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My band Dubistry played a great show at our favorite NYC music venue, The Shrine, on Saturday night. You can check out the whole show here, thanks to our friend Julie! Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Aram Sinnreich
I've been absurdly fortunate to collaborate with some great musicians over the years. One of my longest, and most fruitful, collaborations has been with Flynn Cohen, the composer and stringed instrumentalist, with whom I've been writing songs for over 20... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Aram Sinnreich
A few years ago, my friend Lonny and I convened a bunch of media scholars who are interested in science fiction for a formal discussion at the National Communication Association conference. The conversation spilled over from conference to cocktails, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Aram Sinnreich
My family and I have been spending the summer in Germany, where I'm working on my new book and participating in a research project on a fellowship. It's been surreal to watch my home country devolve into a level of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Aram Sinnreich
I once met Robert Plant in a SoHo bodega, around 2am. Coincidentally, I had just been to a midnight screening of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused, a film named for a song made famous by Led Zeppelin (though the song... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at Aram Sinnreich
Last week, I appeared on Al-Jazeera's show "The Stream," for a panel discussion surrounding the recent dust-up over Facebook's allegedly biased "trending" news story policies. My co-panelists were Christopher Mims, Trevor Timm, and Kate Gardiner. It was a good conversation... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Aram Sinnreich
About two years ago, my friend Jessa Lingel, then a postdoc at Microsoft Research and now a prof at Annenberg Penn, asked me whether I'd be interested in working on a piece of research with her. I jumped at the... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Aram Sinnreich
I get calls sometimes from reporters to comment on stories related to my areas of research - usually, tech, music, policy, stuff like that. One of my favorite journalists to speak with is Quentin Fottrell of WSJ Marketwatch. He always... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Aram Sinnreich
Douglas Adams was a hero of mine from the day I first stumbled on a tattered paperback of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy at sleepaway camp the summer I was 11 (I finished the book in a single sitting).... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Aram Sinnreich
Back in 2002, my wife/lead singer/collaborator Dunia and I left our home in NYC for the sunnier skies of Los Angeles. It was a bittersweet move, because we had to leave behind our awesome neosoul/jazz band Brave New Girl. Fortunately,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Aram Sinnreich
Earlier this week, I gave a talk at the American University Faculty Forum, in which I shared brand new, not-yet-published data from my ongoing series of international surveys about the awareness, consumption, creation, attitudes and ethics of "configurable" cultural forms... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Aram Sinnreich
My good friends Flynn Cohen and Liz Simmons have an amazing traditional/celtic/folk band called Low Lily, which just released a gorgeous new self-titled album. I wrote one of the songs on it with Flynn, called "All Roads Lead To You,"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Aram Sinnreich
Last week, I published a new article in Truthdig, examining the dangers of ISIS's recent destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra in light of the history of information warfare. It's not my normal beat, but the idea came to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Aram Sinnreich
This is a piece of hysterical, disinformative propaganda, and I'm appalled that Hypebot would reprint it. The claim that digital "piracy" has "cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and hundreds of billions in lost revenue in this country alone" is spurious and has been thoroughly debunked by multiple sources including Congress's Government Accountability Office. In my book The Piracy Crusade, I review and debunk these claims in detail. You can read this section of the book for free here: Furthermore, the suggestion that free music sharing via Grooveshark or any other internet service is largely or solely responsible for any measurable downturn in music sales revenues is highly debatable, and the real economic story is far more nuanced and interesting -- a "perfect bubble" in the 1990s followed by a "perfect storm" in the 2000s, having little to do with free online distribution as a causal factor. My analysis is freely available here: Incidentally, the entirety of my book "The Piracy Crusade," which I wrote specifically in order to combat disinformation such as this article, can be downloaded freely from the internet here:, or if you feel so inclined, purchased from Amazon here:
Toggle Commented May 18, 2015 on Epic Fail: The War On Piracy at hypebot
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Last week, I was interviewed by my music industry research geek brother-from-another-mother Kyle Bylin. The interview, which was part of the Upward Spiral podcast, was also published on Hypebot. You can read an excerpt here, or stream the whole thing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Aram Sinnreich
This past year, I've had the pleasure and privilege to work on a series of research projects about copyright and fair use with the woman who literally wrote the book on the subject, Pat Aufderheide of American University. One of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Aram Sinnreich
I've been working on a book chapter recently dedicated to investigating and clarifying a set of issues that are typically wreathed in a haze of half-truths and propaganda: namely, the question of how much money recording artists and composers actually... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Aram Sinnreich
Today I published my first Op-Ed, addressing some of the issues surrounding Net Neutrality and dissecting this week's speech by Obama as well as the brouhaha that followed. LAST MONDAY, a long-simmering, wonky debate over the policies governing Internet service... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Aram Sinnreich
Last week, media scholar, aca-fan and all around badass Henry Jenkins published a 3-part interview with me about my book The Piracy Crusade. This is probably the most thorough interview yet; not only is it pretty long, but the questions... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Aram Sinnreich
This week, I was in Daegu, Korea for Internet Research 15 (my first time at the conference!). I presented a paper with my friend, Rutgers SC&I alumna and Microsoft Research New England researcher Jessa Lingel. Our subject was surveillance. Specifically,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Aram Sinnreich
Last week, my friend and former colleague Mor invited me to give a casual talk at his department at Cornell Tech. He asked me not to present any "old" research, but rather to bring in some material about new ideas... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Aram Sinnreich
I'm not the most popular author in the world. Often, I'm not even among the 100,000 most popular authors on Amazon (according to their ranking tool, the highest rank I've achieved in the past 2 years was #55,628, the week... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Aram Sinnreich
Yesterday, Vuze released my new, Creative Commons-licensed book The Piracy Crusade in PDF format, along with a few videos of my lectures on the book, as part of a free "bundle" distributed via BitTorrent. Please download and share! Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Aram Sinnreich
In one handy-dandy chart (created while I should have been working on Very Important Things). Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Aram Sinnreich
Last week, I gave a talk based on my new book The Piracy Crusade at SF Music Tech Summit. I told the stories of five failed music startups, focusing on the role that intellectual property and anticompetitive behavior by the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Aram Sinnreich