Richter und Realität

Ein Richter am Amtsgericht in Meschede stellte ein strafrechtliches Urheberrechtsverfahren angesichts verbleibender zivilrechtlicher Ansprüche gegen den Angeklagten gegen Zahlung von 2300 Euro Geldbuße ein. Laut heise online soll sich der Richter folgendermaßen zum Thema geäußert haben: [E]s [gebe] beim Thema „Raubkopie“ ein nicht besonders großes Unrechtsbewusstsein in der Bevölkerung. „Wenn man wahllos eine Durchsuchung machen […]

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It’s been an awful long time since the last entry in this blog. But that is, fortunately, much rather a consquence of being too busy than of a lack of activity – and, just as a reminder – you can always listen to some of the songs I’ve written this year on my profile page […]

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Zweiter Korb der Urheberrechtsnovelle

Wie sich ja schon während der vergangenen zweieinhalb Jahre im Laufe der Ausarbeitung des zweiten Korbes zur Änderung des deutschen Urheberrechts abgezeichnete, hat die Bundesregierung mit dem heute vom Bundeskabinett beschlossenen Gesetzentwurf verpaßt, ein der Gesamtproblematik angemessenes Gesetz zu verabschieden. Die Bundesregierung sich zumindest in einem ersten Schritt der von der „Inhalteindustrie“ vertretenen Sichtweise angeschlossen, […]

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The Day The Music Died.

Ok, vielleicht nicht gleich die ganze Musik. Aber wenn sich irgendwann in der nicht mehr ganz so fernen Zukunft Plattenfirmen mal fragen sollten, was da am Ende des 20. und zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts so falsch gelaufen ist und warum eigentlich, dann werden sie sich vielleicht an „das nächste große Ding“ erinnnern, die Episode […]

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Deutschland suchte den Superfreak.

Und hat einen gefunden. Sogar schon zum dritten Mal. Das denkt zumindest Wiebke Brauer, die für Spiegel online über die letzte Folge der dritten Staffel von „Deutschland sucht den Superstar“ schreibt. Die von ihr gewählte Überschrift „Keiner kann gewinnen“ ist allerdings ein wenig irreführend: Das Format hat nicht umsonst schon mal den Bertelsmann Synergiepreis gewonnen. […]

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I’ve been saying *THAT* since 1999…

I’ve been saying this for years – the most likely explanation for the ongoing copyright war is the socialised concept of (intellectual) property in most politicians‘ minds – it will take another generation and, liekely, as Volker Grassmuck argues below, a copyright induced knowledge-lock-up disaster until people will realise what has been done. The occasional […]

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They’ll get the pricing wrong.

For at least five years. If you search my blog you will find that I have repeatedly said that all attempts to sell musical downloads will suffer from problematic price policy. Apple’s new itunes download service is no exception. True, it is probably closer than anything previously seen to actually enhancing the user experience with […]

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They take no chances.

If this report by Telepolis is right, then Hillary Rose, the former chief RIAA lobbyist, is currently rewriting the copyright laws of Iraq. Just in case the Iraqi ideas about intellectual property rights should differ from the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). Actually, the journalist Gregory Palast is not unjustifiedly wondering whether the combination of […]

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Champagne Blogging

this is my first attempt at live-blogging, so give me some credit here… i am writing this on a public terminal in the museum fuer kommunikation in frankfurt, typing with only one hand, as i am holding a glass of champagne in the other. it is the „long night of museums“ here and on of […]

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The Future Of The Music Industry. It’s so simple.

Sometimes it really does take ages for people to understand things have changed (and sometimes I have to include myself here). The Music Business will be a wonderful case study to illustrated the argument – in ten years. Right now, the industry is still struggling to come to terms with its new economics. Yesterday Wired […]

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The widening perception-realtiy gap.

I was just about to tell you about the following press statement by Forrester Research – eloquently titled „Downloads Did Not Cause The Music Slump, But They Can Cure It“ – concerning their understanding of the whining record industry’s situation when I went to the kitchen to get some coffee. While waiting for the coffee […]

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They’ll fuck up the pricing for at least five years!

This article in the Economist – about virtual Christman shopping and AOL TimeWarner’s hopes to get their by creating a new e-commerce platform – prompts me to tell you three things: Firstly, my spacebar justbroke for no obvious reason (but being sick of being hit several thousand times a day). Secondly, AOLTW is a tad […]

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Thomas Stein, President of BMG Europe:
Downloading copyrighted mp3 files for private purposes is legal in Germany

For all those not familiar with German copyright law, the codified German equivalent of the US principle of „fair use“ of copyrighted material is §53 UrhG. In general the clause states that copies (in this case of songs) for personal use are legal. Standing jurisdiction upholds the right of everyone to give away 7 copies […]

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The secret war. Frontline news.

This week, the Economist has published a little article about a new technology allowing the electronic recognition and identification of music. It’s well worth reading, although the article does not hint at the enormous importance of this technology (which is still being developed, to be clear about this). You will probably remember that the music […]

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The strange story of Vivendi Universal

It’s been a while since I’ve looked at my last case in business school. But I am pretty sure, my successors today will certainly, sooner or later, be looking at a case study concerning the making and breaking of Vivendi Universal. There might even be two solutions to that case, one written back in autumn […]

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The future of the music industry.

Last week’s ousting of Bertelsmann’s CEO Thomas Middelhoff prompted a lot of newspapers to reconsider the challenges the internet poses for companies with a business model based on the exclusive licensing and diustribution of intellectual property rights. And so I, too, want to repeat my opinion in this matter. Granted, the fundamental dilemma posed by […]

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