Europe votes "no" to internet bans for file sharers. We are saved!

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The EU has just voted against the idea of banning file-sharers from using the internet, in a rare victory for the right-thinking common man.

Any possible plan to criminalise file-sharing was rejected by EU members, along with the concept of axing the web connections of those caught Bittorrenting the entire output of Hollywood overnight. It’s OK. You’re not going to get done for it any more…

QTRAX launches, claiming legal access to 30 million tracks. Server overwhelmed

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QTRAX, which originally launched back in 2002 but closed down due to avoid the risk of legal action, has relaunched today.

It claims that users will be able to find and download between 25 and 30 million copyrighted music tracks, with the blessing of a large proportion of the music industry.

“QTRAX is a magical and game-changing service that revolutionizes the way fans consume digital music,” said QTRAX President and CEO Allan Klepfisz.

Well, possibly not revolutionary. We’ve seen a shift towards “free” ad-supported music streaming and download services recently.

50 Cent is surprisingly OK with the file-sharing thing

50cent-file-sharing.jpgHeart of gold, that man.

50 Cent kind of isn’t that bothered about file-sharing, as he realises the music industry needs to change – and that artists can make money in other ways than flogging them an album every year.

He said in his slightly odd drawl – “The concerts are crowded and the industry must understand that they have to manage all the 360 degrees around an artist. They have to maximize their income…

P2P file sharing could cut up to 95% off video hosting costs

A new study suggests that video publishing services such as YouTube and MSN Video could save up to 95% of their bandwidth costs by implementing some kind of peer-to-peer file sharing system. Researchers from Microsoft in collaboration with the Polytechnic…

US recording industry asks students not to pirate music

In what sounds like a rather futile exercise, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sent 400 letters out to 13 US universities advising of potential copyright infringement lawsuits against students who are using computer networks to illegally download music….