Power of blogs

Happy to see Sony, who clearly crossed some lines they should not have crossed, being forced to react to an issue that popped out of…the blogosphere.
It is really a better world when consumers finally have a medium they can use to get together and build a voice as strong (stronger?) than the one of big corporations.

Sony to settle anti-piracy CD row

Free music downloads and cash refunds could soon be offered to owners of Sony BMG CDs loaded with controversial anti-piracy software.

Nice one, to follow closely to ensure what they claim they will do to cover this “PR disaster” (I’m quoting the BBC) will in fact happens.

Le pouvoir des blogs

Ravi de voir que Sony a reculé devant une levée de bouclier qui est partie… de la blogosphère. C’est tout de même bien que les consommateurs aient enfin un média leur donnant une voix aussi (plus?) puissante que celle des grosses entreprises qui abusent parfois de leur pouvoir.

Sony to settle anti-piracy CD row

Free music downloads and cash refunds could soon be offered to owners of Sony BMG CDs loaded with controversial anti-piracy software.

Belle victoire, à suivre pour s’assurer que ce qu’ils ont promis pour rattraper ce “désastre public” (je cite la BBC) sera réellement fait.

Un nouveau business model pour l’industrie de la musique

Depuis l’époque ou je m’occupais du site de Fréquence Laser (pour les non Suisses: l’ancien numéro un local de la vente de disques) j’ai suivi avec une attention particulière la façon dont l’industrie de la musique a refusé de s’est adaptée aux changements technologiques. Le DRM is n’est pas une solution. Tout comme cette désagréable manière de traiter tous ses clients comme s’ils étaient des escrocs.

Michael Arrington de Techcrunch (selon moi le blog de l’année 2005, allez-y c’est excellent) a repéré un label qui fonctionne déjé comme toute l’industrie pourrait fonctionner d’ici peu de temps.

Magnatune’s Answer to the Music Problem

There are two key business model issues to note that make Magnatune different.

The first is that Magnatude allows buyers to download music completely free of DRM and in the format […] and quality of their choice […] I think this is the only way a label or artist can charge for music – no DRM and offering a choice of formats and quality.

Albums sell for $5 and up (the buyer decides if he or she wants to pay more). […]

The second business model difference is […] they share a flat 50% of gross proceeds (before any costs) from music sales with artists.

Comment résumer ce modèle? Un mot simple: équitable! Et dire que ça va probablement encore nous prendre une décennie pour en arriver là .

Je rajoute John Buckman sur la liste des gens qu’on aimerait inviter à la prochaine édition de LIFT. Il a bien le profile que l’on recherche: entrepreneur qui révolutionne son domaine.

A new business model for the music industry

Since my days as the webmaster of Fréquence Laser (for the non-swiss: formerly the biggest music retailer in the country) I have been particularly interested in how the music industry refuses the adapts to changes brought by new technologies. DRM is not the solution. Treating your customers like crooks neither.

Michael Arrington of Techcrunch (my personal blog of the year if you ask) has a post on what he thinks is the future of this industry, and I can only agree with him.

Magnatune’s Answer to the Music Problem

There are two key business model issues to note that make Magnatune different.

The first is that Magnatude allows buyers to download music completely free of DRM and in the format […] and quality of their choice […] I think this is the only way a label or artist can charge for music – no DRM and offering a choice of formats and quality.

Albums sell for $5 and up (the buyer decides if he or she wants to pay more). […]

The second business model difference is […] they share a flat 50% of gross proceeds (before any costs) from music sales with artists.

In a word? Play fair! And it will take us another decade to get there completely.

I wish I had another free spot at LIFT to hear somebody like John Buckman.

Citation

It’s a funny old world when people can obsess about a few inaccuracies in Wikipedia while at the same time 120 million Americans believe that God created Adam our of mud some 10,000 years ago and made Eve from his rib.

Trouvé sur le blog d’Euan Semple

N’est-ce pas là une des meilleures définitions du mot ironie?

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It’s a funny old world when people can obsess about a few inaccuracies in Wikipedia while at the same time 120 million Americans believe that God created Adam our of mud some 10,000 years ago and made Eve from his rib.

