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  • 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...
  • 3 Strikes: Music Industry, ISPs May Cut Internet Access for File-Sharers (Ooooh, scary--sarc/)

    03/24/2009 9:47:56 AM PDT · by max americana · 125 replies · 2,052+ views
    fox news ^ | March 23, 2009 | Liza Porteus Viana
    Under pressure from the big record labels, several countries around the world are cracking down hard on illegal file-sharers with a "three strikes, you're out" policy — and the United States may be next. The basics are simple: Get caught three times sharing files illegally, and your Internet access gets cut off. But in a day and age when Internet access is almost as essential as a cell phone or electricity, should the music industry or Internet service providers [ISPs] have the power to determine who can and can't get online, particularly without criminal charges being filed? And what if...
  • Obama administration sides with RIAA in P2P suit

    03/24/2009 8:23:24 AM PDT · by mathprof · 7 replies · 648+ views
    slashdot ^ | March 23, 2009 | Declan McCullagh
    The Obama administration has sided with the recording industry in a copyright lawsuit against an alleged peer-to-peer pirate, a move that echoes arguments previously made by the Bush administration. A legal brief filed Sunday in a case that the Recording Industry Association of America is pursuing in Massachusetts argues that federal copyright law is not so overly broad and its penalties not so unduly severe that they count as "punitive." Current law allows a copyright holder to receive up to $150,000 in damages per violation. The brief says "the harms caused by copyright infringement" on the Internet include limiting "a...
  • Obama DOJ Sides With RIAA

    03/23/2009 6:02:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies · 1,285+ views ^ | March 22, 2009 | timothy
    NewYorkCountryLawyer writes"The Obama Administration's Department of Justice, with former RIAA lawyers occupying the 2nd and 3rd highest positions in the department, has shown its colors, intervening on behalf of the RIAA in the case against a Boston University graduate student, SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, accused of file sharing when he was 17 years old. Its oversized, 39-page brief (PDF) relies upon a United States Supreme Court decision from 1919 which upheld a statutory damages award, in a case involving overpriced railway tickets, equal to 116 times the actual damages sustained, and a 2007 Circuit Court decision which held...
  • B.C. court case has potential to make Google, Yahoo illegal in Canada

    03/18/2009 10:45:00 AM PDT · by BGHater · 11 replies · 736+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | 17 Mar 2009 | Vito Pilieci
    A court case in British Columbia has the potential to drastically change the Canadian Internet landscape by making search engines such as Google and Yahoo illegal. A case brought against the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) by a small search engine for BitTorrent files, called ISOHunt Web Technologies Inc., is raising questions about whether search engines are liable for the sharing of copyright-protected content online. The question before the British Columbia Supreme Court is, if a site like ISOHunt allows people to find a pirated copy of Watchmen or The Dark Knight, is it breaching Canadian copyright law? “It’s a...
  • Copyright treaty is classified for 'national security'

    03/13/2009 12:26:08 PM PDT · by BGHater · 16 replies · 753+ views
    CNET ^ | 12 Mar 2009 | Declan McCullagh
    Last September, the Bush administration defended the unusual secrecy over an anti-counterfeiting treaty being negotiated by the U.S. government, which some liberal groups worry could criminalize some peer-to-peer file sharing that infringes copyrights. Now President Obama's White House has tightened the cloak of government secrecy still further, saying in a letter this week that a discussion draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and related materials are "classified in the interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958." The 1995 Executive Order 12958 allows material to be classified only if disclosure would do "damage to the national security and the...
  • Sources: RIAA Cuts Up To 25 Jobs

    03/02/2009 9:45:37 AM PST · by steve-b · 10 replies · 546+ views
    CNET News ^ | 2/26/09 | Greg Sandoval
    As expected, the Recording Industry Association of America, the lobbying group of the four largest music labels, has laid off between 20 and 25 workers, or about 20 percent of the RIAA's workforce, according to music industry sources. In addition to the layoffs, the RIAA eliminated some positions through attrition, the sources said. In all, 31 of the company's 104 employees, or just under 30 percent, were either laid off or quit recently and will not be replaced. The RIAA leadership remains unchanged. My sources say CEO Mitch Bainwol and President Cary Sherman have contracts extending through the end of...
  • Will Obama DOJ intervene on side of RIAA?

