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Jan 5

DIARIAA CONSUMER RIGHTS SCORE: 3 (out of 10). Last week: 2

Once again the courts save the consumer from the marauding music industry and overreaching legislation from political lackeys. Unfortunately the ruling is too late for the several hundred people who have already settled their RIAA lawsuits out of fear. The Consumer Rights Score raises a notch to 3.

Marc Freedman

RIAA SPANKED BY US D.C. APPEALS COURT ON FILE SWAPPER SUBPOENAS
Can't get identify from simple subpoena. Must file more difficult and costly "John Doe" lawsuit ... just like any other plaintiff.
http://biz.yahoo.com
http://pacer.cadc.uscourts.gov
http://news.com.com
http://makeashorterlink.com
http://www.wired.com

BEWARE SCAM FILE SHARING SITES LIKE MP3DOWNLOADHQ.COM
Promise millions of files for one low fee but only provide links and info on file sharing programs.
http://www.nytimes.com

DUTCH JOINS U.S.: THEIR SUPREME COURT RULES P2P SOFTWARE IS LEGAL
http://news.com.com

RIAA SUCCEEDS ... IN PUSHING CONSUMERS TO ENCRYPT THEIR INTERNET ACTIVITIES
http://www.shirky.com

Dec 17

DIARIAA CONSUMER RIGHTS SCORE: 2 (out of 10). Last week: 2

What ever happened to American ingenuity? The headlines from Canada and Europe show the US loses when it comes to real solutions and consumer rights. Never fear. We still win in number of attorneys and power hungry entertainment associations! The Consumer Rights Score remains at 2 in the US but gets a 7 in Canada.

Marc Freedman

US LOSES THE FILE SHARING RACE
... CANADA AGAIN PROVES IT'S THE LAND OF COMMON SENSE
Declares P2P Downloading Legal, Levies Tariff on MP3 Players
http://www.cb-cda.gc.ca
http://makeashorterlink.com
http://news.com.com
... EUROPE OVERTAKES US IN KAZAA FILE SHARING
http://www.reuters.com

US GAO: P2P JUST LIKE OTHER INTERNET SOURCES FOR ADULT CONTENT
US General Accounting Office tells Congress adult content isn't any more dangerous over P2P than web sites and other Internet dissemination.
http://www.ecommercetimes.com

SOUNDFLAVOR: ANALYZES YOUR MUSIC AND PROVIDES RECOMMENDATIONS
http://www.soundflavor.com

GOD NOT A P2P FAN: TO SMITE BIBLE PIRATES
http://bbspot.com

Dec 9

DIARIAA CONSUMER RIGHTS SCORE: 2 (out of 10). Last week: 2

RIAA sues a few more folks. More studies show consumers reject RIAA and the music is bad business. It's another day in paradise. This could be any week over the past few months. The Consumer Rights Score remains at 2.

Marc Freedman

CONSUMER MUSIC PRICE STUDY VERIFIES MUSIC IS TOO EXPENSIVE
Consumers expect $5 per album discount for downloaded music. Optimal price for CD is $13, for downloaded CD $8.
http://www.ipsos-pa.com

ECONOMICS ANALYSIS OF FILE SHARING AGENTS
People share files as insurance against paying for music they don't want or that is overvalued.
http://www.herring.com

MOVIE STUDIOS FIGHT LOSING BATTLE AGAINST PIRATE FLICKS
"Ripping crews" compete to distribute movies long before studios release them.
http://www.latimes.com

ALBUMS ARE DEAD
http://www.usatoday.com

BUY CD LABELS: "WARNING: BUYING THIS CD FUNDS LAWSUITS AGAINST FAMILIES AND CHILDREN"
http://www.downhillbattle.org

SOARING SONGWRITER REJECTS MAJOR RECORD LABEL CONTRACT
Insists on artistic integrity and chooses instead to distribute via CD Baby.
http://www.cnn.com

TWO USERS OF FREENET-BASED P2P NETWORK ARRESTED
Freenet supposedly makes its user anonymous.
http://www.afterdawn.com

 


 

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