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Is EMI the chink in the RIAA armor?

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.

June 4, 2007 by

EMI/Amazon execs unplugged: Will Amazon's DRM-free downloads dent Apple?

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.

May 16, 2007 by

Some colleges backing student file sharers

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.

April 19, 2007 by

Former Kazaa investigator joins old enemy

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.

August 1, 2006 by

People Telecom gets piracy warning

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.

May 5, 2005 by

Universities targets in 2005: Music industry

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.

January 3, 2005 by

Music industry: Piracy is choking sales

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).

April 9, 2003 by

RIAA wants tax dollars to combat piracy

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.

April 25, 2002 by

Can fee music compete with free?

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.

June 19, 2000 by

Newest Napster keeps users honest

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?

May 31, 2000 by

RIAA sues Napster

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.

December 7, 1999 by

Rio MP3 player in America today - Europe to follow

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".

November 23, 1998 by

British protest Rio invasion

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.

October 13, 1998 by

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