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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:59 pm 
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I agree with her (that's common sense to everyone except the major labels), but not sure who she is. Is she the female artist they're playing a lot in starbucks that sounds like a guy? I heard someone like that in a Starbucks video. I thought the name was "Hillary", but it would have been really easy to confuse that with "Duffy".

Back to the topic, I was thinking about it last night. Downloading is the 00's version of radio airplay. RIAA: you're getting free promotion, accept it & EMBRACE it!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:30 pm 
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Music download site blocked by Italian authorities

The Pirate Bay – the index website that tracks which Torrent music files are available to download on the internet at any one time - has been blocked by major internet service providers (ISPs) in Italy.

The website, which many users utilise to download music files illegally, has been censored in the country – although the website is set to launch countermeasures to make it available again to users.

A deputy public prosecutor in Italy issued an "urgent decree" that the site should be blocked, reports TorrentFreak. Since then all Italian ISPs agreed to the blocking of the website.

However, Peter Sunder, who founded the site, told TorrentFreak he was working on ways around the block. "We're working on setting up a really annoying system for them to filter," he said.

The Pirate Bay's Swedish-based servers were raided in 2006, causing it to shut down for three days. It has been condemned by prosecutors in Sweden for "promoting other people's infringements of copyright laws".

http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/38801

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Funny, Italy was long considered to be the most permissive European country on boots.

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Gee, do you think the site's name could have been a wee bit more subtle?


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The Pirate Bay loves flaunting their immunity to prosecution from foreign entities like the RIAA, Microsoft, and the MPAA. They send mocking responses back to the lawyers who email them cease and desist letters. It's pretty funny reading. :)
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Funny, Italy was long considered to be the most permissive European country on boots.

Must be 'cause it's shaped like one. :p

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Funny, Italy was long considered to be the most permissive European country on boots.

Must be 'cause it's shaped like one. :p


D'oh!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:20 pm 
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University Of Washington Reseach Paper On DMCA Abuse By The RIAA:

The following is a link to a page with an overview of the paper & pdf's of the actual research.
http://dmca.cs.washington.edu/

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Muxtape closed-down by the RIAA

Muxtape, the internet site allowing users to create playlists of their favourite mp3s in a way similar to creating mixtapes on cassettes, has been closed down by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA).

Currently, users who open Muxtape.com are greeted with a single-sentence statement saying the site is offline, though they insist it will return.

"Muxtape will be unavailable for a brief period while we sort out a problem with the RIAA," explains the site.

A spokesperson for RIAA confirmed that it was responsible for closing the website down, reports Ars Technical, declaring: "For the past several months, we [RIAA] have communicated concerns to Muxtape on behalf of our members. Muxtape has not yet obtained authorisation from our member companies to host or stream copies of their sound recordings."

However, a blog posting by the creators of Muxtape was defiant that the site wouldn't stay offline indefinitely.

It said: "No artists or labels have complained. The site is not closed indefinitely. Stay tuned."

http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/39120

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Now Debuting: One-Click Payment For Illegal Downloads

Frank Zappa again is a mother of invention.

Since Friday, songs of the experimental musician, dead now for almost 15 years, have been used to test a one-click system for getting payments from individuals who download works of artists illegally.

The test is being conducted by Nexicon Inc., a Malibu, Calif., supplier of anti-piracy technology and services. Nexicon last week announced that it had reached an agreement with YouTube to monitor videos uploaded to its site for possible copyright infringement on behalf of motion picture studios and other content owners.

As early as next week, Nexicon is preparing to announce the debut of a service for musicians and music owners that will sort through billions of files from peer-to-peer and other file-sharing services as they are downloaded, identify those which are being downloaded illegally, and send notices automatically to the downloading party that they are breaking the law. As part of sending the notice, the service will propose a settlement that includes instant payment by Visa, MasterCard, PayPal or electronic check of the retail price of the file plus an administrative fee to cover costs.

