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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

Google's Brin Worries About Open Web, As Google Gets Into More Privacy Messes

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Sergey Brin Blames Everyone For Threatening Web's Open Future. In an interview with Britain's Guardian newspaper, Google cofounder Sergey Brin has alleged the free Internet is facing its greatest threat yet, from government efforts to control publication of and access to information by citizens (including the U.S.), over-zealous rights holders...
Google's Brin Worries About Open Web, As Google Gets Into More Privacy Messes

The Target Isn’t Hollywood, MPAA, RIAA, Or MAFIAA: It’s The Policymakers

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Big Monopoly has learned in the past century that when they look like a little spoiled brat having a tantrum, politicians will throw taxpayer money their way to shut them up. Therefore, this is a behavior they emulate as soon they are given a good enough excuse. It’s simply a...
The Target Isn’t Hollywood, MPAA, RIAA, Or MAFIAA: It’s The Policymakers

Commission suggests hacking and hijacking the computers of suspected IP pirates

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Should owners of intellectual property be allowed to attack anyone they suspect of pirating their goodies? That's a question that was raised last week by the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property. While the commission's observation's about IP thieving by China grabbed most of the headlines when...
Commission suggests hacking and hijacking the computers of suspected IP pirates

Internet Association Hits Back At RIAA's Desire To Wipe Away DMCA Safe Harbors

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On Friday, we wrote about how the RIAA has already started pitching the terrible idea that we should do away with the important DMCA safe harbors, which make sure that liability for infringement is properly applied to those actually infringing, rather than tools and services. The RIAA, however, thinks that...
Internet Association Hits Back At RIAA's Desire To Wipe Away DMCA Safe Harbors

Is Being Rich And Arrogant Against The Law? The RIAA & MPAA Seem To Think So

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I'm planning to do some more thorough coverage of many of the comments that were submitted to the IP Enforcement Coordinator for next year's "Joint Strategic Plan." I just need to find an open block of time to go through a bunch of them. However, the folks over at TorrentFreak...
Is Being Rich And Arrogant Against The Law? The RIAA & MPAA Seem To Think So

RIAA's New War: Shutting Down The Equivalent Of Internet VCRs

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The entertainment industry just won't quit trying to kill perfectly legal technologies with substantial non-infringing uses. Back during the big legal fight over Grokster, the RIAA insisted that it had absolutely no interest in stopping technologies people used to record things. In fact, Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro reminded...
RIAA's New War: Shutting Down The Equivalent Of Internet VCRs

Obsessed With Google, Copyright Holders Ignore The Actual Pirated Content

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Entertainment industry groups, such as the RIAA, BPI, IFPI and MPAA, view BitTorrent sites as a major threat. Owners of BitTorrent sites, on the other hand, believe they do nothing wrong. All of the major torrent sites, The Pirate Bay excluded, have a takedown policy and remove links to infringing...
Obsessed With Google, Copyright Holders Ignore The Actual Pirated Content

RIAA: Pirates Are Bigger Music Fans Than Average Consumers

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Last month, research from the Columbia University affiliated American Assembly found that U.S. file-sharers buy 30% more music than their non-sharing counterparts. The RIAA wasn’t too happy with this result (or how the media reported on it) so they brought in research firm NPD to counter with some statistics of...
RIAA: Pirates Are Bigger Music Fans Than Average Consumers

RIAA Knows (But Tried To Hide) That Most 'Unpaid' Music Acquisition Comes From Offline Swapping

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Lots of people have discussed this in the past, but the RIAA's focus on going after file sharing sites and online cyber lockers seemed to ignore the fact that so much music is actually shared on a person to person basis -- rather than online. But, there weren't any public...
RIAA Knows (But Tried To Hide) That Most 'Unpaid' Music Acquisition Comes From Offline Swapping

File-Sharing Is Linked to Depression, Researchers Find

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Nearly every day we write about negative associations towards file-sharing, and today is no different. A new academic paper now reveals how file-sharing is linked to depressive symptoms. The paper carries the self-explanatory title “Associating Depressive Symptoms in College Students with Internet Usage Using Real Internet Data” and will be...
File-Sharing Is Linked to Depression, Researchers Find

The MPAA and RIAA should buy The Pirate Bay

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If you believe even a fraction of the hyperbolic crap pumped out by the MPAA, RIAA, and other copyright lobbies, you would think that piracy (née file sharing) has resulted in artists and publishers being shortchanged by billions of dollars. In Capitol v. Thomas, the most prominent case when it...
The MPAA and RIAA should buy The Pirate Bay
RIAA wants to issue unlimited takedowns to Google

Secondhand MP3 Dealer Redigi Expanding Into Europe... And Tangling With A Whole New Set Of IP Laws

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Redigi, the 'used' mp3 dealer, is now sending out invites for its expansion into Europe. While many may question how big the market is for secondhand mp3s, Redigi obviously feels there's more money to made overseas. In the US, Redigi is operating in the shadow of a lawsuit filed by...
Secondhand MP3 Dealer Redigi Expanding Into Europe... And Tangling With A Whole New Set Of IP Laws

Let Congress Know That Now Is The Time To Fix Copyright, Not To Put Their Head In The Sand

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Perhaps the most amazing thing about the Republican Study Committee report on copyright reform by Derek Khanna isn't so much that it was one of the sanest pieces about copyright written from within a government, or that it was withdrawn so quickly after being published, but that Congress' response to...
Let Congress Know That Now Is The Time To Fix Copyright, Not To Put Their Head In The Sand

How Digital Music Innovation Will Suffer if Universal Acquires EMI

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The music business, to say the least, ain't what it used to be. To be precise, the industry has shrunk by about 50% since Napster's heyday, and virtually nobody expects it to fully bounce back. The major labels know this and have tried just about everything to remain dominant, including...
How Digital Music Innovation Will Suffer if Universal Acquires EMI

