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  • Lenovo used '12345678' as filesharing tool password

    01/26/2016 7:56:56 PM PST · by Utilizer · 17 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 27 2016 11:59AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    A filesharing utility for Android devices and Windows computers shipped by hardware vendor Lenovo has been found by security researchers to contain multiple, easily exploitable vulnerabilities CoreSecurity discovered that the free Lenovo SHAREit tool for Windows creates a wi-fi hotspot with the password 12345678, allowing anyone to connect to the system running SHAREit. On Android devices, SHAREit sets up an open wi-fi hotspot without any password at all, in order to receive files. This could allow attackers to connect to the Android device without authentication and capture information transferred, CoreSecurity said. The researchers also noted that files were transferred using...
  • SOPA the computer virus terrorizes file-sharers

    10/12/2012 2:28:36 PM PDT · by rocksandbroncs · 6 replies
    RT ^ | 12 October, 2012, 20:37 | Staff
    Security experts are cautioning computer users that they could be targeted by a malicious SOPA “ransomware” virus that rekindles the witch-hunt targeting information sharing introduced last year by congressional lawmakers. Hackers have brought the failed Stop Online Piracy Act back to center stage, this time by distributing a virus that demands the owners of infected computers pay a $200 fine for sharing copyrighted files, lest they want their hard drives destroyed.
  • Feds Shut Down File-Sharing Site One Day After Web Protest

    01/19/2012 2:35:21 PM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 19, 2012 | Brendan Sasso
    The Justice Department seized, one of the world's most popular file-sharing sites, and several of its related sites on Thursday. Prosecutors charged seven employees of Megaupload with criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit racketeering and other charges. Each faces up to 55 years in prison.
  • File Sharing Is Now an Official Religion In Sweden

    01/15/2012 10:23:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 01/04/2012
    Rejoice, brothers! File sharing is now an official religion in Sweden. For real. It took two years, but it's done: it's called the Missionary Church of Kopimism and has Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V as its sacred symbols. Founded in 2010 by philosophy student Isak Gerson, the 3,000-member Missionary Church of Kopimism was created to avoid legal persecution. Talking to Torrentfreak, Gerson believes the official seal of approval by the Swedish government will change things: ____________________________ I think that more people will have the courage to step out as Kopimists. Maybe not in the public, but at least to their close ones....
  • Be a HERO and Help STOP SOPA Now!! (title edited for size)

    12/22/2011 2:04:12 PM PST · by nerdwithagun ^ | Dec 22, 2011 | Mike Mozart
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  • Is it possible to share Blu-ray movies between two PS3 systems? (Help needed.)

    07/15/2011 4:26:51 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 10 replies
    07/15/2011 | BuckeyeTexan
    Objective: For two people in separate houses, each with a PS3, to watch a Blu-ray movie played on one of the PS3 systems. Is it possible to do this? If so, can it be done through the PS Network? Is there another or better way?
  • Jammie Thomas hit with $1.5 million verdict (File sharing case)

    11/04/2010 5:40:53 PM PDT · by FTJM · 10 replies ^ | 11/3/10 | Steven Musil
    Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Minnesota woman who has been fighting the recording industry over 24 songs she illegally downloaded and shared online four years ago, has lost another round in court. A jury in Minneapolis decided today that she was liable for $1.5 million in copyright infringement damages to Capitol Records, or $62,500 for each song she illegally shared in April 2006. The Recording Industry Association of America--the trade group that represents the four major music labels--applauded the verdict. "We are again thankful to the jury for its service in this matter and that they recognized the severity of the defendant's...
  • LimeWire's file sharing halted by injunction

    10/26/2010 6:19:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/26/10 | Dana Wollman
    Lime Group, whose LimeWire software has allowed people to share songs and other files over the Internet, received a federal injunction Tuesday to disable key parts of its service.(Snip)The injunction, issued by U.S. District Court in New York, compels Lime Group to disable LimeWire's searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and distribution features, effective immediately.
  • Ten for the Next Ten (U2's Bono for the NYT OpEd page, creeping tide of government alert)

