Slashdot | Dell Colludes With RIAA, Disables Stereo Mix
“Details of Dell’s surreptitious collusion with RIAA (Record Industry Association of America) have emerged. Apparently, the computer manufacturer disabled the Stereo Mix/Mono Mix/Wave Out sound recording function on certain notebooks to assuage RIAA. The hardware functionality is being disabled without any prior notice and one blogger has even alleged that he was asked by Dell’s customer support staff to [shell] out $99 if he desired the stereo mix option. Gateway and Pac Bell are the other two manufacturers to have bowed to RIAA at the expense of their customers’ satisfaction and disabled stereo mix without warning.”
It is interesting as this also means that it appears that there’s an effort to stop people creating their own music, not merely doing things with other people’s music. More forms of expression under threat by technology.
I found freesound (The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. Freesound focusses only on sound, not songs.) today. And it reminded me of ccMixter (ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.), but for sounds only.
OLPC book & music drive and XO hackathon
We are collecting all the free books, movies, music, and other content that we can in the next five days! Then, on Tuesday (2/19) the Creative Commons will be burning a LiveDVD as part of LiveContent 2.0 with big selection of CC licensed materials that we are gathering—this DVD will be distributed to events like South by Southwest and elsewhere. The bundle of books and educational resources we collect will be used by One Laptop per Child to send all over the world for children, families, and schools! And will compiling and reviewing the best college-level resources they can find for the coming re-launch of their new, community driven site!
Mixcraft as GarageBand for PC?
I am sitting in a brew pup in Montreal, and I overheard a conversation on this site. Looks interesting in relation to songchild: CRITICAL WORLD :: Thinking Globalisation Through Music The things you over hear at a conference.
Critical World is a virtual research laboratory that explores the relationship between globalization and music. As a web-based experiment in project-oriented teaching and research, Critical World provides resources for critical engagement with the products of global culture and creates a space for debate about the role of globalization in our everyday lives.