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Dec 29, 2003
"Advertisers are having to figure out how to get their messages across in a world where viewers can zap commercials at will."
Dec 29, 2003
"What music industry executives would love to see in the new year is a magic bullet to end the three-year sales slump that they say is mostly the fault of Internet music trading. But since a miracle cure is about as likely as Eminem performing with the Boston Pops, executives at the music labels are aiming to make up lost ground in more modest ways, like pushing music video DVD sales."
Dec 29, 2003
"They are taking their message to grade school classrooms where volunteers teach lesson plans about the costs of illegal file sharing."
Dec 29, 2003
"After the rapid spread of illegally copied DVDs, Hollywood is pushing both technical groups to come up with new security measures to protect their movies. Neither group has developed a prototype that satisfies the movie industry - a major impediment to a commercial launch."
Dec 27, 2003
"The gentler threat works, said Mark Ishikawa, the chief executive of BayTSP, a company that helps the industry track down file sharers by scanning the Internet for movies and issuing the e-mail notices automatically."
Dec 23, 2003
"U.S. antitrust enforcers said on Tuesday they closed their investigation of online music ventures Pressplay and MusicNet after concluding that the services have not hurt consumers."
Dec 23, 2003
"After more than two years of quiet investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that it is closing its antitrust scrutiny of the major record labels' online activities, without filing charges."
Dec 23, 2003
"India's film makers are offering Internet movie downloads on web site Kazaa in a move that could lower costs and boost revenues in Bollywood, the world's most prolific film production centre."
Dec 22, 2003
Fred von Lohmann: "Wal-Mart launched a music download site today. Notice the rather breathtaking EULA terms (much more onerous than the Apple terms) -- Fair Use, First Sale, all other copyright exceptions are swallowed up by contractual prohibitions."
Dec 22, 2003
Upholding a verdict by a lower court in January, the court said Jon Johansen had broken no law by helping to unlock a code and distribute a computer program on the Internet enabling unauthorized copying of DVD movies.
Dec 19, 2003
"I find it unacceptable that I have to shut down and/or uninstall software just to be able to play a game that I purchased. It’s even worse when, in your attempt to protect your property, I have to shut down a program that is not even remotely associated with said game."
Dec 19, 2003
"Developers of Kazaa cannot be held liable for the way people use their software, a Dutch court has ruled. The Dutch supreme court threw out a challenge by a music copyright agency against popular Internet file-swapping software system Kazaa on Friday."
Dec 19, 2003
"A federal appeals court ruled Friday the recording industry can't force Internet providers to identify subscribers swapping music online, dramatically setting back the industry's anti-piracy campaign."
Dec 19, 2003
"In a surprise setback for the recording industry, a U.S. appeals court said Friday its methods for tracking down those who copy its music over the Internet are not authorized by law."
Dec 18, 2003
"Apparently, they are afraid of getting sued over the readers that lots of profs make up for classes, full of mostly copyright protected works, but sometimes with a few public domain works in the mix. Because of their fears, Ithaca is proposing that every work in a reader be cleared for copyright."
Dec 18, 2003
"Internet retailer Amazon.com extended a contract with digital media services provider Loudeye on Thursday to supply music samples on its Web site. Meanwhile, retail giant Wal-Mart Stores announced that it has begun testing its own online discount music download service."
Dec 18, 2003
"A ruling in Canada declaring downloading music through peer-to-peer services legal, but uploading illegal, may do little to prevent the music industry from taking its own action against file swappers."
Dec 18, 2003
"To lock down the Internet is to disconnect it from everyday life, from the life where I can send an invitation, or a business memo, or a home movie to anyone at any time, where I can read whatever I like without asking a censor's permission. We might go some short distance down the road of control, but ultimately the rules of cyberspace are firmly tethered to the rules of meatspace."
Dec 18, 2003
"Philips Electronics said on Tuesday it was six months away from launching a system against illegal copying that will allow consumers to play digital video and music on any digital media player."
Dec 18, 2003
"A major studio's recent action to curtail online sales of its films has left some movie buffs confused about where and when purchasing foreign DVDs is legitimate."
Dec 18, 2003
"The obvious parallel here is with Prohibition. By making it unconstitutional for an adult to have a drink in their own home, Prohibition created a cat and mouse game between law enforcement and millions of citizens engaged in an activity that was illegal but popular. As with file sharing, the essence of the game was hidden transactions -- you needed to be able to get into a speakeasy or buy bootleg without being seen."
Dec 17, 2003
"A new battle is brewing at the Federal Communications Commission. It's about the future of the Internet. Entrenched interests are threatening open consumer access to the Net and stifling innovation and competition in the process."
