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Copyright extremist RIAA lawyer confirmed as America’s Solicitor General

Copyright extremist RIAA lawyer confirmed as America’s Solicitor General

The Senate late Monday confirmed former Recording Industry Association of America lawyer Donald Verrilli Jr.to serve as the nation's solicitor general. Verrilli, one of at least five former RIAA attorneys appointed to the administration, is best known for leading the recording industry's legal charge against music- and movie-sharing site [...]

RIAA boss takes home $3m+

RIAA boss takes home $3m+

Found amid a list of top compensation for industry lobbying association CEOs in 2009 (the last year for which we have stats): Cary Sherman, President of the RIAA, and his whopping pay-packet: $3,185,026. That'd sure buy a lot of ramen noodles for starving musicians. Ugh. (more…)

USA caves on secret Internet treaty

USA caves on secret Internet treaty

Below is the latest draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secretly negotiated copyright agreement: One of the biggest stories over the three year negotiation of ACTA has been the willingness of the U.S. to cave on the Internet provisions. When it first proposed the chapter, the U.S. was seeking new intermediary liability [...]

Americans: Sign petition to fight Great Firewall of the USA

Americans: Sign petition to fight Great Firewall of the USA

Does Hollywood know how to be evil or what? Just as the President is denouncing Iran and China for censoring the Internet, the MPAA is rushing through a bill to create an Internet blacklist here at home. American ISPs would be required to block any domains that host too much copyright or trademark infringement. The bill is so careless and [...]

Official “This website seized by feds” graphic

Official “This website seized by feds” graphic

Check out the new US Government official takedown graphic-- the thing you'll see when a filesharing site (or some similar site which has run afoul of the law) is yanked. The example here can also be seen on tvshack.net, one of nine websites recently seized by the feds over pirated movies. The warrants for those takedowns were issued in [...]

RIAA Outraged by YouTube vs Viacom Decision

RIAA Outraged by YouTube vs Viacom Decision

Their outrage is justified. Entertainment executives have paid lavishly for the very best law that money can buy. And what do they get? The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on Monday voiced its opposition to the recent decision in the YouTube-Viacom copyright infringement case. "We believe that the district court's [...]

White Berbarian ready to put movie execs in Hurt Locker

White Berbarian ready to put movie execs in Hurt Locker

For $250, the Arizona law firm White Berberian will represent people accused of illegal file sharing by "U.S. Copyright Group" (aka Dunlap Grubb & Weaver), the firm filing lawsuits on behalf of The Hurt Locker filmmakers and others who claim their movies have been widely pirated by P2P downloaders. "U.S. Copyright Group" says it intends [...]

Why “cutting people off” online because a record exec says they’re file-sharers is dumb

Why “cutting people off” online because a record exec says they’re file-sharers is dumb

The British ISP TalkTalk has produced a compelling case against the government's plans to disconnect whole households from the Internet if the copyright industry accuses them -- without proving anything in court -- of three acts of infringement. TalkTalk picked a random street in North London and showed that 23 of the households in that road were [...]

RIAA’s in-school propaganda asks kids to act as unpaid PR staff

RIAA’s in-school propaganda asks kids to act as unpaid PR staff

The RIAA has updated its Music Rules! school program -- which contains blatant falsehoods about copyright. The new version asks kids to act as unpaid PR staff: "Take your campaign a step further by contacting the editor of your community newspaper or the director of your community cable television station to see if you can submit an article or [...]

Last.fm User Data Was Sent To RIAA By CBS

Last.fm User Data Was Sent To RIAA By CBS

Just an update from TechCrunch on a story that generated a lot of controversy a few months back, "Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?" Now we've located another source for the story, someone who's very close to Last.fm. And it turns out Last.fm was telling the truth, sorta... Last.fm didn't hand user data over to the RIAA. [...]

DJ Danger Mouse’s new album will be released as a blank CD-R

DJ Danger Mouse’s new album will be released as a blank CD-R

EMI has told Danger Mouse that his latest CD won't see the light of day due to "legal issues," so he's responding by releasing the disc as a blank CD-R in a jewel case with art and liner notes. Fans can just download the music off a P2P site and burn it to the CD-R. Dark Night Of The Soul, a collaboration with rock group Sparklehorse, also [...]

RIAA/MPAA hit men private enforcement site indexed by Google

RIAA/MPAA hit men private enforcement site indexed by Google

Techdirt are reporting that the data collection systems ued by BayTSP (the company appointed by the RIAA and MPAA to deal with p2p infringers) is wide-open. Thanks to BayTSP's inability to write a robots.txt file, Google has indexed just about every page on their server. You can get a good idea of the kinds of things that the company are sending [...]

The Pirate Google: Google is as guilty of linking to torrents as The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Google: Google is as guilty of linking to torrents as The Pirate Bay

When The Pirate Bay was ordered shut down by the Swedish courts because it linked to infringing torrents on the Internet, many people pointed out that Google links to whole mountains' -- whole planets' -- worth of infringing stuff. Now, to make the point, comes The Pirate Google, a Google mashup that finds torrent files: "The intention of this [...]

Swedish museum puts Pirate Bay server on display

Swedish museum puts Pirate Bay server on display

The server from the popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay confiscated in a police raid last year went on display Thursday at the National Museum of Science and Technology, it said. "This is an object of contemporary society and a museum collects such items," curator Nils Olander told AFP. "And it is a part of our mission as a museum [...]

Obama adds yet another RIAA attorney to Justice Department roster

Obama adds yet another RIAA attorney to Justice Department roster

Nnow there are 5. From over at WIRED's Threat Level blog: President Barack Obama is tapping another RIAA attorney into the Justice Department. Monday's naming of Ian Gershengorn, to become the department's deputy assistant attorney of the Civil Division, comes more than a week after nearly two dozen public interest groups, trade pacts and library [...]

New piracy law cuts internet traffic in Sweden

New piracy law cuts internet traffic in Sweden

Internet traffic in Sweden fell by 33% as the country's new anti-piracy law came into effect, reports suggest. Sweden's new policy - the Local IPRED law - allows copyright holders to force internet service providers (ISP) to reveal details of users sharing files. According to figures released by the government statistics agency - Statistics [...]

Eminem sues Universal over digital royalties

Eminem sues Universal over digital royalties

Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity To seize every royalty you ever wanted-One moment Would you capture it, or just let it slip? From The Guardian... Eminem's lawsuit against his label finally went to trial this week after two years, in a case worth hundreds of millions of pounds to artists worldwide. Eminem's publishing company, [...]

Pirate Bay prosecutor “tosses infringement charges overboard”

Pirate Bay prosecutor “tosses infringement charges overboard”

Updated Half of the charges made against the four men behind the notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay have been sensationally dropped on day two of the trial. Prosecutor Håkan Roswall made the surprise move this morning, according to reports on The Local and TorrentFreak. He has amended the charges against Carl Lundström, Peter [...]

Foxtrot learns about music piracy

Foxtrot learns about music piracy

For the "computer illiterate": burying folders is not as effective as burying treasure chests.

The Pirate Bay: “Political trial of the decade”

The Pirate Bay: “Political trial of the decade”

Next week sees the start of the long-awaited Pirate Bay trial. With the eyes of the world on Sweden, Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge argues that there is much more at stake than the future of the site's operators. The world has changed. Technical developments allow all of us to collect, store and share digitized information on an unimagined [...]

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