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Preliminary results of survey of musicians

An online survey of 2,755 musicians and songwriters shows they are quite divided in their opinions about the impact of music file sharing by Internet users. There is no clear consensus regarding the effects of online file-sharing on artists. Some 35% of this sample agree with the statement that file-sharing services are not bad for artists because they help promote and distribute an artist‘swork; 23% agree with the statement that…

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Of Awards, A**holes, and Assorted Aggravations: Part Two

How would you feel if a group of people (who aren’t associated with the IRS) just offhandedly decided that it was all right for them to steal one-tenth of your yearly income because they felt that what you did for a living wasn’t really work, and you made all kinds of money from the advance anyway, and it’s information and all information should be free, or whatever bullsh*t justification they…

Google files for IPO

Ending months of speculation, search engine company Google plans to float by selling $2.7 billion worth of shares in an online share auction. –Google files for IPO (Internet Magazine) The online community has been waiting for this for a long time. How long will Google’s geek-friendly “don’t be evil” philosophy last under the pressure to make money for stockholders? The online auction is an intriguing idea…