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1. More information in a long-running inquiry, this program focuses primarily on the music industry. The program begins with discussion of the imposition of a fee by the German government against Hewlett-Packard’s CD burners. (“German Fee on CD Burners Hits HP” by Hans Greimel [AP]; San Jose Mercury News; 11/25/2000; pp.1-12C.)
2. The rationale for imposing this fee was the fact that the technology could be used to “pirate” music off the web. (Idem.) (Napster recently concluded a deal with German media giant Bertelsmann. That firm is the focal point of much of the rest of the program.)
3. The program reviews information from Business Week’s issue of 11/13/2000, originally presented in FTR 261. (“A New Net Powerhouse?” by Jack Ewing; Business Week; 11/13/2000; pp. 46–52.)
4. Bertelsmann’s deal with the web music firm is envisioned as being followed by a broadened use of the P2P technology that was pioneered by Napster. (“The Man Behind Project Thunderball” by Jack Ewing; Business Week; 11/13/2000; pp. 50–51.)
5. Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Midelhoff envisions Napster as a platform to be used for the sale of other Bertelsmann products. (Ibid.; p. 51.)
6. Bertelsmann also proposes to permit corporate rivals to use Napster as a platform for downloading their product. (“A New Net Powerhouse?” by Jack Ewing; Business Week; 11/13/2000; p. 49.) This would greatly facilitate the collection of an unimaginably great amount of intelligence concerning the sorts of mediated information and entertainment that people are consuming. Considering the context of the ongoing discussion, that is a daunting prospect indeed.
7. The program highlights the fact that Bertelsmann chief Middelhoff is on the board of directors of Vivendi, the French Company that purchased Universal Music, the world’s largest music company. (Idem.)
8. Vivendi is chaired by a close friend of Middelhoff’s. (Idem.)
9. Much of the rest of the program focuses on merger talks that would fold EMI into a Bertelsmann-controlled firm. Negotiations about doing that are underway in New York. (“Bertelsmann and EMI in NY Talks” by Bertrand Benoit and James Harding; Financial Times; 11/14/2000; p. 20.)
10. Regulatory hurdles facing such a deal will be considerably less than those that blocked Bertelsmann rival Time-Warner from buying EMI. (“EMI-Bertelsmann Deal Seen Workable” by Charles Goldsmith, Martin Peers, Brandon Mitchener; Wall Street Journal; 11/13/2000; 9. A4.)
11. Views on how soon a Bertelsmann/EMI deal might be concluded differ. Press reports first reported that the deal might be announced presently. (“Bertelsmann, EMI on Verge of Merger Deal” by Chuck Philips; Los Angeles Times; 11/ 17/2000; p. C2.)
12. Later reports viewed the deal as being delayed. (“Regulatory Fears Hinder EMI-Bertelsmann Courtship” by Brandon Mitchener and Philip Shishkin; Wall Street Journal;11/24/2000; p. A9.) If, and when the deal goes through, the resulting company will be number one in the world, replacing the aforementioned Universal.
13. As is the case with the other broadcasts in this series, the information in this one is to be understood within the context of the Serpent’s Walk scenario. This Nazi tract, purportedly a novel, involves a takeover of the United States in the mid-21st century by the descendants of an SS gone underground. (Serpent’s Walk by “Randolph D. Calverhall”; National Vanguard Books; copyright 1991; ISBN# 0–937944-05-X.)
14. “Building up their economic muscle and buying into the opinion forming media,” this underground Reich takes over the world. (Idem.)
15. Previous programs in this series have detailed the hypothesis that, like a companion National Vanguard publication, The Turner Diaries, Serpent’s Walk is actually a blueprint/manifesto, as much as a “novel.” Knowledgeable observers will also recognize in the above scenario, the remarkable and deadly Bormann Organization, the underground component of a 3rd Reich “gone underground.”
16. There is substantial evidence that the Bormann group effectively controls “corporate Germany.” (Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile by Paul Manning; Lyle Stuart [HC]; copyright 1981; p. 284; ISBN# 0–8184-0309–8.)
17. Bertelsmann’s history and makeup suggest the probability that it is an SS/Bormann company. (“Bertelsmann’s Nazi Past” by Hersch Fischler and John Friedman; The Nation; 12/28/98.) It should be noted that the aforementioned article does not mention the Bormann group, but the information presented points in that direction.
18. Bertelsmann’s official historian, Dirk Bavendamm, has published books that are consistent with the view of World War II espoused by the SS characters in Serpent’s Walk. (“Bertelsmann’s Revisionist” by Hersch Fischler and John Friedman; The Nation; 11/8/99.)