Final 2011 Christmas Song Playlist

Here’s my final 2011 Christmas song playlist.

Christmas Playlist

57 songs, 3.2 hours

Winter Song Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson

Last Christmas Wham!

The Little Drummer Boy Johnny Cash

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Christmas Day Dido

Christmas For Cowboys John Denver

O Come All Ye Faithful Art Garfunkel

Father Christmas OK Go

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Jack Johnson

Don Quixote’s Christmas Bonanza Gorillaz

Feliz Navidad Fenix TX

Christmas In Space Tori Amos

The Little Drum Machine Boy Beck

THE RETURN OF THE RED BARON The Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy And His Friens

SNOOPY VS. THE RED BARON The Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy And His Friens

SNOOPY’S CHRISTMAS The Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy And His Friens

The Chanukah Song Adam Sandler

Donna & Blitzen Badly Drawn Boy

O Holy Night Avril Lavigne, Chantal Kreviazuk

It Came upon a Midnight Clear Sixpence None The Richer

Little Drummer Boy Tori Amos

Xmas Cake Rilo Kiley

Gaudete Steeleye Span

Ring Out, Solstice Bells Jethro Tull

The Little Drummer Boy The Harry Simeone Chorale

Pavane Jethro Tull

Frosty The Snowman Leon Redbone And Dr. John

I Believe In Father Christmas Greg Lake

Christmas In Hollis Run DMC

O Holy Night Charlotte Church

Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer Elmo & Patsy

Run Rudolph Run Chuck Berry

Stille Nacht Andre Rieu

Ave Maria [After Bach] André Rieu

I Saw Three Ships Sting

Oi To The World No Doubt

Wonderful Christmastime Paul Mccartney

Sleigh Ride Leory Anderson

White Christmas Bing Crosby

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Dean Martin

Holly Jolly Christmas Burl Ives

Here Comes Santa Claus Gene Autry

Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry

In The Bleak Mid Winter Bert Jansch

Silent Night Holy Night Sinéad O Connor

Walking In The Air Aled Jones

All I Want For Christmas Is You Samantha Mumba

Fairytale Of New York Pogues (Ft. Kirsty Maccoll)

Chanukah Song Part 2 Adam Sandler

In Dulci Jubilo Mike Oldfield

Stop The Cavalry Jona Lewie

Happy Christmas (War Is Over) John Lennon

What Child is This (Greensleeves) Mitch Miller and his Gang

Little Drummer Boy (Extended UltraTraxx Trance Mission Mix) CRU

Little Drummer Boy Dandy Warholes

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Mormon Tabernacle Choir With Sissel

Happy Christmas to all!

A Prime Example Why SOPA Will Endanger the Internet: Spiteful Big Corporations

The other big news this past week besides SOPA was MegaUpload.com’s MegaUpload Song on YouTube:

Universal Music Group (UMG) had a conniption fit, because some of their signed artists provided testimonials for MegaUpload, a file sharing site that makes it easy to share files with others.

Despite MegaUpload having every right to use the testimonials in their music video advertisement, UMG used a tool provided by YouTube/Google for big media to easily remove copyright infringing content to nuke the MegaUpload Mega Song. However, UMG had no right to do this, which made it a violation of the DMCA and worth $150,000 in favor of MegaUpload.

According to Wired.com’s Threat Level Blog here, UMG admits that they used Google’s filtering system, but they claim that their use of it does not violate the DMCA. Essentially, they ADMIT that they were fucking with MegaUpload!

Now, if SOPA were to go into effect and entire domain names were wiped from the Internet and all of the sites hosted on those domains, I can see in my crystal ball that many more episodes like the one taking place between UMG and MegaUpload will take place. The collateral damage will be those of us who use the Internet on a daily basis for our work and enjoyment.

I don’t want corporations to have more power over what I do online especially when they don’t own what I do or the work of others. They don’t own the infrastructure that they will be given so much control over.

What does this sound like to you? To me, it sounds like theft. Big media is so twisted over its defeats over its iron grip over culture that it now wants to steal back that control through legislation aimed at the people’s culture. We, the people, cannot stand for this kind of dickery. Big media corporations are not above human failings, and as UMG has demonstrated, they will use any means necessary including hijacking democracy and insider agreements to control our culture.

My Christmas Song Playlist So Far

I like to think of the Christmas season as a musical time of year. My friends know that I like to spend a lot of time developing each year’s perfect Christmas song playlist to support my love of seasonal music. This year’s playlist is still in development (as you can see, I dumped the whole Jethro Tull Christmas Album into the mix), but this is what I have so far. What are your favorite Christmas/Winter Solstice/holiday songs?

Another Christmas Song Jethro Tull

Birthday Card at Christmas Jethro Tull

Bourée Jethro Tull

A Change At Christmas The Flaming Lips

Christmas Day Dido

Christmas For Cowboys John Denver

Christmas In Space Tori Amos

A Christmas Song Jethro Tull

Don Quixote’s Christmas Bonanza Gorillaz

Donna & Blitzen Badly Drawn Boy

Father Christmas OK Go

Feliz Navidad Fenix TX

Fire at Midnight Jethro Tull

First Snow in Brooklyn Jethro Tull

Gaudete Steeleye Span

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Jethro Tull

Greensleeved Jethro Tull

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Holly Herald Jethro Tull

Home For Christmas Maria Mena

It Came upon a Midnight Clear Sixpence None The Richer

Last Christmas Wham!

Last Man at the Party Jethro Tull

The Little Drum Machine Boy Beck

The Little Drummer Boy The Harry Simeone Chorale

The Little Drummer Boy Johnny Cash

Little Drummer Boy Tori Amos

O Come All Ye Faithful Art Garfunkel

O Holy Night Avril Lavigne, Chantal Kreviazuk

Pavane Jethro Tull

THE RETURN OF THE RED BARON The Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy And His Friens

Ring Out Solstice Bells Jethro Tull

Ring Out, Solstice Bells Jethro Tull

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Jack Johnson

SNOOPY VS. THE RED BARON The Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy And His Friens

SNOOPY’S CHRISTMAS The Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy And His Friens

Someday At Christmas Remy Zero

We Five Kings Jethro Tull

Weathercock Jethro Tull

A Winter Snowscape Jethro Tull

Winter Song Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson

Xmas Cake Rilo Kiley

DRM Graveyard on Opensource.com, Content Consumers Demand Less Restrictions and More Respect

Ruth Suehle constructed a fantastic DRM graveyard: A brief history of digital rights management in music.

Digital rights management or DRM is a method for controlling access to various digital media including music, movies, and software. The “rights” being managed are those of content creators to a lesser extent and of content distributors to a greater extent. As Suehle’s timeline demonstrates, DRM systems often bite the dust, because users overwhelmingly demand their own rights to purchased media. One of the most important rights is transferability, or using media on a digital device or computer of one’s choosing. The trouble with many DRM systems is that transferability is difficult or impossible, because content controllers and distributors begin with the tacit assumption that all content consumers are not to be trusted. The assumption that most DRM systems are based on is that users will “steal” content or use purchased content in was unintended by the creators or distributors. This lack of respect and too much trouble imposed by most DRM systems lead consumers to find new channels for content distribution that are less restricting and more respectful.