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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 | 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

Columnist David Pogue sings a humorous diddy about the RIAA

New York Times technology columnist and Emmy-award winning CBS news correspondent David Pogue is featured in this YouTube video singing a fun diddy about the digital wave of media on the Internet, ending with a humorous take on the RIAA and its wave of litigation against college students nationwide.  Enjoy   Technorati Tags: [...]

By | February 28th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Digital Downloads, Internet Law, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on Columnist David Pogue sings a humorous diddy about the RIAA

UT Student’s Motion to Quash subpoena is denied in Virgin Records et al. v Does 1-3

On August 16, 2007, Doe No. 28 in the RIAA's action captioned Virgin Records America, Inc. et al. v. Does 1-33 filed a motion to squash the subpoena issued to the University of Tennessee on the grounds that, one, it was unreasonable on its face and, two, it violates his rights under the Family Educational [...]

By | October 24th, 2007|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Music Law, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on UT Student’s Motion to Quash subpoena is denied in Virgin Records et al. v Does 1-3

The Future of the Music Industry – the continuing dialogue

There is a very well written blog entry by McQuinn on the blog MCQESQ entitled The Future of the Music Industry.  You can read the article in its entirety here, and it is well worth the effort.  It attempts with acute perception and finesse to dispel the rampant rumors that the music industry conglomerates are [...]

By | October 19th, 2007|Entertainment Industry News, Life on the Row, Music Industry, Music Row News, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on The Future of the Music Industry – the continuing dialogue

Jammie Thomas to appeal verdict in RIAA Litigation.

Imagine that you have a wireless network router in your home which you set up yourself.  Also imagine that, because you are not computer saavy, you failed to establish a password for that router, or established a “weak” password consisting of only numbers, or your birthdate, or something of that nature.  Consider now the proximity [...]

By | October 9th, 2007|Music Industry, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on Jammie Thomas to appeal verdict in RIAA Litigation.

Mens Rea & Digital Activity

For a very reasoned commetary on the potential impact of Virgin v. Thomas on other Internet activity, read John Mahoney’s article entitled Forget File Sharing: the Internet is on Trial at his blog, The Digital Edge.  Thanks for the insight John. Mr. Mahoney correctly points out that in this age of wireless technologies and computer [...]

By | October 4th, 2007|Music Industry, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on Mens Rea & Digital Activity

Minnesota Judge moves RIAA case swiftly

Judge Michael Davis is moving the case of Virgin Records, et al. v. Jammie Thomas (Case No. 06–cv-1497) along quickly, as the jury was impaneled at 9:30 and testimony began less than two hours later in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.  See my related blog entry True Test of RIAA’S Legal Theories [...]

By | October 2nd, 2007|Music Industry, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on Minnesota Judge moves RIAA case swiftly

True test of RIAA’s legal theories as first case goes to trial.

Although the Recording Industry Association of America started going after individual litigants in 2004, no case has yet to go to trial in front of a judge or jury.  This is about to change. Since 2004, tens of thousands of claims have been filed by the RIAA.  By now, everyone understands the strategy.  The RIAA’s [...]

By | September 27th, 2007|Music Industry, RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on True test of RIAA’s legal theories as first case goes to trial.

RIAA Litigation Procedure Summary

The Recording Industry vs. the People has a very insightful summary of the legal process the RIAA uses to bring suit against people who they allege are downloading music illegally.  To view it, click this link:  Litigation Summary.

By | September 7th, 2007|RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on RIAA Litigation Procedure Summary

Capital Records forced to pay defendant attorneys fees

An order issued July 16, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Capital Records, Inc. et al. v. Debbie Foster et al., Civ Case No. 04-1569-W, the judge ordered Capital Records to pay Ms. Foster $68,685.23 for attorneys fees and court costs pursuant to Section 505 of the Copyright Act.  [...]

By | July 16th, 2007|RIAA Litigation|Comments Off on Capital Records forced to pay defendant attorneys fees