1. In 2015 vinyl record sales gave more
income for music creators than the billions of music streams on
You Tube etc. Last year Google received 560 million takedown notices.
(A solution would be to have people who want
to download a file must post a deposit of $1. If the file subsequently
proves to be illegal, i.e. without the copyright holder's permission,
the deposit is forfeited).
2. Longtime BAS member Ken Rudnick died
in April, at age 91, in Brookline, Mass. I cannot recall when I
met him first. Surely the 1980s, if not the 1970s, at Boston Audio
Society meetings. Ken was a smart, funny, good-natured, keen-tongued,
modest soul, respectful, who knew when to speak up and when to keep
quiet. A rarity these days, sometimes. He was a pleasure to run
into and reconnect with, every time: generous, enthusiastic, eager
to trade information as well as electronics gear. I bought my first
good-quality portable video recorder from him, for kids' sports
and recitals. In later years he regularly had his hearing aid turned
up too high "Ken, you're whistling!" I last saw
him just a couple years ago at a Jordan Hall piano recital, and
was most glad of it, as he had dialed back his BAS meeting attendance.
The world was a better place for such a swell pal as genial, cranky
David R. Moran.
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