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RIAA Uses Pirated Code On Its Website, Because Of Course It Does

The RIAA is a real stickler about copyright. It basically wants to turn Google into its own private internet copyright police, to make sure the internet is free of offending links. But, as we’ve learned before, the RIAA doesn’t always feel like paying attention to copyright laws itself, and over the weekend we learned that this applies even when adhering to copyright doesn’t cost a cent.


The Content Industry Is Designing Anti-Piracy Lesson Plans For Kids

This painfully reductive video obtained by Wired represents what the movie and recording industries want our kids to know about copyright. It does a really nice job of making “share” sound like a bad word.


Google Search Data Makes The RIAA's Censorship Efforts Look Pretty Dumb

By its own account, the RIAA will submit 30 million link takedown requests to Google this week. Google will ultimately comply with most of them, but the RIAA wants more. Now Google’s fighting back against censorship with data.


The RIAA Just Got Insanely Fast At Censoring Links From Google

It should come as no surprise that the RIAA, of all organisations, plays particularly fast and loose with its DMCA takedown requests. But thanks to a ridiculous blitz, the RIAA just had its 25 millionth link removed from Google search results. And it’s not slowing down.


Not All Artists Hated Napster When It Launched

When Napster exploded onto the scene in 1999, not every musician responded by frothing at the mouth. In this exclusive clip from the Napster documentary Downloaded, you’ll see that artists’ reactions were as diverse as the music they make. Trent Reznor’s smug braininess meets multiple Spice Girls and everybody walks away wondering how Spice Girls haven’t heard of the internet. In 1999. Seriously?


This Is What The Copyright Alert System In The US Looks Like In Action

By now, you’ve heard enough about the Copyright Alert System in the US to know what it is and, perhaps, how useless it could be. But what the hell will it look like in reality?


What Is The Copyright Alert System?

The Copyright Alert System was conceived all the way back in 2011 as a new way to deal with seemingly unstoppable online piracy. It finally goes into effect in the US today, and it will impact a huge portion of American internet users. Sounds scary, but what is it exactly?


The US House Of Reps Blocked Spotify Because It's Scared Of P2P

Ain’t nobody in the US House of Representatives gonna be listening to no Spotify at work. Why? The House’s IT overlords don’t see fit. Not because Spotify is distracting and there’s real work that needs to be done or anything, no. It’s because Spotify has P2P guts and P2P is baaaaaaad, apparently. Yeah, even the RIAA thinks that line of reasoning is stupid.


Here's How Much Pandora Pays Music Artists

Pandora, which quietly reinstated its internet radio service in Australia back in July, wants you to know that Pandora is good for music because it pays artists millions and millions of dollars for their songs. Take Drake and Lil Wayne — they get nearly $US3 million each a year. And Pandora wants to pay them more.


$222,000 Appeal Validates RIAA's Crusade Against Ordinary People

Today the US Court of Appeals helped the recording industry extort $US222,000 from Jammie Thomas-Rasset for distributing 24 songs on the internet. The original verdict called for a preposterous penalty of $US1.92 million. Sure, this new amount of just under $US9000 per song is a smaller penalty, but it’s still absurd.