This “actually provides dollars in the pocket of the musicians a fair amount for the distribution channel that online peer-to-peer file sharing, etc.,” said Samuel M. Glines, Nexicon’s vice president of strategy and planning.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry estimates that 95% of all music downloads are illegal. The music reaps nearly $3 billion now, from legal sales of digital music.

The company has applied for a business process patent on its approach to the sending of notices en masse to violating parties and the automated resolution of dispute, Glines said. The company calls the process and program GetAmnesty. TorrentFreak last year labeled the tactic of turning infringement notices into cash as “extortion.”

The approach has been pioneered by founder and chief technology officer Tommy Stiansen, who describes himself as a “natural-born content pirate” from Bergen, Norway. Since 2004, Stiansen says he has devoted himself to creating a business model for profiting from protecting content owners from piracy, instead.

In the Frank Zappa case, he contends that a top tune from the eccentric musician such as “Bobby Brown” is downloaded illegally in copyright-protecte d countries around the globe roughly 60,000 times a day. All told, Nexicon says its anti-piracy technology inspects 19.6 billion file transmissions every day, including files using BitTorrent, eDonkey, Gnutella, and other protocols.

The Nexicon collection system is being based, to great degree, on online retailer Amazon’s “one-click” process for taking payments, Glines said.

The Nexicon approach to one-click payments will allow content owners to have “100% automated responses” to illegal downloads. They could even use the contacts with fans as opportunities to deliver notices of concerts of living artists that will be coming soon to a city near the downloader, a chance to give away a new song from a new collection and other types of communication, Stiansen said.

The system also will be able, though, to build a history on any user that is a repeat offender, keeping track of any songs being illegally downloaded to a particular machine. The company will use “clock-skew” technology to identify each machine.

Nexicon maintains there will be no witch-hunting or bounty-hunting of illegal downloaders. Instead, the process will give content owners a chance to turn the downloaders into paying customers. According to Glines:

“We’re not looking to break the bank and sue individuals. We understand that these folks are the fans of these musicians. The content owners want to embrace the fans and want to connect with the fans. They just want to be compensated for the work that they have produced.”

The numbers are changing every day of the Zappa test. But with tens of thousands of downloads put through the paces of the automated system for notices and payment collection, the company indicates that roughly half the time the users who get a notice pay up.

Tom Steinert-Threlkeld is a journalist who has constantly looked at what media could become, rather than what they currently constitute.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/now-debut ... oads/10057

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:49 pm 
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From Sans:
--New Anti-Piracy Law Imposes Stronger Penalties
(October 13, 2008)
US President George W. Bush has signed into law the Prioritizing
Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act (PRO-IP), which
imposes more stringent penalties on people convicted of music and movie
piracy. The bill creates an executive-level position, Intellectual
Property Enforcement Coordinator, who will advise the White House on
protecting both domestic and international IP. The law has the backing
of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion
Picture Association of America (MPAA) as well as of the US Chamber of
Commerce. The US Justice Department opposed the creation of the IP
czar, saying such a position would undermine its authority.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/technolog ... EI20081013
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10064527-38.html
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2332432,00.asp

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From SANS PC Security Newsletter:

--Law Professor Will Take on RIAA
(November 17 & 18, 2008)
Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson has taken on the case of a
Boston University graduate student who has been targeted by a lawsuit
from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Nesson's
argument focuses on the Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages
Improvement Act of 1999, which he says is unconstitutional because it
allows the RIAA, a private organization, "Carry out civil enforcement
of a criminal law."

http://news.smh.com.au/technology/law-p ... -687q.html
http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/article ... _the_riaa/

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:12 am 
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RIAA to stop prosecuting individual file sharers:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1229660 ... technology

I think this is a good PR move for them. Not that it makes me like them (or the MPAA) any more, personally. :)


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RIAA laying off staff, 'it's a bloodbath' says source

Hypebot reports that the RIAA is in the midst of laying off a significant portion of their staff. They quote one anonymous source as saying, "It is about 90-100+ people across the US and global offices--anti-piracy, coordinated IFPI/BPI etc--trust me it's a bloodbath."