From Euan Semple’s blog

One of the best definition of irony

LIFT06 | Annonce du programme final

Nous venons tout juste d’annoncer la version finale du programme de LIFT06. La cerise sur le gâteau? Bruno Giussani qui nous fait l’honneur de venir donner le speech d’ouverture. Je suis bien content que quelqu’un comme lui, pionnier du Web en Suisse et depuis devenu un expert d’envergure internationale, soit là pour nous parler de sa vision.

Par ailleurs nous avons fait quelques remaniements dans les horaires, alors si vous visiez plus particulièrement un certain speaker allez jeter un oeil sur le programme pour voir ce qui a changé.

Je suis vraiment heureux que Bruno nous soutienne dans ce projet. Il a un agenda particulièrement chargé (comme il disait récemment “j’habite en Suisse ET dans les avions”) et nous a dédié du temps aussi bien du côté de l’organisation que par sa venue en tant que speaker. Merci beaucoup!

Final program announced

We just released the final version of the LIFT06 program. The last minute surprise? Bruno Giussani who will open the event with a keynote speech. Good to have him, a pioneer of the Swiss web turned into an international guru, to reflect on the future of technology in our context.

We also made some minor changes in the schedule, so if you were looking for a speaker in particular just check the program to see if something has changed.

I am really happy and thankful Bruno will do a talk for us. He has an hectic schedule (he used to say he “lives in Switzerland and in planes”) but still made the choice to dedicate time to speak AND help us with the organization.

Is LIFT06 too expensive?

Jan Zuppinger thinks the entry price for LIFT06 is “nuts”. He claims we refused public funding (“you SHOULD have taken public funding”) to build an elitist event. Facts please:

• Fact 1: Unfortunately our experience has been that public money is not something that you conceive in terms of SHOULD I take it or not. It is CAN I have it or not. It is not a choice. LIFT received no subvention. We’d rather do a great conference with a price tag than no conference at all.

• Fact 2: LIFT is one of the cheapest (295/195CHF) conference in the world, happening in one of the most expensive city in the world. Tweakfest costs 580CHF (if you wanted to see the star speakers), Reboot 325CHF (early bird) and 420CHF. An expensive conference is TED at 4’400$. Let’s call that elitism.

• Fact 3: LIFT is organized by a team of people that worked 100% for free. Nobody (organizers, speakers) has been, is, or will be paid. We are talking about more than 1’500 (and counting) hours of work.

• Fact 4: we have 50’000CHF of costs to cover, with one sponsor paying 25% of that sum. That is more than 35’000CHF to pay with one single source of income: entrance fees. We have 250 seats. Around 100 people do not pay (speakers, speakers guests, organizers, partners, etc..). You do the math.

• Fact 5: unfortunatly we can not offer free entries to bloggers even if they are willing to cover the event. See Fact 4 for the main reason. LIFT is a gathering, and people understand that the money they pay builds a common pot used to pay for Scoble and Doctorow’s plane ticket and a decent venue with Wifi.
Matt Biddulph understands this. So do Julian Bleecker, Jean-Jacques Duclaux, Fabien Girardin, Jens-Christian Fischer, Nicolas Nova, Marc-Olivier Peyer, Pedro Custódio, Shuja Parvez, Emily Turrettini, Nico Macdonald, Mauro Cherubini, Steve Crossan, Fiona Romeo, Roberto Ortelli, Andre Ribeirinho, Heiko&Martina Proeger, Simon Ganière, Rany Keddo, Kushtrim Xhakli, Sigurd Rinde, Reto Stuber, Gia Milinovich, Cyril Rebetez, Hubert Guillaud, Alejo Duque, Geoff Jones, Olivier Tripet, Henriette Weber-Andersen, Ian Prince, and all the other bloggers that contributed by either paying their entrance fee or giving us a hand.

Bottom line is we tried to create an event as cheap as possible so as many people as possible could participate. There has never been an intention from us to discriminate or exclude certain categories of people, hence the clear and flat pricing structure.

Your reactions?

PS: because of a recent spam attack on this blog I have turned comments moderation on. Sorry for the delay in publishing your comments.