Archive for the ‘RIAA’ Category

RIAA Admits ‘Stream-ripping’ Is Not A Problem

July 19, 2007

I guess this is about as close to good news as you’re going to get when it concerns the RIAA.

“The Digital Freedom Campaign today responded to a statement made by RIAA Senior VP of Govt Relations, Mitch Glazier in a recently noted that stream ripping, an unrelated issue to the current Internet radio royalty rate debates, was not necessarily a problem.

Mr. Glazier, addressing the logic behind a sudden effort by the recording industry to require webcasters to adopt anti-stream ripping technology was asked whether stream-ripping was even a problem, stated, “why wait until it is a big problem to start addressing it? There are available technologies in the marketplace to address this issue.” The ‘stream-ripping’ issue is not relevant to the Internet royalty rate decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in March, and was not mentioned in the CRB ruling.

“The music industry’s top lobbyist is calling for the implementation of a burdensome, costly, and completely unnecessary technology by webcasters who play and promote the artists the RIAA claims to represent. He then admits that the issue is “not a big problem,” said Jennifer Stoltz, a spokesperson for the Digital Freedom Campaign. “For the RIAA to try to impose unrealistic and wholly unnecessary technical mandates on an innovative and vibrant industry as part of larger, unrelated negotiations process is baffling.”

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Russian Music Site Down, Sister Site Up

July 4, 2007

“A music download site that was the poster child for U.S. anti-piracy crusaders and an obstacle to Russia’s bid to join the World Trade Organization has been shut down by Russian authorities, according to the U.S. government.The victory, however, was short lived: The same company behind Allofmp3.com has launched a similar site that resembles the shuttered service, provides the same legal disclaimers and sells songs at a fraction of the price of iTunes.

Moscow prosecutors declined to comment on whether allofmp3.com had been shut down, leaving it unclear if the government was behind the site’s disappearance.”

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The RIAA Is Now Going After University Of Washington Students

June 26, 2007

Dear Student:

I am writing to inform you of a development that could become a serious issue for some of our students–the law governing downloading and sharing of music and video from the internet. Under copyright law, it is illegal to download or share copyrighted materials such as music or movies without the permission of the copyright owner. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in recent years has taken an aggressive approach to stopping this illegal downloading and file sharing. This has put many students at the nation’s colleges and universities at some legal risk. I write first to caution you against illegally downloading or sharing files. Your actions when you do so are traceable and could result in a significant financial penalty to you. Second, I want to inform you about a new process the RIAA has initiated and the University’s role in this process.”

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TorrentSpy Crumbles Under The Pressure, Removes Copyrighted Content

June 26, 2007

“TorrentySpy has implemented an automated filtering system, FileRights, that removes links to copyrighted material amidst a court order that was filed last year by a handful of Hollywood Studios, which now requires TorrentSpy to track user activity.”

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AT&T To Start Scanning Their Network For Pirated Material

June 13, 2007

“In a move that could send ISPs tumbling down a slippery slope toward serving big media companies before consumers, AT&T has decided to start targeting pirated content being moved across its network. How exactly they’ll do that isn’t clear, but there doesn’t seem to be any real way of them detecting what materials being sent are copyrighted without them prying into every file people send online. But hey, what’s wrong with that? We should trust AT&T! It’s not like they spy on us for the government already or anything.”

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RIAA Targets 395 More College Students

June 12, 2007

“Pre-litigation settlement letters sent to 19 different universities in this latest crackdown on P2P and file-sharing programs on college campuses.

The RIAA has begun a new round of campus piracy crackdowns with 395 students at 19 different universities being sent pre-litigation letters.

This is the latest installment of its “education and deterrence campaign” that the RIAA launched earlier this year that focuses on P2P and illegal file “trafficking” on college campuses (I still love how they refer to it as trafficking and sharing).

These pre-litigation notices also offer students the continued chance to settle out of court at a “discounted rate” using their p2plawsuits site.”

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RIAA And MPAA Fund Anti-Piracy Politicians

June 11, 2007

“With the new election season hotting up in the United States, and scuffles between states for presidential primaries, you do end up wondering about the election process. With Representatives having to be re-elected every two years, it is vital for them to be seen to be doing something, no matter how effective, or necessary the action is.With seventeen months still to go until election time, (and the previous election only 7 months ago) some congressional candidates are already accepting contributions for their November 2008 campaign run from so called “political action committees” (PAC). In this article we’ll be looking at two of them; RIAA’s “Recording Industry Of America Inc. Political Action Committee” and MPAA’s “Motion Picture Association of America Political Action Committee”.”

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RIAA Throws In The Towel In Atlantic v. Andersen

June 5, 2007

“One of the most notorious file-sharing cases is drawing to a close. Both parties in Atlantic v. Andersen have agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice, which means that Tanya Andersen is the prevailing party and can attempt to recover attorneys fees.”

“Tanya Andersen was originally sued by the RIAA in 2005. She’s a disabled single mother with a nine-year-old daughter living in Oregon; she was targeted by the music industry for downloading gangster rap over Kazaa under the handle “gotenkito.” She denied engaging in piracy and in October 2005, she filed a countersuit accusing the record industry of racketeering, fraud, and deceptive business practices, among other things.”

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50 Politicians Who’ve Gotten Money From The RIAA

May 31, 2007

“You know we hate the RIAA around here, for good reason. While the DRM thing seems to be getting better, we still hate their lawsuits and their shiftless nature. You do realize that their bully tactics are tolerated by the government for a reason, right? Because they give lots of money to politicians.”

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RIAA Wants Public Radio to Pay Royalties

May 25, 2007

Recent studies show that sales of music have actually increased over the last several years despite arguments from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) that online MP3 sharing negatively impact sales. Thus, the RIAA has been desperately trying to seek out a new source of revenue and it believes its found one: public radio.

The RIAA says that radio has been given free play time for too many years, and when compared to other sources of revenue, is unfair. Yet, it’s not only the RIAA that thinks the new royalty program is justified. Mary Wilson, one of the original members of the Supremes agrees too.

“After so many years of not being compensated, it would be nice to now at this late date to at least start. They’ve gotten 50-some years of free play. Now maybe it’s time to pay up,” says Wilson. According to Wilson, the exemption given to public radio was unfair and forced many musicans to continually go on tour for money.”

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