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  • Pirate Bay Founder Builds The Ultimate Piracy Machine

    12/24/2015 5:47:20 PM PST · by Utilizer · 23 replies
    TorrentFreak ^ | December 19, 2015 | Ernesto
    Former Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde has always been very outspoken about people's inherent drive to copy things. Last year he paid the ultimate price of sacrificing his freedom for his involvement in TPB, but that hasn't changed his core 'kopimi' values. One of Peter's major frustrations is how the entertainment industries handles the idea of copying. When calculating the losses piracy costs, they often put too much value on pirated copies. This is something Peter knows all too well, as he still owes various movie and music companies millions in damages. However, this hasn't stopped him from continuing to...
  • Vatican’s illegal downloads include ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘Lesbian Hair Salon’

    01/12/2014 5:39:41 AM PST · by ClaytonP · 14 replies
    ROME (RNS) Computer users in the Vatican apparently have an illegal taste for the German heavy metal band Scorpions, the coming-of-age dance film “Billy Elliot,” the television comedy series “Camp” — as well as more, ahem, adult content — according to information from Netherlands-based company TorrentFreak.TorrentFreak is a news site that focuses on file sharing and intellectual property issues, but may be best known for its occasional reports on the illegal peer-to-peer downloading of files.Video courtesy of thecultbox . via YouTube The Vatican is not the only place guilty of illegal downloads, based on data gathered by the company: the...
  • North Korea 'publicly executes 80 people'

    11/11/2013 11:10:52 AM PST · by nuconvert · 26 replies
    North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday. -excerpt- In the eastern port of Wonsan, the authorities gathered 10,000 people in a sports stadium to watch the execution of eight people by firing squad, the source quoted one eyewitness as saying.
  • Update: Six Strikes Program Delayed Until 2013

    01/03/2013 9:10:57 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 3 replies
    EyeOnIP ^ | December 12, 2012 | Sheldon Mak & Anderson
    The rollout of the Copyright Alert System will be delayed until early 2013, according to the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The system, also referred to as the “Six Strikes” program, is intended to deter copyright infringement committed through illegal file sharing. CCI indicates that the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is largely to blame for the delays. "Due to unexpected factors largely stemming from Hurricane Sandy which have seriously affected our final testing schedules, CCI anticipates that the participating ISPs will begin sending alerts under the Copyright Alert System in the early part of 2013, rather than by the...
  • GOP sides with Mickey Mouse on copyright reform

    12/08/2012 12:36:35 PM PST · by seacapn · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 5, 2012 | Tim Carney
    Illegally downloading a couple dozen songs can earn you a million-dollar fine. Setting some Robert Frost verses to music can make you a criminal. Software or hardware that could possibly be used to copy DVDs -- illegal. And thanks to congressional action every couple of decades, Disney still holds a copyright over Mickey Mouse, whom Walt first created nearly a century ago. The law and law enforcement around copyright has moved far beyond its purpose of promoting arts and sciences and has become a textbook case of collusion between big business and big government. If Republicans took on this issue,...
  • RIAA request for trillions in LimeWire copyright case is 'absurd,' judge says (72 Trillion!)

    05/24/2012 5:08:39 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 6 replies
    Computer World ^ | 5/24/2012 | Computer World
    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) estimates that filesharing website LimeWire owes it over $72 trillion dollars (Ł46 trillion) in damages. In October 2010, Limewire was forced to shut down after a judge in the Federal District Court ruled that its main filesharing functions be disabled, but the RIAA is still actively pursuing its owners for damages. Given that the combined wealth of the entire planet is around $60 trillion (Ł38 trillion), the RIAA likely has no hope of securing this in damages, but believe this is what it is owed, reports
  • Court won't reduce student's music download fine [$675,000!!]