    01/06/2010 11:10:31 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 32 replies · 881+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 2, 2010 | Bono (no last name provided)
    ...I am seized by each, and moved by its potential to change our world. Return of the Automobile as a Sexual Object ...That’s why the Obama administration — while it still holds the keys to the big automakers — ought to put some style fascists into the mix... Intellectual Property Developers ...A decade’s worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators... and the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business... An Equal Right to Pollute (and...
  • US Senators are concerned about secret treaty

    11/25/2009 6:29:52 AM PST · by Hodar · 10 replies · 830+ views ^ | Wednesday, 25 November 2009, 12:21 | Ed Berridge
    POLITICIANS in the former British colony of Virginia are starting to wake up to the fact that its government is about to sign a secret treaty called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that will give sweeping powers to the movie and music businesses to lock up filesharers. Two US senators are not happy about allowing the government to sign such a treaty, which is so secret that hardly anyone knows about it and the entertainment cartels have the right to send death squads around to the houses of people who are in the know but shouldn't be [you made the...
  • Archive Odds and Ends

    09/18/2009 2:32:01 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 251+ views ^ | September 12, 2009 at 10:24 AM | n/a
    I was killing some rare free time this morning with a little trip around Archive org. With the recreation of al-Ekhlaas and a growing number of issues animating the jihobbist these days (Palestine, "revisions," Somalia, etc), expect Archive to remain the preeminent jihad media hosting site.
  • Pirate Bay down after ISP cuts its connection

    08/24/2009 6:55:03 PM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies · 2,111+ views
    Computerworld ^ | 08/24/2009 | Computer Sweden staff
    Its ISP faced a $70,000 fine if file-sharing site was allowed to continue File-sharing site The Pirate Bay went down today after its Internet service provider, Black Internet, cut its connection to avoid being fined by the Stockholm district court. A 500,000 Swedish kronor (US$70,000) fine would be the result if Black Internet did not comply with the decision in the district court. "The decision was made by the district court on Friday, but reached us today and we have decided to comply. ... We are a small operator and we haven't got the financial resources to pursue such a...
  • 'I'm doing this for the future' (BitTorrent and file-sharing)

    07/14/2009 6:54:36 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 16 replies · 903+ views ^ | Monday, July 13, 2009 | Robert Thompson
    These days, Fung is still in Richmond and still fascinated by peer-to-peer technology. The record industry is still in a panic. But other things are different. The movie and television industries, for instance, have joined the music business in fear of wanton file sharing. And Fung is no longer watching from the sidelines. He's jumped into the fray and in the eyes of the entertainment industry has become one of its biggest problems -- a threat to be crushed..... Created by a Seattle programmer named Bram Cohen in 2002, BitTorrent was an ingenious piece of peer-to-peer software. Where its predecessors...
  • Minnesota Woman Fined $1.92M in File-Sharing Retrial

    06/19/2009 8:36:22 AM PDT · by Larry381 · 11 replies · 607+ views ^ | June 19, 2009 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS — A replay of the nation's only file-sharing case to go to trial has ended with the same result — a Minnesota woman was found to have violated music copyrights and must pay huge damages to the recording industry
  • Pirated pop keeps stars popular

    05/14/2009 4:19:20 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 185+ views
    BBC News (U.K.) ^ | May 14, 2009
    File-sharing sites help make popular acts more popular, finds a study. The research, by industry body PRS for Music, showed the most pirated pop songs tend to be those at the top of the music charts. There was little evidence that file-sharing sites helped unsigned and new bands find an audience, it found. It suggests file-sharing sites are becoming an alternative broadcast network comparable to radio stations as a way of hearing music. Long tail The study, carried out by Will Page, chief economist at the PRS, and Eric Garland, head of media tracking firm Big Champagne, looked at patterns...
  • Court jails Pirate Bay founders (digital pirates that is)

