Rock band OK Go released a new video recently for "This Too Shall Pass", the second single from their latest album. They have a lot of fans, people dig their music. So why can't we embed the video here?
In a recent open letter to fans about the issue, OK Go lead singer Damian Kulash wrote "Unfortunately, as of now you can't embed diddlycrap. And depending on where you are in the world, you might not even be able to watch it."
That's because OK Go's label, EMI, won't allow embedding. EMI (and other record labels) are struggling to recoup their investments in bands. No one's buying CDs and music is freely swapped around the internet. So they're using whatever means they can to capitalize.
To that end, they insist OK Go fans view the video on Youtube because targeted ads are shown in the player, for which the label, and the band, get a small slice of the revenue. And if they don't have ads for your country, they won't let you watch the video.
Kulash explains: "The catch: the software that pays out those tiny sums doesn't pay if a video is embedded... We're – unbelievably – stuck in the position of arguing with our own label about the merits of having our videos be easily shared."
The band is conflicted. OK Go willingly foregoes some profits by uploading their own videos to Vimeo and MySpace, where embedding is allowed.
"It stings a little," Kusher admits. "Not only does it cannibalize our own numbers... but, as you can imagine, we feel a lot of allegiance to the fine people at YouTube. They've been good to us, and what they want is what we want: lots of people to see our videos."
Talk about stuck between a rock and a hard place. OK Go's dilemma is just another example of the growing pains that the music business is going through. Kulash nails the quandry we're currently in with regards to artists and their music, and what/how they earn for it:
Let's take a wider view for a second. What we're really talking about here is the shift in the way we think about music. We're stuck between two worlds: the world of ten years ago, where music was privately owned in discreet little chunks (CDs), and a new one that seems to be emerging, where music is universally publicly accessible. The thing is, only one of these worlds has a (somewhat) stable system in place for funding music and all of its associated nuts-and-bolts logistics, and, even if it were possible, none of us would willingly return to that world.
Aside from the smug assholes who ran labels, who'd want a system where a handful of corporate overlords shove crap down our throats? All the same, if music is going to be more than a hobby, someone, literally, has to pay the piper. So we've got this ridiculous situation where the machinery of the old system is frantically trying to contort and reshape and rewire itself to run without actually selling music. It's like a car trying to figure out how to run without gas, or a fish trying to learn to breath air.
What do you guys think? How would you like to see this work in the future? What's fair? -Dr.FB
The L A County coroner ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press on this afternoon. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released. Murray, Jackson's personal physician is the target of a manslaughter probe.
Meanwhile, a search warrant affidavit revealed that Jackson had lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic Propofol in his system when he died in his rented Los Angeles mansion on June 25.
The document unsealed Monday allowed officials to raid the Houston offices and storage facility of Dr. Conrad Murray last month.
According to the warrant, Murray, Jackson's personal physician, had been treating the singer for insomnia with the sedative for six weeks. According to the document, Murray said he had been trying to wean Jackson off the powerful sedative by using smaller doses in combination with the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam.
Looks like MySpace has decided to buy "iLike". The purchase brings together two social-media companies that want to deliver content to users, MySpace said.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. iLike’s dominant music application on is iGoogle and Facebook, among other sites.
In an announcement, MySpace said that the purchase won't change the iLike experience for iLike users and the artists that use the service. iLike will keep its Seattle headquarters.
Brothers Ali and Hadi Partovi founded iLike in 2006. In two years iLike has become the largest music application across all social networks -- with 55 million total users and 1.5 billion monthly impressions. No structural changes will be made among management or employees at iLike.
I actually enjoy ilike. I'm not so much a fan of MySpace. What do you think of the merge?
So, how many of you will admit you had Twitter and/or FB withdrawals a few times this past week? No need to be embarrassed, both the good Doc and I got the 'shakes' at least once this past week as well. Personally I felt more of the withdrawal and frustration on Face Book . So what has caused all of the errors and down time? I've heard some weird theories, but I guess both sites where attacked.
Here's what PCW Business Center is saying:
"Evidence gathered thus far from Twitter and other sites targeted by the DDoS attacks seems to suggest that the attack is actually a politically motivated attack aimed at silencing a Georgian activist. The victim, known by the online handle Cyxymu, uses blogs and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to express views related to the tensions between Russia and Georgia. In a blog post, Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer of Internet security firm F-Secure, said "Launching DDoS attacks against services like Facebook is the equivalent of bombing a TV station because you don't like one of the newscasters.
To defend itself against the ongoing DDoS attack, Twitter has implemented various defensive actions, some of which are blocking third-party Twitter applications from being able to connect with Twitter API's. The mitigating steps are also affecting the ability of many users to post to their Twitter accounts via SMS (short message service) text messages".
This is scary, a DDoS attack, a crazy Georgian 'Cyxymu' activist, the war between Russia and Gerogia, and last but not least comparing the attack to bombing a TV station because you don't like the newscasters! WTF??
Let's see how long it takes before this off the wall sh** is made into a multi-million dollar movie.....
A PRINCE cd back in the day was an event and tonight will be no different.
At 7:07 P.M. PST Lotusflow3r.com goes live and what happens at that time will be "epic". Everyone should be watching at exactly 7:07 P.M. PST
Prince's new 3 cd set which includes his new protege will be on Lotusflow3r.com tonight, which is also Prince's return to the web of having a whole new galaxy for fans to explore.
The long wait will be over for fans as the site is set to debut tonight at 7:07 P.M. Pacific Time The galaxy will include the 3 new cd's along with 2 new videos from Prince, Crimson & Clover & Chocolate Box and the new one from Bria Valente, Everytime.
Scott Addison Clay shared with us the video for Chocolate Box but instead of describing it, we will wait for you to see it when it debuts tonight. There will be hours and hours of full screen videos and photos. There are also bells and whistles that are unlocked with Prince trivia. You can play the guitar called Sonny named after Sonny T.
Trust me, at 7:07 P.M. tonight, I will have my credit card handy to pay the $77 dollar annual membership fee.
I want to thank Scott for including me in these events and for giving us a view to report to you. Also a special shout out to the PR team and Prince himself. The journey is just beginning tonight.-Dr.FB
UPDATE: From his people, here is info to pass along:
If anyone has trouble downloading stuff, try later tonight and just listen to what is on the player.
The Europeans are being taken care of right now, it is being worked on and should now work for you.
they are working on cc for overseas members