All content businesses, please take note

This is a known story. Music labels have been in decline for quite a few years. Same has been happening to all media in their traditional forms, linear scheduled television, movie going, newspapers, book publishing, live classical performances.
– U.S. album sales were down 17.8% in May compared to the same period a year ago, and 36.7% lower than sales reported in May 2007, Billboard reported.

For the year so far through the end of May, album sales are down 13.4% from 2008.

Digital album sales were also down 13.1% in May, and are down 7.6% so far this year.

Digital track sales posted only modest gains during the month, showing gains of 5%, 6%, 2% and 5%, respectively, across the four weeks in May, according to Billboard.

“Ultimately we believe that the best way to beat piracy is to create great new licensed services that are easier and more fun to use, whether that’s an unlimited streaming service like Spotify or a service like the one recently announced by Virgin which aims to offer unlimited MP3 downloads as well as unlimited streams,” said Tim Walker, CEO of The Leading Question.
— from Report: File-Sharing Among U.K. Teens Down by One-Third. Related Links: (PDF of announcement) (Billboard)

Rules of the Hive Mind


Well, Wikipedia’s decision is pretty straight forward ( For all Web social network media that aim for a serious audience, the self-correcting mechanism requires not only critical amount of participation, but also check-and-balances to achieve the unique combination of benefits of

1. low cost content generation – by voluntary users

2. speedy correction

3. infinite subject matters

Beware, not everything goes. advocacy or propaganda and philosophical, ideological or religious dispute do not belong to serious Web social media. Though on issues of historical entries mong other types, philosophical and ideological disputes are hard to keep out if not impossible. But if 20th century philosophy taught us anything, we should know by now that there are only versions and iterations of the versions of facts and truth. What’s better than having an ongoing, evolving versions and iterations of “facts” and “truth” which are kept in multi-dimentional fashion – such as in Wikipedia’s edit history, editor’s profile, other metadata such as time of edit, notes about the edit, etc.

The use of free tagging and UGC within enterprises remains a open question.

Wikipedia Blocks Edits From Church of Scientology

Authored by Mark Hefflinger on May 29, 2009 – 11:19am.

Los Angeles – The committee in charge of user-edited online encyclopedia Wikipedia voted unanimously this week to block contributions to the site from IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology, after a lengthy arbitration determined that users were editing Wikipedia articles in the church’s interest. “You could imply that there is a conflict of interest,” Wikipedia spokesman Dan Rosenthal told ABC News. “Rather than two unrelated people getting together,” advocates of scientology have been “getting together, saying, ‘Let’s work together

to make this a more pro-scientology article.'”

Users associated with the church can apply for an exemption to the block, provided they first agree to abide by Wikipedia’s stated rules, which say that “use of the encyclopedia to advance personal agendas — such as advocacy or propaganda and philosophical, ideological or religious dispute — or to publish or promote original research is prohibited.”

In addition to blocking IP addresses connected with the church, Wikipedia also decided to block a number of anti-Scientology editors from changing articles related to the church.