    04/17/2009 7:58:10 AM PDT · by crescen7 · 6 replies · 355+ views
    BBC ^ | 4/17/09
    A court in Sweden has jailed four men behind The Pirate Bay (TPB), the world's most high-profile file-sharing website, in a landmark case. Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were found guilty of breaking copyright law and were sentenced to a year in jail.
  • Pirate Bay four jailed for breaking copyright in Swedish file-sharing trial (File Sharing)

    04/17/2009 6:47:21 AM PDT · by tlb · 4 replies · 445+ views
    telegraph ^ | 17 Apr 2009 | Rupert Neate
    The founders of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay have been sentenced to a year in jail in Sweden for breaking copyright laws by helping millions of users download music, movies and computer games for free. The four were also ordered to pay $3.6 m (£2.4m) in damages to copyright holders, including Warner Brothers, MGM, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox Films, Sony and Universal, according to Swedish media reports. In a Twitter posting before sentencing, Mr Sunde said: "Nothing will happen to TPB [the Pirate Bay], this is just theatre for the media." The Pirate Bay provides a forum for its...
  • How will artists get paid in 'darknet' era? (digital fascism)

    04/02/2009 11:20:43 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 33 replies · 1,027+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 25, 2009 | Greg Kot
    According to some people who are paid lots of money to think about these sorts of things, the legal, ethical and economic questions facing the music business aren’t just about preserving the livelihoods of people who work in that industry. No, the very future of democracy is at stake.... At the heart of the debate is how to license peer-to-peer sharing of music files, widely blamed for the huge drop in sales of recorded music this decade. Sandy Pearlman, a veteran producer and McGill University professor, and entertainment lawyer Dina LaPolt raised the specter of a “darknet,” in which information...
  • Will your ISP block your Internet if you are accused of file sharing?

    03/26/2009 3:42:48 AM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 6 replies · 515+ views
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | March 25, 2009 | Bluegrass Pundit
    Will your ISP block your Internet if you are accused of file sharing?That is exactly what the Recording Industry Association of America has asked Internet providers to do. Apparently, some are willing to cooperate. Under this plan, if the RIAA accuses you of illegal file sharing, you will have your Internet service terminated after receiving warnings. This practice is already underway in some other countries. Illegal file sharing is wrong, but having the RIAA as the judge and jury is a violation of American's rights. This plan would only be fair if businesses in the music industry have their Internet...
  • Local Company Discovers Threat To Obama's Security (Info About President’s Helicopter Found In Iran)

    02/28/2009 6:19:24 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 1,940+ views ^ | Feb. 28, 2009
    PITTSBURGH -- Target 11 has learned a Cranberry company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks discovered what it said is a potentially serious security breach involving President Barack Obama’s helicopter. Tiversa employees found engineering and communications information about Marine One at an IP address in Tehran, Iran. Bob Boback, CEO of Tiversa, said, ”We found a file containing entire blueprints and avionics package for Marine One,which is the president's helicopter." The company was able to trace the file back to its original source. "What appears to be a defense contractor in Bethesda, MD had a file sharing program on one of...

    02/04/2009 2:08:30 AM PST · by Cindy · 1 replies · 269+ views
    Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC) January 26, 2009 The Internet and terrorism: Hamas has recently launched PaluTube, its new file sharing website. AqsaTube, the previous file sharing website, has changed its name and appearance and is now known as TubeZik. Those changes resulted from the refusal of French and Russian Internet service providers to continue hosting AqsaTube.
  • Obama picks RIAA's favorite lawyer for a top Justice post