    05/21/2012 7:49:30 PM PDT · by ETL · 94 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | May 21, 2012 | DENISE LAVOIE
    BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston University student who was ordered to pay $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs on the Internet says he will continue fighting the penalty, despite the Supreme Court's refusal to hear his appeal. Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., said Monday he's hoping a federal judge will reduce the amount, which he called "ludicrous." A jury in 2009 ordered Tenenbaum to pay after the Recording Industry Association of America sued him. A federal judge called the penalty constitutionally excessive, but the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated it.
  • Court won't reduce student's music download fine

    05/21/2012 9:03:35 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 50 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | May 21st 2012 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to take up a Boston University student's constitutional challenge to a $675,000 penalty for illegally downloading 30 songs and sharing them on the Internet. The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., who was successfully sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally sharing music on peer-to-peer networks. In 2009, a jury ordered Tenenbaum to pay $675,000, or $22,500 for each song he illegally downloaded and shared.
  • Pirates not to blame for Big Media's sales plunge

    04/16/2012 10:43:54 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | 16 April 2012 | Trevor Pott
    The RIAA and MPAA would have you believe that piracy is responsible for their decline in sales. This is all of course blame to be laid at the feet of computers, the internet and the generic "digital boogyman." Even without getting deep into the flawed math in play, there are other reasons for the middling returns on investment Big Content is seeing. Cord-cutting is a big factor. Personal taste naturally varies, but in my view the advance of technology democratised content creation and enabled a generation of talented creators to capitalise on a resistance to innovation by established media. Reality...
  • US ISPs become 'copyright cops' starting July 12

    03/20/2012 6:22:31 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 103 replies · 2+ views ^ | March 17, 2012 | Zach Epstein
    Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and other Internet service providers (ISPs) in the United States will soon launch new programs to police their networks in an effort to catch digital pirates and stop illegal file-sharing. Major ISPs announced last summer that they had agreed to take new measures in an effort to prevent subscribers from illegally downloading copyrighted material, but the specifics surrounding the imminent antipiracy measures were not made available. Now, RIAA chief executive Cary Sherman has said that ISPs are ready to begin their efforts to curtail illegal movie, music and software downloads on July 12.
  • BTJunkie voluntarily shuts down

    02/06/2012 7:59:09 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 19 replies
    BTJunkie, the file sharing and torrents index voluntarily decided to shut down after being in existence for 7 years. As a final closing message, they wrote on their site,, " This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it’s time to move on. It’s been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!" According to Torrent Freak, the shutdown has to do with the Megaupload and Pirate Bay cases. The legal...
  • How SOPA 2.0 Sneaks In A Really Dangerous Private Ability To Kill Any Website (including FR)

    12/28/2011 4:37:01 PM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 21 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/16/2011 | Mike Masnick
    I already wrote a big post about yesterday's SOPA markup day one. While we're moving forward on day two, I wanted to call out one key point that was really made clear by an amendment offered by Rep. Jared Polis late in the day yesterday, which hasn't received nearly enough attention. As you may recall, with the "manager's amendment" version of SOPA (i.e., SOPA 2.0), the "notice-and-shut off funding" section of the private right of action in Section 103 was removed. This was good, because we've seen how the notice-and-takedown provision of the DMCA has been widely abused. However, what...
  • RIAA and AAP File Amicus Brief in Righthaven Appeal

    12/12/2011 9:33:42 PM PST · by JerseyHighlander
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | December 5, 2011 | Kurt Opsahl
    December 5, 2011 | By Kurt Opsahl RIAA and AAP File Amicus Brief in Righthaven Appeal The Association of American Publishers and the Recording Industry Association of America have decided to cozy up to a copyright troll, filing an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit appeal of Righthaven v. Hoehn.  The Hoehn case is one of many decisions where a district court dismissed the case brought by copyright troll Righthaven. Indeed, Righthaven has lost on the merits every single time a court has considered its arguments (before six judges and counting). In Hoehn, the court correctly found both that Righthaven did not...
  • Anti-piracy group BREIN caught ripping off music

    12/03/2011 12:21:56 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 12/2/11 | Steven Hodson
    Oh let the laughter ensue raucously on this one folks. Seriously how ridiculously stupid do you have to be to not only steal music from the very people you are suppose to be representing, and protecting, but then to get caught doing it. It all started back in 2006 when Dutch performer Melchior Rietveldt was approached by the anti-piracy group BREIN to write a score for an anti-piracy video which he was led to believe would only be shown a a local arts festival. Well it turns out that his music found its way on a large number of retail...
  • Venture Capitalists Oppose Anti-Piracy Bill