    02/17/2009 12:33:23 PM PST · by antiRepublicrat · 8 replies · 473+ views
    Recording Industry vs The People ^ | February 17, 2009 | Ray Beckerman.
    Asks for time to make up its mind in SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Cloud In SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Cloud, a Pennsylvania case in which the RIAA's statutory damages theory -- seeking from 2200 to 450,000 times the amount of actual damages -- is being tested, the United States Department of Justice has filed papers indicating that it is considering intervening in the case to defend the constitutionality of such awards, and requesting an extension of time in which to make the decision. United States Motion for Extension of Time in Which to Determine if Intervention is Appropriate...
  • RIAA and BSA's Favorite Lawyers Taking Top Department of Justice Posts

    02/05/2009 2:27:23 PM PST · by antiRepublicrat · 3 replies · 454+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | Thu Feb 5 2009 | Jesus Diaz
    RIAA-fan Biden's influence in the Obama administration may be larger than anticipated, at least when it comes to file sharing: His good pals with RIAA and BSA connections keep getting Department of Justice's seats. According to CNET, "President Obama is continuing to fill the senior ranks of the U.S. Department of Justice with the copyright industry's favorite lawyers" with the selection of Donald Verrilli, from the Verrilli Family, el Seńor Presidente's latest acquisition.
  • 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.
  • Will Obama's copyright czar help save the music?

    11/28/2008 3:53:41 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 11 replies · 636+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | Sat Nov 15, 2008 | Antony Bruno
    Will Obama's copyright czar help save the music? From Bruce Springsteen to Stevie Wonder, plenty of musicians supported President-elect Barack Obama. Now music executives are wondering what kind of support they'll see from the Obama administration. Soon after an inauguration that Washington, D.C., insiders are speculating could be one of the musical events of the year, Obama will officially name a copyright czar -- one of the most important decisions he'll make, as far as the music business is concerned.
  • 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...
  • Harvard professor challenges RIAA anti-piracy campaign

    11/06/2008 8:22:50 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 5 replies · 841+ views
    LinuxWorld ^ | 03 November 2008 | Jaikumar Vijayan
    A Harvard law professor has opened a new front in the battle between the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and alleged music pirates by challenging the constitutionality of a statute being used by the industry group to bring lawsuits against alleged copyright violators. The case involves an individual named Joel Tenenbaum who was sued by the RIAA for allegedly illegally copying and distributing copyrighted songs belonging to several music labels. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Boston in August 2007 after what the music labels claimed was more than two years of effort trying to get...
  • Big Guns Come Out In Effort To Show RIAA's Lawsuits Are Unconstitutional

    10/31/2008 1:13:53 PM PDT · by DemonDeac · 10 replies · 751+ views
    "In the past, it's been noted that the RIAA has curiously avoided suing any Harvard students, with one of the theories being that Harvard had made it quite clear to the RIAA that it would fight back hard. And, with Harvard law school at its disposal, and various professors there indicating that they had serious legal problems with the RIAA's strategy, the RIAA simply decided to ignore any file sharing going on at that prestigious university. However, for RIAA critic and well known law professor, Charles Nesson, waiting around for the RIAA to sue someone at Harvard was getting boring,...
  • Bush signs controversial anti-piracy law

    10/13/2008 9:48:43 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 32 replies · 1,475+ views
    Reuters India ^ | 10/14/2008
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law on Monday a controversial bill that would stiffen penalties for movie and music piracy at the federal level. The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on how to better protect copyrights both domestically and internationally. The Justice Department had argued that the creation of this position would undermine its authority. The law also toughens criminal laws against piracy and counterfeiting. The Recording Industry Association of America and Motion Picture Association of America backed the bill, as did the U.S. Chamber of Commerce....
  • Bush signs RIAA-backed intellectual-property law

