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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 01, 2013 Will the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System Hurt Consumers And Small Businesses?
QUOTE: On Monday, the Copyright Alert System, or “Six Strikes”, went into affect across the five biggest ISPs in the U.S. The system hopes to catch those pirating content over P2P networks, and send them a notice detailing their infringement. The hope is that those who are caught will start using legal alternatives. To better understand the CAS, we have to look at what the Center for Copyright Information is doing with it. First, there are three tiers to the CAS that consumers should be aware of with each tier having two levels within it. The three tiers are as follows – educational alerts, acknowledgement alerts and mitigation measures.
WebProNews Dec 25, 2012 On Web, 'Time Has Come' for '60s singer
QUOTE: decades later, what does Lester Chambers have to show for "Time Has Come Today"?....It's a story of bad contracts -- and record company executives refusing to even honor those, he said. The contract for "Time Has Come Today" promised a small percentage of sales, but the record company kept finding expenses that came out of the band's share before they saw any of it.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 17, 2012 Anti-Putin Stunt Earns Punk Band Two Years in Jail
QUOTE: Three young women who staged an anti-Putin stunt in Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral, and whose jailing became a cause célèbre championed by artists around the world, were convicted of hooliganism on Friday and sentenced to two years in a penal colony. In the most high-profile rights case here in years, the imprisonment and trial of the women, members of a punk band called Pussy Riot, drew worldwide condemnation of constraints on political speech in Russia.
New York Times Jan 23, 2012 MegaUpload: The content cartel strikes back
QUOTE: Like SOPA and PIPA, the bust comes with its own collateral damage. Along with those pirated movies and music, the feds took down noninfringing data from thousands of legit MegaUpload users, who are howling in protest and demanding -- futilely, so far -- the return of their stuff.
InfoWorld Dec 08, 2011 Breaking News: Feds Falsely Censor Popular Blog For Over A Year, Deny All Due Process, Hide All Details...
QUOTE: The US government has effectively admitted that it totally screwed up and falsely seized & censored a non-infringing domain of a popular blog, having falsely claimed that it was taking part in criminal copyright infringement. Then, after trying to hide behind a totally secretive court process with absolutely no due process whatsoever...
Techdirt Sep 03, 2011 O.K., Downloaders, Let’s Try This Song Again
QUOTE: Qtrax’s ambitions may seem quixotic, but it does offer something distinct in the current market: free and legal music downloa
New York Times Aug 28, 2011 Legislator Calls for Clarifying Copyright Law
QUOTE: When copyright law was revised in 1976, recording artists and songwriters were granted “termination rights,” which enable them to regain control of their work after 35 years. But with musicians and songwriters now moving to assert that control, the provision threatens to leave the four major record companies, which have made billions of dollars from such recordings and songs, out in the cold. As a result the major record labels — Universal, Sony, EMI and Warner — are now fighting the efforts of recording artists and songwriters to invoke those rights.
New York Times Jul 20, 2011 Scalping Battle Putting ‘Fans’ in the Middle
QUOTE: Over the last decade many states have lifted scalping restrictions, allowing a robust secondary market to develop online. That often pushes ticket prices for the most in-demand shows out of most consumers’ reach, but the market dynamics can also help fans; a StubHub spokesman said that so far this year almost half the tickets there have sold for less than face value.
New York Times Jun 19, 2011 Miss Manners: Musician’s admirers are sometimes out of line
QUOTE: It never fails that at least one individual (or couple, and sometimes more), usually louder and more aggressive, will “break in line,” very quickly, to say something to me while I’m talking to or signing the CD of the person who’s been waiting in line. It seems impossible to ignore these interlopers, but I always feel guilty giving them this attention, because it extends even more the wait period for those still in line.
Washington Post Mar 29, 2011 Amazon Introduces a Digital Music Locker
QUOTE: Though some companies let people upload their music and listen to it elsewhere without any outcry from the labels, others, like MP3tunes, have been sued by music labels. Another issue: it is impossible for Web companies to tell whether a song was bought legally or downloaded illegally.
New York Times Feb 22, 2011 Free Trove of Music Scores on Web Hits Sensitive Copyright Note
QUOTE: The site, the International Music Score Library Project, has trod in the footsteps of Google Books and Project Gutenberg and grown to be one of the largest sources of scores anywhere... That is a worrisome pace for traditional music publishers, whose bread and butter comes from renting and selling scores in expensive editions backed by the latest scholarship. More than a business threat, the site has raised messy copyright issues and drawn the ire of established publishers.
