wilpye Posted June 13, 2001 Share Posted June 13, 2001 The caterpillar said, "If you do not think big, there is nothing left but to think small." NO NO NO This is not the promised 'coming out' post. I presume that it will run no earlier than tomorrow. It was too big for the proper capacity, & had to be broken up. This is Round One, and I've pulled a lot of items from the text and am running them here today. Next time (other than short posts in the interim) I'm scheduled to formally introduce myself, and our lawyers. I don't say 'my' lawyers, because they're set to work for IBICC. And in effect, unless you (agreeing with what I've heard in person from a lot of square thinking suits & well dressed puddinheads) talk me out of going about it the way I want to, they're also YOUR lawyers. IF you want them. IF you're a creator. For free. Who the heck is IBICC? Well, who cares what it stands for... (later). Now WHAT is IBICC? That I'll talk about in a minute. (And the IBICC website is not up yet so don't waste time looking.) When anybody fashions a money machine, (you know, a business...) there are certain rules of engagement and long cherished ways of going about it. Doesn't matter if it's Lucy's advice booth, or Exxon. Nobody in effect gives the business, or at least the lion's share of it to the lowest echelon. I've heard of employers giving stock to employees and other enviable philanthropist tales, but I'd like to turn loose the greatest giveaway in history. Here the problem is not giving it away, but getting the recipients to open their glazed eyes and have the good common sense to take it. Let me state my goal, and then we hunker down with some issues. I want IBICC to give away more cash money than any known philanthropist foundation in the history of this planet. Back to IBICC. This will in effect be a new 'virtual' PRO. No, not exactly a fourth PRO, but more capable at doing what they do, which is wringing money from one set of hands and giving it to another set. Somebody always pays the piper. And so the PRO money travels way down to the end of the chain of hands to a place where forlornly sit the people who really deserve the loot. The creators. Now there's not enough room on this server to list all the dirty aspects of what goes on with old and current performance rights issues, nor will I burn your time reviewing it all. So now some facts. The three existing PRO's (ASCAP, BMI, & SESAC) take in & pay out over a Billion with a B dollars a year. They are wrapped in a cozy flag of respectability riding herd on a system that evolved long ago. (And a lot of people depend on that money for their entire livelihood.) The U. S. LAWS are all worked out propping up the whole deal. OK. We're not (IBICC, that is) even gonna even mess with that. Anybody who wants to start a new authentic PRO is gonna find their butts in a sling. If just anybody could start a PRO, the landscape would be littered with them. That's NOT what we're up to here. But still, if you add up and examine the pocket change that filters down to the creators, you can't help but be dismayed. I've got an angle. I've got a big angle. (Remember all that tuning weirdness), and this particular angle is what these lawyers are all about. And I want IBICC all wrapped up tight in our own cozy flag of respectability. As a matter of fact, that's already happened. And our flag IS pretty darn cozy. But I need everybody to get up to speed on some background. It's boring to some but hang in with me. You need to know this. One of the most amazing things that came out of this Napster mess was a complete turnaround in the ways songs have traditionally been sent naked into the world. A lot of scared money has been thrown into finding a solution. The end result is that if you own product, you want it under lock and key. I'm on that side. (If you're a thief, the wilpye in crowd already know I hate you.) But no Napster discussion here please. On that, each to his or her own ethics. I'm mentioning this because it plays into the future of recorded music that was decided up on high (by the big 5) & there IS NO TURNING IT BACK. And allelulah to that. That 'decided on future' is watermarking. Yeah yeah you've all been hearing about watermarking and the initiative to come up with one that works. Well, its a happening thing. If you want a breather, jump over to www.verance.com and learn about a little thing called ((Confirmedia)). Go ahead, don't be jaded. Take a look. And one quick aside. PUH-LEASE don't weight us down with a post about how watermarking colors the sound (start your own thread and squabble about it there). I've heard the current state of the end result, and I'm willing to bankroll an A-B shootout to see if you can beat my previously mentioned monkey pushing buttons. You lose, you pay. But even if you were right (my defense is that the monkey had a bad banana & I'm stickin to it!), the end result is that the hired techs are (as we speak) still tweaking & improving the process with faster & crenelated embedders to a point where all discussion to the con is ridiculous. (And should some pirate team successfully pull it apart, the techs will keep cranking till they eventually get it past the point of no return.) Remember, the big 5 record companies decreed this into existence. And BIG money (as always) talks very effectively. Bet on the record companies if your betting money matters to you. Back to Confirmedia. If you write songs & make them happen, you've got to love this flavor of watermarking. What happens? If you were a Company (or individual) that owned product, wouldn't you love to know within 24 hours whenever anybody played your song? Yes, just call up a database (such as IBICC will have), punch in your password and there's a list of every song you have and a downloadable printout of every usage from a radio station, from every television show (yeah Cable especially), and least we forget, from the internet. All from good old watermarking. And although you might not get