The same source claims the RIAA will make an official announcement next week and goes on to state that the RIAA will be uniting with the BPI (the British Phonographic Industry--the British version of the RIAA) and the IFPI (the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry--the body involved in the current Pirate Bay trial now taking place in Sweden and being followed, among other places, here at Neowin).

Digital Music News claims the number of RIAA staff being let go is more in the range of 30. Even though the RIAA has not released the exact number, RIAA representative Cara Duckworth said, "I can confirm there were layoffs. As you can imagine, the music community is not immune from the impact of these tough economic times."

Techdirt speculates that it will not be long before we hear that the staff cuts were due to file-sharing. But, they write, "The real issue is that the RIAA has basically managed to run one of the dumbest, most self-defeating strategies over the last decade. Rather than helping major record labels adjust to the changing market, it continually, repeatedly and publicly destroyed its own reputation and the reputation of the labels--each time shrinking their potential market by blaming the very people they should have been working to turn into customers."

http://www.neowin.net/news/riaa-laying- ... ays-source

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Breaks my F'in heart, b@st@rds.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:46 pm 
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This is what happens when people download employees instead of paying for them.

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It's nice to see that both the RIAA and EBAY will get what's coming to them in 2009. Both were two potentially good money making businesses that ran themselves into the ground simply due to greed and bad management. You pay for your thrills I suppose.


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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090603/wl ... 0603122643

Anti-piracy pup sniffs out 35,000 illegal DVDs
Wed Jun 3, 8:23 am ET

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – A DVD-sniffing anti-piracy dog named Paddy has uncovered a huge cache of 35,000 discs in Malaysian warehouses, many destined for export to Singapore, industry officials said on Wednesday.

The black Labrador helped enforcement officials who carried out raids last week in southern Johor state which neighbours Singapore, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) said in a statement.

Paddy was given to Malaysia by the MPA to help close down piracy syndicates who churn out vast quantities of illegal DVDs. The dog is specially trained to detect chemicals in the discs.

"Paddy led enforcement officers on a successful weekend operation to shut down the supply lines of pirated movie DVDs in the Malaysian state of Johor," the MPA said in a statement.

"Post-raid investigations revealed that two of the targets were actively involved in exporting pirated DVDs to Singapore," it added.

The raids carried out by officials from the MPA and Malaysia's trade and consumer affairs ministry shut down six warehouses storing pirated products, it said.

The MPA said just-released titles such as "Terminator Salvation", "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian", "Angels and Demons" and "Star Trek" were among the movies seized.

"This is a clear signal to the pirates that we will not waver in our efforts to shut them down," said Mohamad Roslan Mahayudin, director-general of enforcement with the Malaysian ministry.

"We are glad to hear that Paddy's skills are being put to good use against the large, organised network of pirates involved in exporting illegal pirated DVDs to Singapore," said Mike Ellis, the MPA's Asia-Pacific managing director.

The MPA said its member companies lost 6.1 billion dollars to worldwide piracy in 2005. Of that lost revenue, about 1.2 billion dollars came from piracy in the Asian region.

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They need to put Paddy to work on something USEFUL, like sniffing for bombs.................

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In my opinion, THIS is the kind of stuff that the RIAA and MPAA SHOULD be going after. And not just because it's occurring overseas. If I heard of a piracy operation like that domestically, I would hope those companies would go after them as well.

Odd that I am so vehemently opposed to this, while illegal file sharing doesn't faze me at all. Maybe it's because pirated dics like these can be passed off as the real deal (although this article doesn't mention any counterfeits like that.) Supposedly, at one point, a significant percentage of the vinyl LPs in legitimate record shops were counterfeit copies (unknown to the stores and customers.)

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Jon, morally you're probably right; it's just that the MPAA & RIAA have pissed me off so many times after I've probably spent over $50,000 lifetime on their products.... (just my personal collection, not my business).

I would assume since doggy is sniffing for dye that these are dvdr's & should be easily identifiable as such by the buyer.

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