    06/26/2011 5:33:57 AM PDT · by abb · 13 replies
    Online Media Daily ^ | June 26, 2011 | Wendy Davis
    A pending bill aimed at curbing online piracy would "put American innovators and investors at a clear disadvantage in the global economy," a coalition of venture capitalists and Internet experts warned this week. The Protect IP Act (S. 968) "is ripe for abuse," they say in a letter to Congress. "It allows rights-holders to require third-parties to block access to and take away revenues sources for online services, with limited oversight and due process." The letter was signed by more than 50 executives, including Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz, Esther Dyson of EDventure Holdings and Fred Wilson of Union Square...
  • Music Web Sites Dispute Legality of Their Closing

    12/20/2010 7:14:11 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 12 replies · 2+ views
    The New York Times, Business Day ^ | December 19, 2010 | BEN SISARIO
    When federal authorities shut down five Web sites last month on suspicion of copyright infringement, they gave no warning and offered no details of their investigation, and they have not filed any criminal charges since But after the seizure warrant used in the operation was released last week, the operators of several of the sites said in interviews that they were innocent of infringement, and criticized the investigation for misrepresenting how their sites worked.
  • The “All-Digital Future”: Surrendering our Property Rights

    12/13/2010 2:02:03 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 18 replies · 1+ views
    ECN Magazine ^ | December 13, 2010 | Jason Lomberg
    We keep hearing about it—the “all-digital future”: easier, more convenient, no need to drive to the store. Download all the content you want instantly. Thus, iTunes, OnLive, Steam, and various other services were born. But this convenience bears a steep price. In our rush to embrace the all-digital future, we’ve sacrificed fundamental property rights. Time and again, record labels, software developers, and movie studios have expressed their displeasure with physical media. The overhead is too steep. There’s too much piracy. The second-hand market is immoral and equivalent to piracy. Technophiles love to debate the merits of streaming media, but it’s...
  • Web censorship bill sails through Senate committee

    11/19/2010 5:41:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 223 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2010 | Sam Gustin
    On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.” COICA is the latest effort by Hollywood, the recording industry and...
  • $1.5 million ruling for 24 downloads

    11/05/2010 9:27:54 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 62 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 5, 2010
    MINNEAPOLIS, - A Minnesota mother was ordered by a jury to pay $1.5 million to the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally downloading and sharing 24 songs. Jammie Thomas-Rasset was ordered to pay the sum, $62,500 for each illegally downloaded song, by a Minneapolis court after two previous convictions were thrown out on appeal, the New York Daily News reported Friday. Thomas-Rasset was ordered to pay $222,000 following a 2007 trial but the decision was declared a mistrial upon appeal. She was next ordered to pay $1.92 million in a June 2009 trial, but the judge lowered the amount...
  • Single mom can't pay $1.5M song-sharing fine

    11/05/2010 4:23:36 PM PDT · by paudio · 82 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11.4.10 | Amy Forliti
    A federal jury found Wednesday that Jammie Thomas-Rasset, of Brainerd, must pay $62,500 per song — for a total of $1.5 million — for illegally violating copyrights on 24 songs. This was the third jury to consider damages in her case, and each has found that she must pay — though different amounts. And after each time, the single mother of four has said she can't pay. "I can't afford to pay any amount. It's not a matter of won't, it's a matter of 'I can't,'" Thomas-Rasset said Thursday. "Any amount that I pay to them is money that I...
  • Court shuts down LimeWire music-sharing service

    10/26/2010 4:58:14 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/28/10 | Yinka Adegoke
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday granted the music industry's request to shut down the popular LimeWire file-sharing service, which had been found liable for copyright infringement, the company said. The ruling requires LimeWire to "disable the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality of the software," according to LimeWire.
  • RIAA: U.S. copyright law 'isn't working'

    08/25/2010 12:03:18 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 80 replies
    CNET ^ | August 23, 2010 2:48 PM PDT | Declan McCullagh
    ASPEN, Colo.--The Recording Industry Association of America said on Monday that current U.S. copyright law is so broken that it "isn't working" for content creators any longer. RIAA President Cary Sherman said the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act contains loopholes that allow broadband providers and Web companies to turn a blind eye to customers' unlawful activities without suffering any legal consequences. "The DMCA isn't working for content people at all," he said at the Technology Policy Institute's Aspen Forum here. "You cannot monitor all the infringements on the Internet. It's simply not possible. We don't have the ability to search...
  • Deal Would Mandate FM Radios In Cell Phones - agreement between NAB/RIAA headed to Congress