    01/06/2009 7:17:53 PM PST · by Notary Sojac · 58 replies · 2,409+ views
    CNet ^ | January 6, 2009 | Declan McCullagh
    As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama won applause from legal adversaries of the recording industry. Stanford law professor Larry Lessig, the doyen of the "free culture" movement, endorsed the Illinois senator, as did Google CEO Eric Schmidt and even the Pirate Party. That was then. As president-elect, one of Obama's first tech-related decisions has been to select the Recording Industry Association of America's favorite lawyer to be the third in command at the Justice Department. And Obama's pick as deputy attorney general, the second most senior position, is the lawyer who oversaw the defense of the Copyright Term Extension Act--the...
  • Music Industry to Abandon Mass Suits (will enlist help of ISP's instead)

    12/19/2008 8:26:38 AM PST · by Stoat · 73 replies · 2,275+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 19, 2008 | SARAH MCBRIDE and ETHAN SMITH
    After years of suing thousands of people for allegedly stealing music via the Internet, the recording industry is set to drop its legal assault as it searches for more effective ways to combat online music piracy.(edit)Instead, the Recording Industry Association of America said it plans to try an approach that relies on the cooperation of Internet-service providers(edit)If the customers continue the file-sharing, they will get one or two more emails, perhaps accompanied by slower service from the provider. Finally, the ISP may cut off their access altogether.
  • Billion Dollar Charlie vs. the RIAA (Harvard smacks RIAA)

    11/20/2008 6:42:40 PM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 12 replies · 901+ views ^ | November 18, 2008 | Alex Beam
    There was fear and trembling on the Internets earlier this month when the word went out that storied Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson - "Billion Dollar Charlie" - had decided to go mano a mano with the most-hated institution in America. The Bush White House? No, the Recording Industry Association of America. (snip) Now 69, Nesson has become something of a legend, not necessarily for the right reasons. A few years ago he spoke openly about his occasional marijuana use, and of late he has been haunting the onanistic underworld of Second Life, a computer-generated, "virtual reality" universe. But...
  • RIAA Pays $107,951 to Alleged Filesharer

    08/15/2008 5:57:07 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies · 192+ views
    TorrentFreak ^ | August 14, 2008 | Ben Jones
    It has been something of a David and Goliath battle, but the first skirmishes in the war on file sharing are over. While the RIAA jubilantly claimed success last year, it is another case that has has now silenced the RIAA, as it avoids drawing attention to the case it never had. If you read a mainstream media news report about file sharing or talk to a reporter about (illicit) filesharing, you would think that the only case involving the RIAA was Capitol V Thomas, a case that made news nationwide for the size of the fines. However, there are...
  • Kid rock tells fans "Download it illegally - I don't care"

    06/18/2008 11:58:45 PM PDT · by max americana · 16 replies · 141+ views
    Afterdawn ^ | June 19, 008 | Rich Fiscus
    Kid Rock is part of an exclusive club whose only other members are The Beatles, Garth Brooks, and AC/DC. What do thse artists have in common? They're major artists whose music isn't sold oniTunes. In Kid Rock's case there is actually one album being sold by the online music giant, but that's just because he doesn't own the rights to it. So why doesn't he want to sell his music on iTunes? It's simple really. He sees it as simply a continuation of the way labels have treated artists for decades. In his words, "iTunes takes the money, the record...
  • Yale Researchers Devise P4P, RIAA Weeps

    05/29/2008 9:56:31 PM PDT · by enduserindy · 7 replies · 106+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | May 29, 2008 | Jason Mick
    As if P2P wasn't bad enough, now researchers have come up with a more efficient way to fileshare The international community may be preparing to launch the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) which will force ISPs to log filesharing and hand over user records to the government, will eliminate privacy tools, and allow ex parte border searches, but there is some good news on the horizon. Researchers at Yale have come up with a breakthrough in file sharing technology. The new system coordinates Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Peer-to-Peer (P2P) software providers to raise internet efficiency, and perhaps file transfer speeds.
  • "MediaDefender" attacks and cripples Revision3 for locking out its spy-bots (RIAA's police squad)

