Online TV/Music

19 November 2006

Whiff of tobacco firms on net Sydney Morning Herald

Is this the last frontier in tobacco marketing or simply a global stage for the look-at-me generation? Thousands of videos of sexy, smoking teens are appearing on the internet phenomenon YouTube, possibly being posted by tobacco manufacturers to recruit the next generation of smokers.

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MySpace sued by Universal Music BBC

Universal Music Group sues MySpace - claiming the site is encouraging users to illegally share copyrighted material.

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15 November 2006

au: Soon recordings will be a crime Sydney Morning Herald

Hundreds of U2 fans used their mobile phones to record Bono belting out their favourite songs at Sydney's Telstra Stadium over three concerts ending last night. Little did they know that under planned changes to copyright laws, they would be committing a criminal offence, attracting a maximum fine of A$6600.

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02 November 2006

Kazaa settles 3rd suit on file-sharing International Herald Tribune

Kazaa, the file-sharing network, has reached a tentative settlement in the last of three major lawsuits brought against it by the music and motion picture industries.

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To the Media, YouTube Is a Threat and a Tool Washington Post

Media companies are of two minds about Internet video-sharing site YouTube. They are unsure of whether YouTube is a friend or a foe -- a threat that could siphon off their TV audiences and ad dollars or a powerful promotion machine that could generate buzz for the shows.

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In Teens' Web World, MySpace Is So Last Year Washington Post

Teen Web sensation MySpace became so big so fast, News Corp. spent $580 million last year to buy it. Then Google Inc. struck a $900 million deal, primarily to advertise with it. But now Jackie Birnbaum and her fellow English classmates at Falls Church High School say they're over MySpace.

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01 November 2006

YouTube purges more clips International Herald Tribune/New York Times

Hitting the financial jackpot may have created some headaches for YouTube. The site late last week began purging copyrighted material from Comedy Central, including clips from YouTube stalwarts like "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," "The Colbert Report" and "South Park."

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31 October 2006

YouTubers cut and paste at their peril Sydney Morning Herald

The days of anything goes on YouTube are over. If you're planning on using copyrighted content as part of your own creative masterpiece, you're more or less inviting legal action, says a new research paper paper authored by Damien O'Brien and Brian Fitzgerald of Queensland University of Technology.

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25 October 2006

Apple's iPod-iTunes code 'cracked' Sydney Morning Herald

The iPod has just had its fifth birthday, but Apple's celebrations may be cut short thanks to a 22-year-old Norwegian who claims he's cracked Apple's proprietary iPod-iTunes ecosystem.

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23 October 2006

YouTube cuts 30,000 illegal clips BBC

Video-sharing service YouTube has wiped nearly 30,000 files from its website after Japanese media companies said their copyright was being infringed.

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20 October 2006

Record industry uploads 8,000 lawsuits The Register

A recording industry lobby group has launched 8,000 new cases alleging illegal file sharing all over the world but none of them is British because the UK lobby group is focusing on its negotiations with internet service providers.

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18 April 2006

au: Kazaa faces new court battle Sydney Morning Herald

The owner of the Kazaa file sharing network will have to fight on yet another front in its long-running legal battle with Australian record companies.

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ca: CRIA's Own Study Counters P2P Claims by Michael Geist Michael Geist

While CRIA regularly trumpets commissioned studies as evidence for the problems posed by P2P, this week it released a major study without any fanfare whatsoever. Conducted by Pollara last month, the study serves as part of CRIA's submission to the CRTC's Commercial Radio Review. What makes this particular study interesting (aside from the fact that it finally includes full details on responses and the actual questions posed), is that much of the data challenges many familiar CRIA claims.

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12 February 2006

British ISPs must turn in customer details ZDnet

The U.K. High Court has ordered 10 Internet service providers to hand over information of 150 customers accused of illegally sharing and downloading desktop software on the Web.

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