EMI takes locks off music tracks
EMI is taking software locks off its digital music sold via download sites such as iTunes. The “premium” versions of EMI tracks will lack the digital locks common to songs available via many online sites.
Napster lawsuits near resolution
Bertelsmann said that it had settled the last lawsuit filed by a record company over the German media conglomerate’s role in funding the original Napster electronic file-swapping service that was once the scourge of the music industry.
The impact of the Grokster decision on file sharing
How will providers of file-sharing software operate after the United States Supreme Court decision in Grokster? What is the precedent set in the decision and has the file-sharing technology been rendered illegal? And what about Israel?
Can filesharers be made to pay?
The music industry is beginning to understand that lawsuits don’t deter pirates and that it must find ways to make money from P2P sharing
Digital lock’s rights and wrongs
In the 80s, according to record companies, home taping was killing music. Fast forward some 20 years and the devices we use to listen to music may have changed, but the recording industry is still claiming that the illegal copying of their product harms future production.
Europe continues push for iTunes interoperability
European pressure on DRM schemes that restrict the use of purchased music to particular types of player (think iTunes and iPod) has stepped up a notch.
Internet renegades go by the book
The renegade Internet entrepreneurs who started the file-sharing service Kazaa and the online phone service Skype have started a Web video venture that is doing everything by the book.
us: Study: Most don’t see downloading movies as ‘very serious’
Most Americans know where to draw the line when it comes to leaving a store without paying for a DVD, but downloading copyright movies is a different matter, according to a study released Thursday.
us: Fox takes on YouTube in case that pits network against net
YouTube has been subpoenaed by Twentieth Century Fox following the posting of what were at the time unbroadcast episodes of the hit TV series 24 and The Simpsons on the video-sharing website. The subpoena, filed in a California court on January 18, demands that YouTube provide information identifying the subscriber who posted the clips on the site so that Fox can prevent further infringement of its copyright.
Italian court rules downloading isn’t a crime if not for profit (AP)
Italy’s top criminal court has ruled that downloading music, movies and software over the Internet isn’t a crime if profit wasn’t the motivation, though analysts questioned Monday whether the ruling would have much effect on copyright laws.