Your iTunes movies, your Kindle books - they're not really yours. You don't own them. You've just bought a license that allows you to access them, one that can be revoked at any time. And while a handful of incidents have brought that reality into sharp relief over the years, none has quite the punch of Microsoft disappearing every single ebook from every one of its customers.
By: dave
Friday, Jul 5th 2019 (12:00am) | Thanks: swimfan
Not really RIAA or MPAA but copyright-related.
Feel free to use or modify any of these items for personal use ir profit starting next year.
By: spam_vigilante
Monday, Apr 16th 2018 (3:31am)
Well then, you now find yourself in something of a pickle. DRM is coming to the Keurig.
By: dave
Tuesday, Mar 4th 2014 (12:00am)
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One of the oldest tricks in the file-sharing world is to relabel material as something else in order to annoy downloaders. Those downloading Johan Kaosís movie from The Pirate Bay get to see 10 minutes of the production for free, followed by an estimated one hour and twenty minutes of the directorís shaven scrotum.
By: dave
Friday, Nov 29th 2013 (12:04am)
Despite the ever increasing threat of online piracy, Hollywood is allocating less money to their flagship anti-piracy outfit. Tax records reveal that in a period of three years the major movie studios cut their payments to the MPAA in half. As a direct result the budget of the movie industry group reached a new low of $49.6 million, causing wage and legal fee payouts to plummet.
By: dave
Monday, Aug 27th 2012 (4:32am)
A 30-page document containing the master anti-piracy strategy for IFPI (the umbrella group for all the record labels' national associations, like the RIAA and BPI) has leaked. The document, written by IFPI chief anti-piracy officer Mo Ali, has gotten into the hands of TorrentFreak. TorrentFreak's Enigmax summarizes the document in some detail.
By: spam_vigilante
Thursday, Jul 26th 2012 (2:47am)
To put that in perspective for you, $75 trillion is more money than exists on Earth.
By: dave
Monday, May 21st 2012 (12:01am)
With its R rating for "Bully," the ratings board reveals its true nature -- and may have doomed itself.
By: dave
Thursday, Mar 29th 2012 (12:01am) | Thanks: jai dubs
Disney Parody explanation of Copyright Law and Fair Use.

Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University provides this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms.
By: spam_vigilante
Monday, Jan 30th 2012 (11:17am) | Thanks: Jaxon
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Piracy, you think - but no. They were about to unroll a new online publishing system called MegaBox to rival UMG, paying artists 90% of the take and even compensating them for songs downloaded for free. A true game changer in the music industry.

This wasn't copyright protection - it was dying business model protection.
By: dave
Tuesday, Jan 24th 2012 (6:04am) | Thanks: reddit
File-sharing has been recognized as an official religion in Sweden, TorrentFreak reports.

After several attempts, the Missionary Church of Kopimism - which recognizes copying and pasting as sacred acts - has finally been approved by the government. The final hoop the "Kopimists" had to jump through was explaining their system of prayer and meditation.

The church's founder, a philosophy student named Isak Gerson, says, "There's still a legal stigma around copying for many. A lot of people still worry about going to jail when copying and remixing. I hope in the name of Kopimi that this will change."
By: spam_vigilante
Thursday, Jan 5th 2012 (3:14am) | Thanks:
Here's a short video recorded for The Guardian called "Every Pirate Wants to Be an Admiral," in which the case for a less-restrictive copyright as better for culture is laid out.
By: spam_vigilante
Tuesday, May 31st 2011 (4:39am) | Thanks: boingboing
Good thing Jack Valenti's already dead, because this would kill him: Ripping DVDs now legal thanks to a new exemption in the DMCA.
By: dave
Tuesday, Jul 27th 2010 (6:18am)
Have a look at hard numbers and the spiraling trend in RIAA label sales. Rather than use their dwindling funds on innovating their model to embrace the tech that's killing them, they're resorting to re-recording chicanery to try and stave off the flood of artists who are reclaiming their copyrights from the bigs. 2013 will be a huge year in music, as the parasitic dinosaur that is the RIAA will have their house of remaining assets crumble beneath their greedy feet.
By: dave
Tuesday, Jun 29th 2010 (12:07am) | Thanks: look at this
Change dam you, change!
By: ZiB
Friday, Nov 6th 2009 (1:18pm) | Thanks: /.
The founders of The Pirate Bay have been found guilty, with a year of prison time and $3.5m in fines to boot. TPB may disappear with the ruling, but the vacuum will surely be filled with something else quickly.
By: dave
Friday, Apr 17th 2009 (5:27am)
They've got a new 3-strikes-you're-out policy enforced by ISP's in their pocket - not great, but still an improvement.
By: dave
Friday, Dec 19th 2008 (5:41am)
Now, apart from searching for bombs and knives, the TSA will be poring over your laptops and ipods looking for pirated media.
By: dave
Tuesday, Jul 29th 2008 (6:39am)
Piracy is clearly the death of the movie industry, seeing is how they posted bigger profits in 2007 than they have in the 5 years previous. That 9.63 billion in box office receipts certainly proves that nobody goes to movie theaters anymore, opting instead to watch bootleg first-runs on their computertrons, probably while shooting up that marijuana and planning the overthrow of freedom with their pinko terrorist buddies.
By: dave
Thursday, Mar 6th 2008 (5:18am)
It seems that none of the money the RIAA has extorted from fans has ever made it back to the artists, and they're starting to get pissy about it.
By: dave
Monday, Mar 3rd 2008 (3:44am)
Hollywood laid much of the blame for illegal movie downloading on college students. Now, it says its math was wrong.
By: dave
Wednesday, Jan 23rd 2008 (4:13am)
Longtime market analyst The Motley Fool has begun warning investors to avoid sinking money into the record industry. The end is truly near.
By: dave
Friday, Jan 4th 2008 (4:47am)
Now it seems Gene Simmons blames college kids for music industry woes.

The most important part is the music. Without that, why would you care?
By: ZiB
Friday, Nov 16th 2007 (11:51am)
Someone important has finally seen the light.
By: dave
Thursday, Nov 15th 2007 (5:15am)

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