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Advice for Jammie Thomas-Rasset

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rick Carnes

The jury in the latest trial of illegal file sharer Jammie Thomas-Rasset has awarded the plantiffs, Capitol records et al., an award of 1.5 million do...

When Copying Is Theft

Bevin Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Bevin Carnes

2010-09-29-bike.jpgIf you have a bicycle, and I copy it, we both have a bicycle. Cool, right? There's a catch.

Those Who Cannot Innovate, Regulate: Old Media's Twisted Logic

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Gary Shapiro

Should we protect old media by hindering market competition? Of course not. But try telling that to the National Association of Broadcasters and the Recording Industry Association of America.

A Promotion for Progress: Seeking the Third Way for Copyright

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

A week ago, the damages award heard around the copyright world came with United States District Court Judge Nancy Gertner's decision to slash the dama...

On Being Justin Bieber in the Age of YouTube

Edward Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Edward Lee

Allowing people to freely post videos of cover songs on YouTube -- just as Bieber did -- would be a win-win for the music industry. If the music industry fails to realize this soon, it may well be too late.

Government Admits Piracy Losses Are Unsubstantiated

Yahoo! News | Sarah Jacobsson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

We've all heard the MPAA and the RIAA whine, whine, whine about how Internet piracy has basically destroyed the movie/TV/software/music/video game ind...

Sprint's EVO Sold Out

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

While everyone is busy talking about the new iPhone, HTC's much anticipated EVO quietly sold out at retail stores and online. Sprint and HTC are working hard to make the EVO available ASAP.

Putting the "Fair" Back in "Fair Use"

Noah Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Noah Baron

Over at YouTube, corporations are flaunting Fair Use laws as they push the video site to take down parodies of the movie The Downfall.

UK Study: Illegal Music Downloaders Also Spend The Most On Music

The Independent | Rachel Shields | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

People who illegally download music from the internet also spend more money on music than anyone else, according to a new study....

An Interview with Matisyahu, Plus Barbra Streisand and Brian Setzer Updates

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Matisyahu's latest album, Light showcases his young, old soul, further exploring musical territories of both the secular and sacred.

Minnesota Woman Ordered to Pay $1.9 Million for Downloading Songs

Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

June 19 (Bloomberg) -- A Minnesota woman accused of swapping music over the Kazaa Internet service was ordered by a jury to pay Vivendi SA's Universal...

Could Doctors Go the Way of Record Companies?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Watching the AMA defends its turf on issues like doctor reimbursement is like watching the RIAA file copyright lawsuits against teenagers, even as its business model collapses around it.

Copyright Needs Limits, As It Restricts Innovation

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Defenders of expanded copyright restrictions imply that content owners have been on a losing streak and have few tools at their disposal. Wrong.

For the Justice Department-RIAA Connection, the Fifth Time is Not The Charm

Gigi Sohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gigi Sohn

While there are a number of lawyers and others in the White House and elsewhere with a more balanced view of copyright, having so many recording industry lawyers concentrated in the Justice Department is particularly troubling.

R.I.P. Seattle P-I: First Major Newspaper to Go Web Only

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

The P-I will become an experiment of sorts for Hearst, who will try to figure out whether or not the company can cut overhead and increase ad rev on a web-only model.

Wired Parodies MPAA, RIAA: Imagine Handbag Industry Association Of America

Wired | David Kravets | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For starters, handbags would only work in one country. All of a handbag's contents would fall from the bottom at a border crossing, or while on an int...

TV Upfronts, CNET, and the Facebook, MySpace and Google Data Wars

Jerry Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jerry Weinstein

The US Attorney's Office is using a Terms of Service violation as a way to prosecute. Think of that precedent. How many of us read ToS agreements anyway?

Digital Music and the Free Market

Max Keiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Keiser

For years, Madonna pretended to be a vamp to make it big. Dupre is an actual hooker scoring big using the indie music site,, which charges based on user demand.

RIAA Says No To Transferring Legally Purchased Music From CD To PC

Washington Post | Marc Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Despite more than 20,000 lawsuits filed against music fans in the years since they started finding free tunes online rather than buying CDs from recor...