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Music industry encouraged Visa to pull the plug on AllofMP3.com - by Nate Anderson

Posted On: Fri, 2006-10-20 05:52 by TheBaldingOne

We reported earlier this week that AllofMP3 has gone on a PR offensive, hiring Qorvis and giving their first press conference to members of the international media. While the conference itself revealed little that was new, a report appeared later that day which said that Visa would no longer process payments from AllofMP3. The timing of the announcement seemed unusual, but the situation has now been clarified somewhat: Visa acted at the instigation of the music industry.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry is the entity that looks out for music labels' worldwide interests—think of it as a global RIAA. They have been leaning heavily on AllofMP3 for some time, and have a small office in Moscow that has attempted for years to get the site brought up on charges by Russian prosecutors, but to no avail.

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The MPAA Surrenders in War Against Piracy - by Mark Hachman

Posted On: Fri, 2006-10-20 05:43 by TheBaldingOne

Somewhere in the bowels of Stansted Airport in London once sat Lucky and Flo, two Labrador retrievers, the latest weapons in the war on piracy.

Originally commissioned by the UK's FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), Lucky and Flo are now employed by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which plans to take the dogs on a "world tour", sniffing out fake DVDs in cities around the globe.

It's a high-profile war, and apparently no expense is being spared. But what about the Web? What if there was an easily accessible source of illegally copyrighted materials, with a search engine, on a site that had participated in a press release with the MPAA itself, touting new automated measures to prevent piracy? Wouldn't the MPAA see the forest for the trees and quickly crack down on the offender?

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Record Labels Turn Piracy Into a Marketing Opportunity - by JULIA ANGWIN, SARAH MCBRIDE and ETHAN SMITH

Posted On: Thu, 2006-10-19 05:53 by TheBaldingOne

A video clip from Jay-Z's live concert in June at Radio City Music Hall is popping up on all sorts of illicit music-sharing hotspots. But Jay-Z isn't upset.

That's because the rapper, at the request of Coca-Cola Co., agreed to allow distribution of the eight-minute clip -- which included promotions for Coke -- on the peer-to-peer sites, using technology usually used to thwart music pirates.

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Recording industry launches fresh wave of actions against illegal file-sharing

Posted On: Wed, 2006-10-18 19:51 by Gustav Nipe

Over 8,000 cases launched in 17 countries
Thousands have paid settlement fees averaging 2,400 euros
Actions for the first time in Brazil, Mexico and Poland

Legal actions against thousands of music file-sharers across the world were announced today as the recording industry stepped up its campaign to deter copyright theft and promote legitimate use of music on the internet.
Over 8,000 new cases in 17 countries are being announced today, including the first ever cases against illegal file-sharing in the two biggest markets of South America and in Eastern Europe. A total of more than 13,000 legal actions have now been taken outside the United States.

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MPAA: Frustrated Consumers Will Pirate - by Bryan Gardiner

Posted On: Wed, 2006-10-18 05:40 by TheBaldingOne

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) isn't known its leniency when it comes to the distribution of copyrighted material.

So it was no surprise on Thursday at the Digital Home Developers Conference that Brad Hunt, the executive vice president and chief technology officer for the MPAA, spent the majority of his time outlining some of the ways the MPAA is working to standardize content protection controls in the age of digital home networking. But he also acknowledged that piracy is the consumer's answer to the content industry's inability to provide a simple digital-rights-management solution.

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MPAA: Piracy is the outcome of DRM complications - by Smaran

Posted On: Tue, 2006-10-17 16:40 by TheBaldingOne

Last week at the Digital Home Developers Conference Brad Hunt, the MPAA’s executive vice president and chief technology officer said that piracy is the inevitable outcome of the music and movie industries’ inability to provide a simple, inter-compatible and non-intrusive DRM solution.

In a Q & A session he said, “I understand that if we frustrate the consumer, they will simply pirate the content.” He also acknowledged the fact that many consumers are already frustrated because they’re having to buy multiple copies of an album or movie to play on different devices. For example, a song you buy on the iTunes Store won’t play on your Nokia cellphone. And a song you buy on MSN Music or the Zune Marketplace won’t play on your iPod.

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Music industry in 8,000 new file-share lawsuits

Posted On: Tue, 2006-10-17 16:35 by TheBaldingOne

The music industry has launched a fresh wave of 8,000 lawsuits against alleged file-sharers around the world, escalating its drive to stamp out online piracy and encourage the use of legal download services.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the world's music companies, said on Tuesday the new cases were brought in 17 countries, including the first ones ever in Brazil, Mexico and Poland.

The trade group said more than 1 billion music tracks were illegally downloaded last year in Brazil, the largest market in Latin America. Record company revenue has nearly halved in Brazil since 2000, IFPI said.

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Wal-Mart to RIAA: We're not gonna take it! - by Hannibal

Posted On: Tue, 2006-10-17 05:43 by TheBaldingOne

I don't know about you, but I got my ~$12 check from the RIAA last year as part of the massive price fixing settlement between the music industry and the states. As a quick recap, the music industry was running a "minimum advertised pricing" scheme (MAPS), under which they'd withold valuable in-store promotional materials (i.e. giant cardboard cut-outs of Outkast, posters of Britney, and the like) from large retail chains that advertised CDs at low prices as a way of drawing people into the store. Wal-Mart is one of the chains that uses CDs as a loss leader, so when the feds found that MAPS was another just word for "illegal price fixing" Wal-Mart went right back to its loss-leading ways.

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Schools rock to music masterclass - by Ian Youngs

Posted On: Mon, 2006-10-16 13:05 by TheBaldingOne

Music is taking centre stage in schools across the UK as pupils get into the swing of the first National Music Week.

Some 1.3m children from 2,000 schools are taking part in lessons and concerts intended to improve their knowledge and appreciation of music.

Record labels have picked 10 new acts from a range of musical styles to be at the heart of the week's activities.

Songs by those acts are being used in lessons to learn about songwriting, remixing and radio promotion.

Another lesson plan calls on students to stage a mock trial to learn the rights and wrongs of music file-sharing.

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Digital rights in question as business model - by Antony Bruno

Posted On: Mon, 2006-10-16 05:51 by TheBaldingOne

If the music industry truly wants to loosen Apple's iron grip on digital music sales, it should start allowing music to be sold without digital rights management protection.

That's the theory posited by several music services these days in response to the whipping they're taking from the dominant iTunes Music Store.

The issue, of course, is interoperability. The iPod remains the most popular digital music player on the market, and only music purchased from iTunes or copied from the user's CD collection will work on the device. The exceptions are unprotected MP3-encoded files. As such, many Apple competitors would like to sell music in MP3 format so they can compete with iTunes and still be compatible with the popular iPod device.

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