Weekend Recap – NAMM, SOPA & Stolen Drops!

Time for another weekend recap! This week we talk about some of the hottest new products released at the NAMM show, the defeat of SOPA and ask if it’s ok to use another DJ’s drops as your own?

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9 comments

  1. Regarding SOPA, I agree with you guys 100%. JDs point about implementing new laws which reflect current times IS what is needed to be debated over in the House and Senate. Amending a current law or adding to a current law to conform to today’s “Gray” areas aren’t going to cut it, because it was never a law designed from scratch to fit the current issues abroad the internet concerning copyrights. Of course most are on the same page of respecting others works and copyrights, but I feel for example, streaming on You Tube without download access, isn’t what is creating a record company to lose money on a massive scale.

    On the lines of what JD said, currently, its out there for free, easy access, and playablity, no wonder people flock to the internet to stream You Tube and other services while at home. The law should allow You Tube to remain in streaming form, as we are not publicly playing a copyrighted song, just listening within our own confines, and its quite the opposite. These videos are GREAT promotional tools to get the artists works out there. Why do you think almost every artist has a VEVO account. VEVO is a joint venture through, I think Sony, Universal and EMI, and all rights are protected of that of the artist, so its obviously a great promotional tool from the Record Companies standpoint. Just the other day I found out a particular artist will be releasing a new album from watching the particular VEVO video, so if I like what I hear, I will buy the album weather via I tunes, beatport, etc….Putting too many restrictions on the internet as a whole like this will for sure in the end have sales decline so much more rapidly then they think they are now, because if the internet chokes off the supply for these promotional avenues to exist, people will be in the dark, and we will revert back to 1990s mentality, word of mouth, radio etc, and big industries with shares in internet stock will plummet, and I don’t even want to know how bad the end result would fair in regards to lost revenue as opposed to now. This current SOPA bill and others of similar fashion which have been floating around in previous years, this is just the government getting around to combating all the piracy, etc within the internet, its a big feat, and it was going to come around on the agenda and to do list sooner or later. A similar debate on copyright issues appeared many many years back with the onset of the VCRs. Lawsuits came a blazin with accusations of this device being able to record TV programs off of networks, so we can play them back at a later time. Since the programs were only allowed to be aired by the networks, the industry dint think it be best for every viewer in the world to own a copy of the program for free by just being able to press record on their VCRs. Then what happened? Because of such recording devices, it is now why we see on anything pre recorded from VHS to DVD to Blu Ray, that the show or movie we are watching can only be viewed in our home, meaning technically, if we rolled our TVs and DVD players out into the public street in front of our house, we would be breaking the law, because that falls into publicly broadcasting the show which is strictly prohibited under the Anti piracy and warning disclaimers at the beginning of every DVD. So this being in the preliminary stages I think only time will tell how this whole thing will iron out. We the people need to have a healthy balance of internet freedom and at the same time realize that while we respect the rights of others online, lets do so in a way that caters to all the good the internet has to offer, and how the world has prbably monetarily benefited from all the promational stuff that is  allowing big corporations to flourish. Some companies in this day in age might comeplety collapse without proper Internet access. In short, some rely heavily on the Internet to further their lifes succsessfully! Heck, you can even goto college online now…who would of ever imagined that in th 80s!On to Namm. Every year in this controller era, it seems companies are perfecting “last years model” with upgraded features, a fresh new paint job, etc. While all of it for a DJ just starting out looks tempting, its probably best to stick with what you know will work for you. If you put blinders on to all of what is out there, and head straight to what you really want, than all the other one million choices of controller gear wont even be an issue in your decision making. A good example is the partnership between Ableton and Akai. For someone wanting to get into Live and is looking for a controller to control it, and they wind up with an APC 40 or 20, then because this system is on a bi-directional communication platform, it will just work back and forth out of the box when set up, so to answer someone who wants to get controller X over the APC, they should know that if they are ready to become more of a programmer and techie, they will have to learn how to midi assign each and every button they plan to use, and label or remember it. And thats fine, as an APC doesnt appeal to all out there, my point is that if a DJ starting out, narrows down their decision selection to only the gear they know will work for them, you can then marvel and check out the new stuff with your mind focused on the stuff you want, and in return reducing the clutter of so many pieces of gear out there on the market that you want.