New York Times Feb 16, 2011 Rhapsody: Apple has gone too far
QUOTE: Rhapsody's issue: Apple wants 30% of all sales generated through its platform. And now, publishers can no longer provide links in their apps to let customers buy content outside of the app.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 15, 2011 Can Your Camera Phone Turn You Into a Pirate?
QUOTE: As the technology in cellphones advances, higher-resolution cameras, image-enhancing software and high-clarity screens make it delightfully easy to capture a photograph and view it later. There may not be Web sites devoted to purloined pictures — there are such sites for music or videos — but many people have a cavalier attitude toward using cameras to obtain copyrighted material.
New York Times Dec 19, 2010 Music Web Sites Dispute Legality of Their Closing
QUOTE: federal authorities shut down five Web sites last month on suspicion of copyright infringement, they gave no warning and offered no details of their investigation... the operators of several of the sites said in interviews that they were innocent of infringement, and criticized the investigation for misrepresenting how their sites worked.
New York Times Oct 26, 2010 Judge Tells LimeWire, the File-Trading Service, to Disable Its Software
QUOTE: injunction on Tuesday that will essentially shut down LimeWire, the big music file-sharing service that has been mired in a four-year legal struggle with the music industry. The case has already resulted in the company and its founder being found liable for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
New York Times May 25, 2010 Apple Is Said to Face Inquiry About Online Music
QUOTE: The Justice Department is examining Apple’s tactics in the market for digital music....allegations that Apple used its dominant market position to persuade music labels to refuse to give the online retailer Amazon.com exclusive access to music about to be released.
New York Times May 09, 2010 Lyrics Sites at Center of Fight Over Royalties
QUOTE: For songwriters and their publishers, though, the ubiquity of lyrics on Web sites presents both opportunities and problems — especially when it comes to getting some of the sites to pay royalties for use of the lyrics.
New York Times Apr 09, 2010 Wiseguys face the music for trying to play it smart in online ticketing
QUOTE: Federal investigators charge that a ring of hackers working for Wiseguy Tickets Inc. cracked security measures at Ticketmaster and other major vendors. They gained control of 1.5 million tickets to popular and coveted concerts and sporting events nationwide between 2002 and 2009. Operating mainly out of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Wiseguys earned $25 million, as prosecutors tally it, selling premium seats at inflated prices to brokers who resold them at even higher markups to the public.
Washington Post Mar 02, 2010 Bogus Copyright Claim Silences Yet Another Larry Lessig YouTube Presentation
QUOTE: Nearly a year ago, we wrote about how a YouTube presentation done by well known law professor (and strong believer in fair use and fixing copyright law), Larry Lessig, had been taken down, because his video, in explaining copyright and fair use and other such things, used a snippet of a Warner Music song to demonstrate a point...Amazingly enough, it appears that almost the exact same thing has happened again.
Techdirt Jul 28, 2009 Senator Urges Scrutiny of Ticketmaster Deal
QUOTE: A key lawmaker [Sen. Herb Kohl] on Monday urged more scrutiny by regulators over a proposed merger between concert ticketing giant Ticketmaster and producer Live Nation, saying it presented "serious competition concerns."
Washington Post Jun 19, 2009 Analysis: $1.92M fine in music piracy case could hurt RIAA: Retrial of Jammie Thomas-Rasset ends with massive fine imposed on her
QUOTE: The massive $1.9 million fine imposed by a federal jury yesterday in the retrial of a Minnesota woman [Jammie Thomas-Rasset] accused of pirating 24 songs may could end up hurting the Recording Industry Association of America's anti-piracy campaign... That's because the sheer size of the verdict hammers home just how unreasonable the RIAA's damages theory for copyright infringement is...
Computerworld Jan 07, 2009 ITunes to Sell Songs Without Restrictions: Four Record Companies Back Tiered Pricing Plan
QUOTE: Apple kicked off its final Macworld trade show in San Francisco yesterday with announcements about new versions of the company's photo management software and an update to its productivity suite. But in true Apple tradition, it was the company's "one last thing" that had people talking: ITunes will now sell songs without any restrictions and at three prices: 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29.
Washington Post Nov 05, 2008 Who Really Owns Digital Music?
QUOTE: Do people who decide that they want to trade up iPods have the right to sell their old ones without deleting the music? Are they committing a crime?
PC Magazine Oct 17, 2008 RIAA Decries Texas Woman as 'Vexatious' for Demanding File Sharing Trial
QUOTE: The Recording Industry Association of America is labeling a Texas woman "vexatious" for her refusal to pay the record labels $7,400 for allegedly infringing 37 songs on the Kazaa file sharing network.
Wired Oct 15, 2008 McCain seeks special 'fair use' copyright rules for VIPs
QUOTE: McCain is calling for VIP treatment for the remixes made by political campaigns. All claims of fair use are equal--yet some claims are more equal than others.
