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Convicted Music Pirate Refuses to Work For The RIAA

Jammie Thomas, a 36-year woman from Minnesota, owes the RIAA $222,000 for sharing 24 songs online. The case was one of the first file-sharing related lawsuits ever and has cost the major music labels millions of dollars in legal fees. Still, the RIAA is now offering Thomas a discount if she will agree to do some anti-piracy work for them in return. However, Thomas is not biting and has resolutely refused the gesture.

» via TorrentFreak

RIAA Hits 25 Million Google Takedowns, Web Blocking Making Things Worse

A few moments ago Google processed the RIAA’s latest batch of copyright takedowns making the organization the music industry’s top sender of DMCA notices. Just ahead of the BPI, the RIAA has now removed more than 25 million URL listings from the world’s largest search engine. But with no clear end in sight, the boss of a UK-based anti-piracy company says the situation is actually getting worse, and it’s all thanks to website blocking.

» via TorrentFreak

It’s another sign that protecting rights moves the needle. We’ve seen indication of this time and time again, more recently from the LimeWire shutdown that resulted in a decrease in peer-to-peer piracy and a simultaneous increase in digital sales,” she wrote in an e-mail. “That’s real money in the pockets of artists and creators.

Researchers: movie studios sold more after Megaupload was shut down | Ars Technica

We have found no evidence that Google’s policy has had a demonstrable impact on demoting sites with large amounts of piracy," the RIAA said in a statement. "These sites consistently appear at the top of Google’s search results for popular songs or artists.

RIAA says Google’s attempts to fight piracy in search results are ineffective | The Verge

After Three Trials, Court Restores Original $222,000 Verdict in Key File-Sharing Case

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered infamous file-sharer Jammie Thomas-Rasset to pay the recording industry $222,000 for downloading and sharing two dozen copyrighted songs on the now-defunct file-sharing service Kazaa.

More importantly, the appeals court agreed with the Recording Industry Association of America that judges are virtually powerless to reduce a jury’s verdict in a copyright case. The appeals court, however, sidestepped ruling on the issue of whether the RIAA must prove “actual distribution” of songs in addition to merely making them available on a peer-to-peer network.

» via Wired

US “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme Will Roll Out Gradually

More than a year after the MPAA and RIAA announced their groundbreaking anti-piracy deal with U.S. Internet providers, the first warning letters are yet to be sent out. Previously, July 2012 was coined as the start date but the responsible parties are still not ready to launch. While TorrentFreak has learned that various ISPs will start the implementation at different times, it remains a mystery which company will be spying on filesharers.

» via TorrentFreak

RIAA: Innovation is the Best Way to Kill Piracy

It took more than half a decade, but there’s finally something we can agree on with the RIAA. After suing college students, shutting down LimeWire and pushing for draconian anti-piracy laws, the RIAA now finally admits that the best answer to illegal downloading is innovation. A milestone, but unfortunately also a message that is bundled with the usual creative statistics that have to be debunked.

» via TorrentFreak

Music Industry Strikes Historic Deal on Mechanical Royalty Rates

Some of the largest trade groups in the music industry have announced in tandem an agreement that sets mechanical royalty rates on digital music going forward. The deal resolves a contentious rate proceeding at the Copyright Royalty Board over statutory license fees and creates new rates and terms for a variety of new “cutting-edge business models,” including cyberlockers and subscription-based services.

The agreement, labeled “historic,” was announced Wednesday by the Recording Industry Association of America, the National Music Publishers Association and the Digital Media Association.

» via The Hollywood Reporter

RIAA: Consumers are shelling out for subscription music

Here’s a message that Spotify and Rhapsody will surely forward to the handlers of Adele, Coldplay, Tom Waits, Paul McCartney, and especially those guys in The Black Keys: Subscription music services saw revenue increase 13.5 percent last year, while the number of the sector’s paying customers climbed 18 percent.

That’s according to the Recording Industry Association of America, which yesterday released year-end music shipment statistics for 2011. The RIAA reported that subscription revenue went from $212 million in 2010 to $241 million last year. The number of users rose from 1.5 million to 1.8 million during the same period.

» via CNET

To me, the most depressing number in the presentation is the $150,000 maximum fine that Congress designates for “willfully” pirating a single copy of a single song under the Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999.[22] This number is grotesquely divorced from the actual damages and harm caused by a single instance of piracy. As such, it represents a naked perversion of “The Law” — turning it from a source of justice into a bludgeon for a powerful and cynical lobby. The music industry has sued more than 30,000 US citizens under this law. Since the consequences of losing would be bankruptcy in almost all cases, the crushing majority of defendants settled without daring to challenge the industry. As a result, the maximum $150,000 per-song fine has never actually been imposed (although one student is currently fighting a verdict of over $20,000 per song,[23] and a single mom was hit with an $80,000-per-song ruling,[24] which was later reduced, but is still being debated in appeal). In determining a given device’s maximum capacity for infringing material, I assumed an average song length of three minutes, and an encoding rate of 128 kilobits/second. I went with 128 kbps because using the AAC codec,[25] this is the rate at which music achieves “hi-fi transparency[26] — which is to say, it becomes indistinguishable from CD quality in most listening environments. This rounds very closely to 1 megabyte of data per minute of music.[27] At 32 megabytes, the Rio (1999’s Christmas hit) therefore had room for about 10 songs, which, if pirated, could represent up to $1.5MM in liabilities under US law. Today’s iPod classic, with its 160GB capacity, can hold 53,333 songs, which at $150,000 a pop is precisely $8 billion.

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