- To lure younger people to buy lottery tickets - known in some parts as the idiot tax - EMI and Pollard Banknote Ltd. will team up to offer prizes of music downloads from the entire EMI catalog. At least EMI gets full wholesale cost for each download. (Wall Street Journal)

For Borders' most recent fiscal year ending January 31, 2009, comp store music sales dropped 14.2%. Music inventories were "significantly reduced" during the year. (SEC filing)

After the release of a report by the Interactive Advertising Bureau, eMarketer has downgraded to 4.5% from 8.9% its estimate for U.S. online advertising spending. News of a tough market is not a revelation for ad-supported music sites. But here's a number to put on that gray forecast. (eMarketer)

BitTorrent site Mininova has launched a new feature that allows content owners to add buy links to their torrents. (TorrentFreak)

An overview of the Creative Commons license for music by attorney John P. Strohm. "In a CC license, a party attaches a license to a work, and any user is bound by the terms of the license and is potentially liable for the breach of the license. Since one of the main points of CC licensing is to simplify the clearance process, the licenses must be structured this way; nevertheless, there are potential risks for both licensors and licensees." (Know the Music Biz)

Among the best points in Ben Sisario's article on online ticket sales is his mention of states' easing of scalping laws over the years. This disappearance of regulation often goes overlooked in the debate over expensive tickets on the secondary marketplace. Want to point the finger at somebody for higher ticket prices? Start with elected officials. (New York Times)