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DMCA As Censorship: Chilling Effects On Research

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Professor Ed Felten, back from his brief foray as the FTC's chief technology officer, has written a fantastic piece for Slate detailing how the DMCA is creating massive chilling effects for researchers. This should come as little surprise, seeing as Felten himself was famously threatened by the recording industry for...
DMCA As Censorship: Chilling Effects On Research

How Many Bad Assumptions Can You Make In A Single Article About Content Creation And Copyright?

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I really like The Atlantic and think they do pretty good work. I also tend to like Megan McArdle's work, which is usually pretty thought provoking. So I was profoundly disappointed with her recent article, The Freeloaders, which makes a bunch of really bad assumptions, tied together with debunked arguments,...
How Many Bad Assumptions Can You Make In A Single Article About Content Creation And Copyright?

Now That Amazon Is Offering Auto-Rip Of CDs You Bought, Will It Do The Same For Books?

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Times change. Amazon is making some news by launching an auto-rip service that puts MP3 copies of songs into your Amazon cloud storage when you buy CDs. Some have been comparing this to the old MP3.com "Beam It!" service that got MP3.com sued out of existence a while back, but...
Now That Amazon Is Offering Auto-Rip Of CDs You Bought, Will It Do The Same For Books?

Chinese Copyright Proposal Would Allow Compulsory Licensing Of Music After Three Months

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As China continues to climb up the economic rankings (it became number two last year, in case you missed it) its domestic policy begins to have wider implications for the rest of the world. A case in point is this news from Slashdot about proposed changes to China's copyright laws....
Chinese Copyright Proposal Would Allow Compulsory Licensing Of Music After Three Months

Alex Day Sells Half A Million Songs By Breaking All The 'Rules'

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Well, what do we have here? Another artist operating outside the constraints of the recording industry and yet, against all odds, making money? Probably too good to be true. He's built a huge following on known pirate site YouTube and his first two royalty checks totaled over $200,000, but the...
Alex Day Sells Half A Million Songs By Breaking All The 'Rules'
No surprise: British ISP's block on Pirate Bay isn't curbing piracy

Higher education: our MP3 is the mooc

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Academics have watched the internet change the music industry, books and news. And yet, now it's happening in higher education, we are about to screw it up, says Clay ShirkyFifteen years ago, a research group called The Fraunhofer Institute announced a new digital format for compressing movie files. This wasn't...
Higher education: our MP3 is the mooc
RIAA wants to issue unlimited takedowns to Google

Google wants to kill your bedroom cover-versions, applies to patent melody matching for YouTube

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YouTube has become a treasure trove for rare live editions, outtakes and covers of popular songs -- the latter making stars out of acts like Pomplamoose. However, Google and the recording industry don't feel the same way, but the site's famous content filtering system can only handle exact matches...
Google wants to kill your bedroom cover-versions, applies to patent melody matching for YouTube

Neil Young and the Sound of Music

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You know what the biggest problem with music today is? Sound quality. That’s Neil Young’s take on the issue, anyway. For years, the musician has been obsessed with improving the way modern music sounds, sonically speaking. In an interview with Walt Mossberg and Peter Kafka at our D: Dive Into...
Neil Young and the Sound of Music
Amazon AutoRip: How the labels held back progress for 14 years
Geeks are from Mars, wonks are from Venus
Leaked slides show the RIAA might hit snags identifying copyright infringement, doesn't really care about SOPA
Lester Chambers, Screwed Over For Decades By The Recording Industry, Goes Direct Via Kickstarter

The Rise Of E-Singles In Literature

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While it hasn't been done perfectly, I'm of the opinion that the literature world has handled the transition to the digital economy rather well. Perhaps they saw the recording industry trip over its own testicles so badly that they were able to learn from all the worst mistakes. The pricing,...
The Rise Of E-Singles In Literature

If I had to define a theme for Techdirt, it would be something

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If I had to define a theme for Techdirt, it would be something like: "Technology constantly evolves: get it, some don't." So, first up for my favorites this week are stories about the ones that don't get it: Working in computer security at a major bank (note, everything I say...
If I had to define a theme for Techdirt, it would be something

3 Strikes Plan Re-established In Ireland After Court Decides To Ignore Data Protection Commission Ruling

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A few years back, IFPI sued Irish ISP Eircom for not waving a magic wand and stopping infringement. It was part of the legacy entertainment industry's strategy to try to force ISPs into kicking people offline under a 3 strikes regime, even if they couldn't get a law to that...
3 Strikes Plan Re-established In Ireland After Court Decides To Ignore Data Protection Commission Ruling

Is There Any Way To Be A Music Blogger Without Risking Takedown?