    10/13/2008 6:37:54 PM PDT · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 90 replies · 2,331+ views
    CNET | 10/13/08 | Stephanie Condon
    President Bush on Monday signed into law an intellectual-property enforcement bill that would consolidate federal efforts to combat copyright infringement under a new White House cabinet position. The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act establishes within the executive branch the position of intellectual property enforcement coordinator, who will be appointed by the president. The law also steepens penalties for intellectual-property infringement, and increases resources for the Department of Justice to coordinate for federal and state efforts against counterfeiting and piracy. The so-called Pro-IP Act passed unanimously in the Senate last month and received strong bipartisan support in the...
  • (Music downloading continues): RIAA v. The People: Five Years Later

    10/03/2008 12:27:29 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 75 replies · 1,535+ views ^ | September, 2008 | Electronic Frontier Foundation
    RIAA v. The People: Five Years Later September, 2008 On September 8, 2003, the recording industry sued 261 American music fans for sharing songs on peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, kicking off an unprecedented legal campaign against the people that should be the recording industry’s best customers: music fans.1 Five years later, the recording industry has filed, settled, or threatened legal actions against at least 30,000 individuals.2 These individuals have included children, grandparents, unemployed single mothers, college professors—a random selection from the millions of Americans who have used P2P networks. And there’s no end in sight; new lawsuits are filed...
  • RIAA loses $222K verdict against Jammy Thomas

    09/25/2008 11:01:58 AM PDT · by HaplessToad · 1 replies · 186+ views
    ZDNet ^ | September 25, 2008 @ 5:14 AM | Richard Koman
    The $222,000 verdict against Jammy Thomas for copyright infringement by P2P is no more. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Davis dismissed the verdict (PDF), saying it was based on the faulty “making available” theory of distribution. Thomas will face a new trial, in which the RIAA will have to prove actual distribution. The decision means the RIAA now has zero wins at trial, Wired notes. RIAA’s “making available” theory would hold that someone has distributed copyright material merely by creating the potential for distribution. Under the RIAA’s theory, it need not show actual distribution. The judge soundly denied this legal...
  • RIAA Takes Aim At Blogging Attorney

    09/21/2008 1:44:54 PM PDT · by steve-b · 7 replies · 280+ views
    DSL Reports ^ | 9/18/08
    Over the last few years, attorney Ray Beckerman has been defending broadband users accused of copyright infringement by the RIAA, and frequently blogs about it. His blog frequently highlights instances where the RIAA has sued individuals in error, often highlighting the tenuous legal ground many RIAA cases rest on. The RIAA is now targeting Beckerman, claiming he's a "vexatious" litigator, and demanding unspecified monetary sanctions to punish him for blogging about his cases.
  • Republicans Lack Heart! (File Cease & Desist for 'Barracuda' Song)

    09/05/2008 4:25:04 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 166 replies · 948+ views
    TMZ ^ | September 5, 2008 | TMZ Staff
    Ann and Nancy Wilson are p*ssed at the Republican Party and have fired off a cease and desist letter to the McCain/Palin campaign. Specifically, the Heart women are upset that the GOP has used their classic "Barracuda" as a theme song for Sarah Palin. TMZ obtained a statement from Heart's rep, who says "The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission." The statement goes on: "We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored."
  • Joe Biden's pro-RIAA, pro-FBI tech voting record

    08/27/2008 9:15:17 AM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 4 replies · 172+ views
    CNet News ^ | August 23, 2008 | Declan McCullagh
    By choosing Joe Biden as their vice presidential candidate, the Democrats have selected a politician with a mixed record on technology who has spent most of his Senate career allied with the FBI and copyright holders, who ranks toward the bottom of CNET's Technology Voters' Guide, and whose anti-privacy legislation was actually responsible for the creation of PGP. That's probably okay with Barack Obama: Biden likely got the nod because of his foreign policy knowledge. The Delaware politician is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee who voted for the war in Iraq, and is reasonably well-known nationally after...
  • Does Biden lose the youth vote with his support of the RIAA?

