open up their perspectives.
So take a listen.
You can check their Page Here. (Remember, I have conveniently provided several songs from the band for you to listen to, on that page.)
3. Article: The Featured Artist's Coalitions Air Statement: How They Want To Ban Illegal Music Downloading
The Air Statement
What Does It Mean To You?
This is easily the dumbest Air Statement since the last one.
If you don't already know what "The Air Statement" is, it is a petition that was instigated by "Lily Allen", a slightly above mediocre Artist.
Lily Allen - 'dat 'dere girl be rebellin'!
The Statement was finally brought to formalities when the "Featured Artists Coalition" held a meeting wondering what to do about file sharing, and how it affects artists.
The Air Statement
Here is an excerpt from the petition.
|"We the undersigned wish to express our support for Lily Allen in her campaign to alert music lovers to the threat that illegal downloading presents to our industry and to condemn the vitriol that has been directed at her in recent days. |
Our meeting also voted overwhelmingly to support a three-strike sanction on those who persistently download illegal files, sanctions to consist of a warning letter, a stronger warning letter and a final sanction of the restriction of the infringer’s bandwidth to a level which would render file-sharing of media files impractical while leaving basic email and web access functional."
What is Good about it
I guess the intention is nice.
"Stop downloading files, or we will scold you. And if that doesn't work, we'll slow down your internet".
Not entirely the brightest, or most intimidating idea ever conceived.
Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of what they are trying to do here, put more money back into the Artists hands. But they are going about it all the wrong way.
What we need to realize is, that internet Piracy is not going to go away, no matter how many restrictions or laws that we try to pass.
Whoever thought up how to distribute "The Slip" was a genius.
It would be like trying to ban Automobiles. It's simply too large a part of our world culture.
But that isn't to say there aren't other ways to put the money back into the Artists hands. Look at how Trent Reznor distributed his album, The Slip.
Honestly, is there anyone in their right mind who actually thinks this will work?
I'm talking in the real world here of course, not "Fantasy land where everything always goes right, as long as it works in theory... also, true love always prevails" (Don't think of me as a cynic, I just know that it takes more than just Love to have a successful relationship.)
The Problem With It
No one is going to take this seriously.
Ask yourself, if someone sent you a letter, warning you that if you didn't stop using The Pirate Bay, they might slow down your internet connection, would you listen? No way.
You and 99% of the rest of us.
How the Air Statement might encourage Illegal Downloading.
Do you know what the worst case scenario for Illegal Downloading of Music is in the US, right now?
5 Years in Prison and up to a $250,000 fine.
What will be the punishment, if the Air Statement is taken seriously throughout Major Countries?
|"Whoa, wait a second, back up. Are you telling me, that right now, if I was an online pirate, all I would have to face is just a $250,000 fine? But if this Air Statement goes through, I might have to suffer the devastation of having a slow internet connection?"|
Am I the only person on the Planet who realizes how stupid of an Idea this is?
Take a look at who signed the Petition for The Air Statement to go through.
Who Supports It?
|Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane)|
Adriano Buffone (Raygun)
Andrew Laidlaw (Luck Soul)
Tony Morrelli (The Fire Escapes)
Jean-Baptiste Pilon (The Fire Escapes)
Mark Headley (The Fire Escapes)
Hal Ritson (The Young Punx)
Tjinder Singh (Cornershop)
David Rowntree (Blur)
Ed O’Brien (Radiohead)
Alan Sharland (The Hoosiers)
Martin Skarendahl (The Hoosiers)
Steven Hogarth (Marillion)
Mark Kelly (Marillion)
Sam Duckworth (Get Cape Wear Cape Fly)
Ross Millard (The Futureheads)
Fran Healy (Travis)
Nathan Taylor (The Young Punx)
Ali Howard (Lucky Soul)
Lucy Pullin (The Fire Escapes)
Lily Allen (Not a Member of the FAC)
You know, some of these people are actually decent musicians (Ed O’Brien from Radiohead, also on the Board of Directors for FAC).
How will they track offenders of the rules?
This is one that I would really like to know. Let me give you a scenario, and we will see if you can spot the flaws!
|You live in a family household. You are the Father of the house. You have a Wife, a daughter aged 16, and a Teenage son age 17.|
There are two computers in your household. One for you, because you Telecommute to work for an advertising company, and one for the kids located downstairs.
Your Job entails editing videos and pictures, and uploading the large, finished projects to your company.
One day a letter comes in the mail, addressed to your son, Kyle.
You give it to him.
A few weeks later, you get one more letter. It is slightly heavier, but once again you give it to your son, in order to respect his privacy by not opening it.
About 3 days later, you find that you cannot upload any of your work to the company, because the 4 Gigabyte file you are trying to upload is going at about 1kb/s. At this rate it would take weeks for the file to finish, and the deadline is tomorrow morning.
Obviously, you need to get this project to work, as you just spent a good 2 weeks working on it, and have invested well over 100 hours into its production. You phone your internet service provider.
They inform you that someone in your household has been illegally downloading music, and your internet connection has been severely hampered as a result.
What do you do now? The Advertising company is located in Sweden, well over 5000 Miles from your current location, and the Deadline is Tomorrow morning. You thought that you would have plenty of time to upload the file, but now you will miss the deadline and take a 60% Pay cut on the project.
The point of that illustration, is to show you how easily this could fly out of proportion, and people who aren't even responsible for Artists losing money could be affected.
To sum up the points in the story:
- The person who was most affected by The Air Statements Punishment, was someone who wasn't even doing anything wrong.
- The Intended purpose, of stopping someone from downloading by limiting their bandwidth, actually went against the principles of the internet, which is to increase networking and communication around the globe.
- The Consequence of not getting his project in on time, could easily stop him from making certain bill payments, groceries, and even cause him to miss mortgage payments due to budget disruptions.
Now you might be thinking, "But that was an extreme case"...
Was it really? Did you know that Tens of thousands of people make their living online, and hundreds of thousands telecommute to work, every day?
That is where the world is moving towards. Every day more and more people are learning how to make their incomes from home (Coincidentally, I am one of those people. Click Here to learn how I make my living from home.)
This really isn't that extreme of a case at all...
In fact, seeing as most of the world is heading towards the internet, I can bet that this will be a more common scenario than you can think.
That is, IF the Air Statement gets recognized by the Major countries (And I doubt it will...but then again, a lot of our leaders don't really know a lot either so I could see that mistake being made).
One more thought for you, what happens if your internet is limited, and then you move? Will your old house still be hampered, or will this punishment follow you around? What if you decided to move to...Korea? Would they still be able to track you?
In The End
- The Air Statement says that they will prosecute illegal downloading with a warning, and then limiting bandwidth to the offenders IP address.
- This is not a good way to go about getting more money into the Artists hands, Trent Reznor made almost 2 million Dollars through his creative way of selling The Slip
- No one will really take this seriously...would you take a lame letter warning seriously?
- This "New And Improved Incentive to stop illegal downloading" is actually much more tame than existing laws, and hardly more creative.
- There is a lot of room for error, and people who are innocent could easily feel the direct effects if any law like this is passed.
If you haven't done so already:
(That's A Clue!)
-Andrew Muller, Editor (Tuesday, October 6th, 2009.)
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