Tea512 watches another Internet Privacy vote go unconcerned by a federal judge. Today’s example is Vaicom infringement case against YouTube. As the video behemoth must fork over who watches their content. The U.S. District Judge Louis L. Stanton who obviously only concerned in getting his name in the paper then personal freedom. Could there be chance a media giant like Viacom using this list after victory to try to squeeze pennies from the users. Viacom won the ruling because they say it will prove more people are watching copywrited clips then the amateur clips. There is a shock Southpark more times then a cat flushing a toilet. The data just for Viacom lawyers will include username or email addresses and an IP address. This information would be massive; YouTube lawyers claim it could be as much as 12 terabytes of data. This is no small potato lawsuit as Google who owns YouTube is being sued for 1 billion dollars. The problem is the constitutional free-speech rights, and the right to read or view materials anonymously. Viacom of course is saying the information will be used in highly confidential manner. Does this judge think it would be wise to forget the free speech in the constitution or maybe he has a deal in mind to be the new Judge Wapner. This lawsuit is all about money as always as Viacom has recently signed deals to allow content on Comcast, Joost, and Hulu.
Tea512 never a big fan of Aerosmith are headlining a new video game. Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. This is the latest from Activision franchise which lets players jam on air guitar via remote control to songs on their game systems. The exciting news is Activsion is in talks to do this with Metallica, releasing later this year, and they are also in talks with Van Halen. Activison is not the only game in town as MTV has produced Rock Band which also uses band provided content in its games. CD sales keep falling this is a way for bands to increase revenue. Last year Guitar Hero was the top selling video game franchise with 280 million dollars in sales. Guitar Hero, II, & III sold almost 11 million copies of these titles last year. There is talk that this deal for Aerosmith they will make more money then they have from their last 10 studio albums. Same Old Song and Dance by Aerosmith was used in Guitar Hero III, which saw sales of the song skyrocket after only a week of use in the game. There is one band not on the gravy train, Led Zeppelin. Bummer. This happens to be not about money but letting Activision have master tapes of recordings. This is a crucial component to tying the game to the songs. So here is another revenue stream for washed up musicians to sell the songs they made when they were kids and hungry. This is because the songs they are writing today nobody wants to hear. We would be really excited about the games that are about one band that can make you simulate what it is like to be Eddie Van Halen or James Hetfield as you go from garage band to stadium act. We just hope it is not long before we can do this as Slash, Jimi Hendrix, and Angus Young.
Tea512 has learned that Senator John Warner a Republican from Virginia has the idea of rolling the speed limit back to 55 as a national standard. Talk about getting in the way back machine. Congress in 1974 set a national speed limit due to the energy crisis. In 1995 this was repealed. The good Senator Warner claims this will save 167,000 barrels of oil a day, and avoid about 4,000 traffic deaths a year, maybe even more because it seemed he was using the numbers from 1974 and today there are more cars. Senator Warner noted the Department of Energy Web site claims that fuel efficiency decreases rapidly when traveling faster than 60 mph. Every additional 5 mph over that threshold is estimated cost motorists an additional 30 cents per gallon in fuel costs. The question is will this work, the speed limit is 65 and people are going 75. If the speed limit was 55 people will go 65. I suppose this makes a lot of sense but it seems that a residential neighborhood speed limit is 30. You cannot even double that on a highway, with everyone going in the same direction with no ability to turn off only switch lanes. I guess this is what must be done to help then it seems like a small sacrifice because if you want to drive 75 there is nothing stopping you. You could get pulled over for going 20 miles over the speed limit; you will be wasting 90 cents per gallon based on the Department of Energy website. On the bright side Sammy Hager will get new revenue as media, radio stations, and TV outlets all use “I Can’t drive 55” as a lead in to the story as it develops.
Tea512 – Thursday fluff because tomorrow is the Fourth of July and today is the last day of the work week. Prince turned 50 years old on June 7th, who cares I know but it does get better. Bet you did not know there was a big Prince following in Norway. A new 5-disc box set of Prince Songs to mark this occasion has 81 songs covered by 50 different artists for C+C records. They produced 5,000 of these box sets called “Shockadelica”, which has reached as high as #8 on the Norwegian charts. You do not need permission to cover a song as long as you pay a license fee of for each song about 10¢. Therefore, for every one of these that sold Prince would get about $8.00 dollars. C+C kept the price low so it was affordable and no one made any money from the project. So they did not think they owed Prince anything except maybe a free copy. When they sent him his free copy, C+C did not hear from Prince on how honored he was with the tribute. They heard from his lawyer with a demand that all copies of the box set be destroyed. Based on my math Prince at a minimum is due $40,000 dollars. Based on my thoughts, does he need it or is his head so big on that short little purple body that he believes his music should not be compromised. In true hubris of an entertainer, this will be solved with C+C splitting the profit 50-50 or not getting the rights to use the music at all.
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) contract with the Major Hollywood Studios- The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) ended today at 12:01 AM PST, both sides said they will work under the old contract. The studios made a final offer, which SAG would take at least a day to review the 43-page proposal. The offer is 250 million in additional revenue over a three term. Some production work has already been shutdown as everyone holds there breathe as there is not a great feeling that an agreement will be reached. The rubber meets the road as AMPTP say the will not take a counter offer as they drew a line in the sand. SAG has criticized the offer almost immediately over rerun, internet, DVD sales residuals, and advertising placed in scripts. You know the SAG member love to go to the mailbox and get a kiss in the mail. Does all this sound familiar about five months ago did we not hear the same thing about the writers strike that lasted 100 days? There are about 120,000 member of the SAG union. The AMPTP warned that a strike would cost actors about $2.5 million a day; the industry itself would lose about $13.5 million a day and California about $23 million a day. Once again, this many people affected by this course of event appear at a stalemate. Let us just hope this one since there is so much money involved they can find a middle ground.
The following are the new releases of DVD movies this week:
Vantage Point (PG-13) Total Gross $72,266,306 Sony Released on February 22nd 2008
Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (PG-13) Total Gross $41,975,388
Loinsgate Released on March 21st 2008
Drillbit Taylor (PG-13) Total Gross $32,862,104
Paramount Released on March 21st 2008
The following are the new releases of CD music dropping this week:
G-Unit T.O.S. (Terminate on Sight)
Los Lonely Boys Forgiven
Night Ranger Hole in the Sun