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Sept 24

SEN. BROWNBACK LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE LAWSUITS TO GET P2P USER ID'S
Would rescind DMCA clause that lets RIAA use subpoenas. "There are no checks, no balances, and the alleged pirate has no opportunity to defend themselves," said Brownback. "[T]his issue is about privacy, not piracy."
http://www.congress.gov
http://www.wired.com

ANOTHER REASON FOR MUSIC DECLINE: CONSUMERS HAVE OTHER INTERESTS
They simply aren't listening. Average annual hours have dropped from 270 in 1999, to 200 in 2002, to projected 150 in 2007. The big time winners are the Internet and videogames.
http://www.fortune.com

OH CANADA: WHERE P2P IS FREE
The 1998 Canadian Copyright makes personal copying legal.
http://techcentralstation.com

EUROPE'S DOWNLOADERS ARE BIG CONSUMERS TOO
Study shows continent's file sharers are as likely to buy CD's and online music as non-file sharers.
http://www.reuters.com

UPSTART LABELS SEE FILE SHARING AS ALLY, NOT FOE
http://www.nytimes.com

TURN ON. TUNE IN. DOWNLOAD.
File sharing is the pot smoking of today's young. If you expect lawsuits to stop it, don't hold your breath.
http://www.nytimes.com

STUDENTS SHALL NOT DOWNLOAD. YEAH, SURE.
Students compare file sharing with under-age drinking: illegal, but not immoral.
http://www.nytimes.com

THE NERVOUS PARENT'S GUIDE TO ONLINE MUSIC
http://www.bayarea.com

MOVIE STUDIOS FILE SUIT AGAINST MORE DVD-COPYING SOFTWARE DISTRIBUTORS
http://news.com.com

COMPULSORY LICENSING
... GETS SUPPORT AT HARVARD CONFERENCE
http://www.nytimes.com
... WHO WINS IF ENACTED? GOOGLE
http://research.yale.edu

RIAA SAYS FUTURE OF MUSIC IS SUING FILE SHARERS
http://bbspot.com

OOPS, I DID IT AGAIN! RIAA WITHDRAWS SUIT AGAINST 66 YO WOMAN
Boston-area sculptor doesn't have file sharing software, nor did she steal 2,000 songs, including "I'm a Thug" by rapper Trick Daddy.
http://www.boston.com

RIAA ISSUES SUBPOENA FOR MAN WITHOUT A COMPUTER
And he was traveling in Romania when the RIAA claims that he was distributing music:
http://www-tech.mit.edu

PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC: ADD YOGURT TO YOUR CD
http://sify.com

TECHNICAL RESTRICTIONS DON'T WORK
Congressional Testimony Of Dr. Edward Felten from Princeton. Regulatory mandates won’t reduce infringement and will retard future technologies that could resolve copyright issues.
http://mi2n.com

BUSINESS SOFTWARE ALLIANCE CONTINUES TO KISS HOLLYWOOD ASS
http://mi2n.com

AUSTRALIAN LABEL 301 RECORDS PROMOTES LOCAL BAND THROUGH KAZAA
http://mi2n.com

RIAA ABUSES ARTISTS TOO
Record label loses $200,000 court case for stealing artist's music.
http://rafa_venegas.web.prdigital.com

THE MUSIC INDUSTRY HAS ALWAYS BEEN SCARED OF AND BATTLED TECHNOLOGY
... STARTED WITH THE PHONOGRAPH IN 1877 AND CONTINUED WITH RADIO, CASSETTE RECORDERS, MP3 PLAYERS, AND NOW P2P.
http://www.nytimes.com
... TODAY’S FIGHT IS SIMILAR TO THE 90'S BATTLE OVER ENCRYPTION TECHNOLOGY.
http://www.nytimes.com

MARKET FOR PIRATED MUSIC TO GROW FOR ANOTHER FIVE YEARS
http://biz.yahoo.com

Sept 17

STOP THE INSANITY!
Sign the petition to take a stand against the recording industry's Gestapo tactics.
http://www.eff.org/share/petition/

RIAA'S BAD PR DAY
Lawsuit targets include 12 year old girl & 71 year old grandfather.
http://www.siliconvalley.com

NEW PHASE IN RIAA TERROR: KIDDIE-PORN NIGHTMARES
Not content to sue 12 year olds, RIAA dredges up child porn for Congress with no evidence it's any worse there than on the Web.
http://www.theregister.co.uk

P2P COMPANIES PAY TO SETTLE 12 YR OLD GIRL SUED BY RIAA
http://www.dslreports.com

ARTISTS BLAST RECORD COMPANIES OVER LAWSUITS AGAINST DOWNLOADERS
With little dissent artists say the suits protect not them but corporate profits and the bloated industry must learn to adapt to new technology.
* Chuck D of Public Enemy - "Those scare tactics are pure Gestapo."
* David Draiman of Disturbed – "[The lawsuits are] For the artists, my ass. I didn't ask them to protect me, and I don't want their protection."
* Grateful Dead's Bob Weir – "They're protecting an archaic industry."
* DJ Moby - "It's like horse-and-buggy operators suing Henry Ford."

