Britney Spears, Madonna, Other Stars in TV Ads on Piracy
"Too many people don't realize that when you download a song you like from a peer-to-peer network or some other unauthorized Internet source, what you're doing is stealing music
," says Britney. Somebody ask Brit if she knows what peer-to-peer means. This is the latest Big Idea from the RIAA.
Take a hint from the MPAA, Ms. Rosen.
The IBC met to talk about problems with digital video/movie piracy, and came to the conclusion that they're at fault, not movie pirates. "We have met the enemy, and he is us." They realized if they offered a reliable, affordable online video service... it might actually work! I'd sign up for cheap downloads, and no return hassle. You?
Preventing Piracy With Krazy Glue.
(NY Times) Man...what will they think of next?
Finally, a Fair Fight with Big Music
From a Business Week Online column..."Telecom giant Verizon is battling the industry's bid to make it name a file-sharing subscriber. It's also defending your right to privacy. On July 24, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) made an unprecedented request of Verizon Communications (VZ). The music industry's trade association served the telecom with a subpoena, seeking the identity of a Verizon subscriber who had allegedly illegally traded digital songs by artists including Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and "boy band" N'Sync. The RIAA didn't specify why it wanted to know who the user was or what it would do with the information."
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.
This new RIAA lawsuit
really frosts my cookies
! I can't believe the Recording Industry Ass. of America
has the balls to think they can censor the Internet, but they contend that "As a matter of fact, copyright itself was written into the Constitution before the Framers ever even got to the first 10 amendments."
Therefore, the RIAA reserves for itself the right to determine which Internet websites you may view. Please discuss.
"Piracy sure beats manual labor"
Can China's Piracy industry be stopped? Should it be stopped? Will this
be the fate of all copyrighted material? Lisa Movius offers few answers, but gives a pretty good overview of the situation.
Music Labels Plant Online Decoys, Consider Suing Individual Users.
The music industry is stepping up its fight against online piracy, planting "decoys" on free peer-to-peer services and considering lawsuits against individual song-swappers, sources said on Wednesday.
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.
Music industry makes first mature move in years!
Universal and Sony will respond to piracy by selling CDs at $9.99 - and singles at .99. How easy was that?
(Link requires free registration but well worth it, IMO)
Subversive Music Pirates Subverted by Fakes from Subversive Label. Are the fake MP3s popping up on file-sharing networks part of the recording industry's war on piracy, or just the latest in music marketing?
Also our host Matt gets some ink on page 2 for comments on Evolution Controlled Creations 's spoofing and for his running of this web discourse 'hotbed'.
"It would no longer be a marketplace; it would be a kind of a jungle, where this one unlicensed instrument is capable of devouring all that people had invested in and labored over and brought forth."
Good ol' Cryptome
has been kind enough to post Jack Valenti's original congressional testimony against the insidious VCR Threat of 1982
. Now we can see his famous 'Boston Strangler' quote in context and pick out a few new favorites. So kick back, substitute the word 'Internet' for 'VCR' and wallow in the sweet irony
(And don't forget to check out Jack's cool 80s-era Japan-bashing. Keep fightin' the good fight, Jackie-boy!)
The Eminem Show reached #2
on the Gracenote charts
last week, even though the album was not officially released until Sunday. Gracenote doesn't give exact figures on traffic, but it said the No. 2 slot in its charts represented a total figure of listeners in the "mid-tens of thousands" over the course of the week.
When stupid laws attack: this article
points out that the widely syndicated article
about thwarting the copy protection of sony's CDs is a direct violation of the DMCA
. Will news directors at Reuters, Yahoo, and CNN be seeing fines and jail time soon? How many times does it have to be pointed out that the DMCA restricts free speech as it attempts to thwart piracy at any cost? (via k5
Kazaa and related filesharing companies are breathing their last breath
[nytimes link, reg required] as legal fees overwhelm
the "start up" companies. the riaa again seems to be succeeding in shutting down file sharing companies by simply tying them up in court for so long that their funds dry up. but, as the 2nd generation of filesharing goes the way of napster
hope rises in the rumors that the technology behind kazaa and others has been sold.
First it was the music industry complaining
about the file sharers, now it's the file sharers complaining about people stripping the adware out of their software. More proof that 'piracy will find a way'.
The Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act
is being spearheaded by Sen. Fritz Hollings of South Carolina. He wants to prohibit the sale of any device that can play, copy or electronically transmit one or more categories of media unless special protection technologies are incorporated. Anyone intentionally violating the CBDTPA would be subject to civil and criminal penalties, including prison terms. Welcome to the 21st century.
A bit of a repeat
, but absolutely justified
from The Guardian discussing the fact that people seem willing to pay for annoying ringtones, but seem unwilling to pay for near-CD-quality music. Unfortunately it doesn't really address the question of "why?"