    08/25/2008 4:31:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies · 96+ views ^ | August 25, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Unlike Barack Obama (and John Kerry, for that matter), Joe Biden has an actual record of legislative accomplishment in the Senate. The record shows a career focused mainly on crime, which gave Biden some substance in his claims as a moderate. One bill in particular, though, may create a lot more problems among Obama’s youthful supporters than he will bring to the ticket. Biden crafted the Perform Act, and as Declan McCullagh notes, that and more of Biden’s record on tech issues could antagonize Obama’s college-age base: By choosing Joe Biden as their vice presidential candidate, the Democrats have selected...
  • Pop Stars to Descend on Democratic Convention to Party and Politic (DNC rock and hip hop concerts)

    08/25/2008 10:36:05 AM PDT · by weegee · 11 replies · 296+ views
    NY Times ^ | Published: August 22, 2008 | By BEN SISARIO
    A certain amount of celebrity glow has long been a part of both political parties’ gatherings. But thanks in part to the youthful charisma of Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive nominee, the Democratic convention, which begins on Monday in Denver, is shaping up as an unlikely hot spot for the music world, with multiplatinum rappers, indie-rock scenesters, D.J.’s and Jennifer Lopez arriving by the van- and private planeload to perform, rally or schmooze with the political elite. “It’s the Sundance Film Festival for politicos,” said Laura Dawn, the cultural director of, who also happens to sing with Moby... Kanye...
  • Joe Biden's pro-RIAA, pro-FBI Tech Voting Record

    08/25/2008 4:53:31 AM PDT · by steve-b · 3 replies · 165+ views
    CNet ^ | 8/23/08 | Declan McCullagh
    By choosing Joe Biden as their vice presidential candidate, the Democrats have selected a politician with a mixed record on technology who has spent most of his Senate career allied with the FBI and copyright holders, who ranks toward the bottom of CNET's Technology Voters' Guide.... After taking over the Foreign Relations committee, Biden became a staunch ally of Hollywood and the recording industry in their efforts to expand copyright law. He sponsored a bill in 2002 that would have make it a federal felony to trick certain types of devices into playing unauthorized music or executing unapproved computer programs.......
  • Music, movie lobbyists push to spy on your Net traffic

    08/21/2008 11:07:47 AM PDT · by weegee · 27 replies · 352+ views
    cnet news ^ | August 18, 2008 3:33 PM PDT | Posted by Declan McCullagh
    ASPEN, Colo.--Recording industry and motion picture lobbyists are renewing their push to convince broadband providers to monitor customers and detect copyright infringements, claiming the concept is working abroad and should be adopted in the United States. A representative of the recording industry said on Monday that her companies would prefer to enter into voluntary "partnerships" with Internet service providers, but pointedly noted that some governments are mandating such surveillance "if you don't work something out." "Despite our best efforts, we can't do this alone," said Shira Perlmutter, a vice president for global legal policy at the International Federation of the...
  • 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...
  • Large Recording Companies v. The Defenseless

    07/30/2008 12:19:51 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 212+ views
    Beckerman Legal (via Slashdot) ^ | July 29, 2008 | Ray Beckerman
    As every federal judge must be painfully aware by now, an estimated 30,000 ordinary people2 have been sued during the past four years in U.S. district courts by the world’s four largest record companies, EMI, SONY BMG, Warner Brothers Records, and Vivendi/Universal, or their affiliates. The suits have been brought for alleged infringement of sound recording copyrights. Although these companies are represented by a trade association, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), none of the hundreds of other members of this association has participated in the litigation campaign. The large majority of the defendants have defaulted, and the default...
  • The RIAA May Be Forcing Laptop Manufacturers to Disable Stereo Mix Recording

    07/07/2008 4:28:24 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 9 replies · 171+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 7 July, 2008 | Gizmodo
    After a frustrating few months of searching for a solution to the audio problems he encountered while ripping on-screen video with his Dell laptop, a ripten editor discovered that others were experiencing the same issue—and that the problem was not confined to Dell laptops. Apparently, the lack of a sound card Stereo Mix recording option is to blame—and numerous forum threads have suggested that the RIAA has put pressure on laptop manufacturers like Dell, Gateway and Pac Bell to remove it.After posting this information on ripten, a Dell representative chimed in to say that the lack of a sound card...
  • Federal Judge: College must turn over student names to RIAA