Congressional Reps Question Feds Over Botched Domain Seizures

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The government's admission that it had (once again) mistakenly seized and censored a website for over a year when it dropped its case against Rojadirecta/Puerto80 has reminded everyone that Dajaz1 was not an isolate case. It was a part of a wider program where DHS (via ICE) and the DOJ...
Congressional Reps Question Feds Over Botched Domain Seizures

After Years Of Trying To Kill YouTube, Movie Studios Are Embracing & Profiting From It

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When the Betamax/VCR first came out, Hollywood insisted that it was pure evil and that it would be "the Boston Strangler" to the movie business. And, if you looked at how the devices were used at first, you could easily argue that the vast, vast majority of the usage was,...
After Years Of Trying To Kill YouTube, Movie Studios Are Embracing & Profiting From It

Mixtaping.FM does a good job of reimagining the mix-tape for the digital generation

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Despite the plethora of plus-points stemming from the dawn of the digital music era, it’s difficult not to hanker for the halcyon days of yore, when mix-tapes ruled the roost. I’m sure mix-tapes can’t have been as good as I remember them, but I know many people with a similar...
Mixtaping.FM does a good job of reimagining the mix-tape for the digital generation

Italian Court Orders All ISPs To Block KickAssTorrents

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Early this year TorrentFreak published a shortlist of the world’s most popular torrent sites. Leading the pack was of course The Pirate Bay, but in third place came a site that over its relatively short life has been shooting up through the rankings. Founded in just three years ago in...
Italian Court Orders All ISPs To Block KickAssTorrents

UK Pirate Party Pressured Into Taking Down Proxy... Leading To Other Proxies Opening Up

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It's really quite ridiculous how much time, money and effort the various arms of the entertainment industry have spent trying to get certain countries to "block" The Pirate Bay. Every single time it happens, it seems to drive up traffic to the site. Those who want to use it don't...
UK Pirate Party Pressured Into Taking Down Proxy... Leading To Other Proxies Opening Up

Google Downranks The Pirate Bay In The UK, Because Surely, That Will Make People Buy Again

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We just recently wrote about the RIAA bitching about how Google wasn't living up to its promise to "downrank" so-called "pirate" sites. The issue was that the RIAA could still find sites that it didn't like ranked relatively highly in the index. Well, the folks at TorrentFreak have noticed that,...
Google Downranks The Pirate Bay In The UK, Because Surely, That Will Make People Buy Again

RIAA claims Google's anti-piracy downranking doesn't work

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Google offered an olive branch to content producers when it promised to downrank pirate sites in its search results last summer. Really, the RIAA was looking for the whole tree; it just published a report claiming that Google's technique hasn't had any tangible impact. The agency argues that the...
RIAA claims Google's anti-piracy downranking doesn't work

RIAA Claims Music Pirates Hurt Haiti Fund Raising

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The original “We Are The World” single released in 1985 to help Africa was the first single to receive multi-platinum certification. It brought in millions of dollars for humanitarian aid and still holds the record for the fastest selling single in the USA. Dozens of contributing artists waived their rights...
RIAA Claims Music Pirates Hurt Haiti Fund Raising

Appeal Over Former RIAA Lobbyist Judge Allowing Prenda To Get Info On Over 1,000 John Does Moves Forward

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You may recall Judge Beryl Howell, the former RIAA lobbyist who helped author the DMCA, and also went against a very large number of other judges dealing with copyright trolling lawsuits by ruling that it was perfectly fine to lump over 1,000 John Doe defendants into a single lawsuit and...
Appeal Over Former RIAA Lobbyist Judge Allowing Prenda To Get Info On Over 1,000 John Does Moves Forward

The Pirate Bay evades ISP blockade with IPv6, can do it 18 septillion more times

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If you thought the RIAA and MPAA were a force to be reckoned with in the US, the last few months have shown that anti-piracy lobbying is alive and kicking in Europe, too. Over the last 9 months, the British, Dutch, Finnish, and Belgian judges and governments have begun forcing...
The Pirate Bay evades ISP blockade with IPv6, can do it 18 septillion more times

Megaupload Users Revolt, Threaten to Sue U.S. Authorities

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If you think the RIAA and MPPA were mad about Megaupload, you should meet one of the site's users now that it's been shut down. I don't just mean one of the many, many people who were using Megaupload and its sister sites to snag unauthorized, copyrighted content. While those...
Megaupload Users Revolt, Threaten to Sue U.S. Authorities

BPI Threatens To Sue UK Pirate Party Leaders Personally Due To Internet Proxy

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With the BPI (the UK equivalent of the RIAA) successfully getting access to The Pirate Bay blocked via many UK ISPs, it's apparently turned its quixotic sites to the UK Pirate Party for daring to set up a proxy -- as if there aren't hundreds, if not thousands, of other...
BPI Threatens To Sue UK Pirate Party Leaders Personally Due To Internet Proxy

File-Sharers Buy 30% More Music Than Non-P2P Peers

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The major music labels have a clear stance on online piracy, as the following quote from the RIAA illustrates. “While downloading one song may not feel that serious of a crime, the accumulative impact of millions of songs downloaded illegally – and without any compensation to all the people who...
File-Sharers Buy 30% More Music Than Non-P2P Peers

RIAA: The Pirate Bay is The Worst of The Worst

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Two weeks ago The Pirate Bay redirected the site to a Swedish .se domain, safely outside the reach of US authorities. This change hasn’t gone unnoticed by the RIAA, as Vice President Mitch Glazier just published a scathing reply. Describing The Pirate Bay as one of the worst offenders, the...
RIAA: The Pirate Bay is The Worst of The Worst
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