Friday, 22 June 2007

Internet radio to go silent on June 26!!!

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2007
In protest of the elevated royalty fees Webcasters are poised to begin owing to the record industry next month, Internet radio operators are planning to stage a "day of silence."

So far, Live365 and have agreed to cease their music programming on June 26, save for brief audio public service announcements sprinkled throughout the day, according to a Wednesday report by Kurt Hanson of the Radio and Internet Newsletter,. So has the online presence of KCRW, the Southern California-based public radio station.

SaveNetRadio, an advocacy group opposed to the copyright judges' action, has posted an updated list of protest participants, which now also include Yahoo, RealNetworks' Rhapsody, MTV Online, and more than 30 other stations.

Smaller Webcasters staged a similar protest five years ago in response to a similar rules change by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board.

At issue are fee hikes that the Internet radio community says could bankrupt its services, particularly those run by smaller operators. SoundExchange, the non-profit collection entity that lobbied for the changes, has repeatedly argued the changes are fair and necessary to ensure artists are compensated adequately.

Opponents of the changes are still hoping for a reprieve before the July 15 date on which the royalties are scheduled to kick in. They are continuing to pressure politicians on Capitol Hill to pass bills that would overturn the royalty rate increases and align them with those required of other digital services, such as satellite. Some groups have also asked a federal appeals court to delay the rate changes.

Be sure to hit CNet, DIGG, and Podcasting News for more information and protest options.


Tuesday, 19 June 2007

...Doomed is your soul, and DAMNED IS YOUR LIFE!

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is the quintessential cult classic B-movie: from its mishmashing of dozens of different film genres, to its detailed creation of a fictional world and hero, to its final, inexplicably cool ending credits, Buckaroo Banzai is, to put it bluntly, pure awesome.

Allow me to set the scene for you: Buckaroo Banzai has been captured by Doctor Lizardo and is being tortured in an effort to extract information regarding Buckaroo’s oscillation over-thruster. Buckaroo, the hero he is, refuses to give up any information. Right after telling Lizardo that he’ll get nothing from him, Lizardo turns around and – for no reason whatsoever – delivers one of my favorite quotes in movie history:

“Sealed vit a curse…as sharp as a knife…doomed is your soul…and DAMNED IS YOUR LIFE!”