LimeWire get $105 million bill from record labels
The long-running court case between P2P file-sharing service LimeWire and a handful of record labels has concluded, resulting in a bill of $105 million worth of damages to be paid by LimeWire. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing…
Music search engine Seeqpod threatens to sell its source code
Following legal action from the major music labels, music search engine Seeqpod is trying a novel strategy – selling its source code to third-party developers. It’s hope is to create hundreds of clones, all operated individually, so that even if the main site is taken down, the technology is still accessible.
It’s a remarkably defiant strategy. Seeqpod claims that its service is legal because it doesn’t host any infringing files itself – just points searchers to them. Although US companies might be fearful of legal action, other countries around the world might be far more welcoming. As Seeqpod is charging $5,000 for the code, they could make a pretty penny before they’re forced to shut down.
(via Listening Post)
Last.fm accused of handing U2 album leak user data to the RIAA
If you’ve been listening to a leaked copy of U2’s “No Line on the Horizon”, then it’s possible that the RIAA know exactly who you are, if you believe Techcrunch who got all in a tizzy on Friday over the suggestion that Last.fm has been handing over listener data to the record company.
Last.fm immediately denied the accusations, saying:
I’d like to issue a full and categorical denial of this. We’ve never had any request for such data by anyone, and if we did we wouldn’t consent to it.
Of course we work with the major labels and provide them with broad statistics, as we would with any other label, but we’d never personally identify our users to a third party – that goes against everything we stand for.
The RIAA followed that up, with:
“[We’re] not sure where that rumor came from. It’s not true.”
So you’re probably safe for now, but given how much personal data many people share on Last.fm, if you’re one of the first with a copy of a leaked album, then you might want to be careful about scrobbling that fact. Just a thought.
95% of music downloads in 2008 were illegal, says IFPI
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI, is basically an international version of the RIAA and BPI, who claim to act as a trade body for record labels, but seem to only exist in reality to head up the music industry’s anti-piracy campaign. True to that role, last night it released a statement claiming that 95% of music downloads in 2008 were illegal.
However, there’s some bright news for the labels hidden in there too – download sales are up 25% on last year, and now make up a fifth of all recorded music sales. The IFPI reckons that it’s worth £2.5 billion.
RIAA to drop failed lawsuits strategy
It’s official – the RIAA is giving up on its strategy of suing thousands of individuals for file-sharing. The campaign, which began in 2003, has hit 35,000 people. At no point have the record labels ever won a contested court case, instead gaining masses of default judgements against defendants who never turned up.
It’s failed to stop file-sharing, too. Album sales have gone nowhere but down, even when taking into account digital sales increases. Not to mention the PR disaster it’s caused for the labels – who’ve sued pensioners, 13-year-old girls, and penniless single mothers.
Muxtape postmortem: what really happened
There were a lot of questions around the shutdown of Muxtape back in August. The cryptic message left on the site seemed to suggest that it would be back in a matter of days, but as the days passed, it seemed increasingly likely that it was gone forever. As users shifted to other sites, it was clear that the RIAA’s big clunking fist had shut down the popular music sharing service for good…
UPDATED: UPDATE: RIAA talk about Muxtape, 8tracks gain a whole lot of users overnight
Despite the optimistic message on their front page, it turns out that Muxtape have been evading the RIAA for a little while.
A spokesman for the
centre of all evil in the Universe trade association for record labels had this to say on the subject…
Muxtape down, RIAA blamed, users weep
Popular digital mixtape-making service Muxtape has been shut down by the RIAA. A pity, because the service was one of the best music resources online, and a big favourite here at Tech Digest…
Support convicted file-sharer Jammie Thomas by… buying a thong
Poor old Jammie Thomas is the woman who was convicted of file sharing and ordered to pay the recording industry $220,000 in compensation.
She is now attempting to make some of the money back – and fund an appeal – by selling t-shirts and underpants on the internet. Here is a photograph of her underpants:
The RIAA reveals its next target – Usenet
It’s been the biggest mystery of the modern internet era – why have none of the anti-piracy campaigns bothered targeting usenet?
The “newsgroup” scene dwarfs the amount of movie and music available on newer file-sharing systems and Bittorrent, with hardcore web users swearing by the anonymous usenet…