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ABBAMAIL is an ABBA fan organisation on the Internet. Based in Australia, ABBAMAIL's mission is to celebrate Abba, Abba fans and Abba fandom on the Internet. It contains monthly columns, regular news updates, FAQs, as well as a comprehensive archive including pictures, press releases and original articles. Abba redirects here. ... A news release or press release is a written or recorded communication directed at members of the news media for the purpose of announcing something claimed as having news value. ...

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Origins

The ABBAMAIL e-mail list was created on 13 January 1997 to give ABBA fans an unmoderated voice on the Internet. The incumbent list at the time, Abba-List, was criticised for not allowing freedom of speech. Electronic mailing lists are a special usage of email that allows for widespread distribution of information to many Internet users. ... // In politics The incumbent, in politics, is the current holder of a political office. ... Freedom of speech is enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is granted formal recognition by the laws of most nations. ...


Two members, Graeme Read and Grant Whittingham created ABBAMAIL as an alternative to Abba-List. The pair had been the President and Treasurer of the original Australian ABBA Fan Club (1976 to 1983) respectively and brought their combined experience to the new venture. ABBAMAIL has since superseded Abba-List.


Over five hundred people initially joined the list, and within months the web site had been created. Most of the content was provided by list members, with other content coming from the personal collection of the site owners. A website, Web site or WWW site (often shortened to just site) is a collection of webpages, that is, HTML/XHTML documents accessible via HTTP on the Internet; all publicly accessible websites in existence comprise the World Wide Web. ...


Conventions

ABBAMAIL has been responsible for bringing fans together, both via the e-mail list and web site and via conventions held in Australia. The usual format of an ABBAMAIL convention is a welcome, followed by merchandise sales, rare or topical video presentations, a break for lunch, a guest speaker with question and answer sessions, followed by dinner and an ABBA disco. Convention has at least two very distinct but related meanings. ... This article is becoming very long. ...


The following conventions have been held to date by ABBAMAIL in Sydney - The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia with a metropolitan area population of over 4. ...


Australian Tour: 20 Year Celebration - March 1997. Special Guest - Annie Wright, who was an employee of RCA in the 1970s and accompanied the group on their Australian tour. [1] RCAs logo as seen today on many products. ...


Women of ABBA - June 1997. [2]


Summer Night City - November 1998. [3]


The ABBA Generation - November 1999. Special Guest - Shelley Benson, who was Abba's promotional manager at RCA in the 1970s. [4] RCAs logo as seen today on many products. ...


CMP Down Under - September 2001. Special Guest - ABBA historian and author, Carl Magnus Palm. [5]


MAD 05 - September 2005. [6]


The ABBAMAIL Effect

Through its ability to focus comments from a large number of ABBA fans into one forum, ABBAMAIL has impacted parts of Abba's music production, such as PolyGram and Universal Music re-releasing CDs in a corrected form. In 1997, all eight studio albums were remastered and re-released. Audiophiles among the fan group immediately noticed errors and problems with this mastering and discussed being disappointed by the quality of the covers. Due to complaints forwarded via the list to people at Universal, a new set of remasters was released in 2001 with sound errors corrected[citation needed]. The original negatives were sourced for the cover art, resulting in the first clear covers since CDs had been released. PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest major label in the record industry, with a 23% market share. ... Remaster (and its derivations, frequently found in the phrases digitally remastered or digital remastering) is a word and concept ushered into the mass consciousness via the digital age, although it had existed before then. ... Audiophile, from Latin audio hear and Greek φιλειν (philein) love, is a word used to describe a person dedicated to achieving high fidelity in the recording and playback of music. ...


ABBAMAIL was also asked for assistance in locating additional material for the ABBA - In Concert DVD and the ABBA: The Movie DVD release. In his book, "Bright Lights, Dark Shadows - The Real Story of ABBA", author Carl Magnus Palm thanks the ABBAMAIL list along with many individual ABBAMAIL members who assisted him with his work.


Fans on the list connected initially via the e-mail list. These personal friendships have resulted in people travelling around the world in order to meet face to face.


Controversy

In May 2006, ABBAMAIL were threatened with legal action by MIPI (Music Industry Piracy Investigations) working on behalf of Universal Music. ABBAMAIL had offered bootleg recordings of non-commercially available television appearances and home recorded live concerts on CD. According to ABBAMAIL, Universal Music had known about this for several years and previously chose not to take any action. This article is about law in society. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest major label in the record industry, with a 23% market share. ... A bootleg recording is a audio or video recording of a performance that was not officially released by the artist or under other legal authority. ...


Initially, they demanded all items in the web shop containing the ABBA logo to be removed from sale. This was completed. A new demand was issued demanding all "master discs" used for manufacture. This was completed also.


A campaign was begun with ABBA fans e-mailing the record company and the groups representatives to protest the action. As of 15 September 2006, the legal action was complete at a cost of over AU$4,000 in legal fees. MIPI advised they were happy with the compliance of their demands and no further action was pending.[7] [8]


External links

  • Abba fans cry SOS - newspaper article on legal action
  • ABBAMAIL

 
 

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