Dec 17, 2003
"Philips Electronics said on Tuesday it was six months away from launching a system against illegal copying that will allow consumers to play digital video and music on any digital media player.'
Dec 17, 2003
"The Canadian recording industry is about to get tough with Internet users who share music files. The head of the Canadian Recording Industry Association says it will file lawsuits against individuals similar to ones launched in the United States."
Dec 17, 2003
"Blockbuster Inc. president and chief operating officer Nigel Travis on Thursday called for an end to regional coding on DVDs, saying they merely create more opportunities for piracy."
Dec 15, 2003
"The US Supreme Court is currently in the process of reaching a decision on whether there should be a hearing in the case. In the meantime Johnny Deep gains support for his Supreme Court battle as a key court conference looms."
Dec 15, 2003
"The Copyright Board of Canada offered a few crumbs to both sides of the personal-copying-media-levy argument on Friday."
Dec 15, 2003
"'When we deal with a film that Polygram actually produced, like 'Fargo,' it's fairly easy to make a DVD,' said Scott Grossman, MGM's vice president for technical operations. 'But if a film came from Epic, which Polygram's people didn't have time to sort through, we have to dig through 30 or 40 or 50 years of archives to figure out where everything ended up.' In other words, in many cases, the company that owns the film doesn't know where the film is."
Dec 15, 2003
Press release: "At Changerz, music fans take the place of record labels and entertainment executives in deciding which new artists get heard and supported through a groundbreaking new web-based service."
Dec 15, 2003
"A coalition of online broadcasters said today it will take up arms against proposed US legislation that would widen the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) exemptions from antitrust law."
Dec 15, 2003
"Vivendi Universal's Universal Music Group, Microsoft and the five other companies are expected to announce today that they are collaborating on technology to ensure payment to copyright holders while letting computer users share digital products, as tens of millions of people do on networks like Kazaa."
Dec 15, 2003
"Simply using TiVo creates consumer expectations that are going to run smack dab into the anti-consumer mandates of the broadcast flag."
Dec 15, 2003
"Apple Computer has nearly doubled sales of digital music through its iTunes music store since launching a Windows-compatible version of its iTunes software in October, the company said."
Dec 15, 2003
"Digital music services provider Loudeye and Microsoft announced that they have teamed to promote Loudeye's new service that helps other companies set up online music stores much like Apple Computer's iTunes."
Dec 15, 2003
"Downloading copyrighted music from peer-to-peer networks is legal in Canada, although uploading files is not, Canadian copyright regulators said in a ruling released Friday."
Dec 15, 2003
"Now, the U.S. tech industry needs to move on from holding two opposing views of its relationship to lawmakers. Why? For one thing, it will need help."
Dec 15, 2003
"The landmark retrial of a Norwegian who achieved fame when he was cleared of DVD piracy charges lodged by top Hollywood studios ended Thursday with prosecutors demanding a suspended 90-day jail term."
Dec 15, 2003
"With every passing day, online music downloading becomes more prevalent and industry countermeasures become more odious. What if there were a compromise that paid artists while letting you get music however you wanted?"
Dec 15, 2003
"A job advertisement posted on Microsoft's careers website suggests that the company may be considering moving to a proprietary disc format for its next console, in an effort to make piracy on the device more difficult."
Dec 15, 2003
"The cease-and-desist letter from Miramax landed on Pollard's doorstep last week, demanding that he stop selling copies of Hero, a 2002 film starring Jet Li. [...] The Hero review page on Pollard's site linked to HKFlix, a U.S. company that sold Hero and other films. But the company stopped selling the film in June, months before Pollard received the cease-and-desist letter."
Dec 15, 2003
"'It really is convenient: I record shows on to the hard drive and erase them later or copy the stuff I want to keep on to DVDs,' said Daisuke Kouno, a 25-year old car mechanic and owner of a Pioneer Corp DVD recorder with an 80-gigabyte hard drive."
Dec 12, 2003
"A new file-sharing standard designed to distribute copyrighted music and movies legitimately has been developed by a technology consortium. The system could deliver any content format to any computer, and users might even earn rewards points for sharing the files."
Dec 11, 2003
"My attorney said it was going to cost our side a quarter million dollars to fight them, and since you're paying their side, too, figure at least half a million. It's not worth it. You pay the fine and get on with your business. What most people do is get terrified and pay their license and continue to pay their licenses. And they do that no matter what the license program turns into."
Dec 11, 2003
IFPI warns venture capitalists: "Companies that invest in file-sharing or peer-to-peer Web sites and those that help them collect their monthly subscription fees should reconsider co-operating with the sites now that prosecutors have filed charges against Taiwan's largest on-line file-sharing site, Kuro.com.tw."
