Ticketmaster Customers: Check Your Spam Folder

From the "you may have missed this in real time" department: If you are an online Ticketmaster customer, you may be eligible for a $1.50 per purchase discount on tickets purchased from 2012-2016. No joy, it seems, for those who buy tickets from November 2011 until the settlement is finalized and discounts distributed by email (not before May 2012). The announcement subject line is "Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action;" the sending email, ticketfeelitigation@tgcginc.com. You not only need to check your spam folder; you need to think about old email addresses. How many people have kept the same email address on their Ticketmaster account for 12 years? I haven't. …continue reading →

Mixing Media: Social Movements and Popular Culture

"When pop music meets politics, the results are often thrilling, sometimes life-changing and never simple," writes Dorian Lynskey, a music writer for the Guardian. His book, 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, tracks "33 songs that span seven decades and four continents." Lynskey begins with Billy Holiday (Strange Fruit, 1939) and ends with Green Day (American Idiot, 2008). Although he features 33 songs, in the appendix he recommends an additional 100 protest songs. You can see the list of 33 (table of contents) and 100 (appendix) at 33 Revolutions per Minute on Amazon. …continue reading →

RIAA: You Don’t Really Own That CD

Gack. The WaPo reports that the RIAA contends it is a copyright violation when we copy a CD to our computers to play there or to play on our MP3 players: In legal documents in its federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer... "I couldn't believe it when I read that," says Ray Beckerman, a New York lawyer who represents six clients who have been sued by the RIAA. "The basic principle in the law is that you have to distribute actual physical copies to be guilty of violating copyright. But recently, the industry has been going around saying that even a personal copy on your computer is a violation." Buy indie music.…continue reading →
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