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  • An Urgent Message From Marilyn Bergman (ASCAP vs RIAA)

    01/31/2008 12:10:58 AM PST · by weegee · 7 replies · 153+ views
    ASCAP ^ | January 28, 2008 | Marilyn Bergman
    An Urgent Message From Marilyn Bergman Copyright Royalty Board Begins Critical Mechanical Rates Hearing January 28, 2008 To All ASCAP Members, Over the years, ASCAP has worked tirelessly to convince Congress and the courts that all songwriters, composers and music publishers are entitled to fair compensation for their copyrighted musical works. As you know, ASCAP represents the performing right, a large and growing part of your compensation. But mechanical and synchronization rights are also a critical element of your livelihood. Today, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) begins a hearing that will determine mechanical rates for every songwriter and music publisher...
  • Copy a CD, owe $1.5 million under "gluttonous" PRO-IP Act

    01/30/2008 10:54:17 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 35 replies · 106+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | 1-29-08 | Nate Anderson
    Not content with the current (and already massive) statutory damages allowed under copyright law, the RIAA is pushing to expand the provision. The issue is compilations, which now are treated as a single work. In the RIAA's perfect world, each copied track would count as a separate act of infringement, meaning that a copying a ten-song CD even one time could end up costing a defendant $1.5 million if done willfully. Sound fair? Proportional? Necessary? Not really, but that doesn't mean it won't become law. The change to statutory damages is contained in the PRO-IP Act that is currently up...
  • Has AT&T Lost Its Mind? A baffling proposal to filter the Internet.

    01/29/2008 5:56:29 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 26 replies · 145+ views
    Slate ^ | January 16, 2008 | Tim Wu
    Chances are that as you read this article, it is passing over part of AT&T's network. That matters, because last week AT&T announced that it is seriously considering plans to examine all the traffic it carries for potential violations of U.S. intellectual property laws. The prospect of AT&T, already accused of spying on our telephone calls, now scanning every e-mail and download for outlawed content is way too totalitarian for my tastes. But the bizarre twist is that the proposal is such a bad idea that it would be not just a disservice to the public but probably a disaster...
  • Canada's labels slam proposed digital "tax" (tax monthly internet fee to split among labels)

    01/09/2008 11:17:50 AM PST · by weegee · 7 replies · 113+ views
    Billboard via Reuters ^ | Sat Jan 5, 2008 12:50am GMT | Robert Thompson
    TORONTO (Billboard) - A revolutionary plan that would effectively legitimize file-sharing here has been slammed as "a pipe dream" by Canadian labels. The Songwriters Assn. of Canada proposes to allow domestic consumers access to all recorded music available online in return for adding a $5 Canadian (2.5 pound) monthly fee to every wireless and Internet account in the country. The SAC claims that the proposal, which has been presented to labels' bodies the Canadian Record Industry Assn. (CRIA) and Canadian Independent Record Production Assn. as well as publishers' groups, would raise approximately $1 billion Canadian ($993 million) annually. Although the...
  • Copying music legally in the digital age (UK changes to copyright law now "permit" ipod use)

    01/09/2008 11:13:57 AM PST · by weegee · 3 replies · 48+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday January 9 2008 | Owen Gibson,
    Owners of digital music players will be acting lawfully when they transfer music from their computer to a digital player or copy a CD for their own use, under proposed amendments to bring copyright law into the digital age. Consumers who have been technically breaking the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 by copying tracks from CDs to their PC or digital player, or making an extra copy to play in the car, will now be able to do so for private use. Record labels accept that consumers should not be punished for shifting music from one format to another,...
  • Should RIAA Win Against Jammie Thomas Be Tossed After RIAA Admits It Misspoke On The Stand?

    01/07/2008 5:41:26 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 10 replies · 42+ views
    Techdirt ^ | 4 January 2008 | Mike Masnick
    Well, well, well. This morning when we pointed out that the RIAA's responses to the whole Howell affair were rather lacking, we missed an important point. In the NPR debate between the RIAA's Cary Sherman and the Washington Post's Marc Fisher, while Sherman may have had the stronger case (this one time!), he did make one interesting statement that could have much wider implications. When pushed on the Howell case, rather than admitting he was wrong, Fisher moved on to a different situation: the infamously incorrect statements by Sony BMG exec Jennifer Pariser, who said on the stand, in response...
  • Egypt to copyright pyramids

