The new Higher Education Bill requires that the Universities stop all P2P downloads that RIAA doesn’t like AND buy Napster or Rhapsody subscriptions for every student on the campus or lose all federal financial aid.

Jeez, have some special interest group influence, huh?
By: dave
Tuesday, Nov 13th 2007 (5:34am)
In court yesterday, a representative of the RIAA admitted that their 'let's sue the customers' campaign isn't exactly breaking even like they claim, but is in fact a money pit, costing them millions to occasionally retrieve thousands.
By: Dave
Wednesday, Oct 3rd 2007 (6:34am)
So, in case you missed it, last week a company called MediaDefender which assists the RIAA by clogging the p2p networks with dummy files and strongarming the weak accidentally leaked 700 megs of internal emails. The emails contained not only many of their nefarious plots and schemes, but also personal information on their employees and associates - names, addresses, social security numbers, and so on.

Naturally, the leaked emails spread like wildfire on the torrent sites.

Well, MediaDefender has just puked out a spate of takedown notices and legal threats to anyone who will listen, but all they're getting in response is ridicule and abuse.
By: Dave
Thursday, Sep 20th 2007 (6:06am)
Iron Maiden is about to release a bunch of DRM-less music for free with the help of Burger King.
By: Dave
Wednesday, Jul 25th 2007 (6:52am)
You may or may not have noticed that today is Fair Use Day - show some solidarity with your anti-DRM brethren and snap up a couple of these snazzy shirts from TorrentFreak!
By: Dave
Wednesday, Jul 11th 2007 (7:05am)
Nice piece in the Rolling Stone about how the record industry is dying by its own hand.
By: Dave
Thursday, Jun 28th 2007 (6:50am)
By now you've no doubt heard about the HD DVD key that's spread like a rash across the web, much to the dismay of the MPAA and their ilk. If you google the first couple of numbers, you'll get a half a million results.

One of them is today's wootcast. Excellent.
By: Dave
Thursday, May 3rd 2007 (6:36am)
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Not only has the University of Nebraska been unwilling to help the RIAA track down and extort infringers on their campus, they have just presented the RIAA with a bill for wasted time and resources associated with dealing with the group's demands.

They'll never collect on it, I'm sure, but FUCK YEAH nonetheless.
By: Dave
Friday, Mar 23rd 2007 (12:03am)
Tough day for the RIAA. Besides Steve Jobs announcing that he's through with DRM, Judge Lee R. West has ordered that the RIAA must pay the defendant's legal fees if they cannot prove copyright infringement in their frivolous lawsuits.

The bully's going down.
By: Dave
Wednesday, Feb 7th 2007 (5:18am) pony up a few grand for downloading Korn, grandma.
By: Dave
Wednesday, Nov 29th 2006 (7:42am)
Well now they're coming for your home theater.

I know it's been said many times, many ways, but fuck the MPAA.
By: Scott
Tuesday, Nov 28th 2006 (1:48pm)
Now they done it. The RIAA finally sued the wrong person - a multimillionaire CEO who has vowed to fight them in court. He's willing to spend millions to win the precedent and strike the killing blow.

Shawn Hogan, you da MAN.
By: Dave
Wednesday, Jul 26th 2006 (1:27am)
Ok, so you're pounding down cheese fries at a Stuckey's, or knocking back some pre-flight courage in the airport bar, and you notice an RIAA fatcat sitting next to you, puffing a hundred dollar cigar and polishing his monacle with a kitten pelt. WHATDOYOUDO???

Ask some hard questions that decidedly need answering, and watch 'em stammer out the company line.
By: Dave
Wednesday, Jul 12th 2006 (8:14am)
Rosen, the once-leader of the RIAA and spearhead of the Napster lawsuits, now admits that suing your customer base is a bad idea and that the whole concept of DRM needs to be seriously rethunk.
By: Dave
Wednesday, Jun 7th 2006 (8:01am)
The Pirate Bay, arguably the most popular torrent site in the intarweb (and home of many entertaining taunts directed at copyright lawyers), has fallen.
By: Dave
Thursday, Jun 1st 2006 (12:02am)
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What could possibly be so important that it warrants a second RIAA post in a single day?

RIAA sues family that doesn't even own a computer!
By: Dave
Monday, Apr 24th 2006 (1:57pm)
RIAA goes after mom and fails, so they go after 14 year old daughter - judge says knock it off. They're losing their teeth, and fast. Pull up a lawn chair and a sixpack and watch the RIAA finally curl up and die, it's coming soon.
By: Dave
Monday, Apr 24th 2006 (12:01am)
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today announced that its member companies have successfully resolved yet another breach of contract lawsuit involving non-compliant DVD chips that enable piracy. This is the sixth such lawsuit that has concluded with a court-ordered injunction mandating a DVD chip manufacturer to adhere to the content security features of the CSS license.
By: Dave
Wednesday, Apr 12th 2006 (12:04am)
A prominent Canadian record executive who has taken the unusual step of helping a Texas family fight a downloading lawsuit says he has the support of all the artists he manages, including Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan and the Barenaked Ladies.

Fuck yeah!
By: Dave
Friday, Feb 3rd 2006 (12:08am)
Check out this funny and topical toon...
Thanks RIAA Guy!
By: timmy242
Wednesday, Dec 28th 2005 (2:26pm)
The MPA in it's infinite attempt to become more of an asshole than the RIAA started taking steps that makes Guitar Tab and Lyric sites illegal. They don' just want the sites shut down. They want the people who run them to be put in jail.

Wow. Just.. Wow.
By: Scott
Friday, Dec 16th 2005 (2:44pm)
If you've been following the SONY rootkit debacle, it's now about to really kick into high gear: the EFF has filed suit. Thank you SONY for setting the whole DRM movement back a few years!
By: Dave
Tuesday, Nov 22nd 2005 (5:16am)
A woman who was sued by the Recording Industry of America for file-sharing has countersued the outfit for hacking.

Tanya Andersen, a 41-year old disabled single mother living in Oregon, has countersued the RIAA for Oregon RICO violations, fraud, invasion of privacy, abuse of process, electronic trespass, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and negligent misrepresentation.
By: Dave
Thursday, Oct 6th 2005 (12:01am)
The supremes ruled on the Grokster case, declaring that software authors can be held liable for infringing misuses of their software. If you'd like to read the decision, here's a torrent.
By: Dave
Tuesday, Jun 28th 2005 (6:30am)
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