    08/23/2010 2:08:49 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 69 replies
    Information Week ^ | August 23, 2010 02:13 PM | W. David Gardner
    There may be an FM radio in your next cell phone whether you want it or not. The National Association of Broadcasters is lobbying Congress to stipulate that FM radio technology be included in future cell phones. In exchange, the NAB has agreed that member stations would pay about $100 million in so-called performance fees to music labels and artists. Radio stations would be required to pay performance royalties on a tiered schedule with larger commercial stations paying more than smaller and non-profit stations. The agreement is part of a compromise between the NAB and the Recording Industry Association of...
  • 700 IP addresses from Hurt Locker BitTorrent lawsuits released

    06/10/2010 7:54:02 PM PDT · by SCPatriot77 · 2 replies · 604+ views
    CruchGear ^ | June 9, 2010 | Nicholas Deleon
    Around 700 IP addresses implicated in the Hurt Locker BitTorrent downloads lawsuit have been released. They’re part of the public record so it’s not like these addresses were surreptitiously acquired or anything like that. One interesting observation: none of the IP addresses belong to Time Warner, the one ISP that’s putting up a fight. Hmm?
  • RIAA Wants Gov. to Delete Your Illegal Downloads

    04/17/2010 11:43:55 AM PDT · by ThunderSleeps · 18 replies · 874+ views
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports that both organizations--along with a few others--want to take the file-monitoring process a huge step further by infiltrating consumer PCs and deleting the infringing content off their hard drives. How? Through "anti-infringement" spyware developed and enforced by the government.
  • RIAA Insists That Musicians Can't Make Money Without The RIAA

    04/15/2010 11:31:51 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 13 replies · 411+ views
    Tech Dirt ^ | 13 April 2010 | Mike Masnick
    Ah, the RIAA blog. It's a never-ending source of entertainment. In the past, they've tried (and failed) to address some of my arguments directly, but as someone noted, one of their recent posts again appears directed my way (not just me, but a few others as well). In it, the RIAA tries to suggest that alternative business models can't possibly work. Since many of the arguments the RIAA tries to debunk sound sorta like the arguments I make, it seemed worth responding -- especially given how badly out of context the RIAA takes them in an effort to convince itself...
  • An inside look at intellectual property theft

    04/15/2010 11:29:20 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 5 replies · 348+ views
    NetworkWorld ^ | 13 April 2010 | Michael Cooney
    Measuring the exact cost of intellectual property theft is difficult, even for the government entities assigned to measure such activities.   There are a few facts though: China dominates the counterfeit world; digital reproduction technology is making counterfeit movies and music recordings commonplace and the counterfeit industry hurts the overall US economy. Those are but a few of the results of a look by the US Government Accountability Office at what the theft of intellectual property means to the US.  Critics have long said the US needs to do something to put a crimp in the over $200 billion counterfeit and...
  • RIAA/MPAA Want Government-Mandated Spyware That Deletes 'Infringing' Content Automatically

    04/15/2010 9:19:29 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 38 replies · 889+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 15 April 2010 | Adam Frucci
    The RIAA and MPAA have submitted a plan to the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement. It's basically a plan that they want the government to enact, and it's terrifying. Here are some of the lovely things that they're calling for: * spyware on your computer that detects and deletes infringing materials; * mandatory censorware on all Internet connections to interdict transfers of infringing material; * border searches of personal media players, laptops and thumb-drives; * international bullying to force other countries to implement the same policies; * and free copyright enforcement provided by Fed cops and agencies (including the Department...
  • Song downloads may cost S.A. woman $40,000

    03/04/2010 7:59:16 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 90 replies · 2,036+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 03/04/2010 | Guillermo Contreras
    Of all the songs Whitney Harper of San Antonio downloaded from online file-sharing networks, the one that could best sum up the college student's situation now is Hanson's “Save Me.” A federal appeals court that covers Texas has ruled the 22-year-old must pay a total of $27,750 to five music companies for 37 copyrighted songs she accessed through Kazaa and similar sites when she was a teenager. Last week's opinion by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower ruling that awarded the five recording companies $200 for each of the songs. The appeals...
  • Music industry blasts broadcasters over performance rights (support for RIAA's new radio tax)

