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RIAA and BPI Use Pirated Code on Their Website Because of Course They Do

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. Read More >>

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Google Is Now Deleting Nine "Pirate" Links Every Second

Groups like the RIAA are putting in millions of DMCA requests to pull "pirate" links off Google, and even though it doesn't seem to help, the landslide's not letting up. As of last month, Google was taking down nine pirate links every single second of every single day. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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The Recording Industry's Crusade Against Regular People Validated By £140,000 Appeal

Yesterday an appeals court helped the RIAA extort some £140,000-odd from Jammie Thomas-Rasset for distributing just 24 songs on the internet. The original verdict called for a preposterous penalty of £1.2 million. Sure, this new amount of just under £6,000 a song is lower, but ugh, it's still absurd and horrible. Read More >>

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Recording Industry Succeeds In Ruining a Kid's Life Over 31 Stupid Songs

Yesterday marked the end of Joel Tenenbaum's court battle with the RIAA over 31 songs he illegally distributed on Kazza. A federal judge denied his latest appeal, and now he's on the hook for £426,000-odd. That's just under £14,000 per song — the minimum under the law — plus some wholesale character assassination that has now been sealed with judge's rubber stamp. Read More >>

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Infuriating RIAA Knew That SOPA and PIPA Were Useless All Along

TorrentFreak has posted a supposedly leaked presentation by the RIAA's chief lawyer that says that it defended SOPA and PIPA even though it knew the censorship legislation wouldn't be effective against music piracy. Is the RIAA for real or is it just covering its arse, and what does it mean for your freedom going forward? Read More >>

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Money Won in Pirate Bay Convictions Won't Go Back to Artists Because Ugh

In February, the founders of notorious file-sharing having The Pirate Bay were ordered to pay out £430,000 to music labels; the money was intended to compensate the artists whose royalties had been depleted by piracy. Guess what? They're not going to see a penny. Read More >>

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The Pirate Bay's All For Censoring BitTorrent Links On Google

The RIAA wants search engines like Google to censor links to BitTorrent sites, which sounds just as insane as blocking them at the ISP level to me. Contrary to what you might assume though, The Pirate Bay is actually all thumbs-up for it. Read More >>

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Whiny RIAA Demands Even More Google Censorship

An RIAA bigwig just laid a blog post smackdown on Google, claiming the search giant doesn't do enough to remove links to copyrighted material. Apparently, processing more than one million requests for removal per month isn't enough. Read More >>

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Even After Shutting Down, LimeWire Can't Catch a Break

LimeWire has been kaput as a file-sharing service since October but that hasn't stopped its legal woes. Now, after settling with the RIAA to the tune of £66 million, the MPAA and a host of indie music labels have filed lawsuits against the company as well. Talk about beating a dead horse. Read More >>

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Megaupload Sues Record Label for Censorship

Megaupload says it's suing Universal Music Group. Wait, what? File sharing vector suing copyright holder? Megaupload went on the offensive against the recording industry with a video uploaded to YouTube featuring big name artists. Universal had it taken down (we found a mirror). Read More >>

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These Hollywood Stars See Nothing Wrong With MegaUpload

In the largest outpouring of celebrity magnanimity since Live AID, a bevy of A-Listers have come out in support of MegaUpload. Huh, apparently the file-sharing service is used for something other than providing me easy access to anime and porn. Read More >>

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