    05/29/2008 11:09:55 AM PDT · by bamahead · 23 replies · 130+ views ^ | May 29, 2008 | Cory Doctorow
    MediaDefender attacks and cripples Revision3 for locking out its spy-bots Posted by Cory Doctorow, May 29, 2008 10:14 AM | permalink MediaDefender, the thugs paid by the entertainment industry to spy on file-sharers and attempt to cripple file-sharing networks, attacked a legitimate Internet TV company called Revision3 over the weekend, launch as massive denial-of-service attack in retaliation for having their spy-bots locked out of R3's BitTorrent trackers: Revision3 runs a tracker expressly designed to coordinate the sharing and downloading of our shows. ItÂ’s a completely legitimate business practice, similar to how ESPN puts out a guide that tells viewers how...
  • All because of you : U2 manager says ISPs are ruining music

    01/30/2008 9:32:00 PM PST · by bamahead · 37 replies · 88+ views
    CBC ^ | January 29, 2008
    Paul McGuinness, long-time manager of rock band U2, on Monday launched a verbal attack against illegal music downloaders, as well as internet service providers, device makers, Silicon Valley and even hippies in a speech at a conference in France. McGuinness blamed these forces for "destroying the recorded music industry," with illegal downloading through peer-to-peer file-sharing networks the single biggest reason for why the business is in decline. ISPs have for years profited from that illegal downloading, which occurs on their networks, and their arguments that it isn't their job to police the internet are no longer valid, he said. The...
  • EU court: downloaders can stay private (ISP's not obligated to disclose user info)

    01/29/2008 7:23:26 AM PST · by Stoat · 3 replies · 134+ views
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | January 29, 2008 | AOIFE WHITE
    EU court: downloaders can stay private By AOIFE WHITE, AP Business Writer 50 minutes ago   BRUSSELS, Belgium - Record labels and film studios cannot demand that telecom companies hand over the names and addresses of people suspected of breaking European copyright rules by swapping illegal downloads, the EU's top court ruled Tuesday. But European Union nations could — if they want to — introduce rules to oblige companies to hand over personal data in similar cases, the European Court of Justice said.The court upheld Spanish telecom company Telefonica SA's right to refuse to hand over information that would...
  • From today, feel free to download another 25 million songs - legally (Record industry surrenders?)

    01/27/2008 7:37:25 PM PST · by Stoat · 121 replies · 597+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | January 28, 2008 | Adam Sherwin
    From today, feel free to download another 25 million songs - legally   Adam Sherwin, Media Correspondent, in Cannes   After a decade fighting to stop illegal file-sharing, the music industry will give fans today what they have always wanted: an unlimited supply of free and legal songs. With CD sales in free fall and legal downloads yet to fill the gap, the music industry has reluctantly embraced the file-sharing technology that threatened to destroy it. Qtrax, a digital service announced today, promises a catalogue of more than 25 million songs that users can download to keep, free and...
  • FCC questions Comcast on interference with file-sharing traffic

    01/14/2008 8:30:32 PM PST · by brityank · 15 replies · 170+ views ^ | 14 January, 2008 | AP
    FCC questions Comcast on interference with file-sharing trafficJan 14, 2008 6:23 PM (4 hrs ago) AP NEW YORK - Comcast Corp. Monday said it has received letters of inquiry from the Federal Communications Commission regarding complaints that the company actively interferes with its subscribers' Internet traffic. A coalition of consumer groups and legal scholars asked the agency in November to stop Comcast from discriminating against the sharing of certain types of Internet data among subscribers. Two groups also asked the FCC to fine the nation's No. 2 Internet provider $195,000 for every affected subscriber.And Vuze Inc., a company that...
  • World's Dumbest File Sharer loses lawyer, sells knickers