your performance rights money from your PRO very fast or accurately, the plan is to have IBICC checks flying out the door every two months. (I asked for it to be 6 weeks, but the accountants say no way Jose.) How about this: If you're with both IBICC & say BMI, (and the printout from IBICC says you had 13,000 plays in a given timeframe) and BMI sends a peanut sized check out to your publisher for that same timeframe. In your anger you just might help start a groundswell to make BMI get their act together & start using watermarking also. (By the way, I'm recommending IBICC checks go out to recipients direct, not through your publisher. Good idea?) Yes isn't it funny that the people who most likely should jump all over this, Giant ASCAP & BMI, still stick to their pitiful little sampling projections (& supposed playlists) and continue to predict who's playing your records? Didn't I say the lowly creator gets almost Zap, er, Zip. (So Master Zap, I can see why in spite of all your composing, you're not seeing much money from your PRO. THEY don't give a flying frog about you and the little guys. But at least IBICC will, and Hey, one more friend never hurts.) I just wish the old PRO's would upgrade their methods.... All right, why did the record companies create a technology to track airplay (loudly screaming about the loss of sales revenue) when they don't get a dime from the usual (the web is the exception) broadcasters? Remember, it's the 3 PRO's wrapped up in their flag of respectability who by LAW are in charge of that on your behalf. Why not the net too? The PR0's opened their sleeping eyeballs too late to stop certain tigers with their big pocketbooks from racing to Congress & getting their own means of extracting money from the broadcasters. (Herein anyone who uses your tunes and should owe you something for it is a broadcaster.) I do have a late breaking topic to mention. Although Verance had the inside track with IBICC, we (as a company) may be doing business with somebody new. Verance is in the process of being taken over. So although I'd be thrilled to announce in this forum that IBICC has hired Verance to work for us, not to worry. We'll hire the new outfit or one of their (very similar) competitors currently wooing our business. I just wanted to clue everyone in on some points of issue. IBICC will be heavy into watermarking. Some more IBICC things for review before I leave this topic: IBICC is going to take in money due to my 'angle' wrapped in powerful laws. IBICC will not compete at all with the 3 old PRO's. They're still there as they always were to extract money for you for what is called 'performing rights'. (In addition to what you get from IBICC if you're a member.) IBICC will confer on you a new set of rights. Something called 'endowed rights' derived from a certain would be philanthropist with a going concern. Now my lawyers (from my big Monday meeting) made me stick a disclaimer in here. That endowed right is not a promise. Why? Because I can still change my feeble old mind. Now I hope you don't think I'm the kind of two-timing crud who would, but that's why I'm here on this forum. After the faithful genies (who I respect) churn this over (in their minds & with their hands & ears) and tell me (hopefully not) what an idiot I am; I may have to rock back on my heels and reconsider if I'm the fool that many on my side of this internet fence already tell me I am for considering this business model. (But I think I'm the fool on the hill..., however I see the sun coming waaaaay up.) There are other more traditional ways to charter IBICC and have it go about its business, but the music creators will inevitably drop back to the short end of the stick again if the usual suspect power brokers are running the ship. So wait till you hear the angle & the whole deal. You are the first line of inquiry where everyone really determines if I've lost my marbles. Oh! but not with IBICC, that's very very real. All we're discussing here is who's going to benefit. I'm throwing out a tentative offer, let's see what the tide washes back.But I've got more (yikes!) to tell you on these matters. This forum allows & maintains clear lines of communication so everyone can chime in. No point in getting wacky with it till it's all out on the table. SOON, SOON. I'm not a tease, and I'm not jerking anyone's chain. I told WF this wasn't a magic trip on mushrooms & I hope he's feeling it even stronger in his bones today. But I can only push so much oatmeal down your throats in one sitting. (No 40 page manifesto today.) That's it on the issues for the moment. But to understand how my 'angle' came about, you might as well know some personal history. At an early age, I seemed to hear sounds differently than everyone else. Early on I found that the sound of a tuned piano was somehow ugly. Mind you I wasn't autistic, but it was kinda like when autistic children hear things too loud. My Daddy was an optometrist, & we were able to afford a nice upright. Once when the piano tuner was going through his motions, I discovered sometimes that the intervals he was moving through were nicer than when he finished. I'd say no, no. Finally he ran me out so he could finish the job. (Now most of you know my ears were following natural science, and NO this is not about me trying to revive just intonation. But at least I can hear and appreciate the interval arguments Robert Rich makes with his synths.) Much as I wanted to (in later years), I could never learn to play those ivories worth a hoot. Still, I just had to figure out what was wrong with that piannny's sound. Something SUBTLE that only I could hear. But no, WF and Miroslav heard it too. HMMMMM? ((Alert. By popular request this post has been edited to improve reader speed by removing excessive verbage. Still probably not enough. Oh well!)) This message has been edited by wilpye on 07-07-2001 at 01:39 AM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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