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EMI Sues Ireland For Not Blocking Pirates
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EMI, one of the three big music companies and a vocal supporter of SOPA, has filed suit against the Republic of Ireland for failing to bring itself into line with EU law regarding anti-piracy measures. EMI has been lobbying the …

SOPA Necessary To Protect Our Safety, According To RIAA VP SOPA Necessary To Protect Our Safety, According To RIAA VP
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As staunch supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act, it comes as no surprise that the RIAA would scoff at the OPEN Act, a measure proposed by Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Ron Wyden. It’s just the argument that is …

Would SOPA Be Better Without The RIAA’s Influence? Would SOPA Be Better Without The RIAA’s Influence?
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While much of the focus concerning the SOPA/PIPA bills points towards the government officials who are sponsoring these acts, are there other potential, perhaps obvious contributors that have escaped scrutiny? Or is everyone resigned to the fact the entertainment industry …

Torrent Files Traced Back to Canadian Parliament Torrent Files Traced Back to Canadian Parliament

So, it’s simple to catch Internet pirates, eh? You just grab their IP address when they download stuff from Torrent sites, trace it back to the source and click the cuffs on those thieves. Except when the breadcrumb trail leads …

RIAA Responds to IP Address Conundrum RIAA Responds to IP Address Conundrum

Recently, it was reported that, via the YouHaveDownloaded.com tracking tool, IP addresses assigned to the RIAA were responsible for downloading copyrighted content, the very act the entity opposes. While this could come across as an “egg on your face” scenario, …

Add RIAA And DHS To List Of Internet Pirates Add RIAA And DHS To List Of Internet Pirates

Nearly 2,000 years ago the Roman poet Juvenal coined the now-famous phrase, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, commonly translated “Who watches the watchmen?” For centuries the phrase has been associated with political philosophy and the problem of corrupt government, but in …

Elvis Costello Thinks His New Box Set Costs Too Much, Would Rather You Download It Elvis Costello Thinks His New Box Set Costs Too Much, Would Rather You Download It

The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook is a limited edition, 3-disc box set that comes complete with autographed memorabilia, rare photos, posters and more. The content was recorded during a two-night show in 2011 and includes some of the …

Everything Is a Remix Exposes the Fallacy of Copyrights Gone Wild Everything Is a Remix Exposes the Fallacy of Copyrights Gone Wild
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Before we get too far, it should be noted that this author does not believe all entertainment should be available on a free for all basis. While that sounds good in theory, there’s nothing wrong with seeing an artist get …

Is Spotify The True Alternative to Music Pirating? Is Spotify The True Alternative to Music Pirating?
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With the popularity of Spotify growing daily, especially since the Facebook partnership announcement, does this mean the service also represents an honest-to-goodness alternative for would-be music pirates? If reports from Sweden are extrapolated out to the rest of Internet-using population, …

Blink 182 Has Fun With YouTube Copyright Infringement Blink 182 Has Fun With YouTube Copyright Infringement

Fair use is an issue that will not have much resolution going forward. Users want to have some creative control over songs they own, and the governing bodies that by have a much more strict approach to that practice. It’s …

AT&T, Comcast Preparing For Stricter Anti-Piracy Measures AT&T, Comcast Preparing For Stricter Anti-Piracy Measures
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Top Internet Service Providers and media groups are very close to a deal that would amount to one of the most serious anti-piracy measures to date. According to multiple sources, CNET is reporting that a group of ISPs that includes …

LimeWire and RIAA Settle for $105 Million LimeWire and RIAA Settle for $105 Million
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Late last night, the legal battles between LimeWire and the Recording Industry Association of America have reportedly ended. The P2P client will pay record labels $105 million in damages stemming from illegal file sharing. This out-of-court settlement with 13 different …

RIAA Wants to Work with ICANN To Keep .Music Domains Piracy Free
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The RIAA is lowering its horns and taking the .music initiative head-on. Even though the .music domain extension hasn’t seen the light of day yet, the RIAA is already challenging ICANN to ensure that, if approved, this top-level domain won’t be used to encourage music piracy.

Limewire Looking To Be Put Out Of Business By Music Publishers

bers of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) have filed a massive copyright infringement lawsuit against LimeWire.

Google Deletes Blogger Posts
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Update: This article is nearly a year old, but pretty much the same thing is happening again (or still). A number of popular music blogs have been removed from Blogger, some are saying without warning. When we covered this before, Blogger Product Manager Rick Klau left us the following comment (as seen in the comments section):

Harvard Prof To Argue P2P Is Fair Use

One of the biggest legal fights between the music industry and a file sharer is slated for this summer, and the outcome will determine more than just whether defense counsel is a genius or out of his flippin’ mind.

Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson made headlines by taking the case of peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharer Joel Tenenbaum, in a fight for his financial life against habitual copyright law abuser the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA—now with five former attorneys heading up your Department of Justice).

The Slow Checkmate Of Internet Control
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The specious arguments made and overly harsh penalties sought by the copyright (Big Media) industry would be comically absurd if systemic corruption didn’t immediately transform them into tragedies.
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Last.fm Squashes Rumors Of Handing Data to RIAA

Richard JonesThere is a rumor going around that Last.fm has given the RIAA data about its users following the leak of a new U2 album. According to Richard Jones of Last.fm, this rumor is completely false.

RIAA Hearing To Be Broadcast Online

On Thursday, the Recording Industry Association of America will confront yet another university student in court over file sharing allegations.  This time, though, the RIAA may have to do so in front of an unfriendly audience, as U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner has agreed to allow live online coverage of the hearing.

RIAA Trial To Be Broadcast Over The Internet

 The RIAA says it is abandoning new lawsuits against file sharers. but existing court actions are moving forward.  Thanks to a team of Harvard law students, one of these trials will be shared with the world in an unprecedent fashion. A Massachusetts District Court judge has granted the request of a Harvard Law legal team authorizing internet broadcast coverage of a case brought by the RIAA.

RIAA Has Facebook And MySpace Ban Project Playlist

Late last week MySpace responded to notices from the RIAA by banning all ProjectPlaylist widgets from its site. Yesterday Facebook followed suit.

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