Free Culture blog | 2 Apr 20:15 2007

How much is your freedom worth?

I read via [a Public Knowledge blog post][1] that Apple is [going to
sell music from a major label in a non-DRM'd format][2]. DRM stands for
Digital Rights Management, software that restricts what your computer
will let you do with music you typically have paid for. For example, the
DRM on the iTunes Music Store prevents synchronizing full-quality files
to portable music players other than the iPod.

As a consumer, you can now pay $0.99 for a DRM'd song or $0.30 more
($1.29) for a DRMless version with higher audio quality (bitrate). You
can also up-convert your music for $0.30.

During these approx. four years of iPod + iTunes Music Store dominance,
I always thought that Apple had built their empire on the lock-in
between the music store and the portable player. So this move surprised
me (I checked the date - April 2, not April Fool's). This is a very
different approach to the music industry than we saw with Microsoft and
the Zune, and I'd say this looks very hopeful. The Zune, Microsoft's
portable music player, seemed to be a a pushover for the DRM folks;
Microsoft [gives about a dollar per Zune sold to Universal][3], a major
label. That's money handed to Universal for doing absolutely nothing.
And the Zune has the famous "squirting" feature which provides very
restricted music sharing, adding restrictions to any song you share.

This isn't the first time EMI has played with selling music online
without digital restrictions. Late 2006, they distributed a Nora Jones
song [in the standard MP3 format][4] on both the Yahoo! music store and
eMusic (a company I personally buy music from).

The way I see it, Steve Jobs is performing a market experiment. What do
consumers think their freedom is worth?
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Dana Powers | 2 Apr 18:39 2007
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EMI agrees to drop DRM on iTunes

Apparently the cost of digital freedom is 30 cents:

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2007/04/02itunes.html

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Elizabeth Stark | 5 Apr 05:04 2007
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FC Nat'l Conf -- April 28th -- Boston?

Hi all,

Just wanted to write a quick note to see if people would be available to attend a national FC get-together on Saturday, April 28 in Boston. We envision the conference to function a little bit differently than last time -- it will be limited to a one-day event, and it will be focused on coordinating within and across FC groups. We'd also have a few speakers as well.

Students in the Boston area would be able to provide housing, and we could get funding for food, so you'd just need to find a way to get here.

Thanks and let me know.

Elizabeth

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robert olujic | 5 Apr 12:24 2007
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Re: FC Nat'l Conf -- April 28th -- Boston?

hi. i have a question. i'm robert olujic from croatia, i'm active in some ngo-s, mostly in the area of promotion of music under creative comons licence. i write articles about this theme and other, similar stuff. i'm also making electronic music that i published on the site www.egoboobits.com, a web label under creative commons. i'm also a member of uke, an organisation that hade make an free internet radio - www.stanicamir.org
now, i would like to ask you something. is there any possibility that we from this egoboobits and from this radio stanica mir could come to you to make presentations of this label egoboobits and the radio?
i would be realy thankfull if you could consider my request and anser me. thank you and stay well,
r

2007/4/5, Elizabeth Stark <estark <at> law.harvard.edu>:
Hi all,

Just wanted to write a quick note to see if people would be available to attend a national FC get-together on Saturday, April 28 in Boston. We envision the conference to function a little bit differently than last time -- it will be limited to a one-day event, and it will be focused on coordinating within and across FC groups. We'd also have a few speakers as well.

Students in the Boston area would be able to provide housing, and we could get funding for food, so you'd just need to find a way to get here.

Thanks and let me know.

Elizabeth

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Elizabeth Stark | 5 Apr 18:48 2007
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Re: FC Nat'l Conf -- April 28th -- Boston?

Okay so some people have responded saying that this conflicts with exams. Would holding a conference after exams be any better? Unfortunately anything in late April is going to pose this problem.

On 4/4/07, Elizabeth Stark <estark <at> law.harvard.edu> wrote:
Hi all,

Just wanted to write a quick note to see if people would be available to attend a national FC get-together on Saturday, April 28 in Boston. We envision the conference to function a little bit differently than last time -- it will be limited to a one-day event, and it will be focused on coordinating within and across FC groups. We'd also have a few speakers as well.

Students in the Boston area would be able to provide housing, and we could get funding for food, so you'd just need to find a way to get here.

Thanks and let me know.

