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Save the Music America to air PSA’s on CMT and GAC

In 2009 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) estimated 95% of all digitally downloaded music was obtained illegally. This leaves only 5% of potential revenue to be distributed between all those who play a part in today’s music culture, including the most affected group, songwriters and music publishers. While some opponents dispute that number, [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:00+00:00 July 30th, 2012|Client Activity, Digital Downloads, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Row Nashville, Music Row News|Comments Off on Save the Music America to air PSA’s on CMT and GAC

SOPA and PROTECT IP: Is the Sky Falling on the Internet?

By Amber Rose and Barry Shrum If you've cruised the net or checked out your local news any time within the last few months, chances are you've heard rumors currently sweeping the United States about two pieces of proposed legislation : H.R. 3261 entitled the Stop Online Piracy Act (“SOPA”) and S. 968 entitled the [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:01+00:00 December 8th, 2011|Digital Downloads|Comments Off on SOPA and PROTECT IP: Is the Sky Falling on the Internet?

YouTube Uses Happy Tree Friends to Educate on Copyright

By Rachel Galloway IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The views expressed in this article are solely those of Ms. Galloway and may not necessarily reflect the views of Law on the Row or Barry Neil Shrum, Esquire. The last time I watched a Happy Tree Friends video was when I was around 13 years old in the company [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:04+00:00 April 28th, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, RIAA|Comments Off on YouTube Uses Happy Tree Friends to Educate on Copyright

Illegal file-sharing has the greatest impact on the lowly songwriter

A decade’s worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators... and the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business.  -Bono (New York Times, January 2010) The passage of the Digital Economy [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:05+00:00 March 24th, 2011|Digital Downloads, Music Publishing, RIAA|Comments Off on Illegal file-sharing has the greatest impact on the lowly songwriter

Immigration and Counterfeit Enforcement Agency Brings Criminal Charges against Owner of ChannelSurfing.Net

By Barry Neil Shrum & Nathan Drake In November 2010, the Federal Immigration and Counterfeit Enforcement agency ("ICE") recently seized 82 websites and shut them down on the grounds that they were committing criminal copyright infringement. One of these websites has recently become the spotlight of attention:. Brain McCarthy, the owner and operator of channelsurfing.net, [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:06+00:00 March 8th, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, RIAA|Comments Off on Immigration and Counterfeit Enforcement Agency Brings Criminal Charges against Owner of ChannelSurfing.Net

98% of all Statistics are Made Up on the Spot! Fact is, copyright infringement DOES kill jobs.

Mark Twain had a lot to say about statistics, ranking them as the highest of all lies:  “There are three kinds of lies:  lies, damned lies, and statistics.  Twain is also attributed with the more insinuated saying that “statistics are like ladies of the evening, once you get them down, you do anything with them!”   [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:07+00:00 March 2nd, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Internet Law, RIAA|Comments Off on 98% of all Statistics are Made Up on the Spot! Fact is, copyright infringement DOES kill jobs.

The Magical Ring of Gyges: Why Illegal Downloading is So Rampant in the Age of Cyberspace

NBC Universal recently hired a company called Envisional to study counterfeiting activity over the Internet. The results of this study – despite the fact that it is industry funded – are literally astonishing: 24% of all global Internet traffic involves digital theft!  Stated another way, one in every four people surfing the Internet are stealing [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:07+00:00 February 28th, 2011|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Featured, Music Law, RIAA, Songwriting|Comments Off on The Magical Ring of Gyges: Why Illegal Downloading is So Rampant in the Age of Cyberspace

Origins of an Idea–Nothing New Under the Sun?

It was allegedly King Solomon who declared “there is nothing new under the sun!” Now a recent strain of thought seeks to recast King Solomon’s casual observation in order to challenge the basis of U.S. copyright laws, i.e., original ideas. This line of reasoning is perhaps best exemplified in the popular cult film by Brett [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:07+00:00 February 25th, 2011|Digital Downloads, Internet Law, RIAA, Songwriting, Technology|Comments Off on Origins of an Idea–Nothing New Under the Sun?

The Limewire Ruling: New King of the Hill for Illegal Downloading Decisions

The U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled against LimeWire and its parent company, Lime Group, finding them liable for inducement of copyright infringement based on the use of their service by subscribers. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood issued the 59-page decision Wednesday, siding with the 13 record companies that [...]

By | 2017-07-20T17:44:10+00:00 May 13th, 2010|Digital Downloads, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Featured, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Row News, RIAA, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on The Limewire Ruling: New King of the Hill for Illegal Downloading Decisions

Nothing left to lose – the ongoing war on copyrights

Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster once penned one of my favorite lyrics in the song Me and Bobby McGee, i.e., “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”  The sentiment is perhaps appropriate for the ongoing war that is being waged against copyright laws as we know them.  The latest battle in this war [...]

By | 2009-02-09T12:57:03+00:00 February 9th, 2009|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Entertainment Law, Internet Law, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Law, Music Row News|Comments Off on Nothing left to lose – the ongoing war on copyrights