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Okay, I'll admit it--I read this article because of its title: Copy Fight. But I'm passing it on to you because it's a terrific interview on digital copyright issues with Larry Lessig and Ken Waagner--the man who oversees all things online for the band Wilco. Waagner made a streaming version of Wilco's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" available online three years ago. That's three years and a half a million albums ago.

Snippet below:

Chicago Tribune: "What about P2P or content sharing in general -- it's not just music on those networks anymore, it's TV shows and movies. Is this discussion moot because it's too late to control any of that?"

Waagner: "I don't know. If people are given an opportunity to abide by the rules...I don't think anyone would feel infringed upon if their cable bill went up $5 a month and they felt that they could legally go online and watch movies and listen to music. I think that would be a solution that would create revenue.

I really think that the longer the media companies fight to try to contain it, and fight with the people that they ultimately need to support them, I think it's a can't-win situation."

Lessig: "I agree. There will always be kids who are able to get access to whatever content they want. If you think the objective is, 'How are we going to stop that?' you're never going to stop that."

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1. Scott Matthews on March 29, 2004 9:53 AM writes...

Did Wilco also make streaming versions of their releases that came after "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" available online?

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2. Donna Wentworth on March 29, 2004 11:07 AM writes...

Good question. I have no idea, and would be curious to find out.

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3. Joe Berkemeier on March 29, 2004 2:44 PM writes...

Wilco hasn't released an album since Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

They do have a new album scheduled for release June 8th. It does not appear to be available for streaming.

I wonder if, in their current contract, they are prohibited from streaming - or if it was just a one-off gamble to get a new record deal.

When Wilco made YHF available for streaming, they were between record companies, as their record company declined to release the album.

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4. Ken Waagner on April 1, 2004 12:24 PM writes...

yes, we will be launching a QuickTime stream of the entire record hopefully today, the release date of the album has just been moved back to June 22.

we also gave away a six song ep for free from the site via an interface on the enhanced cd of "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot". the record could be streamed via a player and downloaded for free by anyone who owned the record. to-date, we've had over 150k downloads of the free ep.

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