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Pirates, Or Merely Devoted Fans? - by Stan Schroeder

Posted On: Tue, 2007-11-13 08:43 by TheBaldingOne

A study conducted on 2000 Canadians has shown that most people download songs off the Internet simply because they want to try-before-buy or because they were unable to find this music in their local stores. Yet, the recording industry is playing deaf, dumb and blind, endlessly trying to prove that sharing, by its very nature, is bad.

The two researchers at the University of London that conducted the study for the Canadian Government estimated that the effect of one additional P2P download per month is actually an increase in music purchasing by 0.44 CDs per year.

In other words, P2P sharing (or pirating, however you want to put it) increases music sales.

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Report favors minor changes to EU copyright tax - by Huw Jones

Posted On: Fri, 2007-11-09 08:40 by TheBaldingOne

A European Union copyright tax on MP3 players and blank CDs to compensate authors generates benefits and needs only tweaking rather than fundamental reform, a report for an industry body said on Thursday.

EU Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy was forced to abandon his proposal to reform the levy that varies enormously across the 20 EU states that apply it. Britain and Ireland have no levy at all.

The tax at import level is often passed on to consumers and raised 560 million euros ($819.7 million) in 2005.

Last year's retreat came after then French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin intervened to say McCreevy's initiative would threaten Europe's cultural heritage.

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Copyright law scuppers fan film - by Mark Ward

Posted On: Thu, 2007-11-08 13:43 by TheBaldingOne

A copyright row means that one of the most ambitious fan films ever made may never be shown before an audience.

Four years in the planning Damnatus, made by German fans of the Warhammer 40,000 game, cost more than 10,000 euros, took months to film, employs 11 principal actors, dozens of extras and sophisticated post-production special effects. Now finished the film runs to 110 minutes.

But Huan Vu, director and producer of the movie, said Damnatus' creators have now given up trying to get the film in front of an audience.

Nottingham-based Games Workshop created Warhammer 40,000 - a science fiction wargame which revolves around battles fought between factions and races that populate the universe in the 41st century. It is an outgrowth of the Warhammer tabletop game created by Games Workshop in 1983.

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Senators want Justice Department to sue P2P pirates - by Declan McCullagh

Posted On: Thu, 2007-11-08 11:45 by TheBaldingOne

American peer-to-peer users worried about being sued into oblivion by the recording industry may soon have a much bigger concern: facing off against the U.S. Department of Justice.

Two senators, a Democrat and a Republican, introduced a bill on Wednesday that would unleash the world's largest law firm on Internet pirates. It would authorize the Justice Department to file civil lawsuits against people engaged in peer-to-peer copyright infringement--with the proceeds going to the company or person who owns the copyright.

"This legislation is a simple bill that would give the Department of Justice the authority to prosecute copyright violations as civil wrongs," Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said during a hearing on Wednesday. Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, is a co-sponsor.

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Ripples in the Music Industry, Part 2: The Sound of the Future - By Walaika Haskins

Posted On: Wed, 2007-11-07 08:30 by TheBaldingOne

"[New artists] can get their music recorded. They can get it distributed and there are mechanisms in place most importantly for the user to discover it," said analyst Mike Goodman. "The market needs to emerge more for artists to record and distribute directly without the intervention of a record label. And as that market begins to emerge more then you're going to start to see entrepreneurs say here is that

As the Internet and digital technologies continue to play an ever-increasing role on the business side of the music industry, big-name recording artists have begun to turn their backs on their labels and opt instead to strike out on their own.

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How Big Media's Copyright Campaigns Threaten Internet Free Expression - by Cory Doctorow

Posted On: Tue, 2007-11-06 08:47 by TheBaldingOne

Big media companies' efforts to extend copyright are hurting creators' abilities to find audiences for their work, argues cyber-rights activist Cory Doctorow.

When people talk about "creator's rights," they usually mean copyright, but copyright is just a side dish for creators: The most important right we have is the right to free expression. And these two rights are always in tension.

Take Viacom's claims against YouTube. The entertainment giant says that YouTube has been profiting from the fact that YouTube users upload clips from Viacom shows, and it demands that YouTube take steps to prevent this from happening in the future. YouTube actually offered to do something very like this: It invited Viacom and other rights holders to send them all the clips they wanted kept offline, and promised to programatically detect these clips and interdict them.

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File-sharing is good for Big Music - by Jack Kapica

Posted On: Mon, 2007-11-05 08:52 by TheBaldingOne

Earlier today, Industry Canada, a ministry of the federal government, released a surprising study of peer-to-peer file-sharing on the music industry.

The study is called The Impact of Music Downloads and P2P File-Sharing on the Purchase of Music: A Study for Industry Canada (PDF), and was written by Birgitte Andersen and Marion Frenz, of the Department of Management at the University of London in England.

Its conclusion: P2P file-sharing does not put downward pressure on purchasing music, as the music industry has insisted for years. In fact, it does just the opposite: It tends to increase music purchasing.

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Fast: 'Ban them from any internet use' - by David Meyer

Posted On: Mon, 2007-11-05 08:47 by TheBaldingOne

Following recent comments by a government official suggesting that legislation may be needed to force internet service providers into a crackdown on unauthorised file-sharing, the Federation Against Software Theft contacted ZDNet.co.uk to put its case across.

In an interview on Monday — based largely on readers' submitted questions — Fast chief John Lovelock denied that he wanted to target small-time file-sharers of copyrighted material, but insisted that it should be possible to ban serious offenders from any internet usage without having to go through the courts.

Q: What is Fast's reaction to Lord Triesman's comments?

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Punishing Innocent Downloaders Violates Free Speech, Professor Argues - via Physorg

Posted On: Fri, 2007-11-02 08:40 by TheBaldingOne

As record labels are dramatically increasing lawsuits over music piracy, a University of Arkansas law professor argues that the law's automatic punishment of illegal downloading violates the First Amendment.

In his recent article, "Copytraps," assistant professor Ned Snow emphasizes that Internet users who mistakenly believe that it is legal to download music from a Web site - when, in fact, it is illegal - face harsh penalties for downloading. If a copyright holder has not authorized the downloading, regardless of a Web site's representations or appearance, the downloader is liable and can be fined a minimum of $750 per downloaded song. This automatic punishment, Snow argues, represents a penalty for innocent Internet users who have no means to know that the material offered on a Web site infringes a copyright.

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Robert Fripp lays in to music industry rip-off merchants - by Paul Hales

Posted On: Fri, 2007-11-02 08:34 by TheBaldingOne

GUITAR WHIZZ and composer of Vista's little blipping noises, Robert Fripp is fed up with the hypocrisy of the music industry over copyright.

Fripp writes that he and his King Crimson band feel ripped off by record label EMI.

Apparently, EMI may have flogged some King Crimson CDs when it shouldn't have and cryptically Fripp refers to returns of unsold CDs. "A concern with returns is always that they are not dumped back onto the market by mistake (by mistake, dear reader)," he writes.

But it is the issue of downloads that is causing most headaches.

"After the licence (with EMI) expired," writes Fripp, "King Crimson tracks repeatedly appeared on various download websites licensed from EMI. If this had happened during the licence period, it would have been disturbing – even though shit happens and we should have gotten over it! - because EMI never had download rights from us."

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