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What Do You Remember From Your Childhood?

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As it’s Friday, a little piece of fluff journalism…..

The Flintstones theme tune is the most recognisable children’s TV show and Baa Baa Black Sheep the most memorable nursery rhyme, according to research carried out by the UK’s PRS (Performing Rights Society).  Over 2000 people were surveyed and the results collected into a top 10 of TV Themes and nursery rhymes.  Obviously it’s UK-based but some of the shows will be recognisable across the world.  Others will be peculiarly British – consult Wikipedia for more info.  I loved Top Cat.

TV Show Theme Tunes

  1. The Flintstones 
  2. Top Cat
  3. Postman Pat
  4. Scooby Doo  
  5. The Wombles 
  6. Grange Hill  
  7. Jim’ll Fix It 
  8. Dangermouse  
  9. Bagpuss  
  10. Rainbow 

Nursery Rhymes

  1. Baa Baa Black Sheep
  2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star   (my daughter’s favourite)
  3. Humpty Dumpty 
  4. If You’re Happy and You Know It
  5. The Grand Old Duke Of York 
  6. Round and Round The Garden 
  7. Incy Wincy Spider 
  8. Jack and Jill 
  9. Hickory Dickory Dock 
  10. Little Miss Muffet

You can read the full press release here, including a great quote from from Mike Batt, composer of  The Wombles, “Life is one big scramble for success and although I’ve had my ups, I am mortified to see that I made it only to number 5 compared to Postman Pat at number 3. I demand a recount!”

PRS Publishes Paper on Filesharing

The Performing Rights Society (PRS), the approximate equivalent of the US’s RIAA, recently published a paper outlining a proposed approach to the compensation of rights holders based on the level of unlicensed material passing through an ISP.

 The paper, snappily titled Moving Digital Britain Forward Without Leaving Creative Britain Behind, was written by Will Page, Chief Economist, PRS for Music and David Touve, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Washington & Lee University.

(I’m actually not sure that I can tell you about it, because if you follow the links from the press release, it says in bold letters, “It is provided for the information of the intended recipient only and should not be reproduced or disclosed to any other person without the consent of the PRS for Music PR department.  So if it was mentioned in a publicly available RSS feed, does that make me an intended recepient or not?)

Moving on, the paper proposes the following argument, and I paraphrase, because there is unlicensed media, the level of unlicensed media within an ISPs network should be measured and remedial action taken.

The paper offers three possibilities for the “remedial action taken” against the ISP.

  • Compensation, but it admits that it’s difficult to find a way to price it correctly.
  • Licensing or levy, although broadly similar in effect, are very different legally.  There’s a table in the paper showing the differences.
  • Traffic regulation, with penalties or fines paid by the ISPs.

All of this is against the ISP rather than the individual user of the unlicensed media.  Presumably they’ve given up going after the end user because it’s clear to everyone that there’s just too much filesharing going on and it’s going to be easier to go after the ISPs to get money.

However, to be fair, the last two pages of the paper discuss the pros and cons of the three options, none of which are perfect.  One paragraph points out, “We want to make it clear that neither of the above-mentioned options could be considered without accepting that some sort of market failure has occurred and that in consequence some form of regulation is required, and that regulation should seek to put incentives and structures in place so that a market-based solution to the value of media on networks can evolve.”

I’m in a bit of a dilemma over this.  On one hand, part of me has sympathy with the rights holders and believe that they should be compensated fairly (we’ll leave the arguments of whether the PRS and RIAA actually work for the rights holders out of this for now) but the other part of me, says that the success of digital music stores, such as iTunes and Amazon MP3, shows that if you offer fairly priced music and a slick user experience, then people will pay willingly.

Again, I would like to think that mature language and reasoned approach are about the music industry becoming a bit more grown-up and finding fair solutions, but actually it’s just fancy words about getting the ISPs to pay up one way or another.  Those of us who don’t engage in illegal file sharing will simply end up paying for those that do.

Is this the way forwards?  What do you think?

On-line Royalties Exceed CD Shortfall

The UK’s Performing Rights Society (PRS) announced their financial results for 2009 today and for the first time, the growth in royalties from on-line music exceeded the fall in revenue from the sales of CDs and DVDs.

The PRS reports that on-line revenues in 2009 grew to a little over £30m, which was an increase of just under £13m, but revenue from CDs and DVDs fell by over £8m.  This is the first time that the growth in on-line music has overtaken the fall in the sales of traditional media.

 The PRS is the approximate equivalent of ASCAP in the USA and total revenue for the year was £623m, a growth of 2.6%.  Most of the PRS’ income comes from other sources, such as licence fees for broadcasting and playing music in shops and other businesses.  Recorded media such MP3s, CDs and DVDs is actually the smallest of four revenue streams.

Regardless of what we might think of organisations like the PRS, ASCAP, MPAA, etc., I’m pleased to see these results.  First of all, it will make a musicians and music publishers take the on-line sales of music more seriously if the revenues from on-line sales are (potentially) greater than CDs.

Secondly, it would appear that easy availability of competitively price music appears to be making it less attractive to “pirate” music.  Of course, this is conjecture and probably has much to do with MP3 players extending to social groups who are not technically-savvy.

Thirdly, while I’m not privy to the exact royalty percentages taken by the different formats, it perhaps indicates that even during an economic downturn, people are still buying music.  Perhaps on-line music comes off better, as it’s easier to buy a 99p track than a £10 CD.

Finally, it’s probably not good news for the few bricks’n’mortar music stores which still sell CDs and DVDs.  If Amazon has already eaten their lunch, it looks like iTunes and their ilk will be taking their breakfast too.

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