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Oct 30

WEEKLY DIARIAA CONSUMER RIGHTS WATCH: 3 (out of 10). Last week: 4

This week's news brings a mix. On the positive side is the first music ISP. Hopefully such integrated licensing will increase and allow consumers to use their technology while fairly compensating copyright holders. On the amusing side, MIT students get press for their broadcast hack. The general news continues to be poor with the US Copyright Office's unfavorable ruling on DMCA exemptions (i.e. virtually none) and MPAA propaganda picking up speed. We downgrade the Consumer Rights Watch back to a 3.

Marc Freedman

CONSUMERS UNABLE TO MAKE LAWFUL USE OF CDS, DVDS
US Copyright Office Ruling on DMCA exemptions
http://mi2n.com

MPAA DEBUTS CLASSROOM PROPAGANDA: GUIDE TO "DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP"
http://www.ja.org

PLAYLOUDER LAUNCHES FIRST "MUSIC ISP"
Internet services includes streaming and downloading music and
pays royalties to music companies

http://www.theregister.co.uk

MIT STUDENT PROJECT SIDESTEPS MUSIC COPYRIGHT LAW
Students program tunes for broadcast on cable TV channel
http://www.nytimes.com

AUSTRALIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY GOES AFTER ISP
Desperate suit claims contributory copyright infringement
http://www.eff.org

PAPER SAYS DIGITAL RIGHTS SYSTEMS DISTORT COPYRIGHT LAW
They don't provide Personal Use rights
http://www.sims.berkeley.edu

US INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IMPERIALISM
The DMCA spreadin to
... the Free Trade Area of the Americas
http://www.ipjustice.org
... Canada
http://www.eff.org

GO-KART RECORDS ANNOUNCES FREE ALBUM DOWNLOADS
http://www.gokartrecords.com

Oct 22

WEEKLY DIARIAA CONSUMER RIGHTS SCORE: 4 (out of 10)

RIAA is set to sue more fans, but at least issues letters so targets get a chance to respond. So we're raising the rights score to a 4.

Marc Freedman

STOP THE RIAA LAWSUITS
Boycott major label music Oct 20-27
http://www.stopriaalawsuits.com

ONLINE MUSIC GETS CROWDED AS APPLE LAUNCHES ITUNES FOR WINDOWS
http://biz.yahoo.com

RIAA TO KISS 204 MORE FILE SHARERS
Sends nice letter to settle first to avoid getting embarrassed by outright mistakes.
http://news.com.com

FILE-SHARING GOES SOCIAL
RIAA drives P2P to higher security smaller groups
http://www.shirky.com

LOOK BEFORE YOU STREAM
51% of video and music streams abort or don't start within 5 seconds of access.
http://www.streamguard.net

WHAT PRICE ONLINE MUSIC? 99 CENTS DOESN’T CUT IT.
http://www.businessweek.com

HOW ARTISTS GET PAID FROM P2P
The EFF outlines several different ways to compensate artists and copyright holders
http://www.eff.org

FREE SPEECH AT RISK: JOHN DVORAK URGES DMCA REPEAL
"Nothing needs to be fixed. Illegal laws [like the DMCA] need to be thrown out. Period."
http://www.boycott-riaa.com

P2P UNITED LAUNCHES PARENT 2 PARENT RESOURCE CENTER
Was promised to the Senate Judiciary Committee
http://www.p2punited.org

Oct 15

WEEKLY DIARIAA CONSUMER RIGHTS SCORE: 3 (out of 10)

The rating hasn't budged lately. Consumer rights news have been slim since the first wave of RIAA's suits. This week the biggest event is the relaunch of Roxio's Napster as an iTunes-like fee-based online music service.

Marc Freedman

DIARIAA MEETS DIALRRHEA: UNINTENTIONAL 911 CELL PHONE CALLS
http://www.wccca.com

PEER-TO-PEER DEFENSE FUND: DONATE TO SOMEONE SUED BY RIAA
http://www.downhillbattle.org

NAPSTER: FAMILIAR NAME, VERY DIFFERENT SERVICE
Name was bought by Roxio and is a paid download service. To be installed on Gateway PCs and Samsung Audio Players
http://biz.yahoo.com

"FROM BETAMAX TO KAZAA: THE REAL WAR OVER PIRACY"
Fortune visits the power struggle between entertainment and technology.
http://www.fortune.com

"SUING YOUR CUSTOMERS: A WINNING BUSINESS STRATEGY?"
Wharton Professor says such lawsuits were tried 100 years ago against Henry Ford. It didn’t work then, and it won’t work today. They are 'opportunities for little minds ... to usurp the gains of genuine inventors ... and under the smug protest of righteousness, work a hold-up game in the most approved fashion.'
http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu

WHAT PRICE MUSIC?
Without any competition, the record industry was able to keep increasing album prices for new formats. Then came P2P file sharing.
http://www.nytimes.com

MUSIC INDUSTRY HISTORICALLY HAMSTRUNG BY RETAILERS
Reap what ye sow. Online innovation thwarted as early as 1993.
http://www.pacificavc.com

MORE DMCA SILLINESS: SUNNCOMM THREATENS TO SUE PRINCETON STUDENT
Student exposed CD Copy Protection weaknesses. Afterward Sunncomm decided against filing suit.
http://biz.yahoo.com

Oct 9

WEEKLY DIARIAA CONSUMER RIGHTS SCORE: 3 (out of 10)

RIAA ACTS LIKE BUMBLING BUSINESS AMATEURS
RIAA says it will notify allegedly infringing consumers before serving them with a lawsuit to avoid embarrassing subpoena errors. Did they really need to file hundreds of lawsuits before figuring this out?

