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Grooveshark’s Artist-Friendly Move Is Sure To Enrage Labels

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You know the old saying: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em – and online music site, Grooveshark, seems to be taking that sage advice to heart. Instead of getting into bed with the labels, they’re reaching out to artists – a definite sign the company is looking to the future, not miring themselves in the label-model. But will this new move anger the RIAA gods? You better believe it. Why? Because Grooveshark is going to allow users to pay artists directly. Click Here To Read More About The Legalities Of Streaming Music On The Web Why Is Grooveshark Hard To Kill? If you follow file sharing news, then you know that Grooveshark is one of the more bothersome thorns in the RIAA’s side. The platform’s user-sharing format is set up in such a way that it evades certain intellectual ...
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Copyright Trolls Lose Another Tool From Their Arsenal

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A California Judge recently set a precedent that shields Internet subscribers from being sued due to their “negligence” in locking down their Wi-Fi security. In the case of AF Holdings vs. Josh Hatfield and John Doe, AF Holdings sued Josh Hatfield for failing to secure his WiFi connection, which they said was negligence on his part and led to piracy of some of their adult movie content. Hatfield filed a motion to dismiss the charges, arguing there was no way the adult entertainment company could say he had an obligation to secure his Wi-Fi Internet connection to protect their company from piracy. Judge Phyllis Hamilton agreed with Hatfield. According to the court documents, “AF Holdings argues that it seeks to hold Hatfield liable for ‘negligent maintenance of his residential network,’ which it asserts allowed a third-party to commit large-scale infringement ...
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How Pirating For Personal Use Became Illegal: The LaMacchia Loophole & The NET Act

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Believe it or not, not so long ago, illegal downloading was legal.  But that all changed when MIT student, David LaMacchia, successfully argued the dismissal of his case by reasoning that pirating activities weren’t personally profitable, and therefore not sanctionable under the Copyright Act. Shortly after the decision, officials got to work closing the “LaMacchia Loophole” and ultimately passed the No Electronic Theft Act (NET Act). LaMacchia’s File Sharing Set-Up (What Got Him In Trouble) David LaMacchia, a then 21-year-old student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was a fan of file sharing. To satiate his pirating penchant, LaMacchia set up a network where people could upload their files to an anonymous encrypted server called Cynosure. Once there, LaMacchia would upload the Cynosure files to another encrypted server, Cynosure II, from which people could download files. LaMacchia asked that users ...
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Internet Lawyer Looks At New ‘Anti-Piracy’ Google Update

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First the “Penguin” and “Panda” updates changed search results dramatically, and now there is the “Emanuel” update – a term coined by Search Engine Land, in honor of media agency executive (read: RIAA & MPAA mouth piece), Ari Emanuel. What will the new Google update accomplish? Technically, it will incorporate “copyright takedown requests” as a search factor, which will push file-sharing and BitTorrent sites down in the SERPs. Politically, it will appease the entertainment industry who has been whining about Google’s inaction when it comes to piracy. How Will Google Be Incorporating The New Anti-Piracy Update? In a three-paragraph statement, Amit Singhal, SVP, Engineering, posted on the company blog that Google “will begin taking into account a new signal in [their] rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site. Sites with high numbers of ...
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Are Music Labels The Ultimate Copyright Trolls?

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For better or worse, piracy is a part of the digital age. Politicians and special interest groups consider it a money-sucking plague, while statistics continue to show that online copyright violations have had, at worse, a neutral effect, and at best, a positive effect on certain entertainment sectors. Truth be told, the stats are so alarming it makes you wonder if anti-piracy advocates are self-perpetuating a litigation industry that ultimately only benefits label executives and association big-wigs. Furthering that notion are two recent developments highlighted on TorrentFreak.com. The first being the revelation that the €550,000, which Pirate Bay defendants have to pony-up, will go back into a copyright litigation kiddy and not artists’ wallets; the second, a leaked slide-show wherein the RIAA admits that SOPA was an “important principle, but legislation not likely to have been effective tool for music.” ...
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DMCA Takedowns & The RIAA: Common Sense Intellectual Property Advocacy or The Height Of Hypocrisy