    06/20/2008 12:25:27 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 53 replies · 175+ views
    U.S. District Judge F. Bradford Stillman this morning ruled that the College must turn over the names of 20 students suspected of downloading music illegally to the Recording Industry Association of America. The RIAA plans to sue the students for copyright infringement after they allegedly downloaded music on peer-to-peer music sharing programs such as Limewire. 7 students have already settled independently, paying between $3,000 and $5,000 each. The suit had previously been denied by U.S. District Judge Walter D. Kelley Jr. Kelley recently retired, and the RIAA asked Stillman to overturn his ruling. According to RIAA lawyer Katheryn Coggon, the...
  • Judge Shoots Down Universal's Bogus Infringement Allegations

    06/13/2008 12:50:27 PM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 19 replies · 63+ views
    EFF ^ | June 11th, 2008 | Corynne McSherry
    Ruling Affirms Right to Resell Promo CDs San Francisco - A federal judge has shot down bogus copyright infringement allegations from Universal Music Group (UMG), affirming an eBay seller's right to resell promotional CDs that he buys from secondhand stores.Troy Augusto, represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and law firm Keker & Van Nest, was sued by UMG last year in the United States District Court for the Central District of California for 26 auction listings involving promo CDs. At issue was whether the "promotional use only, not for sale" labels on those CDs could trump Augusto's right to...
  • RIAA files new action against Cassin family after dismissing 'making available' action...

    06/13/2008 10:15:12 AM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 5 replies · 76+ views
    Recording Industry vs The People ^ | Thursday, June 12, 2008 | Ray Beckerman
    As noted yesterday, in Warner v. Cassin, the "making available" case that had been pending in Westchester, the RIAA voluntarily dismissed the case, giving no notice to the defendant's lawyer. Defendant's lawyer learned of it on June 11th, although it had been filed May 27th. Today, June 12th, defendant's lawyer learned that on June 4th the RIAA commenced yet another action against the same family over the same exact allegation of copyright infringement, this time suing "Does 1-4". The name of the new case is Warner v. Does 1-4. The RIAA did not disclose to the Court, in the new...
  • UK P2P user? Hope you like US prison food (The RIAA can now sue for $30,000 PER SONG!!!)

    06/11/2008 4:15:32 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 79 replies · 435+ views
    ZDNet ^ | 6/11/08 | Rupert Goodwins
    This is one of the most frightening things I've learned in a long time. Over in the US, a bill has passed the House of Representatives and is heading to Congress – with a huge amount of support. The PRO-IP bill, H.R.4279, significantly increases the state's power to detect and prosecute IP infringement, carrying with it a whole host of new law enforcement positions and capabilities. It establishes an IP Czar, someone with the job of overseeing zealous action on behalf of copyright and trademark owners, and includes such powers as the ability to seize equipment if it contains just...
  • MediaDefender Launches DoS Attack on Legitimate TV Website

    06/01/2008 6:16:16 PM PDT · by enduserindy · 10 replies · 176+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | May 31, 2008 8:56 AM | Tom Corelis
    Jim Louderback, CEO of internet TV network Revision3, is considering legal action against anti-piracy firm MediaDefender after an internal investigation revealed it to be the source of a Memorial Day weekend Denial of Service attack against Revision3’s computer network.
  • Inside the Attack that Crippled Revision3

    05/30/2008 11:45:50 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 100+ views ^ | May 29, 2008 | Jim Louderback
    Excerpt - As many of you know, Revision3’s servers were brought down over the Memorial Day weekend by a denial of service attack. It’s an all too common occurrence these days. But this one wasn’t your normal cybercrime – there’s a chilling twist at the end. Here’s what happened, and why we’re even more concerned today, after it’s over, than we were on Saturday when it started. ~ snip ~ That’s what happened to us. Another device on the internet flooded one of our servers with an overdose of SYN packets, and it shut down – bringing the rest of...
  • Revision3 Denial Of Service Attack Traced To Anti-Piracy Company