    12/25/2007 7:10:11 PM PST · by FreedomCalls · 135 replies · 341+ views
    AFP ^ | Dec 25, 2007 | AFP
    CAIRO (AFP) — In a potential blow to themed resorts from Vegas to Tokyo, Egypt is to pass a law requiring payment of royalties whenever its ancient monuments, from the pyramids to the sphinx, are reproduced. Zahi Hawass, the charismatic and controversial head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told AFP on Tuesday that the move was necessary to pay for the upkeep of the country's thousands of pharaonic sites. "The new law will completely prohibit the duplication of historic Egyptian monuments which the Supreme Council of Antiquities considers 100-percent copies," he said. "If the law is passed then it...
  • Congressman Hollywood: It's time to revisit the DMCA

    12/14/2007 11:24:12 AM PST · by antiRepublicrat · 16 replies · 186+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | December 13, 2007 | Nate Anderson
    Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), also known as Congressman Hollywood, is one of the most powerful members of the House when it comes to intellectual property issues, so when he muses aloud about "revisiting" the DMCA, people listen. Unfortunately, Berman wants to reform the DMCA because it doesn't go far enough, and his ideas sound like they're ripped right from the pages of the Big Content playbook. Berman chairs the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, and this morning oversaw a hearing on the PRO-IP Act, a bill that could boost statutory damages for copyright infringement and create...
  • Savage fights back, sues CAIR

    11/30/2007 5:48:57 PM PST · by P. James Moriarty · 64 replies · 546+ views ^ | 11/30/07 | Robert Spencer, Michael Savage
    The full legal filing is here: The truth-challenged unindicted co-conspirators of the Council on American Islamic Relations have been targeting radio host Michael Savage, as they have targeted so many others before him. They've been pressuring advertisers to stop advertising on his show, and they've been succeeding. Background here. But Savage, unlike Fox, unlike National Review, unlike so many others, is unwilling to play the dhimmi and kowtow to these lying Islamic supremacist thugs in their continued assaults on the freedom of speech. It's about time that somebody with the resources to do so has fought back. The text...
  • Why Does The Entertainment Industry Get To Decide Whether DVD Copying Is Legal?

    06/22/2007 10:30:37 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 98 replies · 2,108+ views
    Techdirt ^ | 21 June 2007 | Mike Masnick
    Back in April, a court found that Kaleidescape's high end DVD jukebox was perfectly legal, despite complaints from the entertainment industry. The DVD jukebox clearly was not for pirating materials. It would rip DVDs and store them on a hard drive, but it included all kinds of copy protection and cost $27,000. This wasn't for kids ripping DVDs in their bedrooms. When that lawsuit came out, the group in charge of the DVD spec, DVD-CCA whined that the lawsuit would delay the rollout of the latest DVD specs -- though it wasn't clear why. Now we know. PC Magazine has...
  • 1984 copyright owner mulls legal action

    03/29/2007 6:49:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies · 414+ views
    Digit Online ^ | 03/29/2007 | Gregg Keizer
    The copyright holder of George Orwell's classic novel 1984 may sue over the video that used Apple's 23-year-old Macintosh advertisement to jab at Senator Hillary Clinton, a lawyer for Rosenblum Productions said Wednesday. "We're not filing [a lawsuit] at this point; we're monitoring the situation," said William Coulson, who represents Rosenblum Productions. "But we certainly reserve the right to do so in the future." Coulson did not specify whom Rosenblum might sue -- the video's creator, YouTube or both. The 74-second video, a mashup that substitutes the droning Big Brother of the original Apple television ad with images and words...
  • Is Microsoft criminalizing users?

    02/14/2007 9:41:14 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 34 replies · 561+ views
    The Internet has been buzzing over the last few months with discomfort about various new controls and impositions placed on the user in the different versions of Vista. We realised that like many users, we really hadn’t spent much time (OK any) looking at the End User License Agreement (EULA). What we did find when we read the EULA of the home premium version (the version most home/Soho power user will use) was a surprise. As users of Apple’s new Intel computers we were happy that we could use virtualization software like Parallels to run windows software at the same...
  • Viacom demands YouTube remove videos

    02/02/2007 10:30:40 AM PST · by weegee · 6 replies · 348+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 2, 2007 | By Kenneth Li
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Viacom Inc. on Friday demanded that Google Inc.'s online video service YouTube remove more than 100,000 video clips after they failed to reach a distribution agreement. ADVERTISEMENT Viacom said it sent a notice to YouTube on Friday morning, asking the popular video-sharing site to remove clips from Viacom-owned properties including MTV Networks and BET. The media company controlled by Sumner Redstone said its pirated programs on YouTube has generated about 1.2 billion video streams, based on a study from an outside consultant. A YouTube representative could not immediately be reached for comment. "Filtering tools promised repeatedly...
  • NFL's lawyers sack church's game plan