Copy protection for CDs does not have future
. Philips spokesperson Klaus Petri, speaking to Reuters, says its company counts on the fact that the refusal of consumers will convince the music industry to step back from copy-protected CD's. Petri said that Philips could sue the manufacturers of CD's with copy protection (as managers of the world-wide CD patents), because they would not correspond to the standards. "those are silver disks with music on them, but which do not resemble CD's". [via Neowin.net
CD prices to drop
due to competition from the net? "(We) believe music software CD prices may soon permanently decline to $9.99 given weak sell-through of new artists and continued Internet piracy that appears unstoppable."
Is there an economic model for competition from piracy pushing prices down? This seems to contradict the rhetoric about the rest of us paying more because of pirates.
$100 million in fake software seized
.The copies of Windows Millenium and Windows 2000 Professional were indistinguishable from the real thing except for their failure to crash every 15 minutes(I made that up).Ever burn a copy for friends? Is that wrong?
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.
Music biz wants tougher DMCA
"If the RIAA gets its way, ISPs will be as guilty of copyright violation as their subscribers. "Because of the magnitude of the problem, ISPs can no longer be shielded from the wrath of the law," shrieked Rosen righteously."
The first indictment under the DMCA could imprison Sklyarov for 25 years.
Adobe and the US's plan to put the fear of the DMCA into the hearts of billions is going according to plan.
Ashcroft launches C.H.I.P.
Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property units to make sure all your licensing is in order, don't have a copy of the DeCSS song, and keeping webpages de-facement free.
The EFF gets a meeting with Adobe,
but does it come quickly enough? I, for one, am not ready to easily forgive and forget the company's actions, regardless how strong
Adobe's case against him. Keep your eye on the ball
and maybe we'll see a bad law overturned and an injustice corrected.
Oh me oh my: Video bootleggers have flooded the underground market with thousands of copies of a film labeled Pearl Harbor that contains only five minutes of the actual movie. The rest of the video contains hard porn material featuring Caucasian and Asian actors.
All together now: At Least It's More Interesting Than The Actual Movie. (link only good until the morning of July 2nd)
Charley Pride's Copy-protected CD hacked
-- or is it? Apparently, the people involved in trying to keep the CD off Napster failed to realize they are dealing with the World Wide
is the most robust peer-to-peer application I've ever seen, and I've seen plenty. Among its innovations are multi-sourced downloads, automatic resume, searching by genre (and other metadata), and "supernodes
." And it's getting big fast
. 54,214 users online as I type this, sharing 22,250GB of files. (Sorry, Windows only.)
How to win friends and influence people!
Metallica goes after Seattle ISP for copyright infringement.
I got this link from a pal-has anyone else heard about it?
the shame of the music industry
The industry seems ut to foil any attempt to allow known methods of foiling guards against making copies of music. Is this ethical and right or an imposition of monopolistic control over technology?
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]
MS gets an 'A' for effort.
Office XP, built with the draconian 'product activation' feature to prevent piracy, has been leaked to USENET.
This version does not require an activation key, and the serial number has already been sewn into the installation.
Harlan Ellison mad as hell, not going to take it any more.
Starts a fund to Kick Internet Piracy. "WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT IS THE DEATH OF THE PROFESSIONAL WRITER!"
CD Sales down by 39%?
And guess who's
to blame. (Also linked in the article is the interesting stopnapster.com
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?
The End of Fair Use? Pat Schroeder and Publishers Go After Libraries
"Of all the dangerous and dot-complex problems that American publishers face in the near future — economic downturns, competition for leisure time, piracy — perhaps the most explosive one could be libraries. Publishers and librarians are squaring off for a battle royal over the way electronic books and journals are lent out from libraries and over what constitutes fair use of written material."
The ninth circuit court
will be releasing their verdict on the linked page by 10am PST (noon CST). Is this the end
for poor old Napster
, or will other options
be made available?
A while back, you'll remember, a professor from Princeton cracked the SDMI watermark, but couldn't publish [MeFi search
], and weren't awarded the prize because they wouldn't NDA. Well, a French team has also cracked it, and not being bound by the US DMCA, they've published
. Good thing? Or bad?
IBM, with the latest attempt to put the genie back in the bottle.
Their fatal flaw is betting on a post-napster world, though I bet their EMMS technology gets cracked before that ever happens.
= 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.
Time to short Microsoft stock.
After building a behemoth though a quarter-century of tacitly encouraging piracy to increase market share, Microsoft appears to be getting ready to drink the anti-piracy kool-aid. Look for revenues to shrink accordingly.
Sony's left hand disagrees with its right hand.
Sony Electronics just announced a player at CES in Vegas which will play MP3's off of a CD in addition to playing normal audio CDs. Sony Music, on the other hand, is part of the SDMI initiative which is trying to stamp out MP3's. "They were pissed." (Via GeekPress
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