Dec 11, 2003
"The Acacia case highlights why a growing chorus of corporate and government officials is warning that the U.S. patent system is broken, threatening to stunt technological innovation. They argue that an overwhelmed U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is simply approving too many dubious and overly broad patents, especially in the software and Internet realms."
Dec 10, 2003
"Online music piracy isn't likely to vanish soon, but the rise of paid online services and the growing popularity of portable digital music players portends greater demand for digital music next year and better fortunes for the embattled recording industry, music executives said Monday."
Dec 10, 2003
"In the latest effort to respond to the threat from online piracy, a group of large media and technology companies today unveiled a new specification for a technology that will distribute online digital content to consumers while honouring complex contractual relationships that exist among media owners."
Dec 10, 2003
"How the Internet could become a tool of corporate and government power, based on updates now in the works. [...] Staving off the Internet power shift will be a difficult task, made even harder by apathy on the part of users who won’t know what they’ve got till it’s gone."
Dec 10, 2003
"Without competition, an industry can stagnate due to high prices, slow product delivery and limited product innovation. Recent lawsuits that invoke the Digital Millennium Copyright Act seek to curb competition and therefore threaten to bring about those conditions."
Dec 10, 2003
"A new standards group, anchored by Microsoft and Universal Music Group, is developing a technology that members hope will let music, movies and other content be distributed more efficiently online."
Dec 10, 2003
"The advent of such huge amounts of storage everywhere has some important implications of intellectual property law. In particular, it significantly raises the cost of a mandatory DRM dystopia as well as the costs of monitoring for compulsory licensing schemes."
Dec 10, 2003
"Persistence is paying off in the battle between the record industry and music sharers, as Ipsos-Insight determined that there has been a growing willingness among Americans to pay for their tunes."
Dec 09, 2003
"Scimeca said that screen name was used by her youngest daughter, a high school freshman, for a school-related project. But the family's high-speed Internet service is billed to the mother, so she is named in the suit that claims copyright infringement of songs by Pearl Jam, Korn, Godsmack and four other artists."
Dec 09, 2003
"The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leaving his post next month to lead the recording industry's efforts to stop music piracy."
Dec 09, 2003
"Coca-Cola is launching an Internet music download service in Britain next month, the first consumer brand to jump into Europe's Internet music market."
Dec 09, 2003
"As the early buzz over new music services such as Apple Computer's iTunes fades, record labels and technology companies are struggling to turn the services into profitable businesses."
Dec 09, 2003
"The nation's most popular file-sharing, or peer-to-peer, Web site yesterday tried to play down a criminal indictment launched against it by the Taipei District Public Prosecutors' Office, citing failed attempts to close similar sites in the US."
Dec 09, 2003
"There are a lot of smart people at the music companies. The problem is they're not technology people."
Dec 08, 2003
"Internet users who copy music through "peer-to-peer" networks should pay a flat fee to compensate musicians and record labels whose songs they download, a technology trade group proposed on Thursday."
Dec 08, 2003
"Can a file-trading network that promises total anonymity and is based in the Palestinian Territories escape the wrath of the entertainment industry?"
Dec 08, 2003
Press release: "American Internet users expect to pay a substantially lower price for a permanent full-length album download from a well-known, established artist than for a full-length physical CD."
Dec 06, 2003
"Sneaking a camcorder into a movie theater will soon be a crime in California under a new law designed to protect both copyrights and the livelihoods of thousands of movie industry workers."
Dec 05, 2003
"Piracy and illegal downloads, although covered to a fare-thee-well in the press, account for only a fraction of the drop in $$. I think what's happening is all too clear: We baby boomers are just too pooped to party."
Dec 05, 2003
"A federal judge Thursday approved a $143 million settlement of a lawsuit that accused major record companies and large music retailers of conspiring to set minimum music prices."
Dec 04, 2003
"Canada's songwriters sought to require that Internet service providers pay for their users' music downloading habits in a case that could generate millions of dollars in music royalties."
Dec 04, 2003
"Michael Robertson's attempts to save the million-song music archive of the company he founded, MP3.com, appear to have been unsuccessful."
Dec 04, 2003
"Virgin Entertainment Group is planning to launch its own online music service in early 2004, according to a company executive."
Dec 04, 2003
"More people are on the recording industry's naughty list: Another 41 music traders have been slapped with copyright-infringement lawsuits, and 90 more are being warned that they will be next."
Dec 04, 2003
"Among the RIAA's recent targets is retiree Ernest Brenot, 79, of Ridgefield, Wash., who wrote in a handwritten note to a federal judge that he does not own a computer nor can he operate one."
Dec 04, 2003
"The recording industry this week claimed progress in a controversial legal campaign targeting individuals who use peer-to-peer networks, but its optimism appeared to clash with at least some of the evidence, which remains murky. [...] The campaign to date has yielded 382 lawsuits and 220 settlements averaging close to $3,000 apiece. But by other measures, file swapping is hitting an all-time high."