    01/03/2008 11:54:09 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 37 replies · 106+ views
    The Register ^ | 3 January 2008 | Andrew Orlowski
    Things are looking up for the World's Dumbest File Sharer, Jammie Thomas, who became the first American to go to court in a P2P case in October A jury of her peers found Thomas guilty of copyright infringement and set a fine of $222,000 - but now she's been dumped by the person most responsible for leaving her in this predicament (apart from Jammie herself) - her attorney Brian Toder. It was Toder who foolishly advised her to make a principled fight of the matter in court - thereby turning what would have been a $2,000 tax into a candidate...
  • Comcast Sued Over Web Interference

    11/15/2007 6:41:19 AM PST · by zencat · 3 replies · 32+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 11/15/2007 | Jordan Robertson
    A San Francisco Bay area subscriber to Comcast Corp.'s high-speed Internet service has sued the company, alleging it engages in unfair business practices by interfering with subscribers' file sharing. Subscriber Jon Hart based his claims on the results of an investigation by the Associated Press published last month that showed Philadelphia-based Comcast actively interferes with attempts some high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online.
  • World's biggest pre-release pirate music site netted

    10/23/2007 6:19:57 AM PDT · by Lusis · 8 replies · 55+ views ^ | Oct 23, 2007 | AFP
    British and Dutch police said they shut down Tuesday the website OiNK, the world's biggest source of pirated pre-release chart albums. OiNK distributed albums often weeks ahead of their official release date. More than 60 major album releases had been leaked onto the Internet so far this year. The site had an estimated membership of 180,000. People were only invited to become members if they could prove they had music to offer and had to keep posting tracks to maintain their membership. It is alleged the site was operated by a 24-year-old man who lived near Middlesbrough in north-east England....
  • Appeal in RIAA case to focus on "unconstitutionally excessive" punishment [Wants ~$150, not $222K]

    10/16/2007 9:29:40 AM PDT · by TChris · 23 replies · 68+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | 10/15/2007 | Eric Bangeman
    A week after signaling her intention to appeal the $222,000 copyright infringement verdict handed down by a federal jury, Jammie Thomas has filed her notice of appeal with the US District Court for the District of Minnesota. Somewhat surprisingly, Thomas is citing the amount of the award as her grounds for the appeal, rather than the jury instructions. According to a copy of Thomas' motion seen by Ars, Thomas wants a retrial on the actual damages allegedly suffered by the record labels as the result of the sharing of the 24 recordings she was found to have distributed via KaZaA....
  • RIAA Case Juror Speaks: 2 Jurors Wanted $3.6M Fine ("She lied. There was no defense...")

    10/10/2007 9:24:01 PM PDT · by Stoat · 72 replies · 1,414+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | October 10, 2007 | Jason Mick
    Internet RIAA Case Juror Speaks: 2 Jurors Wanted $3.6M Fine Jason Mick (Blog) - October 10, 2007 2:14 PM     It turns out that Jammie Thomas could have been worse off The tech news industry has been buzzing with news of the $222,000 verdict in the precedent setting civil case Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas, the first instance of an RIAA complaint going to a trial by jury. Now a juror from the case has opened up and discussed their feelings about the case and what went on inside the courtroom. While some may feel the $9,250 per...
  • Defendant found guilty in RIAA suit, hit with $220,000 fine

    10/05/2007 10:27:16 AM PDT · by southlake_hoosier · 41 replies · 1,080+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/05/2005 | Dan Nystedt
    San Francisco (IDGNS) - The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) won the first of many digital music file sharing cases Thursday against a single mother, with a U.S. jury finding her guilty of copyright infringement and fining her a total of $222,000. The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota could have fined Jammie Thomas as much as $3.6 million, but opted not to. She was found guilty of stealing and giving away via Internet peer-to-peer Internet file sharing Kazaa a total of 24 songs from companies including Capitol Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Records....
  • Bill would force "top 25 piracy schools" to adopt anti-P2P technology (Reid shills for the RIAA)

