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June 4, 2007 by

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.

May 16, 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.

April 19, 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.

August 1, 2006 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.

May 5, 2005 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.

January 3, 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.

March 30, 2004 by

Harvard research "misguided": music piracy body

The Australian music industry's piracy investigations body has slammed new research on digital file sharing as "misguided", saying the survey fails to take into account the "property rights" of music owners.Released last Monday, the survey conducted by professors from Harvard Business School and the University of North Carolina concludes that "file sharing has no effect on the sale of popular CDs" according to statistics taken from the second half of 2002.

April 9, 2003 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).

August 19, 2002

Record labels sue ISPs over piracy

The labels allege AT&T Broadband, Sprint and other Net service and network providers are allowing people to access a Chinese Web site that lets them unlawfully copy music files.

April 25, 2002 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.


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