> Tuesday is the big day at EMI with Terra Firma's Guy Hands calling his staff, artists and managers to share his plans for EMI's future which include staff cuts that may run as high as 2000 and a split into two operating divisions. Find continuously updated coverage here and our commentary here. OK Hands...wipe that smirk off your face.
> The RIAA "personal use" controversy took a new turn on Friday with the Electronic Frontier Foundation filing an brief in Atlantic v. Howell. The case received attention recently because of a much maligned Washington Post article. The EFF argues that the RIAA is now trying to sue people for something new: attempted copyright infringement. (EFF)
> Details of the upcoming Pepsi Amazon billion (yes that's the number we're hearing) song giveaway are beginning to emerge as the Super Bowl launch date nears. (NYT)
> As expected Live Nation will launch its own ticketing business in 2009. (Reuters) "The announcement is part of a strategy shift by Live Nation to provide a complete pipeline of marketing, ticketing and merchandising services for artists and events, creating new competition for Ticketmaster and music labels alike."
> Swedish prosecutors are expected to go after Pirate Bay any day. (WSJ)
> Courts rejected an iPod tax in Canada. (ars)
> Join the heated discussion over our post The Amazon Effect.
> Just to make sure you didn't miss anything important check out Hypebot's Music 2.0 Week In Review.
> R.I.P. - Concert promoter Jon Stoll Of Fantasma Productions. (more)