DNA Lounge: Wherein we once again feel the love for Great Satan ClearChannel.

You may recall that earlier this month I mentioned attending a show where CDs of that night's performance were available immediately after the show, and how cool I thought that was.

Well, ClearChannel is going to put a stop to that, by golly! In case there was any doubt that ClearChannel is the Great Satan, check this out: Clear Channel Limits Live CDs: Company to block bands from selling instant albums.

The recording-and-burning company DiscLive estimated on April 12th that it would gross $500,000 selling live discs this spring alone. But in a move expected to severely limit the industry, Clear Channel Entertainment has bought the patent from the technology's inventors and now claims to own the exclusive right to sell concert CDs after shows. The company, which is the biggest concert promoter in the world, says the patent covers its 130 venues along with every other venue in the country.

"We want to be artist-friendly," says Steve Simon, a Clear Channel executive vice president and the director of Instant Live. "But it is a business, and it's not going to be 'we have the patent, now everybody can use it for free.'"

"It's one more step toward massive control and consolidation of Clear Channel's corporate agenda," says String Cheese Incident manager Mike Luba, who feuded with Clear Channel last year after promoters blocked the band from using CD-burning equipment.

The Pixies, who are booking a fall reunion tour with several probable Clear Channel venues, say Clear Channel has already told them DiscLive can't burn and sell CDs on-site. "Presuming Clear Channel's service and product are of equal quality, it may be best to feed the dragon rather than draw swords," says Pixies manager Ken Goes. "Still, I'm not fond of doing business with my arm twisted behind my back."

Apparently the patent in question is US Patent 6,614,729, issued September 2, 2003. It is, as you would presumably expect, bullshit. From what I can tell, what the so-called "inventors" have patented is this process:

  • Record audio digitally;
  • Manually divide the stream into "tracks" as it is coming in;
  • When finished, send the tracks to multiple CD burners.

The United States Patent Office has found this "invention" to be so novel that is has granted a twenty year monopoly to the "inventors." This means that ClearChannel will get to decide who, if anybody, can make on-the-spot recordings of any concert until 2023.

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yes yes, coolest casemod ever, stop sending now plz

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Fuckles the Clown

Spanky the clown arrested on porn charges: Spanky, a clown with the renowned Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, has been arrested on charges stemming from a child pornography investigation, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that when agents searched Riccio's computer, they discovered "thousands of images, many of which involve prepubescent children engaged in various sexual and lewd acts."

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El Presidente sure falls down a lot

"Iraqis are ready to "take the training wheels off" and assume political power, President Bush said Thursday."

"The president toppled over while riding a bicycle downhill on what the White House described as soil loosened by recent rainfall." (It hadn't rained in more than a week!) "'He had minor abrasions and scratches on his chin, upper lip, his nose, right hand and both knees,' White House spokesman Trent Duffy told reporters."

"Kerry told reporters in front of cameras, 'Did the training wheels fall off?'"

But is that last part bullshit? "Drudge and Washington Times cited each other in propagating anti-Kerry rumor"

(Wait, apparently there are people who think that Kerry ridiculing Bush is an "anti-Kerry rumor"? Huh?)

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