May 4, 2006

Transferring music ruled legal in Australia

Filed under: News — Svato @ 5:30 am

According to The Age, transferring music from CDs to MP3 players or iPods, will not be illegal in Australia any more, after Australian cabinetmade significant changes to copyright laws.

Format shifting will become legal once these new laws area passed. People will be allowed to conver their own CDs or other media to other formats. This will also make recording of television and radio shows for later viewing legal. This practice is currently prohibited by law, despite the fact that millions of people are doing it regularily.

Universities, schools, cultural institutions and libraries will be allowed to use copyright material for non-commercial purposes. On the other hand, police will be given more power to fight internet privacy, and courts will gain powers to give larger payouts against pirates.
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January 22, 2006

The state of online music business

Filed under: News — Svato @ 12:57 pm

As Herald Tribune reports, music business has little to sing about, although the online music sales last year nearly tripled to $1.1 billion, which is robust 6% of all industry’s sales. Only 2 years ago this figure was just 1%. Where is the problem then? The fact is that total music sales are down by 20% (or $33.6 billion in 2004 compared to $39.7 billion in 2000) from five years ago. The number subscribers of online music websites like Rhapsody and Napster grew from 1.5 million to 2.8 million.

Yet, Britain’s traditional retailer HMV ended up with a loss in December and threw out its chief executive. Rio, a portable players manufacturer, went out of business. A music pirates party has been formed in Sweden. Read the full story…

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