Dec 04, 2003
"A Norwegian hacker who has angered Hollywood by cracking a DVD copy protection code is a cyberspace version of a burglar, plaintiffs told an Oslo appeals court on Thursday."
Dec 03, 2003
"The group is filing 41 new lawsuits and sending 90 lawsuit-notification letters this week, adding to the 341 lawsuits filed and 308 notification letters sent since September."
Dec 03, 2003
"A new nonprofit organization aimed at welding file-swapping and open-source computing advocates into a political force is launching online this week."
Dec 03, 2003
"As the success of digital music services like Apple Computer's iTunes and Napster puts new pressure on corporate and other private computer networks, a generation of tools is springing up to control the software."
Dec 03, 2003
"The American Civil Liberties Union is now representing a University of North Carolina student who's entangled in a fight about downloading music."
Dec 02, 2003
"The economics of copyright enforcement suggest two basic types of alternatives – raising the cost of direct infringement, or lowering the cost of suit. Pursuing a combination of these approaches—selective enforcement, levies, and an arbitration safe harbor—is preferable to the status quo."
Dec 02, 2003
"Australian Web site Ninemsn has announced that it will launch an online music store that will sell music from the big five record labels."
Dec 02, 2003
"Roku calls its first product, the $499 HD1000, 'the world's first high-definition digital media player.'"
Dec 02, 2003
"A major supplier of touch-screen voting machines has agreed not to sue activists and others who posted leaked documents on the Internet about alleged security shortcomings surrounding electronic voting."
Dec 02, 2003
"Norwegian Jon Johansen today faces the retrial of his acquittal for reverse-engineering DVD technology and creating DeCSS in 1999. DeCSS is computer software that Johansen and others wrote in an effort to build an independent DVD player for the Linux operating system. The publication of DeCSS onto the Internet spurred lawsuits against hundreds of web publishers living all over the world for its re-publication."
Dec 02, 2003
"A San Francisco federal judge last week moved the venue for SBC Communications' lawsuit against the recording industry's file-swapping legal strategy, a potentially significant victory for record labels."
Dec 01, 2003
"But we must not lose all discernment in our fight against abuses by large intellectual property interests, because they are touching on to something that affects us all. The ease of storing and transmitting information that essentially takes on an eternal existence is a social issue that we all must face."
Dec 01, 2003
"How will the broadcast flag affect your viewing? It'll be an annoyance for some, but it's not the end of the world some tech reporters predicted. Instead, it's more like the Big Four networks' last stand against their competitors."
Dec 01, 2003
"Where the rules will have more impact is on equipment that could be made now and that people want to buy now, but that the MPAA wants to block. SonicBlue was driven out of seeling the Replay device that would allow anyone with a copy of a TV show to hit a 'Send' button to dispatch a copy across an ethernet connection to a friend of relative with the same device."
Dec 01, 2003
Via Copyfight: "Unfortunately, discovering the inner workings of your own property and sharing what you've learned with your friends is not the legally straightforward activity it should be. For Americans at least, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a troubling reality."
Dec 01, 2003
"Shortly after buying the MP3.com domain name and announcing that its sprawling music archive would close, CNET Networks said Wednesday it will start its own free service for independent musicians online."
Dec 01, 2003
"SBC Internet Services is promoting an online video-on-demand service from Movielink, in the hope of luring new customers to its broadband access with film rentals."
Dec 01, 2003
"Technology companies and Hollywood have been at odds for years now over the conflict between copyright protection and high-tech ways of copying movies and music. Maybe Schwarzenegger's weird administration can be a bridge between the two, allowing Silicon Valley and Hollywood to work together on projects that affect both of them."
Dec 01, 2003
"A group of Washington lawmakers called on Friday for file-swapping companies to help stop distribution of copyrighted materials and pornography on their networks."
Dec 01, 2003
"Lawyers from the record industry and telecommunications giant SBC Communications faced off in a San Francisco courtroom Friday in a dispute over the record label's legal charges against file swappers."
Dec 01, 2003
"This paper proposes that we look for some of the answers to the vexing problem of unauthorized exchange of music files on the Internet in the wisdom intellectual property law has accumulated about the protection and distribution of factual information. In particular, it analyzes the digital information resource that has developed on the Internet, and suggests that what we should be trying to achieve is an online musical smorgasbord of comparable breadth and variety."
Dec 01, 2003
"But the scariest part about all of this is the lack of response from broadcasters, which do not share Wall Street's emerging sense of urgency about how DVR-type technology is being adapted more quickly and undercutting their ad-supported economics more quickly than previously expected."

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