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Are devs turning users into risky pirates?

Call me Gen Y for thinking so, but if people want something badly enough, they're going to find a way to get it. While that usually sets off the piracy alarm bells, what if it's not because you're a cheapskate, and the product is actually free?

May 11, 2012 by

Malone vs. Gane on copyright reform

Unsurprisingly, the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft's loss at the High Court will see internet service providers less open to compromise solutions on how to fight piracy, which means free rein for infringers.

April 25, 2012 by

Piracy-free world to aid NBN business case?

All the brouhaha over whether NBN Co's pricing structure might kill off 1TB plans made me wonder whether NBN Co might be relying on changes to copyright law reducing user downloads.

April 20, 2011

Mobile Napster site lets you download your purchased tracks OTA

As I have mentioned in the past I have a rather small personal music collection so I enjoy streaming music and subscription services that let me listen to a ton of music from several genres. I have been a subscriber to the Zune Marketplace (check out my thoughts on the service) since they started giving you 10 free songs a month, but do have some issues with the service since it is still not easy to find MP3 only files and if you forget to download the 10 free songs you lose them. Today Napster launched their new mobile site, m.napster.com, that gives you the ability to discover and download your music over the air.

September 1, 2009 by

Privacy Abuse by Technology

The RIAA using Internet Service Providers to hunt down IP "pirates" are going to do it without search warrants. There is no way for the RIAA or any other copyright owner to know when piracy is going on without subverting the privacy of the ISP customer.

December 26, 2008

Livin' La Vida Linux

Encoding my CDs in a lossless, patent-fee, DRM-free format gives me the freedom to do what I want with the music I've already bought. The RIAA would probably call me a criminal.

October 14, 2008 by

RIAA chief calls for infringement filters on PCs: not with MY PC, you don't!!

The Internet and free-speech advocacy group Public Knowledge has posted a video clip from the State of the Net Conference put on by the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus.During the clip, RIAA president Cary Sherman appears to be calling for some type of infringing content filter placed on consumer's PCs or on networking devices that would thwart infringing content.

February 7, 2008 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.

June 4, 2007 by

iTunes supposedly DRM-free music not so DRM-free?

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).

June 1, 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

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