    05/30/2008 7:57:56 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 8 replies · 121+ views
    Yahoo News/Information Week ^ | May 29, 2008 07:25 PM | Thomas Claburn
    By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek Thu May 29, 7:25 PM ET Online media company Revision3 says that it is the victim of a cyberattack launched by MediaDefender, a company that fights illegal peer-to-peer distribution of media on behalf of major entertainment companies. Revision3, the host of Internet shows such as Diggnation, was inaccessible over the weekend. Company CEO Jim Louderback blames the outage on a denial-of-service attack initiated by MediaDefender. In a blog post, Louderback explains that with a bit of network sleuthing, his IT staff discovered the source of the attack. "But instead of some shadowy underground criminal syndicate, the...
  • 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...
  • The Huffington Post Names Hilary Rosen Political Director

    05/26/2008 2:54:15 PM PDT · by BlazingArizona · 3 replies · 105+ views
    Wired Blog Network | May 21. 2008 | Sarah Lai Stirland
    (Cannot be excerpted because of copyright restrictions at Wired. PLease follow link.)
  • Bad Day For The RIAA: Two High Profile Cases Go Against RIAA

    05/17/2008 1:56:40 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 33 replies · 143+ views
    Techdirt ^ | 15 May 2008 | Mike Masnick
    Well, well, well. The RIAA is not having a particularly good week. In the Tanya Andersen case (where the RIAA sued an innocent person), the court has awarded Andersen $108,000 in legal fees from the RIAA. You may recall that the RIAA had protested having to pay legal fees, which the judge smacked down. Note that this is entirely separate from Andersen's racketeering case against the RIAA. However, the much bigger news concerns the infamous Jammie Thomas case. As you'll recall, the RIAA won that case, even though it now admits that it said false things under oath. Much of...
  • Double standard? UMG fights "excessive" infringement damages

    05/15/2008 9:16:35 AM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 10 replies · 112+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | May 14, 2008 | Nate Anderson
    When Jammie Thomas was found guilty of infringing the copyrights of 24 songs during a trial in Minnesota last year, a jury fined her $222,000 in statutory damages. Given that the record labels arguably lost about 70˘ per song from her (the amount paid by digital download stores like iTunes), this means that Thomas' fine was 13,214 times the actual loss. So when Ray Beckerman of Recording Industry vs. The People recently unearthed a case from last year in which Universal complained about having to pay a mere 10 times the actual damages in a court case of its own,...
  • House passes bill (HR 4279) that will let the RIAA take away your home for downloading music

    05/09/2008 12:06:07 PM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 88 replies · 777+ views ^ | May 9, 2008 | Cory Doctorow
    House passes bill that will let the RIAA take away your home for downloading music Posted by Cory Doctorow, May 9, 2008 3:15 AM | permalink Glenn sez, I was just alerted that the House of Reps has passed HR 4279, with the lovely name, PRO-IP (Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008). Like the doublespeak PATRIOT Act and Peacekeeper missiles, PRO-IP puts local law enforcement in a position to demand the forfeiture in criminal proceedings of stuff used to violate copyright. Which means that instead of the RIAA simply trying to collect fines, they can also...
  • Judge Deals Blow to RIAA in Music Piracy Case

    05/02/2008 12:49:05 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 162+ views
    PC World ^ | 4/30/08
    The Recording Industry Association of America suffered a legal setback this week in a music piracy case where a judge ruled that the sole act of making a music file available in a "shared folder" does not violate copyright laws. In Atlantic v. Howell, the RIAA made the legal assertion that a "sound recording" that is ripped to a computer and stored in any kind of a shared folder is unauthorized. This was an interesting statement because a shared folder can be a very broad category that wasn't entirely made clear by the RIAA.
  • Judge Rejects RIAA's Music Copyright Infringement, Distribution Claims