CNET Oct 10, 2008 Wal-Mart's DRM Nightmare Just Won't End
QUOTE: Wal-Mart has decided to keep the music that it sold wrapped in a layer of copyright protection playable, following a flurry of customer complaints about legally purchased music becoming unplayable.
Wired Oct 01, 2008 Rob Glaser's RealDVD: Friend or Foe of Fair Use?
QUOTE: The war between RealNetworks and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) could be more important than you think.
PC Magazine Sep 30, 2008 Why has it been so long since a black band ruled rock? With their passionate new album, "Dear Science," TV on the Radio stake their claim as a great American rock band.
QUOTE: Let's refresh our collective memory: Black Americans invented rock 'n' roll. So it's frustrating to contemplate the nearly total segregation among bands who have played rock music since the early '70s.
Salon Sep 15, 2008 Universal Cancels Metallica Interview over Torrent Mention
QUOTE: '"The reviewer explains exactly where one should go in order to download the file that totally infringes on a copyright. It's not only an illegal file, but an altered file. The reviewer also writes that this is how the album should have sounded."'
Wired Jun 16, 2008 The Associated Press to Set Guidelines for Using Its Articles in Blogs
QUOTE: The Associated Press, one of the nation’s largest news organizations, said that it will, for the first time, attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt without infringing on The A.P.’s copyright.
New York Times May 07, 2008 Studios win $100 million judgment against TorrentSpy
QUOTE: In a major win for Hollywood studios, a California federal judge has ordered TorrentSpy to pay nearly $111 million in damages for infringing the copyright of thousands of films and TV shows through its BitTorrent search engine. The Los Angeles judge, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper, also issued a permanent injunction against TorrentSpy, which was once one of the most popular indexes of BitTorrent files before it shut down in March after a two-year copyright battle with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
News.com Apr 08, 2008 Media giants start whisper campaign to kill Fair Use
QUOTE: The big media companies are trying to convince the world's governments that the USA's statutory exceptions to copyright (embodied in Fair Use) are so broad that they violate the centuries-old Berne Convention, a widely adopted copyright treaty.
Boing Boing Feb 26, 2008 U.S. judge pokes hole in file-sharing lawsuit: Court ruling could force the music industry to provide more evidence against people accused of illegal file sharing, legal experts say
QUOTE: recent U.S. court ruling could force the music industry to provide more evidence against people accused of illegal file sharing....[the judge] denied granting a default judgment, writing that the record labels failed to show Brennan was actually distributing copies of songs, which he said is what is against the law.
InfoWorld Feb 25, 2008 Pirates of the Third Screen: Why treating customer marketers like thieves could turn them into an angry mob
QUOTE: Last month's online scrap between Scrabble trademark owners Hasbro and Mattel, and the makers of Scrabulous, an unauthorized online version of Scrabble, has some implications for the future of mobile marketing. As far as Hasbro and Mattel were concerned, Scrabulous was a simple case of piracy. But what they saw as a threat should have been a triple-word score. Someone else had created a digital version of Scrabble, and amassed 2.3 million people who played it every day. It was an amazing user-generated ad campaign. All Hasbro and Mattel had to do was swoop in with their checkbooks and make it legit. Instead, they fired their self-proclaimed agency, an army of passionate Scrabble fans.
AdWeek Feb 01, 2008 Sweden Accuses 4 of Copyright Offenses
QUOTE: ...authorities say that [the Pirate Bay Web site] helps others violate copyright laws by linking providers of pirated songs and films with people searching for the material. The site has become the focus of the entertainment industry’s fight against the unauthorized digital copying of films, games and music.
New York Times Dec 31, 2007 In the Fight Over Piracy, a Rare Stand for Privacy
QUOTE: ...[the University of Oregon] filed a blistering motion to quash the subpoena [asking for the identities of students believed to be pirating songs off the Internet], accusing the [record] industry of misleading the judge, violating student privacy laws and engaging in questionable investigative practices.
New York Times Nov 07, 2007 AT&T's Piracy/Privacy Dilemma
QUOTE: It wants to incorporate antipiracy technology to protect video content and attract advertisers, but runs the risk of enraging privacy advocates and others.
BusinessWeek Nov 05, 2007 Protesting Demeaning Images in Media
QUOTE: The rallies are taking place as civil rights leaders, cultural critics and others use the moment to debate how to represent the diversity of black life while minimizing offensive words and images. A big issue is the distinction between standards and censorship. Some charge that what Enough Is Enough does is censorship.
