Are companies releasing music albums in advance to avoid leaks and piracy?

Mar. 20, 2008
Surprise! An IT usage policy that actually makes sense
IT World Canada
Shane Schick recaps the three main points on IT World Canada’s Internet usage policy.

“Don’t do anything that interferes with the operation of the company; don’t waste any of the technology resources available to you; and, don’t flout any digital copyright laws.”

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What to expect from Vista SP1
Computer World
Preston Gralla offers his advice on Vista’s SP1.

“SP1 is really a glorified set of patches rolled into one. It leaves just about all of the operating system’s features intact and targets performance, reliability and security. One nice change is the death of the Kill Switch (which Microsoft prefers to call ‘reduced functionality mode’).”

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Album release dates: an anachronism?
The Globe and Mail
Mathew Ingram writes on why music albums are sometimes released ahead of schedule.

“Artists (and/or their record labels) are releasing albums sooner as a way of trying to combat rampant leaks and downloading. One of the latest to move up the official release date is Gnarls Barkley, whose latest album is called The Odd Couple. Although the band’s record label hasn’t confirmed that the move is due to piracy, most of the tracks from the album are already available on file-sharing networks such as BitTorrent.”

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