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Last week, we wrote twice about the Google music blog mess, which caused many people to falsely attack Google for its policies in dealing with takedown notices. While it is true that Google could do a better job in communicating and potentially in fighting for its users, the real problems...
Is There Any Way To Be A Music Blogger Without Risking Takedown?

Three strikes 'halved NZ piracy'

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Controversial anti-piracy measures have led to a significant dip in illegal downloading, a New Zealand recording industry group says....
Three strikes 'halved NZ piracy'
Obama administration defends $222,000 file-sharing verdict
Growing digital sales helped the music industry increase revenue for the first time since 1999

The recording industry loves child porn, and here's why...

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The recording industry loves child porn, and here's why...

Accused student prevails in first "three strikes" copyright case

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After bringing several file-sharing cases to a copyright tribunal following the implementation of a "three strikes" rule, the New Zealand recording industry group RIANZ has dropped the one case that was actively being defended. The group has not given an explanation. The defendant was the account-holder in a shared apartment...
Accused student prevails in first "three strikes" copyright case

Anonymous Now Has Anontune, Its Own Social Music Platform

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(via YouTube.com) The relationship between Anonymous and the recording industry could not be described as copacetic. Nor is this likely to improve things: Wired reports that a band of affiliated coders is building its own open social music platform. Naturally, it is named Anontune. This is just the latest in...
Anonymous Now Has Anontune, Its Own Social Music Platform

Spanish Recording Industry Lobbyists Sue Professor For Highlighting Its Monopolistic Practices

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Yet again, we're left scratching our heads at the basic failure of recording industry lobbyists to think about the consequences of their actions. The latest is that Promusicae, the Spanish recording industry lobbying group that is associated with the IFPI (which, itself is associated with the RIAA) has sued Spanish...
Spanish Recording Industry Lobbyists Sue Professor For Highlighting Its Monopolistic Practices

Unauthorized Remix Improves On Landmark Unauthorized Mashup, The Grey Album

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This is a story of massive infringement upon infringement. Or it's a story about culture and building awesome things from the building blocks others helped put together. Or both -- which really should say something about copyright laws today. It was nearly nine years ago that EMI went completely off...
Unauthorized Remix Improves On Landmark Unauthorized Mashup, The Grey Album

Anonymous cyber-attacks cost PayPal £3.5m, court told

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Student on trial accused of playing a leading role in revenge campaign against several sites after backlash against WikiLeaksFour activists from the cybergang Anonymous caused multimillion-pound losses to a number of firms in revenge for the backlash against WikiLeaks, a court has heard.Using the name Operation Payback, the four flooded...
Anonymous cyber-attacks cost PayPal £3.5m, court told

Mega Aftermath: Upheaval In Pirate Warez Land

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Despite its “rogue site” status and various other warnings, when MegaUpload went down last week it still came as a shock. But what came next was unprecedented, a dramatic reaction in cyberlocker land that took out vast libraries of digital content and capacity. The perception of the established ground rules...
Mega Aftermath: Upheaval In Pirate Warez Land

UK Recording Industry Doesn't Want Google To Reduce Piracy Until It Reduces Piracy

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Techdirt has written before about the self-destructive vindictiveness of the copyright industries, which would rather die in a futile attempt to stamp out piracy than embrace new ways of making money that will help to reduce piracy anyway. Here's another example of this blinkered approach from the UK, pointed out...
UK Recording Industry Doesn't Want Google To Reduce Piracy Until It Reduces Piracy

Musician Chris Randall: Music Has No Monetary Value But The Connections It Forms Are Priceless

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Guitarist Chris Randall, formerly of Sister Machine Gun (and founder of Positron Records, along with running plug-in creator Audio Damage) has an epic post detailing his thoughts about the music business (and the recording industry) and the monumental changes it has gone through over the last decade. He pointedly declares...
Musician Chris Randall: Music Has No Monetary Value But The Connections It Forms Are Priceless
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