New York Times Sep 15, 2007 New Music Model: Free Before Fee: Web Site Links Download Prices to Songs' Popularity
QUOTE: a plan where songs start as free downloads and then inch their way up in price as they get more popular, to a cap of 98 cents per song, based on the number of downloads.
Washington Post Sep 06, 2007 U.S. DOJ Wary of Net Neutrality; Prioritization Of Certain Content May Actually Be 'Procompetitive'
QUOTE: The Department stated that “precluding broadband providers from charging content and application providers directly for faster or more reliable service could shift the entire burden of implementing costly network expansions and improvements onto consumers. If the average consumer is unwilling or unable to pay more for broadband Internet access, the result could be to reduce or delay critical network expansion and improvement.”
Forbes Sep 02, 2007 Airing Their Differences About Pay for Play: Musicians and Radio Owners Turn Up the Volume In Debate Over Royalties vs. Free Promotion
QUOTE: Artists such as Judy Collins, Don Henley, Tony Bennett and Sam Moore (of the R&B duo Sam & Dave) argue that radio stations ought to pay for the music they play on the air -- but station owners counter that for all the promotion they do for the record industry, it's the labels that should be paying them.
Washington Post Aug 30, 2007 RIAA denies copyright misuse in the wake of antitrust, monopoly
QUOTE: The fact that the record labels act together to advance their litigation agenda is unquestioned....instead of adjusting their business models to compete more effectively against one another and bolster their sales, competition is laid to the side in favor of a united front in the courtroom.
Ars Technica Jul 25, 2007 OK, who REALLY wrote that song?
QUOTE: many artists will only allow songwriters to work on an album in return for song credit, and "if they do write, they ask for more publishing than they honestly contributed ... it is the way it is." The practice has been prevalent for decades.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 20, 2007 Indians Divided on Kissing A Cultural Taboo Goodbye: Debate Over Displays of Affection Mirrors Broader Differences
QUOTE: "Moral police," sometimes organized by regional Hindu nationalist parties and sometimes just vigilantes with a point of view, have been increasingly on the prowl recently. Last month, Hindu extremist mobs attacked Star TV offices in Mumbai, the cultural capital of the country, for airing a story on an interfaith couple who had eloped.
Washington Post Apr 07, 2007 Recording, movie industries lobby for permission to deceive: Hollywood wants to be exempt from a bill that would ban the use of 'pretexting' to get data.
QUOTE: The California Senate is considering a bill that would strengthen state privacy laws by banning the use of false statements and other misleading practices to get personal information. The tactic, known as pretexting, created a firestorm of criticism when detectives hired by Hewlett-Packard Co. used it last year to obtain phone records of board members, journalists and critics.
Los Angeles Times Feb 22, 2007 Microsoft Loses Big In MP3 Patent Suit: $1.52 Billion Penalty Could Be Harbinger
QUOTE: The company [Alcatel-Lucent] successfully argued that Microsoft infringed on the patents by including the digital music technology in its Windows operating system starting in 1998. The same technology later was used in Microsoft's Windows Media Player and is included in the Windows Vista operating system, which was released to the public last month.
Washington Post Jan 14, 2007 Want an iPhone? Beware the iHandcuffs
QUOTE: The term “crippleware” comes from the plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit, Melanie Tucker v. Apple Computer Inc., that is making its way through Federal District Court in Northern California. The suit contends that Apple unfairly restricts consumer choice because it does not load onto the iPod the software needed to play music that uses Microsoft’s copy-protection standard, in addition to Apple’s own.
New York Times Dec 18, 2006 Can You Resell a 'Used' MP3 from iTunes?
QUOTE: PeerFlix, which was predicated upon a peer-to-peer DVD exchange model, will now allow consumers to earn cold hard cash. Ultimately, however, the site sees itself as a vehicle for reselling digital content such as "used" MP3s, executives acknowledged.
PC Magazine Sep 08, 2006 Court Suspends Enforcement of Indecency Ruling: Broadcasters Had Appealed FCC's Findings on 'NYPD Blue' and Other Shows
QUOTE: The court action is the latest skirmish between the FCC and broadcasters over what can and cannot be said and shown on over-the-air television and radio...Broadcasters have argued that they are held to a double standard when it comes to their programming -- cable and satellite channels are not under the FCC's jurisdiction -- and that government regulation of broadcast content has suppressed creativity and is increasingly irrelevant in a 200-channel, Internet world.
Washington Post Aug 21, 2006 Screwed for Sure
QUOTE: The rumor mill is still buzzing about Microsoft's new Zune digital music player....the revelation that Microsoft's own Zune player will not support their stores despite this longstanding partnership...must feel like a serious betrayal of trust..
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