Bookmarks for March 5th through March 10th

  • YouTube vs PRS: whoever wins, it’s bad news for musicians

    You’ve got to hand it to Google: when it threw its toys out of the pram over its dispute with PRS For Music, it immediately won the PR war. On blogs, boards and Twitter the consensus is: hurrah for Google! It’s sticking it to The Man!

    Is it really?

  • One-eyed man creates prosthetic ‘surveillance’ eye

    A one-eyed man has taken advantage of some of the world’s smallest imaging and data transmission technologies to help him create documentaries filmed from the first-person perspective.

  • Outdated music industry deserves no Govt help

    When Napster came along in 1999, one big record company – BMG – wanted to find a way to harness the power of the internet. The other major record companies sued Napster – and eventually, sued BMG, too – starting an unwinnable war with dodgy downloads that continues to this day.

    Now, like General Motors, the record companies are hurting – and like General Motors, they want the government to save them. GM wants cash; the record companies want ISPs to act as their policemen, while the Digital Britain report suggests a broadband tax to create a new organisation to fight piracy and find new and exciting ways for DRM to annoy us.

    Why doesn’t the government tell them to get stuffed?

  • User info stolen from music site

    The music streaming service Spotify has been targeted by hackers.

    The Swedish company says people’s personal details, including e-mail addresses, dates of birth and addresses, were all stolen.

    However, it is thought credit-card details, which were handled by a third party, have remained secure.

  • Digital politics is different

    Online coverage gives events enduring significance, says Bill Thompson

  • Nepal’s ‘confined women’ want change

    In the darkness, a 10-day-old baby boy wails. It is midday, but the infant has not been allowed out of this special room, separate from the rest of the house, since being brought home after birth.

    Only his young mother, Basanti Devi Bhul, can touch him.

    She goes out a little but cannot touch anybody else because until the 11th day after the birth, society considers her to be unclean.

  • The Answer to classic rock’s future

    It is gigging the old-fashioned way, but then there is a retro feel to The Answer’s brand of blues-rock.

    The 1970s influence of bands like Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy is there to hear, but their youthful energy and sound have led some music critics to hail them as “the future of classic rock”.

    That means they are unlikely to ever find themselves on the cover of the NME, although they were inadvertently “discovered” by Radio 1 and 6 Music’s new music champion, Steve Lamacq.

  • The Return of Reefer Madness

    “Alcohol is evil. We know this because it is True. And it’s especially bad for women because, well, women shouldn’t drink. If you run a study to confirm this belief and the facts don’t back you up, the facts are wrong. So tell the public the Truth (alcohol is always evil) and bury the facts; the press won’t be able to tell the difference because they’re (a) lazy (or overworked, take your pick) and (b) statistically innumerate.”