    02/18/2010 5:10:19 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies · 483+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/18/10 09:55 AM ET | By Kim Hart
    Musicians and recording studios sent a letter to Capitol Hill this morning blasting broadcasters' latest advertising campaign. The letter, sent to all members, is the latest jab in a long-running battle over royalties. The music industry wants broadcasters to pay singers and performers a royalty for playing their songs on the air. Broadcasters call the royalty a "tax" and say airing the music is free promotion for the artists. Currently, only songwriters receive royalties. But as the music industry struggles more than ever to recoup costs in the midst of plummeting CD sales, singers and bands say they deserve a...
  • Canadian Recording Industry Faces $6 Billion Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

    12/08/2009 5:34:43 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 20 replies · 774+ views
    Michael Geist ^ | 07 December 2009 | Michael Geist
    Chet Baker was a leading jazz musician in the 1950s, playing trumpet and providing vocals. Baker died in 1988, yet he is about to add a new claim to fame as the lead plaintiff in possibly the largest copyright infringement case in Canadian history.  His estate, which still owns the copyright in more than 50 of his works, is part of a massive class-action lawsuit that has been underway for the past year. As my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes, the infringer has effectively already admitted owing at least $50 million and the full claim...
  • 'Hardest ever' piracy law hits France

    09/16/2009 10:10:48 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 8 replies · 488+ views
    MCV ^ | 16 September 2009 | Tim Ingham
    Country’s National Assembly passes draft law that kills illegal downloaders’ internet accessThe French National Assembly has passed one of the toughest laws against internet piracy that the world has ever seen.Under the new legislation, backed by President Nicolas Sarkozy, illegal downloaders of games, music and movies will be sent two warnings - first by email and then by recorded delivery. Following these cautions, the offender's details will be passed to a judge – who now has the power to cut off Internet access and issue heavy fines or even prison sentences.The law was narrowly passed by 285 votes to 225....
  • Can't stop the (free) music (Downloading)

    08/24/2009 8:07:25 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 30 replies · 2,192+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 25, 2009 | Joseph P. Kahn
    Can't stop the (free) music Why last month's $675,000 judgment against a BU student won't stop people from downloading songs illegally By Joseph P. Kahn Globe Staff / August 25, 2009 iTunes wasn’t around yet, and David Tanklefsky was in the eighth grade when Napster, the now defunct music file-sharing website, became the must-go destination for computer-savvy music fans.
  • Court Orders BU Grad Student To Pay Nearly $700K For Illegal Music Downloads

    08/01/2009 5:01:34 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 23 replies · 1,171+ views
    All Headline News ^ | August 1, 2009 | Mayur Pahilajani
    New York, NY (AHN) - A judge has ordered a graduate student to pay a total of $675,000 (404,000 pounds) after he was found guilty of illegally downloading songs from a shared music Web site. Joel Tenenbaum, the 25-year-old Boston University student, has pleaded guilty of the charges of downloading and distributing 30 songs. He will be paying $22,500 per song to four record labels for willfully infringing on the copyright of the songs by bands, including Green Day, Incubus, Nirvana and Aerosmith. The U.S. District Court jury could have ordered him to pay a maximum of $4.5 million in...
  • Jury Awards $675,000 in Music Downloading Case

    08/01/2009 8:09:44 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 46 replies · 1,562+ views
    Newsmax ^ | July 31, 2009 | Associated Press
    Jury Awards $675,000 in Music Downloading Case BOSTON – A federal jury on Friday ordered a Boston University graduate student who admitted illegally downloading and sharing music online to pay $675,000 to four record labels. Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., admitted in court that he downloaded and distributed 30 songs. The only issue for the jury to decide was how much in damages to award the record labels. Under federal law, the recording companies were entitled to $750 to $30,000 per infringement. But the law allows as much as $150,000 per track if the jury finds the infringements were willful....
  • ASCAP Makes Outlandish Copyright Claims on Cell Phone Ringtones

    07/04/2009 3:12:41 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 9 replies · 660+ views ^ | July 2, 2009 | Unattributed
    ASCAP Makes Outlandish Copyright Claims on Cell Phone Ringtones EFF Argues Phones Ringing in Public Do Not Violate Copyright Law New York - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal court Wednesday to reject bogus copyright claims in a ringtone royalty battle that could raise costs for consumers, jeopardize consumer rights, and curtail new technological innovation.Millions of Americans have bought musical ringtones, often clips from favorite popular songs, for their mobile phones. Mobile phone carriers pay royalties to song owners for the right to sell these snippets to their customers. But as part of a ploy to squeeze more...
  • RIAA Wins Lawsuit Against

