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Category Archives: Piracy

The RIAA Isn’t Very Good With Money

Posted by on July 15, 2010

According to Hypebot, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) spent $16 million dollars on lawyers in 2008, much of it suing music fans for “copyright infringement.” The amount they recovered? $391,000. A blog points out that in 2008, the RIAA paid the firm Holmes Roberts & Owen, $9,364,901, Jenner & Block over $7 million […]

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Google Issues Massive Music Blog Shutdown Without Warning, Investigation

Posted by on February 16, 2010

As they did last year, Google has, without warning, deleted a number of established music blogs hosted on its Blogger service. The shutdown is due to alleged copyright infringement complaints, though at least one blogger claims his posts were all pre-cleared with labels or PR firms. You may have seen the controversy as the trending […]

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First-Ever P2P Case Headed For Third Trial

Posted by on February 16, 2010

The first-ever P2P case against an individual is heading back to court. The RIAA announced last week that the case of Capitol v. Thomas-Rasset would go before the court again for a third trial after defendant Jammie Thomas-Rasset rejected a $25,000 settlement in January. That first trial, in 2007, found Thomas-Rasset liable for copyright infringement […]

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Obama Administration Supports $675K File Sharing Verdict

Posted by on January 20, 2010

The Obama administration is backing the verdict awarding $675,000 in damages to the RIAA in the case of Sony v. Tenenbaum, the second-ever US case where an individual was tried for copyright infringement. The Justice Department, in a memorandum in response to the defendant’s motion for a new trial, said copyright infringement “creates a public […]

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Former OiNK Administrator Found Not Guilty

Posted by on January 15, 2010

Alan Ellis, the former administrator of the defunct, high-profile music sharing site OiNK, was acquitted by a UK jury Friday on charges of conspiracy to defraud. The verdict comes 2 years after British police arrested Ellis. This was the first trial in the UK where an individual was prosecuted for file sharing. Ellis, 26, ran […]

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