Pandora Internet Radio Can't Take Royalty Rates, Will Likely Close the Box

Pandora, the internet radio station built around your tastes, will probably be going out of business soon. After getting slapped by the CRB » 8/17/08 4:00pm 8/17/08 4:00pm with exorbitantly high royalty rates to continue playing music, says the company is facing a "pull-the-plug" situation. There's one congressman trying to help Pandora and it's…

EMI Update: Catalog Will Be DRM-Free on iTunes

While this is coming from the WSJ and therefore probably credible, the announcement was still technically made on April 1st, so if doesn't pan out, don't blame us. But word 'round the campfire is that EMI, along with his Steveness, is going to announce at 8 a.m. EST that most of their catalog is going to be offered… » 4/02/07 1:20am 4/02/07 1:20am

RIAA Coming to Arizona State to Intimidate in Person

You might say that the RIAA sues first and asks questions later, but it looks like tomorrow at Arizona State it will be more accurately described as suing first and taking questions later. That's because the RIAA wants to have an "open dialogue" with the young defendants of America, so is coming to the campus as part… » 3/27/07 2:45pm 3/27/07 2:45pm

Faces of the RIAA: Look Into the Eyes of the Enemy

The Consumerist (swoooon) has done us all a service by profiling some of the biggest wigs at the RIAA, complete with photographs, for all of our benefit. Now if you're walking down the street and you happen to bump into Doug Morris, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, you'll know who he is and therefore will be… » 3/19/07 2:30pm 3/19/07 2:30pm

David Byrne: Labels Should Ditch DRM, Accept Music Sales as a Loss Leader

David Byrne, former lead singer of the Talking Heads and pretty much the coolest geek on the face of the planet, spoke out against DRM and big record labels this week at South by Southwest. He predicted that online sales would surpass CD sales by 2012, forcing labels to choose between accepting music sales as a loss… » 3/19/07 1:15pm 3/19/07 1:15pm

NPR Says F$%! the RIAA, Albeit in an Erudite, Strongly Worded Letter After Some Tea

NPR isn't taking too kindly to the Sound Exchange-drafted royalty rate hike for internet radio stations. The burn? The new rates are "at least 20 times more than what stations have paid in the past" and treats public radio "as if [it] were commercial radio," though it's unable to bring in extra revenue to meet higher… » 3/15/07 11:30am 3/15/07 11:30am

RIAA Tires of Suing Babies and Elderly; Moves on to Paralyzed Stroke Victims

John Paladuk, a retired railroad employee whose left side was completely paralyzed by a stroke last year and uses the resulting disability check as his sole means of income, is being sued by the RIAA for copyright infringement. Also, he lived in Florida during the time period the RIAA is accusing him of engaging in… » 3/14/07 12:26pm 3/14/07 12:26pm