    07/02/2009 10:08:39 AM PDT · by steve-b · 9 replies · 840+ views
    DSL Reports ^ | 7/1/09 | Karl Bode
    According to CNET, the RIAA has emerged victorious in their case against for wholesale copyright infringement. Filed back in 2007, the RIAA took particular issue with the outfit's ads promising "access to millions of MP3 files" for the monthly $19 payment. While the advertising was bad enough, the case was made substantially easier for the RIAA thanks to the fact that was destroying evidence on hard drives, often supplying incorrect information -- and even sent several employees to Europe to prevent them from testifying. In a statement, the RIAA lauds the courts for taking action against's "egregious...
  • Damages of $1.9 million could backfire on music industry

    06/21/2009 6:09:13 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 1,839+ views
    reuters ^ | Jun 20, 2009
    The recording industry secured a resounding victory last week when a Minneapolis jury awarded the four major labels $1.92 million in damages after unanimously finding that a 32-year-old mother had willfully infringed on their copyrights by downloading and sharing 24 songs on the Kazaa peer-to-peer network. But a question arose after the verdict about whether the sheer size of the damages could lead to a backlash against an industry that is already portrayed in some quarters as overreaching. Sony BMG attorney Wade Leak, who testified at the trial, said he was "shocked" by the damages award. No one expects that...
  • RIAA Needs to Be Disbanded, Says Moby

    06/20/2009 4:29:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies · 1,433+ views ^ | 20 June 2009 | Andre "DVDBack23" Yoskowitz
    Following the recent jury decision against alleged file sharer Jammie Thomas, in which the woman was fined $80,000 USD for each of the 24 songs she shared via P2P, the popular artist Moby has written a blog entry claiming the RIAA "should be disbanded" for using the wrong techniques against people who are just trying to listen to music. His full post: "The riaa have sued Jammie Thomas-Rasset of minnesota for $2,000,000 for illegally downloading music. argh. what utter nonsense. this is how the record companies want to protect themselves? suing suburban moms for listening to music? charging $80,000 per...
  • Illegal Song Sharing Costs Single Mom $1.92 Million

    06/19/2009 11:20:15 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 15 replies · 659+ views
    In what turned out to be a nightmare for the defendant, a federal jury on Thursday ruled that Jammie Thomas-Rasset willfully violated the copyrights on 24 songs. Record companies were awarded $80,000 per song, for a total of $1.92 million. This is the second time Thomas-Rasset went to trial on the matter. The single mother from Minnesota had planned to appeal the first ruling that came down from a different federal court in October 2007. But the judge in that case decided he had given the jury erroneous instructions and a new trial was ordered. Thomas-Rasset may wish she had...
  • 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
  • Woman illegally downloads 24 songs, fined to tune of $1.9 million (RIAA "pleased")

    06/19/2009 5:28:53 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 26 replies · 1,423+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/19/2009 | Elianne Friend
    A federal jury Thursday found a 32-year-old Minnesota woman guilty of illegally downloading music from the Internet and fined her $80,000 each -- a total of $1.9 million -- for 24 songs. Jammie Thomas-Rasset's case was the first such copyright infringement case to go to trial in the United States, her attorney said. Attorney Joe Sibley said that his client was shocked at fine, noting that the price tag on the songs she downloaded was 99 cents. She plans to appeal, he said. Cara Duckworth, a spokeswoman for the Recording Industry Association of America, said the RIIA was "pleased that...
  • Jury rules against Minn. woman in download case

    06/18/2009 8:36:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1,523+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 18, 2009 | STEVE KARNOWSKI
    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. A federal jury ruled Thursday that Jammie Thomas-Rasset willfully violated the copyrights on 24 songs, and awarded recording companies $1.92 million, or $80,000 per song. Thomas-Rasset's second trial actually turned out worse for her. When a different federal jury heard her case in 2007, it hit Thomas-Rasset with a $222,000 judgment.
  • Woman fined $1.9 million for illegal downloads

