"LOS ANGELES—The Recording Industry Association of America announced Tuesday that it will be taking legal action against anyone discovered telling friends, acquaintances, or associates about new songs, artists, or albums. 'We are merely exercising our right to defend our intellectual properties from unauthorized peer-to-peer notification of the existence of copyrighted material.'"In related (real) news, I received my copy of Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall, which I wrote about a couple months ago. You may recall I lamented the fact that Blue Note had foolishly put "protections" on the discs preventing them from being imported into iTunes (and thus copied to iPods). I am happy to report that they have either stopped doing this or it has no impact on Mac users—probably the latter, but I can't be sure.
I've only had time to listen to the opening cut, which was powerful. I can't wait to listen to the rest. The reason I mention it before I've even listened to all of it is to extend an offer to any readers who may have bought the CD and found they were unable to rip it. If you'd like, I'll trade you my copy of the CD and the mp3s I ripped for your copy of the CD. I'm not giving mp3s to anyone who didn't buy the disc, but I'll help you around the "protections" if you'd like. Just leave a comment.