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RIAA Totally Out Of Touch: Lashes Out At Google, Wikipedia And Everyone Who Protested SOPA/PIPA

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Remember all that talk of how the supporters of SOPA/PIPA were "humbled" by the protests of January 18th, and how they had learned their lessons about trying to push through a bill without actually involving the stakeholders? Remember the talk of how they hoped a new tone could be found...
RIAA Totally Out Of Touch: Lashes Out At Google, Wikipedia And Everyone Who Protested SOPA/PIPA

BitTorrent Giant BTjunkie Shuts Down For Good

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Founded in June 2005, BTjunkie has been among the top BitTorrent sites for more than half a decade. The site was never involved in any legal action, and to keep it this way the site’s operators decided to shut the site down for good today. The following message was posted...
BitTorrent Giant BTjunkie Shuts Down For Good
RIAA still raging against Google, Wikipedia for "misuse of power" in SOPA battle

Is A Hash Of Hash Of A Torrent Of A Torrent Of Copyrighted Data Copyrighted?

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Let’s try to parse this. Pirate Bay (.se) user allisfine just recently uploaded a torrent to the site that is a collection of all the magnet identifiers for the entire site (actually, only about a quarter of the site, but all the publicly visible ones). That is to say, it...
Is A Hash Of Hash Of A Torrent Of A Torrent Of Copyrighted Data Copyrighted?

Torrent search engine BTJunkie voluntarily shuts down

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Torrent search engine BTjunkie is the latest file-sharing service to fall on its sword in the wake of the Megaupload sting. Junkie, one of the largest BitTorrent indexes, decided to shut down voluntarily. A statement on the website reads, "This is the end of the line my friends. The...
Torrent search engine BTJunkie voluntarily shuts down

NY Times: RIAA & MPAA Exaggerate Piracy Impact Stats... But We're Going To Assume They're True Anyway

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Sometimes you have to wonder if the NY Times is simply trying to hurt its own credibility. That's the only conclusion I can come to after reading the editorial by Eduardo Porter concerning the impact of unauthorized file sharing on the economics of the creative industries. While he admits that...
NY Times: RIAA & MPAA Exaggerate Piracy Impact Stats... But We're Going To Assume They're True Anyway

Even After Shutting Down, LimeWire Can't Catch a Break [Piracy]

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LimeWire has been kaput as a file-sharing service since October but that hasn't stopped its legal woes. Now, after settling with the RIAA to the tune of $105 million, the MPAA and a host of indie music labels have filed lawsuits against the company as well. Talk about beating...
Even After Shutting Down, LimeWire Can't Catch a Break [Piracy]

Big ISPs Expected To Start Six Strikes Program This Weekend

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At this point, it's no surprise, but the RIAA's Cary Sherman has now confirmed that (as had been previously stated) the big ISPs (Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon) will be ready to kick off their "six strikes" plan this weekend. Apparently, the idea of actually giving the public a...
Big ISPs Expected To Start Six Strikes Program This Weekend
Op-ed: New digital music licenses good for fans, entrepreneurs

Evidence Shows That Megaupload Shutdown Had No Real Impact On Infringement

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The first big analysis of what happened to file sharing via cyberlockers following the shutdown of Megaupload shows that there was no slowdown in file sharing -- it's just that the traffic moved elsewhere. The analysis, by Deepfield Networks, concludes that there was no significant drop off in file sharing...
Evidence Shows That Megaupload Shutdown Had No Real Impact On Infringement

Copyright Lobby Scores Another Victory in the Piracy Wars as Torrent Site Shuts Down

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If recent crackdowns against file-sharing were meant as a warning shot to other site owners, it has indeed been heard loud and clear. First, sites like FileSonic and FileServe voluntarily scaled back their functionality, while others vocally defended their own practices in the wake of the Megaupload shutdown. Today, popular...
Copyright Lobby Scores Another Victory in the Piracy Wars as Torrent Site Shuts Down

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

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

Arizona Internet Censorship Bill So Ridiculous, Even The MPAA And RIAA Are Against It

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A new bill has passed through the Arizona state legislature that would allow for broad censorship of the internet. As with many such bills, this one is weakly "disguised" as an attempt to deal with online "bullying" and "stalking." However, as with many such attempts to outlaw "being a jerk"...
Arizona Internet Censorship Bill So Ridiculous, Even The MPAA And RIAA Are Against It

ACTA suffers major blow following European rejection call

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ACTA, the controversial anti-counterfeit and copyright-bolstering treaty, which at one point threatened the very existence of the Web, may not have its desired global effect should the European Parliament reject the trade agreement.And it’s one step closer to being thrown out after the guiding “rapporteur” for the treaty warned fellow parliamentarians not to...
ACTA suffers major blow following European rejection call

