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Streaming now outsells downloads – Recording Industry Ass. of America

Last year, revenues from streaming music topped those of paid downloads for the first time ever. This according to a fresh report [PDF] from the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA), tracking revenues reported by US record labels. The RIAA says that during the year, streaming music revenues accounted for just over one- …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Mar 2016
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Grooveshark cofounder Josh Greenberg dead at 28

One of the cofounders of music-sharing site Grooveshark has died. The Gainesville Sun newspaper reports that the body of Josh Greenberg was found in his bed Sunday by his girlfriend. The cause of death has not yet been determined, though the report says drug use and foul play are not believed to be involved. Greenberg was 28 …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2015
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Cloud music streams outpace CD sales for the first time, says recording industry ass. of America

Streaming music is now more popular than CDs, according to the Record Industry Ass. of America (RIAA). The RIAA reported (PDF) that in the US last year, streaming music sales accounted for $1.87bn in retail revenues, compared to $1.85 in total revenues for disc-based digital media. Physical media as a whole managed to stave …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2015
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Grooveshark caught in a net of its own making

Music streaming service Grooveshark has become the latest casualty of copyright law, courtesy of executives trying to boost its catalogue in its start-up days. In a summary ruling that decides a case launched in 2011, The New York Times reports, Manhattan federal district judge Thomas Griesa entered a filing of direct …

Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties

Online radio service Pandora is being sued by a group of record labels seeking payout for songs released more than four decades ago. The Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) said that a number of its member labels, both major and independent, are seeking to recoup money from the streaming music giant for its use of songs …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2014

MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

A collection of copyright enforcement groups including the Motion Picture Ass. of America and the music label body RIAA want to use school time to teach youngsters about the perils of internet piracy. First unveiled in September, the plan calls for elementary schoolchildren (up to grade 6, or 12 years old) to be given lessons …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Nov 2013
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Supreme Court silence seals Thomas-Rasset's file sharing fate

The Supreme Court has once again declined to hear a file-sharing case appeal, leaving Jammie Thomas-Rasset facing a $220,000 fine for sharing 24 MP3 files nearly a decade ago. Thomas-Rasset, a Minnesotan single mother of four, was the first person to challenge a legal claim by the Recording Industry Ass. of America back in …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2013
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RIAA: Google failing on anti-piracy push

The Recording Industry Ass. of America has issued a report on Google's progress in cutting the availability of pirate websites in its search results, and the verdict isn't so much "could try harder" as "you are an utter failure," as this hack's Latin teacher once judged him. "Our initial analysis concludes that so far Google's …
Iain Thomson, 22 Feb 2013
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File-sharing mom begs US Supremes to void bloated RIAA fine

Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Minnesota mother of four facing a $220,000 fine for illegally downloading and sharing 24 songs, has petitioned the US Supreme Court to hear her case. Thomas-Rasset's lawyers have filed a petition for certiorari (from the Latin verb 'to show') that asks the court to review the charges of $9,250 per MP3 …
Iain Thomson, 13 Dec 2012
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Gay porn burglar must pay $150k for each grumble flick

A gay smut production company has won a $1.5m award against a bloke who shared ten of its movies via the Bittorrent protocol. It's a very rare example of an ordinary individual being whacked with full US statutory damages for copyright infringement - $150,000 per infringement. That's because the defendant Kywan Fisher failed …
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Pirate Bay moves to the cloud to confound copyright cops

The Pirate Bay went down for about five minutes on Tuesday night as the group retired almost all of its servers and shifted onto the cloud. "So, first we ditched the trackers. Then we got rid of the torrents. Now? Now we've gotten rid of the servers. Slowly and steadily we are getting rid of our earthly form and ascending into …
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2012
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Leaked AT&T files show planned anti-piracy measures

A series of what are claimed to be leaked training manuals show that AT&T will get a lot more aggressive with its customers over suspected internet piracy, beginning this November. The documents, allegedly obtained by TorrentFreak, say that AT&T will contact customers who have been identified as pirates by copyright owners. …
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2012
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Thomas-Rasset faces $220,000 file-sharing bill after losing appeal

Nearly five years after being found guilty of file-sharing in the media industry's first jury trial on the issue, Minnesotan mother of four Jammie Thomas-Rasset is back where she started after the appeals court upheld the original verdict. The US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit has found that the original fine of $9,250 …
Iain Thomson, 11 Sep 2012
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Apple to launch streaming online radio service?

The market for streaming media services is growing increasingly crowded, but if sources close to Apple are correct, the 800-pound gorilla is about to enter the room. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, anonymous insiders claim the iPhone maker is in talks with record labels about licensing music for an online …
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Court confirms $675,000 fine for sharing 30 songs

Joel Tenenbaum has lost his request for a mistrial in his long-running case against the music industry over sharing music and now faces financial ruin. The Massachusetts court declined his request for a mistrial and confirmed he will have to pay $675,000 in fines after being found guilty of sharing 30 songs on the Kazaa …
Iain Thomson, 24 Aug 2012
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Google to skew search results to punish PIRATES

Online copyright infringers take note. Beginning next week, Google will modify its search algorithms so that it ranks search results based on the number of valid copyright removal notices it receives for a given site, among other factors. The search giant says it "regularly" receives requests to remove URLs from its search …
Neil McAllister, 11 Aug 2012
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Pirates not to blame for Big Media's sales plunge

Sysadmin blog The RIAA and MPAA would have you believe that piracy is responsible for their decline in sales. This is all of course blame to be laid at the feet of computers, the internet and the generic "digital boogyman." Even without getting deep into the flawed math in play, there are other reasons for the middling returns on investment …
Trevor Pott, 16 Apr 2012
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Pirate Bay plans sky-high flying proxy servers

The Pirate Bay says it is planning a fleet of airborne servers to evade the attempts of anti-piracy forces to shut down their file-sharing service. And, no, it's not yet April Fools' Day. The team behind the site says that the falling cost of GPS and remote-controlled drone technology, coupled with the advent of systems such …
Iain Thomson, 19 Mar 2012

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