Posts Tagged ‘riaa’
  • Danish anti-piracy group “Antipiratgruppen” gets it — Giving up on chasing and prosecuting file sharers.
    by Mike
    Posted November 7th, 2009 at 10:18 am
    Label me a pirate. A renegade. A lawless scum who doesn't care about intellectual property. That's fine. I pay for music in one way or another. I have no qualms or regrets. Here in the states, intellectual property laws and policies are becoming increasingly anti-consumer, anti-artist, and are getting tweaked more and more to benefit labels and other such "middlemen". We're not alone however as many other countries across the world are enacting similar laws. France for example will soon ...
  • Senate Judiciary Committee fails again. Gives thumbs up to RIAA “Bailout” Performance Tax
    by Mike
    Posted October 16th, 2009 at 7:53 am
    This is pretty much disgusting and makes me actually lean towards hating any label or collection agency. If you've been out of the loop, the RIAA's Radio Performance tax is currently the biggest scam this side of hell. Remember in the good 'ol days when new artists and labels would "beg" (by way of monetary payments) radio stations to play new music. Such a model promotes upcoming new artists and music which equates into more money spend on the respective artists down the road. Everyone's...
  • Sour puss Pandora pushing for Radio Performance Tax….again
    by Mike
    Posted October 14th, 2009 at 11:40 am
    You know, it's rather sad that yet another startup and seemingly "open" service is pushing for taxes that have no basis for being issued in the first place. Why the fuss? Pandora, though not new is still rather young in the current scope of reality. You may remember earlier this year how Pandora was putting up a fight against the RIAA and other cronies in regards to increased webcasting rates as the current monetary plan just wasn't working for them. The rate was unjustified and stupid. Pl...
  • Legalized Mob MPAA at it agian — Wants to ban certain TV shows from being Tivo’d
    by Mike
    Posted September 3rd, 2009 at 2:54 pm
    Theres nothing like a little anti-consumer, DRM loving propaganda to get you in the mood to slap a kitten and make new friends in the slammer. The latest bout of stupidity and utter ignorance comes to us from none other than the MPAA. For some time now they've been trying to break everyone's DVR so that we can't record what we watch. They claim such devices hurt sales, artists, and promote piracy -- all of which are baseless claims based on fear and the never ending sense of entitlement, tr...
  • Copyright laws have become nothing more than freedom killers
    by Mike
    Posted July 8th, 2009 at 6:19 am
    At one point in time, someone dreamed up the idea of copyrights and associated laws that would protect the creators content and idea yet at the same time encourage new and innovative products to come forth. In the decades that have passed, sad events and misinterpretations of copyright law have transpired. It is so bad that today, copyright laws and the greedy, senseless dickhead lawyers that enforce them are nothing more than gold diggers and money grabbers who could care less about an indi...
  • The never ending battle that they will never win
    by Mike
    Posted June 24th, 2009 at 3:08 pm
    While some may see me utter the much hated name "RIAA" and think to themselves, "Oh god...not another article about them", fret not as I didn't write it, Mike Masnick of Tech Dirt did, and a fine article he did write. After Jonathan Lamy (RIAA spokesmen/blog write) posted a blog article about a previous article Mike wrote, I was once again convinced just how incompetent, retarded, clueless, and irrelevant the RIAA is becoming. While Jonathan does an admirable job sticking up for his band of ...
  • Another “harmed” musician lashes out against RIAA-Thomas ruling
    by Mike
    Posted June 24th, 2009 at 12:39 pm
    Somehow I don't think this is exactly what the RIAA envisioned in regards to an "open arms welcome" by musicians and record labels alike when the Thomas ruling was given. Granted, while music labels are more than perfectly fine charging convicted individuals unconstitutionally large sums of money, more and more of the very core of their entire case, music artists, couldn't be more disgusted. Yesterday it was Moby calling for the disbandment of the RIAA, today it is Richard Marx has something...
  • Moby wants the RIAA disbanded
    by Mike
    Posted June 22nd, 2009 at 7:47 am
    Whether or not you've ever heard of Moby, a musician that hasn't enjoyed much spotlight time lately, his fight for consumer rights is a noble one to say the least. It all started several years ago when the RIAA started their onslaught of lawsuits against various individuals. Moby wasn't happy when he found out the RIAA was suing people for downloading his songs, regardless of legality. Since those early days, the RIAA has only painted itself a darker picture that is impossible to clean. Be...
  • Technologically incompitent court pings Jamie Thomas’s wallet to the tune of $1.92 million
    by Mike
    Posted June 19th, 2009 at 7:09 am
    While the legallity of Miss. Thomas's actions were always in doubt, the real focus of the cases, (at least in my point of view), was how many songs would she be fined for and how much?  Sadly, the judge and jury apparently don't know the meaning of the word "reasonable" as the fine per song for Jamie climbed from the already proposterous $9,250 to a plain money grabbing $80,000 per song bringing the grand total to $1.92 million (24 songs x $80,000).  From the reactions by Jamie and her law...
  • The TapeWriter: RIAA vomit inducing, incompitent copyright holder slaying wonder device
    by Mike
    Posted June 16th, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    Whew!  What a mouthful.  If you love all things analog and digital, the TapeWriter is your gadget.  Even though tapes are cool and hold a nostalgiac value to them, mp3 files are much easier to carry around, not to mention exponentially smaller.  Thankfully, the TapeWrite makes your life easier and simpler by allowing easy "burning" of your old cassette tapes to mp3 files.  The ease of use is made even easier by the fact that no drivers or extra software is needed.  Backup your legally ...
  • ISP’s not so eager to adopt RIAA “3 strikes” policy
    by Mike
    Posted June 7th, 2009 at 8:16 pm
    A mere 6 months (give or take) have gone by since the RIAA started pushing their latest "3 strikes" campaign in which they were aiming to enlist the help of individual ISP's in order to "fight piracy" and "help protect content holders/copyright holders/yada yada.  The basis of this program was that after 3 accusations, not actual convictions, the ISP would cut off your internet service for good.  From the get go, the ISP's weren't exactly what I'd call excited to jump on board this program...
  • Anti-trust allegations throwin into latest round of RealNetworks vs. MPAA case
    by Mike
    Posted May 14th, 2009 at 5:08 am
    The MPAA much like the RIAA is a universally hated company with policies that are so technologically retarded and outdated it is astonishing that cases are actually being tried over those issues.  RealNetworks, the company who is being sued for their product RealDVD for its ability to circumnavigate the anti-consumer encryption placed on DVD's in order to allow consumers to back up their own DVD's has just thrown another snake into the pit by way of anti-trust allegations.  Hearing such wo...
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