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After the failed Christmas airplane bombing, authorities have focused on possible methods to prevent such an attempt in the future. The technology of choice seems to be new full-body scanners that create an image of a person down to the level of his or her skin. While likely effective at detecting contraband, the scanning creates [...]

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According to a recent announcement from Verizon Communications Company, the company will begin issuing “copyright notices” to customers accused of illegally downloading copyrighted material from the Internet. The notices will be sent on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and will be delivered by email or automated voice messaging. [...]

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Save the Music: From Sampling to Streaming

On November 11, 2009 By Steven Reilly

As a big music fan, I was not surprised to read that a new report shows that those who download the most music illegally also spend the most money on music. I know that from firsthand experience. However, while this “sampling” theory has been suggested for years, it has generally been rejected by [...]

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The works of most every major recording artist are now legally available for download. That is, however, except for those of The Beatles. Thus, it came as quite a surprise when, on October 30, the music sharing website BlueBeat.com began offering 25-cent downloads of Beatles music.

The record label EMI, which owns the rights to [...]

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For the last few years Ray Beckerman, a commercial litigation attorney in New York City, has consistently blogged about his experiences in representing alleged music pirates on his blog, Recording Industry vs. The People. On his blog, Beckerman makes no qualms of expressing his disapproval of the Recording Industry [...]

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A federal court held last week that Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a Minnesota single mother of four, must pay $1.92 million in damages to record companies for illegally downloading 24 songs from online file-sharing services.

The verdict actually marks the end of Thomas-Rasset’s second trial. The first had ended in a much smaller judgment of [...]

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In keeping with the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law’s and this affiliated blog’s affinity for covering satirical popular entertainment (see “Respect my Authority!” and “Family Guy‘s Legal Dreams Come True Again” on this blog), a new addition has been made to the list of humorous, if not ineffective, legal [...]

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When President Obama recently visited Queen Elizabeth, he came bearing gifts, including an iPod loaded with Broadway songs. This seems harmless enough, but Fred von Lohmann at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has pointed out that the president may have unwittingly committed copyright infringement.

The problem has to do with the [...]

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Although lawsuits by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) against Internet users suspected of illegal file-sharing have gained widespread publicity in recent years, people seeking to share and download free music online may soon face a new type of obstacle.

The Obama administration recently expressed its intention to continue the Bush-era policy [...]

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Comcast to Cap Internet Usage

On September 1, 2008 By Megan Bibb

The New York Times recently reported that beginning on October 1, 2008 Comcast will limit residential Internet usage at 250 gigabytes of bandwidth per month. According to a Comcast spokesperson, the 250 GB limit should have little effect on typical Internet users, who only use [...]

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