    04/30/2008 1:30:28 PM PDT · by james500 · 9 replies · 104+ views
    InformationWeek ^ | April 30, 2008 04:05 PM | K.C. Jones
    An Arizona judge has struck down the Recording Industry Association of America's claim that making music files available constitutes distribution of those files. U.S. District Court Judge Neil V. Wake denied the RIAA's request for a summary judgment against a couple who had copied music files from their CDs onto their computer and downloaded file-sharing programs. The defendants said they never placed the music in a shared folder. The judge concluded that even if defendant Jeffrey Howell had placed the items in a shared folder, a third party would have to dip into his hard drive to retrieve a copy....
  • Judge Rules Making Files 'Available' Doesn't Constitute Copyright Violation

    04/04/2008 12:32:25 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 4 replies · 107+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 4th April, 2008 | Gizmodo
     A Boston judge has just followed up on the previous NY judge ruling that just making files available isn't enough to constitute copyright infringement. According to the EFF, it's the most "extensive analysis yet of the recording industry's 'making available' argument", but doesn't actually make things better for people who are being sued by the RIAA. The same judge ruled that even though the "offer to distribute" won't be enough to decide a case, it is enough to permit a lawsuit to move forward.   On the other hand, another NY judge has ruled in the opposite manner, that making an "offer...
  • Prank panics copyright violators (Stanford University)

    03/16/2008 11:19:41 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies · 557+ views
    Palo Alto Daily News ^ | 3/16/08 | Kristina Peterson
    Last week, Stanford University reported thousands of students for illegally downloading music, many of whom will now have to pay thousands of dollars for violating copyright laws. OK, so actually the university did no such thing - but thousands of students panicked nonetheless. On Monday, the Stanford Chaparral, the university's humor magazine, published in its annual "Fake Daily" an article warning students about a new campus policy on copyright infringements. The accompanying Web site received nearly 24,000 hits from students checking to see if they were in imminent danger of being sued, said co-editor and Stanford senior Anthony Scodary. "Under...
  • Ten years old: the world's first MP3 player

    03/10/2008 10:11:11 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 45 replies · 1,233+ views
    The Register ^ | 10 march 2008 | Tony Smith
    The MP3 player is ten years old this month. The first commercially released personal music player capable of handling MP3 files was the MPMan F10, manufactured by Korea's Saehan Information Systems and launched in March 1998. The F10 contained 32MB of Flash storage, enough for a handful of songs encoded at 128Kb/s. It measured 91 x 70 x 165.5mm. It connected to an old-style parallel port on the host PC from which songs could be copied to the player. There was a tiny LCD on the front to give an indication as to what you were listening to. Saehan's MPMan...
  • Why most digital distribution start-ups will fail

    03/07/2008 4:17:57 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 8 replies · 119+ views ^ | March 5, 2008 | Matt Rosoff
    Music industry blog Coolfer has an interesting post this week about online tools for do-it-yourself musicians in which he points to a relatively new service called Speakerheart. I checked out the service, and while I agree with his assessment of the interface--it's based on Adobe's Flex (an offshoot of Flash) and is very slick and easy to use--I think that Speakerheart, like most other digital distribution start-ups, is going to have a very hard time. The process is pretty straightforward: Artists sign up with Speakerheart to sell their songs through a digital storefront on the site. Artists have complete pricing...
  • RIAA chief calls for copyright filters on PCs

    02/08/2008 10:58:09 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 26 replies · 67+ views
    The Register ^ | 8 February 2008 | Austin Modine
    When is a virus not a virus? When it's sending your personal data to the Recording Industry Association of America, silly. Internet advocacy website Public Knowledge has posted a highlight reel from the State of the Net Conference, where RIAA boss Cary Sherman suggests that internet filtering sorely lacks the personal touch of spyware. While ISP-level filtering dragnets such as those proposed by AT&T have their way of catching the sloppier digital music thieves out there, the technology is more-or-less bypassed by basic file encryption. That's why Sherman recommends finding a way to install filtering software directly onto people's home...
  • 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...