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In the U.S., the Digital Millennium Copyright Act has been the law of the land since 2000. Like many Internet laws, the DMCA has its supports and detractors. Those in favor of the act see it as an effective way to protect intellectual property that finds its way onto the Web; anti-DMCA advocates feel the statute is an out-dated process that does little more than cause confusion and provide a way for market adversaries to unfairly “knock-off” a competitor. Since the DMCA is currently the most viable way for copyright holders to legally combat Internet infringement, entertainment associations and media conglomerates, like the Recording Industry of America, British Recording Industry, Motion Picture Association of America and NBC Universal, use the statute to aggressively combat piracy. But many think these organizations are nothing more than well-financed copyright trolls who abuse the ...
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Another Illegal Downloading (a.k.a. Copyright Troll) Lawsuit Shattered By Judge

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Four porn studios who sued unknown or anonymous John Doe defendants for copyright infringement recently saw their case suffer a serious setback.New York Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown found the studios to be engaged in abusive litigation tactics. Brown severely limited their discovery requests for detailed personal subscriber identifying information from Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Brown also found the studios had improperly joined defendants in an effort to avoid the costs of filing individual lawsuits. He ordered that all but one John Doe be dismissed from each case. One studio’s entire case was dismissed when it admitted that it did not own a copyright on the downloaded films. It Started Like Nearly Every Other Copyright Troll Lawsuit The plaintiffs claimed their copyrights were infringed when the John Does downloaded the studios’ copyrighted films using BitTorrent technology. The studios sought to ...
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UK Makes Move In An Attempt To Stop Online Piracy

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Officials in the United Kingdom have made a bold move in the Internet copyright infringement and online piracy battle; they’ve ordered broadband providers to block infamous torrent search engine, The Pirate Bay. But many feel the High Court’s decision will do little, if anything, to thwart pirates’ online piracy plans. What Is The Pirate Bay? Why Do Officials Consider It Such An Online Piracy Threat Nearly every article about online copyright infringement law mentions ubiquitous torrent site, The Pirate Bay.  One of the most well-trafficked websites in the world, The Pirate Bay consistently ranks in Alexa’s top 100 worldwide. Now you may be wondering, “well, if it’s a known site for online piracy, why can’t governments shut them down easily?” The legal crux is in the nature of the website itself. You see, The Pirate Bay does not host any ...
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Another Porn Downloading Lawsuit

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There’s another live one from the porn downloading lawsuit files. Filed at the end of January, in the Northern District of California, Liuxia Wong submitted a claim against Hard Drive Productions, Inc. and Does 1-50. It Started Like Any Other Porn Downloading Lawsuit… Wong’s porn downloading lawsuit started like they normally do; Liuxia received a settlement letter demanding $3,400, for an act of alleged online copyright infringement occurring on March 28, 2011. The communication explained that Wong could be forced to pay $150,000 if she didn’t settle; it also cautioned that an unsecured wireless router was not a defense. True to their word, after Wong refused to pay up, Hard Drive filed a copyright complaint on April 22, 2011. Joseph C. Spero – a judge with what could be described as anti-copyright troll leanings – was assigned to the case. ...
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Comparing DMCA and SOPA

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SOPA is the big online copyright legal story of the year thus far. Which got me thinking about the good ‘ole Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) – the current work-horse of Internet intellectual property law. In this article we’ll briefly review each bill. So grab a cold one and settle in as we de-construct the various intellectual property laws currently in the news and try to make sense of it all in plain English. Comparing DMCA and SOPA: What the Heck is DMCA, Anyway? DMCA, for those of you who don’t obsessively follow the law, is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Thanks to anti-circumvention statues in the bill, the DMCA is the US copyright law that makes it illegal for you or I to manufacture devices or services meant to access or reproduce copyrighted material. It’s also the law that ...
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