    02/01/2007 12:13:16 PM PST · by SendShaqtoIraq · 65 replies · 1,792+ views
    Indianapolis Star | Feb 1, 2007 | Robert King
  • Copyright ruling puts hyperlinking on notice

    12/19/2006 7:53:27 AM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 76 replies · 1,897+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald (vis Slashdot) ^ | 19-Dec-2006 | Asher Moses
    Copyright ruling puts hyperlinking on notice Asher MosesDecember 19, 2006 A court ruling has given the recording industry the green light to go after individuals who link to material from their websites, blogs or MySpace pages that is protected by copyright.A full bench of the Federal Court yesterday upheld an earlier ruling that Stephen Cooper, the operator of, as well as the internet service provider that hosted the website, were guilty of authorising copyright infringement because they provided a search engine through which a user could illegally download MP3 files.The website did not directly host any copyright-protected music, but the court held...
  • Congress Raises Broadcast Flag For Audio

    03/03/2006 1:36:32 PM PST · by steve-b · 10 replies · 519+ views
    CNET ^ | 3/2/06 | Declan McCullagh
    Digital radio receivers without government-approved copy-prevention technology likely would become illegal to sell in the future, according to new federal legislation announced Thursday. Rep. Mike Ferguson, a New Jersey Republican, said his bill--which would enforce a so-called "broadcast flag" for digital and satellite audio receivers--was necessary to protect the music industry from the threat of piracy....
  • US Judge: Google infringed copyright by posting thumbnail porn photos

    02/22/2006 6:27:18 AM PST · by mathprof · 20 replies · 1,283+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/21/06
    Internet giant Google Inc. infringed copyright rules by posting thumbnail-size photos from other websites on its search results pages, a US judge said in a ruling issued. US District Judge Howard Matz's ruling, handed down in Los Angeles, stems from a lawsuit filed in 2004 by the pornography firm Perfect 10 Inc., which accused Google of breaching on its copyrights. The type of search with which Perfect 10 took issue is Google's "Image Search" function, which returns a page with tiny images -- known as thumbnails -- that fit the searcher's query. The image search function also allows searchers to...
  • Drummer closes doors on $20 million

    10/09/2005 3:50:59 PM PDT · by dennisw · 171 replies · 3,962+ views
    timesonline. ^ | October 08, 2005 | By Chris Ayres
    Is it simple selling or selling out? We report on a band at odds over ad revenue THE drummer of the Doors has infuriated his former bandmates by turning down nearly $20 million to use their music to sell computers and cars. John Densmore has a legal right to veto the use of the band’s music for advertising. And that is exactly what he is doing. He says that he is holding out to honour the memory of the band’s lead singer, Jim Morrison, who died in Paris from a suspected heroin overdose in 1971, aged 27. “People lost their...
  • (Copyright) Law Screws Gay Artists - rail against "discriminatory" copyright practices

    07/23/2004 11:00:45 AM PDT · by weegee · 40 replies · 1,612+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | (Posted Jul 22, 2004) | BEVERLY KEEL
    Last year, singer Melissa Etheridge promised to love and protect her new partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, until death do them part, but she may not be able to leave her songs to Michaels. U.S. copyright law discriminates against homosexuals by not allowing songwriters and other artists to determine conclusively who gets the rights to their work at the time of their death. No matter what an artist's intention, spouses, children and grandchildren, in that order, are the first in line to recapture the copyrights, followed by next of kin, executors and administrators. Since most states do not recognize gay...
  • High court won't hear copyright claim over '92 LA riot video

    05/17/2004 11:46:52 AM PDT · by george wythe · 3 replies · 332+ views
    AP ^ | May 17 2004
    The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an international copyright fight over the alleged misuse of videotaped images of truck driver Reginald Denny being pulled to the pavement and beaten during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The pictures showed several black men pulling the white driver from the cab of his truck, kicking and beating him, then smashing his skull with bricks and a fire extinguisher. The Denny beating came at the start of riots that erupted when white police officers were acquitted in the earlier beating of black motorist Rodney King. A Los Angeles couple filmed the scene...