FEATURE/NEWS: iiNet Win Piracy Case

Which is lucky on more than one level, seeing they’re my ISP.
But more importantly, the ramifications this has for the way ISP’s deal with the downloading of illegal content are serious.
Justice Dennis Cowdroy ruled and set the precedent that ISP’s are not responsible for their customers downloading habits.
This means that the “3 strikes” proposal is basically made impossible to implement, which is good. On the surface.
Speculation is pointing towards copyright owners now – instead of warning users and disconnecting their internet temporarily – moving straight to suing individuals. Which is not good.

I’m still wondering how long these kind of industries are going to keep kicking. There’s been various studies that show that file-sharing often benefits the musicians in a lot of ways (increased exposure leading to increased gig revenues and merch sales, etc) though leaving the “industry” slightly worse off, but considering that the musicians should be the priority, in my view, if a lot of positions in the industry are becoming useless with the leaps and bounds recording technologies are making, maybe it should be viewed as a kind of industrial natural selection.
That said, I feel sorry for TV and film industry workers, as the sharing of those kinds of mediums seems to have a more detrimental effect than a positive one (if any).

FEATURE: Music and Money

It’s a tough compromise for many of us to make. Do we splurge to support all our favourite bands and some, or do we save?

Well, at the moment I don’t have much choice in matter. I have approximately one year left of school before I go to university (provided I don’t take a gap year), and I’m going to need money for food, transport, textbooks, and basic student necessities. I’ve been told by my parents that I need to tone down on the spending and save more, not in an aggressive “you spend too much – stop it” way, but just as a reminder. And it’s fair enough.

So basically I’ll be relying on Christmas and birthday presents for CD’s from now, apart from the occasional one that I do just buy. Which means that a lot of the stuff I’ll be reviewing and listening to now, will be free indie stuff from the web.

Not that this is a bad thing, there’s some great stuff available online for free. But there’s still some major label stuff out there that I like and want to support. It’s gonna be hard to not buy albums from bands I really like.

I can’t wait for the day when I’m older and have a comfortable established life, where I can just go out and buy CD’s on a whim.