The Artists Rights Coalition
has decided that it is their mission to enforce copyright law. It doesn't matter whether or not it's their
copyright -- they're gonna enforce it anyway. An example of the community policing itself or of online vigilantism?
posted by cedar
on Jan 17, 2003 -
Hosting Provider Bans RIAA
- According to this press release, Information Wave Technologies will actively block all RIAA IP space because RIAA is intentionally seeking to invade customer networks / hosts to check for copyright violations. Additionally, they are going to deploy a "honeypot" system (simulates a GNUtella client sharing copyrighted material) in order to log requests for the files and correlate them with attempts to invade the host -- RIAA's stated plan to combate music piracy.
posted by Irontom
on Aug 19, 2002 -
Taming the Wild West Net.
The Washington Post takes a stab at the internet and what's been going on the last year +. Also, a roundup of piracy
and antitrust issues
. Good series of articles, except no real conclusion on how the "Wild West Net" should be tamed. Or why it has to be.
posted by Happydaz
on Jun 18, 2002 -
RIAA sues Audiogalaxy
. "After targeting decentralized popular file-sharing services such as Kazaa, Morpheus, Grokster, and Madster, the Recording Industry Association of America took aim at Audiogalaxy in court last Friday..." [via pfm
posted by dobbs
on May 28, 2002 -
"This website comprises hundreds of documents (texts, scores, audio and video files) associated with music copyright infringement cases in the United States from 1845 forward. All of these documents have been collected, edited, digitized, organized, analyzed, and commented upon by staff at Columbia Law Library and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning."
Under the discussion section, there a write-up entitled "Notation Software and Determination of Melodic Similarity". For all those music majors out there who are thinking about law school, this is definitely an alternative career waiting for you where you don't have to throw away all the music.
posted by margaretlam
on Apr 18, 2002 -
"...The Copyright Office followed almost to the letter the RIAA's wish list."
The final nail may be about to be driven into the coffin of online music streaming in the US, as the Copyright Office issued its notice of proposed rulemaking on the issue. The proposed rules are extremely favorable to the RIAA, to the point where many streamers are saying they'll simply have to shut down. Even worse, any ruling will be retroactive to 1998, and streamers will have to pay the announced rate on everything they've streamed since that year.
posted by aaron
on Feb 20, 2002 -
New Scientist release a copyleft article on......wait for it......copyleft.
In it, they discuss what's going on in the world of Open Source and how the meme is spreading from software into other areas, like encyclopedias and law. It concludes saying that open source is currently good for things that don't need to be confidential and do need to be consistently upgraded/changed. Does open source have a chance, or is it just a passing fad? via slashdot
posted by taumeson
on Jan 31, 2002 -
Copy-Protected CDs: The List!
Buying CDs as gifts this holiday season? If the people on your gift-giving list have MP3 players or listen to their CDs on their computers, you'll want to have this list handy, as these CDs have intentional "copy-protection" defects that may render them unplayable on computers, certain car stereos, and some other high-end audio equipment.
posted by tpoh.org
on Nov 30, 2001 -
The RIAA wants to hack your computer
) The RIAA tried to attach a rider to the anti-terrorism bill currently in Congress that would have allowed them to hack anyone's computer without consequence. One more reason why the RIAA is evil.
posted by Maxor
on Oct 15, 2001 -
"We are a nation of business people, and we find art and artists threatening.
Copyright exists, according to the Constitution, 'to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.'
...the point of copyright is to serve the public good, to make our country a better, more interesting place by giving artists and scientists a financial incentive to keep doing what they're doing. When you get down to the Constitution, artists aren't scary freaks, they're all-American. We just have to keep reminding the courts and Congress of that."
-Nancy Updike, in LA Weekly.
posted by thebigpoop
on Jul 21, 2001 -
Publish someone else's copyrighted book, DON'T go to jail.
(I can't believe no one else has posted this yet: at least, I couldn't find anything that looked relevant).
"A U.S. federal judge has rejected Random House's request for a preliminary injunction to stop an online publisher from selling electronic versions of Cat's Cradle, Sophie's Choice and six other books. U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein ruled on Wednesday that the right to print, publish and sell the works in book form in the contracts at issue does not include the right to publish the works in the electronic format."
posted by maudlin
on Jul 13, 2001 -
Disney's Atlantis ripped from the anime movie Nadia.
Talk about role reversal (you see, a lot of anime creators style comes from trying to emulate Disney style in the early days of the genre) this site presents some interesting evidence that Disney's summer blockbuster is a complete copy of an earlier film released in 1990 in Japan.
posted by Brilliantcrank
on Jun 23, 2001 -
aw, so sweet...
it seems lately that everyone's first response to copyright and trademark infringement is to jump down the offender's throat and rip their guts out. this company just corrects the spelling of their name and sends presents.
posted by centrs
on Apr 19, 2001 -
Disney's Michael Eisner on what to do about all those kids who use Napster: Arrest and prosecute
the little SOBs. I know I'd sleep better at night knowing that those devious conspiratorial 11-year-olds were behind bars. [second item]
posted by aaron
on Mar 16, 2001 -
Be very afraid.