    06/18/2009 6:29:59 PM PDT · by dayglored · 181 replies · 6,882+ views ^ | 2009-06-18 | Elianne Friend
    A federal jury Thursday found a 32-year-old Minnesota woman guilty of illegally downloading music from the Internet and fined her $80,000 each — a total of $1.9 million — for 24 songs. Jammie Thomas-Rasset’s case was the first such copyright infringement case to go to trial in the United States, her attorney said. Attorney Joe Sibley said that his client was shocked at fine, noting that the price tag on the songs she downloaded was 99 cents...
  • She's Hot For Teacher Randi

    06/17/2009 5:10:22 AM PDT · by relictele · 16 replies · 1,733+ views
    NY Post ^ | 6/17/2009 | Page Six Staff
    THEY could be the lesbian power couple of all time: Randi Weingarten, the new president of the 1.4 million-member American Federation of Teachers, is dating Hilary Rosen, former head of the Recording Industry Association of America, who appears on CNN and is Washington, DC, editor-at-large for the Huffington Post.
  • MPAA Admits To Losing PR War To The "Enemies Of Copyright"

    06/15/2009 12:51:44 PM PDT · by steve-b · 43 replies · 1,335+ views
    ZeroPaid ^ | 6/13/09 | Drew Wilson
    The MPAA apparently said that the “enemies of copyright have really done a good job at creating the false premise that the interest of copyright holders and the interest of society as a whole are antagonistic” during the World Copyright Summit. The worry is that their pro-copyright advocacy perspective is fading away in the public conscious. In an interesting report from IP-Watch where there were a few choice words levelled against those that disagreed with the view-points of the copyright industry. Apparently, Fritz Attaway suggested that it's false to assume that the rights of the industry and the interest of...
  • Swedish pirates fire a warning shot over internet censorship

    06/08/2009 10:09:54 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 14 replies · 1,242+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | June 8, 2009
    Sweden’s Pirate Party, which wants an internet filesharing free-for-all, is one of the surprise entrants to the European Parliament after winning 7.4 per cent of the vote. The party, which also wants to beef up internet privacy, was founded in January 2006 and quickly attracted members angered by Swedish laws that criminalise filesharing and authorise the monitoring of e-mails. Its membership shot up after a court in Stockholm sentenced four men in April to a year in jail for running one of the world’s biggest filesharing sites, the Pirate Bay. Voters had their revenge last night by electing at least...
  • Polka Music Is Eliminated as Grammy Award Category

    06/05/2009 1:35:50 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 74 replies · 2,304+ views
    NY Times ^ | Published: June 4, 2009 | BEN SISARIO
    After 24 years, polka has had its last dance at the Grammys. The Recording Academy, which bestows the Grammy Awards, announced late on Wednesday that the polka category would be eliminated, saying in a statement that it had been cut “to ensure the awards process remains representative of the current musical landscape.” To many in the polka world, that read as a kind of industry code meaning that their genre — once capable of supporting artists with million-selling hits, but long since relegated to micro-niche status — had slipped off the mainstream radar entirely. “It’s devastating,” said Carl Finch of...
  • Can Washington [State] Charge Unauthorized Downloaders With Tax Evasion?

    06/04/2009 7:47:55 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 18 replies · 1,328+ views
    techdirt ^ | 6/3/9 | Mike Masnick
    A bunch of states have been pushing forward with plans to add taxes on digital downloads. The state of Washington apparently passed just such a law, which is scheduled to go into effect on July 26th. Nate sent in a note, pointing out that under a strict reading of the details of the bill you could see how the state could go after unauthorized downloaders as "tax evaders." Now, that may not be the case (and it would be great if we could get someone from the state to clarify), but it seems that what Nate is likely referring to...
  • Former RIAA Lawyer At DOJ Will Only Avoid RIAA Issues For A Year

    05/02/2009 9:54:44 AM PDT · by Gomez · 2 replies · 387+ views
    Plenty of folks have noted that the Justice Department has been the landing place for a number of RIAA lawyers. Some have suggested not to get too worked up about this, given that the Obama administration's ethics rules supposedly forbade those lawyers from being involved in issues related to their former work. However, it looks like the limit on these guys is actually quite narrow and for a very short period of time. We'd already noted that the highest ranking former RIAA lawyer, Thomas Perrelli, in his Senate confirmation hearings, said he hoped to use his position to increase intellectual...