    07/23/2007 5:41:07 PM PDT · by abt87 · 99 replies · 1,624+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | 07/23/2007 | Ken Fisher
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is making waves with a planned amendment to the Higher Education Reauthorization Act being introduced in time for the next school year. Reid's amendment holds select educational funds hostage for US colleges and universities that do not meet a set of criteria meant to bolster the war on file-sharing on college campuses. This is the legislative carrot-and-stick move that many colleges have feared would arise. The amendment would essentially put US colleges in the business of aggressively policing copyright on their network in order to stay off of a "blacklist" that would be comprised...
  • Plunge in CD Sales Shakes Up Big Labels

    05/28/2007 5:23:23 AM PDT · by WL-law · 215 replies · 4,640+ views
    NYTimes via Drudge ^ | May 28, 2007 | JEFF LEEDS
    “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” the Beatles album often cited as the greatest pop recording in music history, received a thoroughly modern 40th-anniversary salute last week... But off stage, in a sign of the recording industry’s declining fortunes, shareholders of EMI, the music conglomerate that markets “Sgt. Pepper” and a vast trove of other recordings, were weighing a plan to sell the company as its financial performance was weakening. ... Despite costly efforts to build buzz around new talent and thwart piracy, CD sales have plunged more than 20 percent this year, far outweighing any gains made by digital...
  • The RIAA Loses Another File-Sharing Case

    04/11/2007 8:43:14 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies · 1,220+ views
    A federal judge has dismissed Elektra v. Santangelo with prejudice, leaving the door open for defendant Patti Santangelo to recover attorneys' fees from the RIAA. Last month, Judge Colleen McMahon denied the RIAA's motion to dismiss the case without prejudice, ruling that the case should either be dismissed with prejudice or proceed to trial so that Santangelo could have a shot at being exonerated of the RIAA's accusations of file-sharing and copyright infringement. A stipulation of discontinuance with prejudice was entered yesterday by both the plaintiffs and defendants, which means that Santangelo is the prevailing party and therefore eligible to...
  • The Pirate Bay plans to buy island (File sharing website)

    01/12/2007 7:20:52 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 33 replies · 2,164+ views
    The Local ^ | January 12, 2007 | James Savage
    Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay is planning to buy its own nation in an attempt to circumvent international copyright laws. The group has set up a campaign to raise money to buy Sealand, a former British naval platform in the North Sea that has been designated a 'micronation', and claims to be outside the jurisdiction of the UK or any other country. The Pirate Bay says it is the world's largest 'bit torrent tracker', and is a popular way of sharing music, films, software and other copyrighted material online. It has been under the scrutiny of authorities in Sweden...
  • Hollywood Puts the Squeeze on Talent (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/06/2006 4:03:24 AM PST · by abb · 26 replies · 918+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 6, 2006 | Laura M. Holson
    On a recent trip to New York City, Russell Crowe was asked by reporters why he had dropped out of negotiations to star in a new movie being directed by Baz Luhrmann and produced by 20th Century Fox. The Academy Award winner, never one to mince words, suggested it was, in part, the money. “I do charity work, but I don’t do charity work for major studios,” Mr. Crowe said. It seems the needy are not the only ones in Hollywood with their hands out. Movie and television studios, facing escalating budgets, rampant piracy and the uncertain future of new...
  • RIAA loses in file sharing case

    07/13/2006 7:44:28 PM PDT · by Petronski · 37 replies · 2,805+ views
    arstechnica ^ | 7/13/06 | Eric Bangeman
    Mothers. You've got to love them. They give birth to us, feed us, clothe us, teach us to chew with our mouths closed, and go to bat for us against the RIAA. Sometimes they win (PDF). An Oklahoma mother, Debbie Foster, was accused by the RIAA of copyright infringement back in November 2004, and her daughter Amanda was added to the complaint in July 2005. According to the RIAA, the Internet account paid for by Debbie Foster was used for file sharing, with an unspecified number of songs downloaded. The music group offered to settle the case for US$5,000, but...
  • ISPs urged to lock out file-sharers

