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-- Jamendo, a site that offers free and legal music published under the Creative Commons license, has been purchased by one of its clients. "The .com website will keep on existing, but the main focus from now on is on background music licensing," founder Patrick Haour told Hypebot. Haour did not give the name of the new owner. (Hypebot)

-- Spotify, the golden boy of digital music's future, had some major technical problems on Saturday night when a data site that houses some of its servers had a power outage. From the company blog: "The backup power kicked in as planned, however, one of the big air conditioners in the data centre did not start properly. Heat is a major issue in large data centres and without this cooling unit the temperature rose very quickly and our servers shut down to protect themselves from over heating...Currently all systems are working properly - a few premium users may have some billing anomalies due to the outage but we will contact those users directly to resolve any issues." (Spotify blog)

-- Bitspace is a new cloud-based hosting service for music collections. Prices start at €3.99 ($5.42) per month for 10GB of storage (about 200 albums or 2,000 songs) and rise to €14.99 ($20.37) for 50GB (1,000 albums or 10,000 songs). The company currently offers a free, 30-day trial while the free, 500MB version is currently invite-only. Bitspace will work with Internet browsers (although not Firefox, due to a technical restriction) as well as through a desktop client for OS X. It does not yet work with mobile devices. The online storage locker is not a new product, but Bitspace wins a few extra points for style. The service mimics traditional music applications like iTunes and takes an album approach to organization and experience. For example, a user cannot delete an individual song from his or her collection. At the Bitspace blog, the company describes its approach. "[We] think this way of looking at music resonates very well with most people that has more than a fleeting interest in music as a creative expression, as opposed to music as a way to make money. And it is a point of view that has been largely missing from the digital music experience." (Band Metrics blog)

-- Syndication has always been in Vevo's plans. Now comes word that Vevo is creating a Boxee app that will allow users to view its videos on the upcoming Boxee Bow set-top device. Boxee provides software that aggregates videos from the Internet and the user's hard drive and displays it on a television that has been connected to a computer. Boxee can also play music. The free software is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The set-top box was announced in late 2009 and should cost about $200 when it is on sale in Q2 2010. It includes Wi-Fi, Ethernet and outputs for HDMI, optical audio and analog stereo audio. (NewTeeVee)

-- Will sound recordings ever move to a compulsory license? In a blog post at The Music Void, Ted Cohen of TAG Strategic calls for a balance between reasonable rates and the need to compensate artists. While he would like to see content owners negotiate rates on an open market, the "arduous" process takes too long and rarely result in a win-win outcome. The solution, Cohen believes, is some sort of blanket or compulsory licensing scheme. "ISPs won't be able to continue to sit on the sidelines, they will have to come to the table," Cohen predicts, adding, "Copyright will survive, but only if the paradigm evolves." Even though alternative licensing schemes are a seriously wonky topic, the post is quite humorous. Cohen points out that some people view webcasting royalties as an inconvenience of copyright law that prevents otherwise profitable companies from turning a profit. "Those pesky royalties at work again," he joked, "undermining solid business models." (The Music Void)