RIAA represents an industry with billions of dollars and acts like bumbling business amateurs. Surely they can hire expert image and PR help. I'm available for a modest fee. Is this just another case of blind arrogance?

Marc Freedman

RIAA COVERS ITS BUTT: FILE SHARERS GET NOTICE BEFORE LAWSUIT
http://www.usatoday.com

NEW ONLINE MUSIC DISTRIBUTOR'S SLOGAN: WE ARE NOT EVIL
http://www.magnatune.com

CHARTER JOINS VERIZON AND SBC TO OPPOSE RIAA SUBPOENAS
http://www.salon.com

SURVEY SHOWS P2P FILE SHARING INCREASES MUSIC BUYS
http://www.mi2n.com

P2P ENTRAPMENT: HOW TO HACK THE NETWORKS
IP addresses are circumstantial, not proof of activity.
http://members.ozemail.com.au

POWER TO THE PEOPLE: RAPPERS PRO (CHUCK D) AND CON (LL COOL J) ON P2P
Chuck D of Public Enemy: "Technology giveth and it taketh away. ... I think this expands artistry and it's about adjustment ... I never felt that my copyrights were protected anyway. I've been spending most of my career ducking lawyers, accountants and business executives who have basically been more blasphemous than file sharers and P2P. I trust the consumer more than I trust the people who have been at the helm of these companies. The record industry is hypocritical and the domination has to be shared. P2P to me means 'power to the people.'"
http://www.wired.com

MOVIES WON’T HAVE THE FILE SHARING PROBLEMS OF MUSIC
It's not just the size of the files, it's how we use it. We listen to music many times, most flicks only once or twice.
http://www.nytimes.com

MORE ON COMPULSORY LICENSES
http://www.openp2p.com

P2P: AS A TECHNOLOGY IT MAKES THE INTERNET MORE RELIABLE AND ROBUST
http://www.technologyreview.com

ANALYSTS URGE INDUSTRY TO GIVE MUSIC AWAY FREE
The music has always been able to sell the same music multiple times through repackaging and new mediums. Free music would be supported by ads.
http://www.mi2n.com

EFF DOCUMENTS RIAA'S ABUSE OF THE SUBPOENA PROCESS
"The DMCA has often been used to invade the privacy of Internet users, harass Internet service providers, and chill online speech." An entire catalog of horror stories is presented. "Unsafe Harbors: Abusive DMCA Subpoenas and Takedown Demands"
http://www.eff.org

EFF REPORT: "UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES"
Five Years Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
http://www.eff.org

PRINCETON STUDENT DEBUNKS COPY PROTECTION, AGAIN
How SunComm MediaMax copy prevention works and can be avoided
http://www.mi2n.com
http://www.cs.princeton.edu

Oct 1

WEEKLY DIARIAA CONSUMER RIGHTS SCORE: 3 (out of 10)

RIAA's consumer terror campaign continues its inevitable march. Some casual users are quitting file sharing. Most are staying put or migrating to higher security networks. The movie studios don't want to make the mistake the music biz did and are getting ready now for their file sharing battle.

On the positive side consumer rights get new support from Librarians and the ACLU. Musicmatch and Dell provide more legal 99¢ music alternatives to iTunes and Buymusic.com.

Marc Freedman

ENTERTAINMENT PR MACHINE IN OVERDRIVE
Movie biz girds for battle against file sharing. Efforts include role playing game "Starving Artist"
http://www.nytimes.com

THE RIAA LAWSUITS AND MYTHS
http://reviews.cnet.com

MORE APPLE ITUNES COMPETITION: MUSICMATCH AND DELL
http://www.atnewyork.com
http://zdnet.com.com

MP3'S ARE NOT THE DEVIL
By Orson Scott Card
Essay's gems: "How to Teach Your Customers to Hate You", "[L]et's get back to the real world, instead of wasting any more time on the petty and mostly self-inflicted problems of rich but badly-managed corporations."
http://www.ornery.org

THE UNDERGROUND INTERNET: PRIVATE NETWORKS PROTECT FILE-SHARING USERS
http://www.businessweek.com

U.S. IS ONLY THE TIP OF PIRATED MUSIC ICEBERG
Problem is tiny compared to rampant piracy overseas
http://www.nytimes.com

P2P GAINS NEW SUPPORTERS
... LIBRARIANS: http://news.com.com
... ACLU: http://www.aclu.org
http://www.nytimes.com

RIAA BY THE NUMBERS
... KAZAA USE DROPS 41%
... 54,190 USERS TELL RIAA TO STOP THE MADNESS
http://www.eff.org
... 838 FILE SHARERS REGISTER FOR "DO NOT SUE" LIST
http://www.siliconvalley.com
... 52 OF 261 SUED USERS SETTLE
http://makeashorterlink.com

TOM THE DANCING BUG ON RIAA LAWSUITS
"You come into the playground - you play by playground rules!"
http://www.salon.com

 


 

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