24-Jun-2002 (Mon)

Wow, check this out, from RAIN (Radio and Internet Newsletter): the author of the Yahoo deal on which the new RIAA webcasting royalty rate was based has come forward to say that the deal was specifically designed to make it impossible for small webcasters to compete!

Mark Cuban says:

Now, no one asked me any of these things prior, during, or after the first or second pricing. I'm not sure that this matters. But if it does, here it is: The Yahoo! deal I worked on, if it resembles the deal the CARP ruling was built on, was designed so that there would be less competition, and so that small webcasters who needed to live off of a "percentage-of-revenue" to survive, couldn't.

Please don't drop dead of non-shock.

And in local news: S.F. bars closed for serving coffee without a permit:

San Francisco police pulled the plug on World Cup parties in several Richmond District bars early Friday, minutes after the 4:30 a.m. start of the U.S.-Germany quarterfinals match. The barkeeps' crime? Throwing open their doors and serving free coffee without a "cabaret" permit.

[...] Bar owners say the police have known what they are doing all along and never even hinted they needed a permit, especially since the celebrations were alcohol-free. There were even police officers in the crowd watching the game.

[...] Police asked the bar's owner, 24-year-old Emma O'Rourke, whether she had an after-hours permit for the event. O'Rourke argued she didn't need one because it was a private party. She refused to close. Police, who said O'Rourke strongly protested with "colorful" language, cited her for keeping a bar open after hours and resisting arrest.