After mp3.com announced that one might or might not own the copyrights of
one's own work on their site, I pulled everything but my arrangement of The Star
Spangled Banner, and put links to LEGITIMATE music sites there. I mean,
what're they gonna do, steal The National Anthem? I have received no
notice beyond reading it in the news posts online. Hell, I don't even get
No loss to the music community, that one. Created the rip-em-off
model for online music.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2003 18:09
Subject: RE: MP3.com Gone by December 2,
Weird. And they are simply taking it offline Dec 2nd.
They won't re-open until "sometime" in 2004.
Is anyone on this list actually an ARTIST there? If so, what
have they told you?
>>From: ArsOcarina@aol.com [mailto:ArsOcarina@aol.com]
>>Sent: Monday, November 17, 2003 1:04 PM
>>Subject: MP3.com Gone by December 2, 2003
>>Has everyone heard
about this? I just got an e-mail or two
tipped me off to it -- and after investigating a little
>>I found out it's actually true. This comes as a major shock
>>to me. I'd enjoyed a good deal of success with
>>I have to say i am really sorry to see them
MP3.com's own site-news page:
>>>CNET Networks, Inc. announced today that it has
>>>of MP3.com, Inc.
be advised that on Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 12:00
>>PM PST the
will no longer be accessible in its current form.
>>>Following a transition
period, CNET Networks, Inc. plans to
>>>new and enhanced artist services. If you
would like to
>>>updates on these new services and notification when they
>>>as well as an invitation to their special artists-only
>>>sign up here.
>>>Your personal information, music, images, related
content or other
>>>information will not be
transferred to CNET Networks, Inc.
>>>third party. MP3.com's content
administration tools will remain
until the site is redirected on December 2, 2003. Please
>>>note, however, that promptly following the removal of the
>>>website, all content will be
deleted from our servers and all
>>>previously submitted tapes, CD-ROMs and other media in our
>>>will be destroyed. We recommend that you make alternative
>>>hosting arrangements as soon as
practicable. Please remember
>>>or remove all links and references to the
>>>if you would like a historical record of your page, we
>>>you capture screen shots of the page as well as your artist
>>>pages since they will no longer be available once the site
collecting monthly fees for Gold and Platinum Artist
>>>Service subscriptions as of November 3, 2003. For any
>>monthly Gold or
>>>Platinum Artist Service subscription fees MP3.com received
>>>period beginning October 13, 2003 and ending November 2,
>>>will be issuing a refund that will be prorated to reflect a
>>>of the subscription as of November 2, 2003. For any
>>>annual Gold and Platinum
subscription fees MP3.com has
>>>2003, MP3.com will be issuing a refund
that will be prorated
>>>a termination of the subscription as of
November 2, 2003.
>>>who subscribed to the Platinum or Gold Artist Service after
>>>2003 will receive a full refund of any fees paid.
subscribe to any other MP3.com services, you will receive
>>>separate e-mail messages with specific information about
>>>Participants in the truSONIC Business Music
Service program will be
e-mail update about the process for their continued
>>>participation in that program.
>>>All content uploads
will cease immediately. Approvals of previously
>>>uploaded content will continue through Friday, November 14,
>>>will be available for purchase through Monday, November 17,
>>>12:00 PM PST.
>>>MP3.com will perform a
final artist accounting and check
>>>on or around December 1, 2003. Any artist
account with a
>>balance of at
>>>least $25.00 will qualify to receive a payment in the final
>>>accounting (reduced from the usual
requirement of $50.00).
>>>CD royalties will be included in the final
>>>If you anticipate a
payment, please verify and update your artist
>>>account and contact information no later than November 20,
>>>here for help updating your contact information.
sure to check the Sophie message board and System Service
>>>Report (SSR) for further updates.
>>>On behalf of all of us
at MP3.com we thank you for your
>>>continued support. It has been a privilege
to host one of
>>>and most diverse collections of music in the world. MP3.com
>>>express its sincere thanks to each of you for making our
>>>important part of your musical
journey. We wish you
>>>P.S. Remember that in order to receive e-mail
updates on CNET's new
>>>artist services, you
should sign up here today.
>>Geeeze! What to do now?
>>tEd (r) kiLLiAn