Smith paces the stage at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in
Sala Santa Cecilia in Rome. Shes performing and reading
poetry against a large backdrop of Pasolini. The date, November
OBrien, celebrated talk show host in New York, again introduces
his guest Neil Young. The sexagenarian rocker is about to sing
his final song in a weeklong stand November 2-5 as Conans
special guest. This is the first time Young has worked television
with such intensity for his Priarie Winds album.
rare three-disc collection, The Velvet Undergrounds Ultimate
Mono and Acetates Collection, has surfaced just months ago in
Japan in a limited edition of 500 sets. It includes acetate versions
or first versions of the groups first album The Velvet Underground
& Nico. The second disc is the white label promo copy to DJs
of their second album White Light/ White Heat. CD 3 is a test
pressing sent to DJs to promote their fourth album, Loaded. Whats
fascinating is that the source for some of these acetates were
found in Sterling Morrisons closet, discovered after his
has made it possible to share all these shows, sometimes mere
hours after their performance or broadcast, as digital downloads
via broadband connections at high speed. In the comfort of your
room, you can watch or listen at your leisure. Shows that are
thousands of miles far from where you are. Concerts that were
performed 20 or 30 years ago on a long forgotten stage. With the
click of a button, you are there.
of every year, new hardware and software rolls out to make copying
of digital files easier and faster. What was once too large, can
now be compressed and transferred efficiently from computer to
computer. Nowadays, complete concerts with audio and video takes
just a day or two to download. And in a lossless format.
Just a month
ago, Apple launched a new iPod that plays video. Within 20 days,
one million video files were downloaded from their site. Within
seven days, SuicideGirls.com hit the one million mark for downloads
of its nude pictures to iPods. The large numbers indicate the
widespread use of software and hardware for copying and transferring
data on the net.
you buy automatically comes with either a CD or DVD burner on
board. Every computer owner has access or can have access to the
internet, more and more are using faster broadband connections.
Software writers are churning out programs to help you copy music
and videos with ease. Theres even software that can rip
streaming audio files, files that are not meant to be downloaded
into your computer. Once inside your computer, audio files can
be transferred onto blank CDs, video files can be burnt onto blank
DVDs. Data files can be printed as text or photos.
industry has made copying an important function of their products.
While the internet allows for a connectivity undreamed of. We
can now share almost anything with anyone, anywhere who has a
computer and the necessary net access.
the record industry, going in the opposite direction, is equally
determined to dissuade consumers from doing so. Nearly 20,000
music fans have been given legal letters or been sued by the record
industry. P2P networks have been forced by U.S. courts to close.
Yet no one is pointing a single finger at the industries that
make this work, from the telephone networks who hold up the internet
to the computer companies that make the duplicators to the software
writers who write the programs that complete the circle.
a fact that telephone companies and hardware manufacturers are
not small, ineffective setups like Napster or Grokster. Theyve
got deep pockets, strong links with the rich and powerful lawmakers
and are a force to reckon with that the record industry must take
a measure of.
So we are
now in a quandary - we own computers ready to rip and burn but
are told it is illegal, nevermind that the CD you want to share
is bought from the store or that a performance has never been
officially released. But only the ignorant can conclude that these
computers can be stopped from doing what they are meant to. Just
like weapons of war. If you dont want a big war, dont
make big weapons.
For the months
of July to September, the BigO Audio Archive continued to grow
its collection of unreleased recordings via sharing through mail
trades and digital downloads. We added another
290 albums totaling 420 CDs. None of these albums have
been officially released while a few are recordings that are long
- The Little Chicken
For a complete
list of all 290 albums, click here:
Part 1: Is Piracy Or The Music Industry That Is Really Killing
Part II: Stop Protecting The Music Industry With Copyright