Google's Role And Other Details Of Universal DRM Free Experiment Emerge
Understaffed Epic Hires Competition To Promote New Releases

New Music Business Briefing: "But Daddy's A Pirate...", Universal Watermarking & Much More

Pirate_2 >>> A new EU survey shows that while they know its illegal, young people had a plethora of ready excuses for illegal downloading including "everyone is doing it...even my parents".  (study)

>>> Sweden's Pirate Party whose stated aim is the lessoning of intellectual property use restriction has inspired the launch of a US branch. (DMW)

V2 >>> Universal formerly announces intent to purchase UK's V2 for $14 million. (press release)

>>> The net series DinnerWithThe mixes indie musicians with NYC chef Sam Mason. (press release)

>>> ASCAP and BMI have jointly launched RapidCue, to enable users to enter, manage and submit music cue sheet data to the performing rights organizations for TV and film productions.

>>> More on Edison Venture Fund's $4.5 million investment in Sonicbids. (press release)

Universal >>> Universal's watermarking efforts for their DRM-free experiment gets a once over from Wired. In short, so far it appears they are just identifying songs not individual purchases.

>>> Pitchfork posted videos and an earlier interview in honor of Factory Records founder Tony Wilson who passed away last week. (Pitchfork)

Xm >>> XM has introduced a new reciever with color split screed, 60 minute playback and limited song storage. (press release)