  2. Sorry, posted twice by accident…

    Regarding SOPA, I agree with you guys 100%. JDs point about implementing new laws which reflect current times IS what is needed to be debated over in the House and Senate. Amending a current law or adding to a current law to conform to today’s “Gray” areas aren’t going to cut it, because it was never a law designed from scratch to fit the current issues abroad the internet concerning copyrights. Of course most are on the same page of respecting others works and copyrights, but I feel for example, streaming on You Tube without download access, isn’t what is creating a record company to lose money on a massive scale.
    On the lines of what JD said, currently, its out there for free, easy access, and playablity, no wonder people flock to the internet to stream You Tube and other services while at home. The law should allow You Tube to remain in streaming form, as we are not publicly playing a copyrighted song, just listening within our own confines, and its quite the opposite. These videos are GREAT promotional tools to get the artists works out there. Why do you think almost every artist has a VEVO account. VEVO is a joint venture through, I think Sony, Universal and EMI, and all rights are protected of that of the artist, so its obviously a great promotional tool from the Record Companies standpoint. Just the other day I found out a particular artist will be releasing a new album from watching the particular VEVO video, so if I like what I hear, I will buy the album weather via I tunes, beatport, etc….Putting too many restrictions on the internet as a whole like this will for sure in the end have sales decline so much more rapidly then they think they are now, because if the internet chokes off the supply for these promotional avenues to exist, people will be in the dark, and we will revert back to 1990s mentality, word of mouth, radio etc, and big industries with shares in internet stock will plummet, and I don’t even want to know how bad the end result would fair in regards to lost revenue as opposed to now. This current SOPA bill and others of similar fashion which have been floating around in previous years, this is just the government getting around to combating all the piracy, etc within the internet, its a big feat, and it was going to come around on the agenda and to do list sooner or later. A similar debate on copyright issues appeared many many years back with the onset of the VCRs. Lawsuits came a blazin with accusations of this device being able to record TV programs off of networks, so we can play them back at a later time. Since the programs were only allowed to be aired by the networks, the industry dint think it be best for every viewer in the world to own a copy of the program for free by just being able to press record on their VCRs. Then what happened? Because of such recording devices, it is now why we see on anything pre recorded from VHS to DVD to Blu Ray, that the show or movie we are watching can only be viewed in our home, meaning technically, if we rolled our TVs and DVD players out into the public street in front of our house, we would be breaking the law, because that falls into publicly broadcasting the show which is strictly prohibited under the Anti piracy and warning disclaimers at the beginning of every DVD. So this being in the preliminary stages I think only time will tell how this whole thing will iron out. We the people need to have a healthy balance of internet freedom and at the same time realize that while we respect the rights of others online, lets do so in a way that caters to all the good the internet has to offer, and how the world has prbably monetarily benefited from all the promational stuff that is  allowing big corporations to flourish. Some companies in this day in age might comeplety collapse without proper Internet access. In short, some rely heavily on the Internet to further their lifes succsessfully! Heck, you can even goto college online now…who would of ever imagined that in th 80s!On to Namm. Every year in this controller era, it seems companies are perfecting “last years model” with upgraded features, a fresh new paint job, etc. While all of it for a DJ just starting out looks tempting, its probably best to stick with what you know will work for you. If you put blinders on to all of what is out there, and head straight to what you really want, than all the other one million choices of controller gear wont even be an issue in your decision making. A good example is the partnership between Ableton and Akai. For someone wanting to get into Live and is looking for a controller to control it, and they wind up with an APC 40 or 20, then because this system is on a bi-directional communication platform, it will just work back and forth out of the box when set up, so to answer someone who wants to get controller X over the APC, they should know that if they are ready to become more of a programmer and techie, they will have to learn how to midi assign each and every button they plan to use, and label or remember it. And thats fine, as an APC doesnt appeal to all out there, my point is that if a DJ starting out, narrows down their decision selection to only the gear they know will work for them, you can then marvel and check out the new stuff with your mind focused on the stuff you want, and in return reducing the clutter of so many pieces of gear out there on the market that you want.

    • Was trying to repost with the appropriate paragraph spacing as thats how I wrote it, however when posting it only appears one paragraph took…2cd time this happened…sorry!

  3. Respectfully gents, as a rights owner myself (by way of Full Tilt Remix) I can easily prove the losses caused by digital piracy.  All I need to do is compare where the company’s balance sheet is now to where it was 5-6 years ago relative to the amount of time FTR has spent combating piracy online.  The former’s come down while the latter’s seen a dramatic increase over the time same period and from conversations I’ve had with our competitors, FTR’s certainly not alone in that respect.

    I won’t lay the blame entirely at the feet of piracy.  Other factors – such as increased market competition & an uptick of interest in creating remixes, edits, etc – have all played a role as well.  Regardless, there’s been an easily visible correlation between the bottom line and piracy in recent years.

    Heavy-handed government action isn’t the solution – it’ll simply push the problem further underground (which will happen to some extent regardless) – but something does need to be done on this issue.  As Jay described it, “anarchy” really isn’t too far off the mark.

  4. Hey guys, great video as always.

    2 little things to clarify, don’t want to come across as a dick but I follow new DJ tech pretty closely and noticed this:

     – The new Rane mixers are just called the Sixty-One and the Sixty-Two, for some reason Rane decided to drop TTM from the names.

     – Serato Video will actually cost $149 when it comes out in March. If you already own Video-SL, however, it will be a free upgrade.

  5. Reagrding the cancelation of your guys show, promoters besides realizing they will not make any money, they also have a duty to make sure their entertainment arrives and departs safely. If the conditions are not good why risk they safety of others!!

  6. Please give a hint about who the DJ drop guy is. Guy sounds lame

  7. Pretty Interesting Topics…I Agree with both of u guys bout spring saying is okay for the goverment to shut down sites but i agree just a lil more with JD kuz the internet for me is Like Freedom Of Speach And controlling the internet will just end up anarchy and would most likely shut down…and bout that guy stealing drops i gotta say thats just Shady if it is like that but hearing what spring says i gotta say im %99.9999 sure too…lol

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