Music Industry

Limewire Closing

An injunction to cease P2P operations has been issued to Limewire on the 26th of October, 2010.

The company has stopped offering downloads of their software via their web site.

(UPDATE : The original site on which the injunction was hosted is gone but thanks to Simon Grant you’ll find a replacement source for the injunction by clicking on the above link. And for good measure, here is another source, also in PDF format)

Sony Classical Opens Online Store

Ariama.com, Sony’s new classical online store, is now online.

This service offers most of the Sony Classical catalog in mp3 and lossless format. But physical shipments of CDs are limited to the United States for the moment.

People who love soundtracks, like yours truly, will enjoy this service. It features numerous recordings, including many by John Williams, Danny Elfman and Howard Shore.

Expansion at eMusic

eMusic is expanding it’s catalog, according to Reuters.

The music download site is in talks with Universal Music Group and EMI Music Group, trying to securing licensing for more recordings before their relaunch in November.

These deals would add an additional seven million recordings to their repertoire, on top of the 10 million they already have because of their deals with Sony Music, Warner Music Group and several indie labels.

Best Buy Reduces CDs & DVDs At Stores

It appears that Americans will not be able to buy many CDs and DVDs from their local Best Buys stores this Christmas, according to Investors.com.

This site reports that Best Buy are reducing the store space allocated to compact discs and DVDs to instead use this space for video game consoles and electronics like tablets PCs and netbooks this Christmas season.

Even Rolling Stone gets it !

Rolling Stone Magazine has openly criticized the record executives in the United States in a statement published in the magazine, according to Icanhasinternets.

In this statement, entitled “A Big Fat Thanks To Record Execs”, Rolling Stone Magazine states that because of their actions “millions of kids will stop wasting time listening to new music and seeking new bands”. And I tend to agree with them.

The internet has great potential as a promotional medium and heavy prosecution only hinders progress.

Yes, it isn’t perfect. But with a bit of work and investment it can become the new “radio” or “music television”.

ACTA – The State Of Play

The above is a 33 minute keynote address by Micheal Geist on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and the lack of transparency in regards to the international negotiations taking place in regard to this agreement.