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Apr 28

RIAA ADMITS TO PLAYING WITH NUMBERS: SALES ARE INCREASING, NOT DECREASING
See "Nielsen rating system at odds with RIAA's claim of 'lost sales'"
http://www.polarity1.com
See more at Pure Lies

GIVING IT AWAY (FOR PERSONAL USE) WILL CREATE A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR MARKET
Creative Commons license generates fame and commercial sales for artist. Tech providers of peripherals and software boost income from exploding amateur market.
http://www.business2.com
See more in Innovation

RIAA SHAMNESTY PROGRAM DEAD
Scare program did con 1,108 people into signing up even though it couldn't actually stop a band from suing an individual.
http://www.siliconvalley.com
See more at Sanctioned Silliness

A LOSING BATTLE: RIAA TOUTS COPYRIGHTED SONG BLOCKER
Doesn't work with encrypted files or secured networks.
http://news.com.com
See more at Sanctioned Silliness

FILE SHARING ESPECIALLY POPULAR AMONG GOOD CHRISTIANS
http://www.nytimes.com

CNET TAKES OVER MP3.COM TUNES AND SEEKS MORE ARTISTS
http://music.download.com/
See more in our Directory

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: CONSUMERS AIN'T GOT NONE
RIAA never read that playbook or this study that says consumers are smarter today, know when they are being played, and demand respect.
http://promomagazine.com
See more at Customer Contempt

Apr 16

SCREW THE CONSUMER, PART 29: LABELS WANT TO *RAISE* SINGLE PRICES
Would kill the only thing (99¢ downloads) that's working for them.
http://www.theregister.com
See more at Customer Contempt

RIAA RECRUITS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
Attorney General Ashcroft creates intellectual property task force.
http://www.wired.com
http://www.mi2n.com
See more in Monopoly Power

ANOTHER COURT TELLS RIAA IT CAN'T CUT CORNERS
Florida judge says consumer lawsuits must be filed separately.
http://www.wired.com
See more in Courts: The Buck Stops Here

MORE CD RECORDER SOFTWARE: UNCDCOPY
CD copy protection defeated by using analog output
http://www.newscientist.com
See more in Innovation

FCC, HOLLYWOOD LAPDOG, LOOKS TO LIMIT DIGITAL TV RESOLUTION
http://news.com.com
See more in Monopoly Power

IRAQSTER: SOLDIERS SWAPPING MUSIC
http://www.nytimes.com

Apr 1

CONSUMER RIGHTS REPORT CARD UPDATE

  • RIAA/MPAA: Sues 500+ more, and more across the world, cons Congress. It's good to be the king! Grade - F.
  • TECH: Now cell phone makers are pressured by the music biz. Grade - C.
  • CONSUMERS: Study shows file sharing has little effect on music sales. Grade - B.
  • COURTS: Canada anyone, eh? Grade - C.
  • GOVERNMENT. US Congress caving to music biz. Grade - D.
  • FINAL GRADE: D+

RIAA GETS CONGRESS AND WASHINGTON TO DO MORE OF ITS DIRTY WORK
Bill passed by US House Judiciary Subcommittee Would Allow Justice Dept. to File Civil Copyright Infringement Claims
http://leahy.senate.gov
http://i.i.com.com
http://news.com.com
http://www.wired.com
See more at Bought Legislation

AND YET ANOTHER STUDY: MUSIC SHARING DOESN'T KILL CD SALES
This one from researchers at Harvard and U of North Carolina.
http://news.com.com
See more at Pure Lies

DIARIAA FOUNDER MARC FREEDMAN FEATURED IN "SCREWING THE MAN"
Donate My Music Check seeks to top $1,000 for the Electronic Frontier Foundation to protect consumer rights.
http://www.dallasobserver.com
http://www.DonateMyMusicCheck.com/
See more in our Directory

RIAA EXPORTS LOVE: 247 GLOBAL FILE SHARERS SUED
IFPI sues 247 in Denmark, Germany, Italy and Canada.
http://www.ifpi.org
http://news.com.com
See more in Monopoly Power

CANADIAN JUDGE RULES MUSIC BIZ CAN'T SUE USERS FOR SHARING
http://www.cbc.ca
See more in The Buck Stops Here

ONLINE MUSIC STORES START TO DROP
... BUH-BYE BUYMUSIC: TO BE FOLDED INTO PARENT BUY.COM
http://news.com.com/2110-1027_3-5179620.html
... MUSICNOW BOUGHT BY CIRCUIT CITY
http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=64738

GET BANNED MUSIC VIA P2P
Site promotes music censored, banned, or sued by the music industry
http://www.bannedmusic.org/
See more in our P2P Directory

MUSIC LABELS USE FILE-SHARING DATA TO BOOST SALES
http://www.siliconvalley.com
See more in Innovation

RECORDING COPS NOW EVEN PRESSURING CELL PHONE MARKERS
Samsung delays sales of MP3 Phones in Korea
http://makeashorterlink.com
See more in Monopoly Power

 


 

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