Kazaa settles with recording industry

November 3, 2006 at 8:37 am | Posted in copyright, music | Leave a comment

Kazaa, the infamous and once popular file sharing network, has settled with the recording industry for an undisclosed financial penalty.  Why?  After a Supreme Court ruling that media companies could be found guilty of encouraging users to illegally trade copywritten material the party was over.  Morpheus, StreamCast and Kazaa were all eligible for lawsuit.

Earlier this year Kazaa’s parent company, Sharman Networks Lrd., agreed to take steps to block illegal file sharing on their networks and to pay $115 million in penalties.

RIAA targets online video content

June 18, 2006 at 11:11 pm | Posted in copyright, music, tech | Leave a comment

The RIAA is defending the rights of artists once again.  No, it's not the trading of copyrighted video material.  The RIAA is taking legal action against sites like YouTube and Google Video to force the removal of homemade videos that have indentifiable music playing in the background.  Arstechnica has the full report.

The idea that this could be a great way to promote a track via viral marketing is lost on the stodgy RIAA.  True, the association should do everything to stop the illegal distribution of copyrighted material.  But to take action against some kid playing air guitat to "Crazy Train" is… crazy.

Stop humming "Hammer Time" or it will cost you!

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