Adam Marx

The 1996 telecom act was more important than the DMCA. The first version of the DMCA passed in what, 1998? Coconuts was still around, let alone Tower. Sure, there were mp3’s, but Napster et al was four years away. My point is things could have gone very differently, we could have been listening to atom feed digital radio, on Gameboy walkie-talkies, trading flash memory camera cards like deadheads trading tapes, or something that seems as ridiculous now as using pocket-sized supercomputers made by a search engine start-up to send each other playlists through a packet-node ad-hoc network using the 802.11 bandwidth range, what we’re doing now, would have sounded to us then.

Right now I’m trying to share my own lotek lo-fi homemade (very amateurish) music; previously I was using free web storage space shared with simple HTML or XML, backing it up archived on p2p platforms.

I use Pandora, I Heart, Spotify etc as a fan, but I tried out SoundCloud as a creator, hated it. I usually use creative commons in my meta-data, I do not profit from it and would appreciate if someone wanted to remix it, as long as their motivation for doing so isn’t profit based. But I hate when you have to give up rights to upload content. I know I take it for granted with FB and Google, the standard end-user contract, I just figure, possession might be 9/10ths of the law, but who wants to own my selfies?

I only half-agree with Paul Williams, just in that the system is broken for artists, I am just not as interested in compensation: sure because that would go with talent, naturally. But eye of the beholder, that is a dangerous angle. I view things from a perspective somewhere between Rauschenberg and Dada, in a postmodern world where information wants to be free, trash or the detritus of society can be remixed to express a different point of view than was originally intended, in a Warholian universe where every product is art.

Which really makes it about the commoditization of data, the shift from a post-industrial service economy to something new in an information age, the difference between data and information and knowledge, secondarily semantics or analytics vs. epistemology vs. philosophy.

I agree though that playlists or copycats with trending hashes are like the new multimedia CD-ROMs. But who saw karaoke videos being the new Snapchat? Yeah, though, squashing what amounts to never-ending free publicity was a no-go. Eminem and Tidal vs twenty one pilots and YouTube (full disclosure: 21 pilots fan).

But go back and read NY Times articles from the 2000’s laughing at Rhapsody, because no one would ever be interested in social media playlists they didn’t own, wouldn’t sign up for a streaming service. Until they did. I’m not sure what is next either, though. I’d like to read you write on what you’d like to see, or the changes Paul should lobby Congress for, for ASCAP.

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