If you follow the digital music business at all, then you know by now that earlier this year, Apple CEO Steve Jobs issued a clarion call (ok, an open letter) to the entertainment confab to free digital content of any digital rights management (DRM) technology: the technology that, in the course of trying to prevent piracy of content, also prevents honest people like you and me from moving iTunes-bought music from an Apple iPod to a non-Apple MP3 player (that's just one example).
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The general manager of Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI), Michael Speck, took the witness stand today to give evidence in the case against retired police officer turned music download Web site owner Stephen Cooper.Speck was forced to admit by lead counsel for the defence, Anthony Morris QC, that "not at any time was there an MP3 located on this site".
The online world is to get its first glimpse of the new MP3 format, with the first major update to a technology that has become synonymous with both digital music and online piracy.
IBM has pulled out of an industry consortium, which was developing music piracy protection software, after MP3 manufacturers rejected the technology.
MP3.com Inc. CEO Michael Robertson believes he can still settle out of court his legal differences with Universal Studios, which last week edged closer to a landmark piracy ruling against the digital music company.
Congressional hearings, new lawsuits from Snoop Dogg's record label and a study claiming college piracy is hurting music sales put MP3 downloads in the spotlight
Congressional hearings, new lawsuits and a study claiming college piracy is hurting music sales put MP3 downloads in the spotlight.
Within the next four months, a student or "other individual found downloading illegal MP3 tracks" will go to jail "as a clear signal that piracy will not be tolerated in the US"
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.
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.
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