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Leif Eriksen

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Mr. Eriksen researches and writes about how energy companies manage the safety, reliability and sustainability of their operations. As a former engineer in the petroleum industry, he knows from direct experience the challenges and...
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Some Labels Starting to feel the Revenue Love from YouTube – Others Not So Much & RIAA Shifts Tactics

December 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

Conflicting reports as to YouTube’s revenue-generating potential were brought to us in the past week, and within the same news cycles, we also got news that the label’s industry group, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is going to eliminate its years-long campaign of suing alleged individual file-sharers.  First, we have this article in… Read More

Apple to Macworld: Thanks for the Memories . . . Speculation Ensues

December 17, 2008 | 1 Comment

  So there are already a heap of stories and speculation about Apple’s decision to stop participating at the Macworld Expo trade show. Here’s one and here’s another, both from AppleInsider. Maintain perspective with the second because it’s a rehash of speculation made after an Apple product launch in October. At the event, COO Tim… Read More

Why Hysterical Claims About the Decline of the CD are Neither Helpful nor News

December 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

So why does this keep coming up as a news item? This year’s decline in CD sales is the worst. Ever! Reports like this are like watching a footage of a car crash in slow motion and exclaiming every couple of seconds “It’s really going to crash…It’s closer to crashing.” A lot of these stories… Read More

Band Opts for Madison Avenue, Not Labels

December 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

Jeez, how hard does a music exec have to work these days? First, the Internet and the consumers using it to trade music files destroy the business model for a CD.  Now label execs have to compete with advertising agencies for band contracts? Yep, they do, witness this item describing how a band is using… Read More