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LimeWire shutdown leads to massive drop in music piracy

LimeWire might not have been the downloading program of choice for elite users like those of you reading Download Squad right now, but there's no denying its popularity with the average user. So when the Gnutella-powered LimeWire was shut down once and for all, there was little doubt that the impact on music piracy would be significant. As TorrentFreak reports, the number of users utilizing P2P...

LimeWire throws in the towel, shutters their Music Store

Napster, the venerable grandfather of music downloading apps, staged somewhat of an amazing comeback a few years ago -- becoming a fully legal music service. If you were expecting the same from LimeWire after the recent kick-in-the-groin bestowed upon it by the RIAA, your hopes may have been officially dashed. LimeWire has sent out a PR missive stating that they have been forced to shut down...

Judge rules that circumventing DRM is not illegal

In what will surely become a landmark case -- or at least a massive thorn in the MPAA and RIAA's clubbed, pygmy feet -- a judge has ruled that bypassing DRM via hacking, reverse engineering or any other means is not in itself illegal. The case itself ruled that General Electric, in using hacked security dongles to repair some uninterruptible power supplies produced by another company, did not...

RIAA forks out $64 million to catch music pirates, recovers just $1.3 million in 3 years

From the putting-a-smile-on-your-newly-awoken-face department... The aptly named Recording Industry vs. The People blog has done a little investigative journalism and produced some fantastic figures that truly illustrate just how pathetically pointless the RIAA is. Over the course of three years, the RIAA has spent a total of $64 million in the tracking down and prosecution of music pirates....

BPI sends Google cease-and-desist order: 'Hey, stop indexing MP3s!'

The BPI -- Britain's equivalent of the American RIAA -- has sent a cease-and-desist order to Google, demanding that it removes links to one-click hosting sites with copyrighted MP3s from its search results. The DMCA notice (which you can read in full at Chilling Effects) cites 38 copyrighted works that are all easily found using simple Google searches. The cease-and-desist even lists the search...

Court finds LimeWire guilty of copyright infringement, RIAA cackles gleefully

Chalk one up for the music industry lobby: the RIAA has won a major victory against LimeWire, the popular Gnutella and bittorrent client. Try as LimeWire might to at least appear to be playing by the rules, the court saw things otherwise. When you install LimeWire, the program does ask you if you plan on using it to download copyrighted stuff you shouldn't. It also warns you prior to...

BitTorrent users beware: malware tries (and succeeds!) to extort money

Those crazy phishers! Barely a day goes by without some crazy new method of liberating people of their hard-earned cash. Today though, we have a new attack vector: rather than focusing on the old and stupid, this attack targets pirates! This new malware attack, detailed by TorrentFreak, relies on a combination of fear and uncertainty to extort money from file sharers. The malware installs...

Music pirates spend more on music than their legal, law-abiding brethren

The results of a survey, announced yesterday, show that the biggest buyers of music are in fact those that pirate the most. The conclusions come from a poll of 1,000 people between the ages of 16 and 50, with 10% of those admitting they download music illegally -- so it's not a huge slice of the population, and it's by no means conclusive, but I think it just confirms what we already know: it's...

RIAA hopes unpaid child labour will help fight piracy

It's no secret that I reserve special levels of scorn for the Record Industry Association of America - the music industry body whose moments of fame include suing the dead for copyright theft and in the process destroying any consumer goodwill towards the music labels. It's not that I loathe paying for my music - nothing could be farther from the truth - it's just that as a legitimate customer, I...

UK Music Industry unsurprisingly backs File-Sharer disconnections

Just one day after the French Government passed a law that lets judges disconnect users whose computer networks have shown sufficient evidence of illegal file sharing, the UK government's plans to disconnect filesharers have also received an unsurprising boost: from the UK music industry. The Guardian newspaper today quotes UK Music (a consortium of music industry interests here across the...

Congress extends deadline for Internet radio royalty negotiations

Royalties have been a bone of contention between major record labels and Internet radio stations for years, and now it looks like the two sides only have 30 more days to iron out an agreement. After they failed to agree by the February 2009 deadline that Congress set last year, Congress took action to extend the deadline to 30 days from last Wednesday. Until last year, the Copyright Royalty Board...

TechCrunch vs. Last.fm vs. the RIAA, Round 2

Remember the panic a while back about social music site Last.FM supposedly leaking listener data to the RIAA? TechCrunch sure does, because they started the rumor, and then faced accusations of shoddy reporting from basically the whole Internet when it turned out to be false. Well, now TechCrunch have uncovered some new information that shows they were right after all ... sort of. Last.fm's...

Even RIAA says Last.fm never handed over data

Last.fm has finally put up an official blog post to respond to the TechCrunch-initiated rumor that they turned over users' information to the RIAA as part of an investigation into leaked copies of the new U2 album. The post reiterates that Last.fm takes its users' info very seriously, and that they really don't have the time or system resources to start running extra data dumps, for the RIAA or...

Last.fm not really sharing data with RIAA

Have you torrented the new U2 album? We won't tell, and neither will Last.fm, if those unreleased tracks show up on your listening profile. That's not what TechCrunch is saying, though. Earlier today, they incorrectly reported that Last.fm turned over listener data to the RIAA as part of an investigation into piracy of the U2 record. According to TechCrunch's anonymous source, "I heard from an...

PirateBay trial results are good news for torrent trackers, users

There's a lot to be said for having competent, well-informed legal representation at a high-profile trial. You think that the plaintiffs in the the ongoing case against The Pirate Bay would have come into the case with a legal team better prepared to argue key points. For example, how torrent files work and why the tracker hosting them is complicit in the act of copyright violation. That's what...