skuzzlebutt writes "It's really no secret that making money as a musician, even on a major label, is tough. Dresden Doll and recent solo artist Amanda Palmer has been feeling that lack of love on her new Ben Folds-produced album which, by Amanda's own reckoning, has netted her a fat bag of air with over 30k copies sold. Out of a combination of frustration, desperation to pay her overdue rent, and Friday night boredom on Twitter, she and her online and meatspace friends undertook a few experiments in fund-raising for the artist, and netted $19,000 in only a few days. She details the timeline, reasoning, and pictorial evidence on her blog. Could this be the beginning of more mainstream acceptance of inversion of the music model (record music for fame, use fame to make money--instead of relying on record sales for income)?" Link to Original Source top
skuzzlebutt writes "In a federal tax case reported in the Las Vegas Review Journal last week, a local businessman has been paying his employeees in gold coins instead of cash or ACH, and has reportedly told them that they can only be taxed on the face value of the coinage--not the much higher market value of the metal. The United States disagreed, and brought him up on 57 counts of income tax evasion, tax fraud and criminal conspiracy. The non-authenticated comments section of the original article brought a lot of supporters out of the woodwork, including a few who thought the jury should be hung (literally, procedurally, or figuratively...pick one). In response, the prosecution has subpoenaed the names of the anonymous commenters, citing fears of jury safety. Or something.
The obvious questions of privacy and protected speech aside for the folks that support the defendant (the newspaper is fighting the subpoena), this also brings back into the spotlight the troll-empowering nature of pseudo-anonymous, non-authenticated boards. If they want to find you, they will; is anon commenting still worth it, or is it just too risky for the board owners?" Link to Original Source top
skuzzlebutt writes "Gerald Willis, who composed the UNLV fight song "Win With the Rebels", is suing Electronic Arts for using his song without permission in as many as ten NCAA games. The Las Vegas-based school holds a license to use the song, and was not named in the suit." Link to Original Source top
skuzzlebutt writes "PayPal's Matthew Mengerink lovingly dotes on an open source environment as being key to their success, specifically citing four key points: economics, environmental consistencies between production and development, flexibility, and security. Short article, but a good summary of why it works in that massive-scale world.
"The benefits our developers get from being able to work in the same platform as the production environment cannot be overstated. Open source environments are not as expensive to recreate as proprietary ones, and being able to work in a live environment enhances efficacy by an order of magnitude."