The only real solution to this is backlash and boycott. Technical solutions to "InTether" are inadequate (especially since every such will be a violation of the DMCA
). If content vendors will only sell their material this way, don't buy!
(Ultimately, it's going to take an act of Congress to straighten this all out. How about a law making it illegal to prevent "fair use"?)
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Mar 13, 2001 -
Napster takes first steps
in trying to appease the RIAA, and specifically BMG. To me this approach is the stupidest thing Napster could have done. Who would want to pay a membership fee to use Napster if one can't even burn the files onto a cd?
posted by JFunk2800
on Feb 21, 2001 -
= headaches for MPAA
. Of course the SPA
can't be too pleased about filenavigator either. I've checked and the DivX of Castaway is on the net already.
posted by john
on Jan 17, 2001 -
Is Metallica really concerned that a perfume
will harm their bottom line and so they must sue? My question is why would Guerlain
name a perfume after a heavy metal band unless it smelled like stale cigarettes and beer?
posted by thc
on Dec 13, 2000 -
Well now if I'd known this
I never would've signed up with them last summer. My three months are up anyway. Bad move, emusic
posted by aflakete
on Nov 22, 2000 -
It seems the SDMI team would rather declare victory
than actually be victorious. In order to qualify for the prize, you have to sign an NDA and not reveal how you broke in. The Princeton team refused to sign and apparently SDMI no longer thinks they count. Instead, the Princeton team intends to publish their results, including how to deactivate all the systems. But since Princeton won't get any money, that apparently means SDMI is secure. What a bunch of maroons.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Nov 9, 2000 -
Are taxonomai copyrightable?
This topic isn't new; West Publishing stole their legal referencing system from the government, then copyrighted it and successfully sued a couple people out of business. But should it be possible? [Hint: Hell, no!]
posted by baylink
on Oct 26, 2000 -
FREE KEVIN MITNICK! (oh, he is?)
Yahoo Internet Life interview with Mitnick (shh about posting stories from big sites). Interesting: how clueless he appears to be about the commercial web (and other post-1995 internet developments). Be very strange to go to jail when we did for what he did and, really, miss out ...
posted by sylloge
on Oct 14, 2000 -
Put down that remote!
The MPAA wants to equip the next generation of video recorders with copyright-protection technology, to allow broadcasters to prevent you from recording their shows.
posted by harmful
on Sep 5, 2000 -
is selling copies of over 1.5 million college dissertations and theses published since 1871. Contentville claims that authors will be paid royalties if their works are sold, but somehow I don't think they contacted most of those authors for permission to put said works up for sale in the first place.
posted by phichens
on Aug 14, 2000 -
If you choose to accept this
music file, Mr. Phelps, it will self-destruct after one listen. If you attempt to tamper with or share this file, it will also self-destruct. Thank you for your attention. End of Line.
posted by aflakete
on Aug 1, 2000 -
Imminent Death of Internet Predicted!
Napster killed the Internet star, says record exec Edgar Bronfman Jr. "Let me tell you what else is in trouble here: the Internet. In the end, the Internet itself will not be able to survive if it becomes a haven for illegal activity. Copyrights must be protected online."
posted by rcade
on Jul 19, 2000 -
Do Leahy and Hatch actually read their email?
Odds are you might get read by one of their assistants, but still I recommend you send a message in your own words as opposed to what mp3.com recommends. Whether you want changes to copyright legislation or not, let your voice be heard. It's just a click away. Also, MP3 Goes To Washington
contains some enlightening and thought-provoking material.
posted by ZachsMind
on Jul 14, 2000 -
And now, here's something we hope you'll really like...
Californian David Simon decided that It Would Be Nice If you could use the Internet like your VCR. The MPAA and the Studios disagreed.
Is this guy crazy?
Or crazy like a fox?
posted by baylink
on Jun 27, 2000 -
SIMbabes ain't putting out...
I play The Sims
. You probably suspected that didn't you? Well, there's a Blogger
Powered weblog by the guy behind the upcoming Blueprint
program, and guess what? Copyright infringement once again rears its ugly head in cyberspace. A website called Simcorally
has downloaded objects others created and claimed them as his own. So now the SIMbabes
are on strike. The upshot of this is I'm still stuck with that obnoxious green couch. I want something better
. And that piano looks awful nice.
has more on the topic.
posted by ZachsMind
on Jun 25, 2000 -