All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘riaa’

New Anti-Piracy Plan: Kindergarten Copyright Class?

The United States’ largest copyright lobbies, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America, have initiated a highly controversial program nudging the educational system to shoulder the burden of teaching kids about how evil piracy really is. The LA Times reports that a nonprofit group known as the Center for Copyright Information has commissioned a …

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The MPAA, RIAA Target Google Again

By now, it’s pretty clear the governing bodies behind the entertainment industry will not be happy unless Google turns over their search engine index over to the RIAA and the MPAA, allowing them to remove whatever infringing content they see fit. With that in mind, imagine using a search engine that’s been sanitized by these entities. Every first-page result would …

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Spotify Helps Dramatically Reduce Music Piracy In The Netherlands, Norway

While music piracy may not be the buzzworthy topic it was in the days of Napster and Limewire, an idea given life by the RIAA’s decision to stop suing downloaders, that doesn’t mean it’s a forgotten issue. The RIAA’s vehement support of things like SOPA, ACTA, and CISPA indicates as much. Furthermore, a quick look at the RIAA’s site reveals …

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SOPA And PIPA Are Not Coming Back

SOPA and PIPA were a major threat to the Internet. Only those in the entertainment industry denied the claim as they pushed for stricter control of the Internet. The two bills eventually spurred the single largest Internet protest as countless Web sites, including Wikipedia, went dark. The bills were soundly defeated, but do they ever have a chance of coming …

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Don’t Expect To Get Your Megaupload Data Back Anytime Soon

Collateral damage is unavoidable in war. A good general tries to keep this to a minimum, however, as the people who have no stake in the fight can only suffer. It seems that those waging the war on piracy didn’t get that memo when they took down Megaupload in January. The curious case of Megaupload has seen its ups and …

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Are 30 Songs Really Worth $675,000? The Justice System Thinks So

We brought you the story of Joel Tenenbaum back in May. He was facing massive statutory damages at the hands of the RIAA for sharing 30 songs via the file sharing service, Kazaa. Unfortunately, he was denied an appeal with the Supreme Court which means that his previous sentence stands. The previous sentence sees Tenenbaum having to pay the RIAA …

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Kim Dotcom’s Megabox Will Launch This Year

Everybody knows about Kim Dotcom by now. The millionaire owner of Megaupload and all its related domains is under fire from the U.S. government. What you may not know is that he was working on a project before Megaupload was taken down by the feds. He is now wanting to get that project back on its feet before the end …

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YouTube Users File Petition To Allow For The Use Of Third-Party Recording Tools

Should YouTube users be allowed to rip the content they like to their hard drive, much like a person would use a DVR to record a television show of interest? Some users believe they should have such capabilities, and so, they’ve started a petition essentially asking for DVR rights when using YouTube. The petition comes on the heels of the …

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UK ISP Comes Out Against The Pirate Bay Blockade

It’s been a little over a month since the The Pirate Bay was blocked in the UK due to a court order. The block was meant to cut down on the amount of file-sharing happening across the Internet, but it seems to have had the reverse effect for now. Now a UK ISP has come out against the court order. …

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The Pirate Bay Wants To Thank The RIAA For Censorship

It’s no secret that the RIAA and the MPAA want Google and other search engines to stop listing sites like The Pirate Bay in their search results. The main problem is that Google makes it super easy to find pirated content online. Sure, just typing in a band name will return legitimate sources, but just add on The Pirate Bay …

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RIAA Inaccurately Criticizes Google’s Transparency

When organizations like the MPAA and the RIAA want to complain about the tech industry not helping with the fight against piracy, inevitably, their focus turns to Google. Bing? Not so much, but if you’re going to rattle cages, make sure it’s the one with the biggest lion inside, I suppose. Take the latest blog post from the RIAA, which …

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RIAA Lawsuit Against LimeWire for $72 Trillion Shot Down

It was reported last May that now-defunct P2P file-sharing program LimeWire had settled with the Recording Industry Association of America for $105 million, though the RIAA wasn’t satisfied, and still demanded that the platform owed it $72 trillion in damages for copyright infringement. Judge Kimba Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied the …

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