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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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IFPI revives DFC DRM - by Jon Newton

Posted On: Mon, 2006-10-16 05:32 by TheBaldingOne

Just about everyone in the world has heard about the ongoing Sony BMG debacle where the company tried to secretly plant potentially lethal spyware into the computers of people who'd bought its music CDs.

Not only did Sony BMG try to scam its own customers, the software it used to do so also made it possible for the systems to be hijacked by attackers, as well as opening them to a computer virus.

Now here, once again, is Digital File Check, another entertainment cartel-touted DRM (digital restrictions management) application designed to bring consumers to heel. And this time, the other cartel members are involved.

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RIAA Drops Wilke Case in Chicago - By Ray Beckerman

Posted On: Sat, 2006-10-14 22:03 by TheBaldingOne

We have just learned that the RIAA has dropped the Wilke case in Chicago.

Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice*

This is the case in which Mr. Wilke moved for summary judgment, stating that:

1. He is not "Paule Wilke" which is the name he was sued under.
2. He has never possessed on his computer any of the songs listed in exhibit A [the list of songs the RIAA's investigator downloaded] He only had a few of the songs from exhibit B [the screenshot] on his computer, and those were from legally purchased CD's owned by Mr. Wilke.

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Music sales dip as digital surges - By BBC News

Posted On: Fri, 2006-10-13 20:11 by TheBaldingOne

Piracy and competition for consumers lead to a 4% drop in global music sales, the industry has said.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said total music sales in the first half of 2006 fell to $13.7bn (£7.4bn).

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Technology 'can beat film piracy' - By Ian Youngs

Posted On: Fri, 2006-10-13 20:01 by TheBaldingOne

New technology is the key to beating movie piracy, the UK film minister has told industry executives.

Making films available on demand as soon as they are released at cinemas could help stop fans watching illegal copies, Shaun Woodward said.

"The real answer is in the technology," he told the BBC News website, citing the success of legal music downloads.

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Parallel federal political world of environment and copyright - By Michael Geist

Posted On: Fri, 2006-10-13 06:31 by TheBaldingOne

The environment has emerged as a mainstream political issue, and copyright is showing similar signs.

As the Conservatives prepare to roll out their policy plan for the environment, there is little doubt that environmental concerns have emerged as a major political issue. With polls consistently confirming public concern with environmental sustainability, each of Canada's major political parties is anxious to be known as the most environmentally friendly.

The focus on environmental issues is a relatively new phenomenon. A generation ago, if the environment was considered at all, it was viewed as a niche issue too complex to matter to the average voter. The complexity of environmental issues has not changed–most Canadians would be hard-pressed to explain carbon emissions, the details of climate change, or the substance of the Kyoto agreement–yet the essence of environmental policy as clean air, clean water, and sustainable natural resources is clearly understood.

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Music is in the air as schools join forces with record companies

Posted On: Thu, 2006-10-12 21:27 by TheBaldingOne

Schools across the Amber Valley have been signed up to take part in My Music – a new music initiative from the record industry and government.

The initiative designed to improve teenagers' music listening skills involves 1.3 million secondary school pupils, representing 2,000 schools across England, and 2500 record stores.

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YouTube, "GooTube", and Copyright

Posted On: Wed, 2006-10-11 16:03 by Bo Leuf

Speculation is that Google's $1.65bn acquisition of YouTube could result in a lawsuit-frenzy by copyright holders. An established capital-strong owner like Google is an enticing target for the more aggressive IP-lawyers, far more so than a vc-upstart. Nobody disputes the fact that a lot of copyright-infringing material is available on YouTube. Question is, will the attempts by Google to offer licensing deals be enough and in time to avert such a threat.

Interesting would be if this position, in addition to Google's stance on book scanning and other copyright-controversial projects, makes Google a potential supporter or backer of copyright reform.

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Disruptive Technology

Posted On: Mon, 2006-10-02 18:45 by Bo Leuf

Disruptive Technology: Effects of Technology Regulation on Democracy — a PhD dissertation by Mathias Klang, defended 2 Oct 2006

"By studying the attempts to regulate the disruptive effects of Internet technology and the consequences of these regulatory attempts on the IT-based participatory democracy this work shows that the regulation of technology is the regulation of democracy."

See thesis website for further links, including the complete PDF (the first PhD thesis in Sweden to be licensed under a Creative Commons licens).

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Swedish appeals court reverses filesharing conviction

Posted On: Mon, 2006-10-02 11:47 by Bo Leuf

In an important decision, a Swedish appeals court today reversed a lower court conviction for filesharing from last year. The case was the first in a trial series brought to court by the Swedish anti-piracy group (APB), and it concerned a man in Västerås accused of making a Swedish film available on a p2p client on his computer.

The appeals court found the technical evidence of IP-tracking and APB-screenshots insufficient proof of identification. It is a landmark decision in that under current law, file-sharing is not a severe enough crime to warrant home search and physical seizure of suspected computer equipment, which might otherwise provide better evidence. The lower court decision, now reversed, had been for a fine of SEK 16,000.

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