Elizabeth

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Fred Benenson | 5 Apr 18:50 2007
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Re: FC Nat'l Conf -- April 28th -- Boston?

Yes, and there's that MiT5 and Access to Knowledge conference that weekend. My exams finish up May 9th..


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On 4/5/07, Elizabeth Stark <estark <at> law.harvard.edu> wrote:
Okay so some people have responded saying that this conflicts with exams. Would holding a conference after exams be any better? Unfortunately anything in late April is going to pose this problem.


On 4/4/07, Elizabeth Stark <estark <at> law.harvard.edu> wrote:
Hi all,

Just wanted to write a quick note to see if people would be available to attend a national FC get-together on Saturday, April 28 in Boston. We envision the conference to function a little bit differently than last time -- it will be limited to a one-day event, and it will be focused on coordinating within and across FC groups. We'd also have a few speakers as well.

Students in the Boston area would be able to provide housing, and we could get funding for food, so you'd just need to find a way to get here.

Thanks and let me know.

Elizabeth


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Elizabeth Stark | 5 Apr 18:51 2007
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Re: FC Nat'l Conf -- April 28th -- Boston?

Ah yes -- we also conflicted with A2K last year -- probably not the best idea. How about May 26?

On 4/5/07, Fred Benenson < fred.benenson <at> gmail.com> wrote:
Yes, and there's that MiT5 and Access to Knowledge conference that weekend. My exams finish up May 9th..


F


On 4/5/07, Elizabeth Stark <estark <at> law.harvard.edu> wrote:
Okay so some people have responded saying that this conflicts with exams. Would holding a conference after exams be any better? Unfortunately anything in late April is going to pose this problem.


On 4/4/07, Elizabeth Stark <estark <at> law.harvard.edu> wrote:
Hi all,

Just wanted to write a quick note to see if people would be available to attend a national FC get-together on Saturday, April 28 in Boston. We envision the conference to function a little bit differently than last time -- it will be limited to a one-day event, and it will be focused on coordinating within and across FC groups. We'd also have a few speakers as well.

Students in the Boston area would be able to provide housing, and we could get funding for food, so you'd just need to find a way to get here.

Thanks and let me know.

Elizabeth


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Fred Benenson | 5 Apr 18:53 2007
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Re: FC Nat'l Conf -- April 28th -- Boston?

That's good for me.

What about our Music gig? Should we merge them?

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On 4/5/07, Elizabeth Stark < emstark <at> gmail.com> wrote:
Ah yes -- we also conflicted with A2K last year -- probably not the best idea. How about May 26?


On 4/5/07, Fred Benenson < fred.benenson <at> gmail.com> wrote:
Yes, and there's that MiT5 and Access to Knowledge conference that weekend. My exams finish up May 9th..


F


On 4/5/07, Elizabeth Stark <estark <at> law.harvard.edu> wrote:
Okay so some people have responded saying that this conflicts with exams. Would holding a conference after exams be any better? Unfortunately anything in late April is going to pose this problem.


On 4/4/07, Elizabeth Stark <estark <at> law.harvard.edu> wrote:
Hi all,

Just wanted to write a quick note to see if people would be available to attend a national FC get-together on Saturday, April 28 in Boston. We envision the conference to function a little bit differently than last time -- it will be limited to a one-day event, and it will be focused on coordinating within and across FC groups. We'd also have a few speakers as well.

Students in the Boston area would be able to provide housing, and we could get funding for food, so you'd just need to find a way to get here.

Thanks and let me know.

Elizabeth


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Abhay Kumar | 5 Apr 18:54 2007
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Re: FC Nat'l Conf -- April 28th -- Boston?

On 05/04/07, Elizabeth Stark <emstark <at> gmail.com> wrote:
> Ah yes -- we also conflicted with A2K last year -- probably not the best
> idea. How about May 26?

Sounds good to me.

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Nelson Pavlosky | 5 Apr 19:09 2007

Re: FC Nat'l Conf -- April 28th -- Boston?

Elizabeth Stark wrote:
> Ah yes -- we also conflicted with A2K last year -- probably not the 
> best idea. How about May 26?

May 26 would work for me!

Some people may have to get to their summer jobs and internships, or may 
be exhausted after a year of school, but I do think that most people 
should be done with exams and school obligations by then.  This could be 
a very good way to close the school year :)

Peace,
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