http://sfgate.com

2/3 OF DIGITAL MUSIC FILES COME FROM FILE SHARING
Study reports 2/3 from P2P, 1/3 from CDs. 64% household have digital music, 8% had more than 1,000 files.
http://www.techweb.com

CNET RATES THE LEGAL ONLINE MUSIC SERVICES
http://www.sfgate.com

BIGCHAMPAGNE IS WATCHING YOU
http://www.wired.com

DIGITAL PIRACY AN INCREASING PROBLEM FOR THE MOVIE BIZ
http://www.economist.com
... BUT THE PIRACY IS AN INSIDE JOB
Assaults file sharers when it needs to clean its own house. 80% of online movies are traced to industry insiders.
http://www.nytimes.com

SBC REFUSES TO TURN OVER FILE SHARING USER NAMES
http://www.nytimes.com

Sept 10

PICK ME! RIAA SUES 261 OF ITS BEST FANS, INCLUDING A 12 YEAR OLD GIRL
http://news.com.com
http://www.reuters.com
http://www.nypost.com

NEW RIAA TERROR TACTIC: AMNESTY PROGRAM
It's not illegal, you've not been sued, they get your personal info, and they'll sue if you fall off the wagon. What a swell bunch!
http://story.news.yahoo.com
http://www.latimes.com
http://www.wired.com

UNIVERSAL TO CUT PRICES OF ITS CD'S
Finally ... but it took a lost lawsuit on price fixing and years of customer revolt
http://www.nytimes.com

RECORD INDUSTRY FAILS TO GET PUBLIC SYMPATHY: TURNS ITS GUNS ON PORN
Attempts flanking maneuver to get P2P industry regulations based on adult content
http://www.nytimes.com
http://yro.slashdot.org

NEW PARENT-TO-CHILD CHAT: DO YOU DOWNLOAD MUSIC?
http://www.nytimes.com

CARTOON: RIAA AMNESTY FORM UR-SCROO D
http://ars.userfriendly.org

EMI LOSES SUIT IN FRANCE FOR SELLING COPY PROTECTED CD'S
CD won't play in car stereo. Judge rules it's defective.
http://www.theregister.co.uk

LINKS TO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LEGAL MUSIC DOWNLOADS
http://www.kuro5hin.org

COURT REINFORCES ELECTRONIC PRIVACY RIGHTS ON ISP SUBPOENA
May be an indicator for challenges to RIAA's subpoenas.
http://news.com.com

BLOGSPOT HUMOR
NBC Announces new series - Law and Order: RIAA
Judge OKs Nuclear Strike on Napster
RIAA Sues Mirror Manufacturers

FAME VS. FORTUNE: MICROPAYMENTS AND FREE CONTENT
By Clay Shirky
Free content is stable and unavoidable in a digital world. Micropayments will never work.
http://ernie.webservepro.com

P2P AS A SOCIETAL STRUGGLE OVER INFORMATION FREEDOM AND CONTROL
A debate on openDemocracy.net
http://www.opendemocracy.net

Sept 3

RIAA CUSTOMER ATTACK STRATEGY BACKFIRES
Depresses file sharing ... AND CD sales
http://macworld.co.uk

INTERVIEW WITH THE ATTORNEY FOR THE FIGHTING A RIAA SUBPOENA
"It is astounding to me that the law bends over backward to safeguard the constitutional rights of accused criminals and then completely ignores the same rights of teenage kids sharing music in an environment they have every reason to believe is legal."
http://grep.law.harvard.edu

WEBCASTERS ALLIANCE SUES RIAA ON ANTITRUST GROUNDS
Alleges RIAA manipulated the small commercial webcasting market to maintain its core monopoly.
http://www.theregister.co.uk

SATIRE: ITUNES MUSIC STORE, FACELIFT FOR A CORRUPT INDUSTRY
http://www.downhillbattle.org

METALLICA AND PEARL JAM FIGHT P2P WITH "FREE" BOOTLEGS
Buy a CD and get access to MetallicaVault.com and PearlJamBootlegs.com. But who uses file sharing for low quality bootlegs?
http://www.econtentmag.com

INDEPENDENT LABELS BAND TOGETHER FOR ONLINE MUSIC DISTRIBUTION
Form the Independent Online Distribution Alliance.
http://news.com.com
http://www.iodalliance.com/

BUYMUSIC'S PRIVACY POLICY HITS THE WRONG NOTES
Can use your personal info for any reason it wants
http://www.gripe2ed.com

DMCA ABUSE: URL'S AS COPYRIGHT VIOLATION
Ironically used by Kazaa to prevent Kazaa Lite listings on Google
http://slashdot.org

MUSIC CAN STIMULATE NATIONAL BROADBAND ADOPTION
By Andrew Odlyzko
The telecom industry, which is 20 times larger, should buy off the music studios. Or the gov. could enact compulsory licensing.
http://firstmonday.org

 


 

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