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On March 2, 2011 By Lauren Kilgore
Radiohead, the world-renowned British band led by front man Thom Yorke, has once again taken an innovative step in the digital age of music. You might remember that in 2007, the band released their “In Rainbows” album online with a revolutionary payment system: pay what you think the album is worth. The struggling music industry [...]Continue Reading →
A federal judge has entered a permanent injunction against LimeWire, pulling the plug on the once-popular provider of peer-to-peer file sharing software. This week, Judge Kimba Wood, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, ordered LimeWire to immediately disable its searching, downloading, uploading, and file trading functionalities.
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In the news…
Second Circuit rules pure music download not a “public performance” under copyright law in U.S. v. ASCAP.
New anti-piracy legislation seeks to get Google on board to stop websites that promote copyright infringement.
Death of student, Tyler Clementi, raises new issues for technology [...]Continue Reading →
On June 30, 2010 By Kevin Lumpkin
We all remember Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the first person to ever respond to an RIAA file-sharing lawsuit by going to trial, rather than settling for a few thousand dollars (as the vast majority of individuals sued by the RIAA typically do.) Well, the litigation continues, and the RIAA’s initial award of Continue Reading →
If you are even slightly connected to the pulse of the Internet, you know that LimeWire is a popular P2P file-sharing application that allows users to download and share music, movies, and other files over the web. However, you may also question how it has been around for over a decade, and [...]Continue Reading →
Music business executives may have a rising ally in the war on illegal downloading: the movie business. A lawsuit filed last Monday in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. pits the movie business against those who engage in the unlawful file-sharing of films. Though the lawsuit is not the first of [...]Continue Reading →
Reminiscent of music industry tycoons, producers of “The Hurt Locker” sue BitTorrent users for illegal downloading of the film.
Gary McKinnon, computer hacker that breached Department of Defense and NASA websites, fights extradition to the United States.
Woman’s war against Adobe demonstrates the [...]Continue Reading →
Stay tuned for Guerrilla Radio: Has the Time Come for a Full Performance Right in Sound Recordings in the Spring 2010 issue (Vol. 12, No. 2) of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. The abstract for the note is below:
Musicians and songwriters occupy a unique place in society as purveyors of composition [...]Continue Reading →
This past summer, in only the second lawsuit of its kind to go to trial, Boston University graduate student Joel Tenenbaum was ordered to pay four record labels a total of $675,000 in damages for illegally downloading 30 songs and sharing them online. The decision came one day after the 25-year-old doctoral [...]Continue Reading →
On Friday, January 22, Judge Michael Davis reduced the jury award by ninety-seven percent in a case brought by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) against Minnesota mother Jammie Thomas-Rasset for copyright infringement of twenty-four songs obtained through illegal file sharing, calling the original fine “monstrous and shocking.” [...]Continue Reading →