Spotify Paid Out $61 Million To Labels In 2010

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In 2010, Spotify grew from 250,000 paying users in March to 750,000 at the end of the year. During that time, the company paid out just over $61 million to rights holders and labels. Spotify has signed one deal with Sony Music. To come to the US, they will need another large label such as […]

Former Music Industry Bosses Handed Jail Sentences

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The former head of Europe’s biggest entertainment company has been found guilty of embezzlement and divulging misleading information, by a court in Paris. Former Vivendi chief executive Jean-Marie Messier was given a three-year sentence and a fine, both of which he said he would appeal. The court also handed the former Vice chairman Edgar Bronfman […]

UFC Files Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Justin.TV

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Owner of The Ultimate Fighting Championship, Zuffa announced Friday via press release that the company has filed a lawsuit against website Justin.tv for copyright and trademark infringement. The company, owned mostly by Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, filed its suit in United States District Court for the District of Nevada based on the website’s “repeated and […]

Six Years in Prison For Sharing 18 Songs

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Just a few days ago Russia’s Communications Minister announced that big web companies including Google and Russia’s Facebook equivalent Vkontakte are not responsible for the ‘infringements’ of their users. However, this doesn’t mean that copyright infringement of users goes unpunished, quite the contrary. “Russian prosecutors have filed criminal online copyright infringement charges against a 26-year-old […]

Warning: Don’t Visit Torrent Sites, You May Catch a Virus.

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We have an apology to make. In the past we reviewed and recommended many torrent sites, but it now appears that these type of sites have to be avoided if possible. Research from Cyberdefender, a respectable web security outfit, shows that visiting these sites can lead to a disastrous outcome. You’ve been warned. They say: […]

Music Industry Working on Global Copyright Database

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The music industry is working to create a global repertoire database to make it easier and faster for new online music services to come to market. The industry estimates that 100 million euros each year could be saved in copyright administration fees and returned to song writers and the industry by simplifying the current system. […]

Verizon Sues FCC to Overturn Net Neutrality Rules

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Less than a month after the Federal Communications Commission adopted an order aimed at keeping Internet service providers from blocking access to certain Web content or applications, Verizon asked a federal appeals court on Thursday to overturn the new rule. Verizon is arguing that the F.C.C. exceeded its authority, and violated the company’s constitutional rights. […]

Do You Prefer Copyright or the Right to Talk in Private?

Opinion

Five years ago, when I founded the Swedish and first Pirate Party, we set three pillars for our policy: shared culture, free knowledge, and fundamental privacy. These were themes that were heard as ideals in the respected activist circles. I had a gut feeling that they were connected somehow, but it would take another couple months for me to connect the dots between the right to fundamental liberty of privacy and the right to share culture.