The rules, such as they are, are pretty simple: each show on the list has to have had at least one season (or part of a season) of new shows on a U.S. Television network.
Following up on Kirk’s article yesterday on bootlegs, I thought it might be a nice waste of bandwidth if I threw together a list of music that I would purchase instantly if it were only legitimately released. Some of this is music that I have listened to zillions of times, in every format imaginable, as bootlegs were taped or ripped for me over the years. Or purchased on vinyl from long-gone record stores in San Luis Obispo and Westwood. Or maybe they were cassettes I found found at the Camden Town Street Fair; or CDs I came across at the KUSF record swap.
Some of them, of course, came via Napster or other like-minded sites. Hell, a couple I even recorded from the A couple I originally recorded from the King Biscuit Flower Hour. All of them have two things in common: either the record company or the artist thinks that these have no audience and/or artistic merit, and I would buy them in a split-second if they were ever actually legitimately released.
Several months ago, I put together a list of TV shows I’d like to see on DVD. Since we are talking about piracy this week, and using DVDs as an example, I thought it would be interesting to:
- See what movement there has been on that list
- Talk a bit about the lengths we’ve had to go to at our house to avoid buying a pirated DVD set of a show that will never come out on DVD.
So first, let’s look at that list:
Last week, we posted an item about the acetate of the first version of The Velvet Underground & Nico going on auction on eBay. (As I write this, the bidding is up to US $107,000.) This weekend, I got an email from a friend who said that he was downloading a digital copy of this album.
So here is my question: are either of these piracy? The auction of the physical artifact and the digital download of the music purportedly ripped from that physical artifact. Is the auction somehow not piracy, but the download piracy?
While you were forming your exploratory commission for your potential 2008 Presidential run, here’s what we were looking at:
- Spam: Neither So Lovely Or Wonderful – Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam. Spam.
- Who Is Hurt By Stealing Music? – As with a lot of these type of questions, it depends on who you ask.
- Why James Bond Doesn’t Own An iPod – Because he doesn’t want Universal Music CEO Doug Morris to think that he’s a common thief like the rest of us? Nah. Because Sony paid for the product placement, of course.
- I Hate The Cable Company: November 2006 – Our monthly roundup of all of the crazy-ass shit that cable companies are doing to their customers.
- That’s What I Like: Cowboy Bebop – Kassia discusses one of her favorite pieces of anime. It also contains one of my favorite sight gags ever: Ein dog paddling through zero gravity.
We have noticed a lot of recent stories out there about how much people hate to deal with their cable companies. This is, of course, nothing new. But still, after 30 plus years, you’d think that the cable companies would have figured it out. Nope.
A decade ago, Congress even got involved, making it part of the promise of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that the increased competition would mean lower cable prices.
How did that work out for you?
So, as a public service, we offer a new column: I Hate The Cable Company. It will be a monthly round-up of just some of stories discussing the crappy service and high prices that people enjoy from their local cable providers. Just to be fair, we will add satellite to the mix, as well.
From London comes news that seems alarming, if only we all didn’t realize it pretty much instinctively: 90% of all email traffic is spam. While the natural response is to say “tell me something I don’t know” and move on, if you think about that statistic — 9 out of every 10 emails you get is spam, it really can give you pause.
It’s been increasing a such a rate that some experts are forecasting that within a couple of years, 127% of all email traffic will be spam.
OK, not really, but still, how did we get here? And what’s next?
Obviously, I’m thankful for family, friends, health, employment. But forget all of that, because here is my list of the Medialoper-y things for which I’m thankful right now:
Unversal Music, the mega-major record label that thinks so little of its fans that their CEO, Doug Morris, recently said that iPods were: “just repositories for stolen music,” has evidentally hit upon a new business model: lawsuits and extortion.
Apparently making money by putting good music out there with a price point that might entice people just isn’t good enough. Because, of course, we are all thieves. So instead of that, they’ve decided to go a different route. Instead of using their artists to make money, they’ve decided to fall back upon the lawyers. Hopefully, the lawyers will get a better royalty rate.
Let’s review, shall we?
Q. If you could have any job on the internet that you wanted, what would it be?
A. Writer for Television Without Pity.
I know that within the context of job interviews, that’s the wrong answer, and yet I keep giving it without even thinking. That’s because, pound for pound, word for word, snark for snark, Television Without Pity is quite possibly my very favorite website ever.