RIAA and ISPs to police your traffic starting July 12

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During a panel discussion held for U.S. publishers today, RIAA chairman Cary Sherman said his association and a number of ISPs—including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon—will begin policing traffic to crack down on piracy starting this summer. The deal is not new, however—the RIAA and the...
RIAA and ISPs to police your traffic starting July 12

Pirate Bay cordially accepts RIAA's quest for censorship

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The RIAA is calling for search engines like Google and Bing to censor all links that lead to Web sites carrying illegally copyrighted material. The Pirate Bay thinks that's swell. [Read more]...
Pirate Bay cordially accepts RIAA's quest for censorship
Copyright Math: a quantitative reasoning master class by Rob Reid (video)
U.S. ISPs become ‘copyright cops’ starting July 12th

RIAA chief: ISPs to start policing copyright by July 12

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Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon are among the ISPs preparing to implement a graduated response to piracy by July, says the music industry's chief lobbyist....
RIAA chief: ISPs to start policing copyright by July 12

RIAA chief: ISPs to start fighting piracy by July 12

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Cary Sherman, CEO of the music industry's trade group, said that Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon are among those ISPs preparing to implement a graduated response to piracy by July....
RIAA chief: ISPs to start fighting piracy by July 12
John Hodgman and Rob Reid talk Year Zero, Aliens, RIAA, and the $8B iPod

Open Offer To Chris Dodd & Cary Sherman: Meet The Internet Online And In The Open

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We've covered how the RIAA's Cary Sherman and the MPAA's Chris Dodd have both taken the strategy of first slamming everyone who took part in the internet protests against SOPA/PIPA as somehow being misinformed corporate pawns... but then concluding by expressing a desire to "meet" to discuss solutions. The problem,...
Open Offer To Chris Dodd & Cary Sherman: Meet The Internet Online And In The Open

Since The RIAA & MPAA Say That A Copy Is Just As Valuable As The Original, Send Them A Copy Of Money

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As a bunch of folks have been pointing out, in response to the Paul Graham essay on property that we were just discussing, a guy by the name of Jake Gold set up SendThemYourMoney.com, which is a site encouraging you to send "money" to the RIAA/MPAA. But... by "money" he...
Since The RIAA & MPAA Say That A Copy Is Just As Valuable As The Original, Send Them A Copy Of Money

How The RIAA & MPAA Are Like The Anti-Innovation German Weavers' Guild Of The 16th Century

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Five years ago, we wrote a post comparing the RIAA (and the MPAA) to 17th century French buttonmakers, who used their guild to go absolutely crazy in blocking a horrifying new innovation: cloth buttons, which could be made by weavers, without making use of the members of the buttonmakers guilt....
How The RIAA & MPAA Are Like The Anti-Innovation German Weavers' Guild Of The 16th Century

New IP Watchlist Ranks Countries On How Well Their Copyright Laws Serve The Public

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We've written plenty about the absolutely ridiculous Special 301 Report put out each year by the USTR. It's a list that the US uses to name and shame countries that it considers "naughty" when it comes to not passing intellectual property laws that the US likes. Of course, there is...
New IP Watchlist Ranks Countries On How Well Their Copyright Laws Serve The Public

RIAA Chief Hits New Heights of Hypocrisy in Pro-SOPA NYT Op-Ed

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Accuses opponents of most of the sins of his own industry, plus a few he just made up....
RIAA Chief Hits New Heights of Hypocrisy in Pro-SOPA NYT Op-Ed

Content Wars – Could Meltwater-Versus-AP And UK Papers Spill Over?

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You’ll recall the battles between the RIAA and the technology industry over music licensing. Well something similar as been going on regarding how newspaper content is licensed to commercial clippings agencies, and it’s blowing up on both sides of the Atlantic. The Associated Press today filed suit against Meltwater News...
Content Wars – Could Meltwater-Versus-AP And UK Papers Spill Over?

RIAA Tries To Downplay Its Role In The Feds' Unjustifiable Censorship Of Dajaz1

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Last week, we had the story about the unsealing of the court records in the Dajaz1.com case. That revealed that the main reason why the feds (almost certainly illegally) held onto the domain name for over a year was that ICE had asked the RIAA for the evidence it needed...
RIAA Tries To Downplay Its Role In The Feds' Unjustifiable Censorship Of Dajaz1

Top Torrent Sites Respect Copyright Takedowns, Just Like Google

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Entertainment industry groups including the RIAA and MPAA view BitTorrent sites as a major threat. The owners of BitTorrent sites, however, believe they do nothing wrong. In fact, to the surprise of many copyright holders they are very responsive when they are asked to remove infringing links. While it’s common...
Top Torrent Sites Respect Copyright Takedowns, Just Like Google
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