Encryption & Copyright

warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/hviiuefp/public_html/modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.pages.inc on line 33.

Labels appear faint-hearted on CD copy-protection in U.S. market

Fearful of consumer backlash, major record labels in the United States have slowed controversial plans for making CDs more difficult to copy, even as tension over online music piracy mounts, writes John Borland of CNET News.

Both webcasters and label look to court to settle royalty fees

Both websites which want to stream audio music -- similar to radio but over the Internet -- and record labels are unhappy with exchanging about a tenth of a cent per listen. Now they want the whole dispute settled in U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. instead. Read John Borland's account at CNET News.com.

Bill would except webcasters with fewer than 500 employees from streaming royalty ruling

One day before Congress adjourned for its summer break, several lawmakers introduced a bill that would let small Internet broadcasters defer royalty payments that could drive them out of business, Reuters and the Mercury News both reported.

EULOGY: 'Tears of Rage' over encryption, and Gnutella creator's death

Steve Gillmor, a respected columnist and technologist for Infoworld, one of the most prominent information-industry trade publications, has borrowed from congressional testimony by Gene Kan, the late creator of the Gnutella file-sharing protocol, to argue the absurdity of encryption as an solution to the music industry's woes.

"Music for free" mantra threat to European recording industry?

Jay Berman, CEO of the Swiss-based International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI), has released a statement lamenting: " 'Music for Free' may sound attractive, but when it is taken without the permission of artists it comes at a high price for the entire music business and society in general. 'Music for Free' means less new music, fewer new artists, less choice, thousands less jobs and a poorer European culture."

"Disney" congressman Berman seeking copying restriction?

CNET News' Declan McCullagh reports that the online news service got a confidential look at legislation being readied in Congress which could sharply limit Americans' rights relating to copying music, taping TV shows and transferring files across the Internet. At the same, the bill would put the business of streaming audio on a better legal footing. Howard Berman, the congressman who represents the area of California which includes The Walt Disney Co., is one one of the authors.

Small webcasters seek stay of royalty ruling

A group of small, independent webcasters called the Voice of Webcasters has sent a petition letter to Congress, asking lawmakers to grant a stay of the recent webcasting royalty rate determination by the Librarian of Congress.

Radiopoly founder says royalty rates play into labels' hands

John Schneider, founder/president of Radiopoloy.com, says the copyright rates set by the U.S. Library of Congress for streamcasting of music online plays into the hands of the major record labels.

Godin's memo to 'media monopolists': Get a backup plan!

Seth Godin, one of Silicon Valley's most successful serial entrepreneurs, has written a brilliant summary of the dilemma facing mass-market monopolists in music and content because of file sharing. His message: Better have a backup plan, because the technology and consumer demand is slowly burning away your monopoly. It's in the July issue of FastCompany Magazine.

Danish court decision arouses fears of ban on "deep linking"

A Danish court has upheld a ban on so-called "deep linking" by one website to another. The impact of the decision is unclear. Click on the headline above for more from the Washington Post, or read CNET News.COM's account.
Syndicate content