    07/10/2006 9:24:05 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 18 replies · 890+ views
    Yahoo News (Reuters) ^ | July 10th 2006 | By Jeffrey Goldfarb
    LONDON (Reuters) - The British music industry stepped up its campaign against illegal file-sharing on Monday by demanding that two Internet service providers suspend 59 accounts it believes are being used to swap copyrighted songs. The British Phonographic Industry trade group called on Cable & Wireless (CW.L) and Tiscali (TIS.MI) to join a crusade against consumer practices that have undermined music companies in recent years. "We have said for months that it is unacceptable for ISPs to turn a blind eye to industrial-scale copyright infringement," BPI Chairman Peter Jamieson said in a statement. "We are providing Tiscali and Cable &...

    07/04/2006 7:00:49 AM PDT · by Fawn · 188 replies · 3,968+ views
    WPTV News ^ | July 3, 2006 | Reported By: Shannon Cake
    Louise: "No these are not my songs." They are however downloaded right onto her computer. Louise:"I was embarrassed when they gave me a print out of these songs." She got this printout because of lawyers. She also got this letter telling her she was being sued for copyright infringement.Parents, there are other popular file sharing programs you need to know about: Morpheus: Kazaa: Bearshare: Limewire: Louise: "I was in shock..I was stunned." The letter is part of a music industry crackdown.Singers, songwriters and music companies tired of people downloading and burning copies of music without paying....
  • Local family sued by record companies (With no computer allegedly)

    04/23/2006 7:55:40 AM PDT · by LuxMaker · 56 replies · 1,639+ views
    The Rockmart Journal ^ | April 22, 2006 | LOWELL VICKERS
    A Rockmart family is being sued for illegal music file sharing, despite the fact that they don’t even own a computer. Read more in source:
  • Something for Congress to stick in its analog hole and smoke

    01/07/2006 2:43:56 AM PST · by unseen · 10 replies · 311+ views
    ZDnet ^ | January 4, 2006 | Posted by David Berlind
    Neuros Technology International CEO Joe Born in his open letter to congressmen James Sensenbrenner Jr. and John Conyers on HR 4569, the Digital Transition Content Security Act (aka: Analog Hole Legislation): …we believe the proposed bill will not only do nothing to protect against piracy, it will actually reduce legitimate media sales, unnecessarily harm consumers, and have a chilling effect on innovators of new media technologies…Today, we make a next generation digital VCR of sorts that would effectively be outlawed if HR 4569 becomes law….This device is meant to make it easier for consumers to adapt content they have already...
  • Mom Fights Downloading Suit on Her Own

    12/25/2005 3:39:47 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 233 replies · 4,662+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Sunday, December 25, 2005 | JIM FITZGERALD
    WHITE PLAINS, New York - It was Easter Sunday, and Patricia Santangelo was in church with her kids when she says the music recording industry peeked into her computer and decided to take her to court. Santangelo says she has never downloaded a single song on her computer, but the industry didn't see it that way. The woman from Wappingers Falls, about 80 miles north of New York City, is among the more than 16,000 people who have been sued for allegedly pirating music through file-sharing computer networks. "I assumed that when I explained to them who I was and...
  • Music-swapping site Grokster to shut down under settlement

    11/07/2005 1:34:43 PM PST · by GreatOne · 55 replies · 1,069+ views ^ | November 7, 2005 | Unknown
    Grokster, the free music-swapping website that prompted a legal battle ending in the US Supreme Court, agreed to shut down its service under a settlement with the US music industry, industry officials said. Grokster will shut down its peer-to-peer (P2P) network that had been accused of massive copyright violations, prompting a lawsuit that ended with the highest US court ruling that it contributed to piracy, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). "This settlement brings to a close an incredibly significant chapter in the story of digital music," said Mitch Bainwol, chairman and chief executive of the RIAA....