*It is irrational to pay for Radiohead albums.
*Coolfer writes about Universal’s in-the-works subscription service: “The Morris plan is a leap forward because music companies are finally treating their product as a service and looking at the best way to get it into the hands of music lovers.” Music is a service, among other things.
*Perez Hilton gets sued by Zomba for leaking music. [digital music news]
*Music Sucks interviews Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis):
“I think the current coypright law doesn’t really take into consideration what to do with an album that uses 200+ samples and is treated as a new piece of music by most mainstream publications. I think Fair Use is a progressive idea but also overly specific. I think if a form of music is transformative and doesn’t affect the sampled artists’ potential sales, then there should be a simpler way to gain rights to using it. Nearly all music these days is based on manipulating previous ideas.” [largehearted boy]
*Has 2007 been an off year for indie rock? What about Chocolate Rain?
*The local: Sparky from St. Paul – John Updike reviews the new Charles Schultz biography in the New Yorker.