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-- The CEO of Vivendi, the parent company of Universal Music Group, says the UK should follow France's lead and pass legislation to disconnect the Internet service of file sharers. Speaking at a conference in England, Jean Bernard Levy said it was "so obvious" that Britain should implement "something like three strikes" to protect and develop its media industries. (Times Online)

-- Microsoft's MSN is in early talks with MySpace about using the MySpace Music service to power the music offerings of the MSN portal. Wrote Kara Swisher at the WSJ's BoomTown blog: "Sources said Microsoft execs don't think they can do as good a job as MySpace is doing and don't see the point in striking needed but complex deals with music labels, which the News Corp. (NWS) property already has." (Boom Town)

-- CNET has a Q&A with Eric Garland of media tracking company BigChampagne. It's rather lengthy for an online post but definitely worth reading. The talk is about lessons learned from the music industry's fight against digital piracy and what the movie industry is now doing to address its piracy problems. Garland effectively warns Hollywood not to take the same steps the music industry took. "The economics are going to come down faster," he says, noting that most of the growth in new P2P adopters is coming on from film and television content. "That means that this year or next year is going to be Hollywood's year to really start to lose audience," he warns, "not just at the fringes but in regular middle-American living rooms." (CNET)

-- The history of Lala in 924 words. (Ars Technica)

-- Listen to an episode of NPR's On The Media called "Charting the Charts." On the program, which is available as an audio stream, are Billboard's Rob Levine, BigChampagne's Eric Garland and the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot. (Indie Music Tech)

-- Mojo Nixon has surpassed one million downloads in his two-week promotion in which the artist made his entire catalog available for free download. Nixon and the Orchard came up with this campaign as a way to support his new album, "Whiskey Rebellion." Nixon's back catalog was made available exclusively at Even Whiskey Rebellion was made available at no cost. The Orchard cites a 23,000% increase versus the number of Nixon's paid downloads in the first half of 2009. The Orchard also offered some figures from BigChampagne to compare the promotion to Nixon's existing digital piracy. Average volume on P2P networks stayed roughly the same, according to BigChampagne, as the marketplace was flooded with legitimate Nixon MP3s. This is a very interesting campaign that is worth watching to see what happens to Nixon's profile and how he and the Orchard capitalize on the huge increase in the number of people listening to his music. (Press release

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