If the fight against online piracy involves winning the hearts and minds of the general public, then I despair for the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.
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Does anyone really believe the RIAA when they tell us that 'the sky is falling' from rampant piracy?Just last year, the recording industry, was trying to strong-arm Apple into raising its base price for it's entire DRM-protected music library.
Right about now, the question is whether or not Steve Jobs wishes he never penned the open letter that he did in February 2007. The one where he eschewed Digital Rights Management technology (the same anti-piracy technology that preserves the dominance of Apple' iPods and well as of iTunes' downloadable audio sales), admonishing the recording industry to give up on the idea of technologically protecting their content.
North Carolina State University's Student Legal Services Department has advised students to push back on the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as they offer them settlement deals on piracy suits. The group has been sending notices to universities and requesting that these notices be forwarded to offending students based on IP-related information provided to the schools.
Group says satellite radio operator is encouraging piracy through "iPod-like" devices capable of recording and playing back on-air tracks.
update Former music piracy investigator Michael Speck, who spearheaded the record companies' long-running campaign to shutdown Kazaa, has joined the peer-to-peer network's business partner, Altnet. Speck was the public face of the Australian recording industry's long court battle against the popular file-sharing software, which saw the Federal Court rule owner Sharman Networks and Altnet authorised users to infringe music industry copyright.
Anti-piracy agencies are targeting a select number of Internet service providers with e-mails warning of illegal movie and software downloads by their users.MediaSentry and the Business Software Alliance, which act for sections of the recording and software industries in stopping online piracy, respectively, have requested ISPs to clamp down on illegal file-sharing activity.
The music recording industry has denied reports that it has already laid down plans to raid Australian Universities by the end of February in order to hunt for illegally shared music files.According to Michael Speck, general manager of the record labels' Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) unit, it is not yet certain whether MIPI will deal with the situation by conducting raids or simply continue ongoing legal proceedings against the Universities of Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney.
Companies allowing workers to download illegal MP3s risk lawsuits as the recording industry begins a crackdown on piracy, analysts say.
Companies allowing workers to download illegal MP3s risk lawsuits as the recording industry begins a crackdown on piracy, analysts says
Worldwide sales of music CDs, records and cassettes fell for the third year in a row, hit largely by rising Internet piracy in the United States, according to an international recording industry group. Last year saw the steepest fall yet, with a 7 percent drop in global music sales and a 10 percent fall in units sold in the United States, according to figures for 2002 released Wednesday by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
The Recording Industry Association of America is asking Congress to earmark additional funds for anti-piracy law enforcement efforts, saying that the number of arrests for copyright crimes has skyrocketed over the course of a year.
The recording industry, with the help ofSilicon Valley, is betting it can use technology to stemthe tide of piracy and boost record labels' revenue. Full story.
The recording industry, with the help of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, is betting it can use technology in new ways to stem the tide of piracy -- and boost record labels' revenue.
Napster may be trying to deflect the heat from a recording industry lawsuit by adding Microsoft's piracy-proof Windows Media Audio to its latest beta. Is tougher copyright protection in the works?
The Recording Industry Association of America has filed suit against MP3 site Napster, accusing the Web firm of facilitating piracy. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in California, charges the site of contributory and vicarious copyright infringement for allegedly making illegal MP3 files available to surfers.
The Recording Industry Association of America has agreed with Diamond Multimedia Systems Inc. to halt all litigation over Diamond's Rio MP3 player.
MP3 is back in the dock following a fresh legal clash between the recording industry and a Scandinavian search engine company -- a move that shows the piracy debate is hotting up once again.
America will get its first load of Rio players today, following a court decision last month that quashed the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) attempt to stop the Diamond Multimedia's controversial MP3 player reaching consumers.In an interview last week at Comdex in Las Vegas, Ken Wirt Diamond's vice president of corporate marketing said he doesn't expect any serious problems from the RIAA again, but admitted "we're not out of the woods yet".
Diamond Multimedia's run-in with the US judicial system has been given official support in Britain, where MP3 is seen as a vile format spread by pirates and thieves.While Diamond officials avoided calls, three heavyweight UK industry bodies backed the landmark suit brought against the company by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which was filed last Friday.
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