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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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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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