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RIAA wins key victory; accused file sharer must pay $220,000

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356w ago - A Minnesota woman must pay $220,000 to six of the top music labels after a federal jury found on Thursday that she violated their copyright.

Accused of encouraging the illegal sharing of more than 1,700 songs, Jammie Thomas, 30, elected to fight it out with the recording industry instead of settling out of court for far less money. The ensuing legal battle marked the first time the recording industry has argued a file-sharing case before a jury.

Since 2003, many of the 26,000 persons sued by the Recording Industry Assoc. of America (RIAA) have avoided litigation by agreeing to pay a few thousand dollars. Thomas, who could not be reached for comment, has always maintained her innocence. Accused of sharing music through the use of peer-to-peer service, Kazaa, she told the jury that she didn't even own a Kazaa account.

The jury didn't buy her argument. Thomas was ordered to pay $9,250 for each of the 24 songs that the RIAA concentrated on. She was initially accused of sharing 1,702 songs. The decision is important in that it sends a message to file sharers that Internet anonymity won't protect them from lawsuits, said Chris Castle, a copyright attorney and longtime music industry executive.
 

Old Zune users get ALL the new features!

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356w ago - From Gizmodo:

"The first generation 30GB Zune–which 1.2 million of you already purchased–is getting all the new Zune's features. All. Sure, the new Zune is more of a half step forward than a completely new design. But Microsoft's done something fantastic here by rewarding first gen buyers with cool new stuff that also happens to be free by software upgrade. And talk about spin– Microsoft just took a middling jump in hardware and turned it into a genuinely good move for loyalists (as well as a PR miracle). Are you paying attention Apple?"
 

Radiohead tells fans to pay what they want for album

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356w ago - Radiohead, one of the world's most influential rock bands, plans to sell its new album from its Web site as a digital download and let fans choose what they want to pay.
With music sales in decline globally for seven successive years, the industry is engaged in a debate over how best to reverse the trend.

Radiohead said its seventh studio album "In Rainbows" would be available from Radiohead.com from October 10 in MP3 format, meaning it can be played on all digital devices. In the latest twist in the move to digital music, fans can choose how much to pay, or can pay nothing if they prefer.

Very interesting concept indeed... think it will work, any fans here?
 

Random Rant (One of Two): Music and Music Teachers

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356w ago - From Seija's Blog on PS3News Forums

Alright. Get ready for the second official Random Rant! This time we'll be talking about music and music teachers. (Post one of two. I decided that I needed to go on another rant which would make this post wayyyyyy too long.)

Now, I'm in this study hall with this really... well... annoying and stiff choir teacher. He's all into the whole choir and doing those usual tired songs that probably EVERY SINGLE CHOIR TEACHER TEACHES. Now, don't get me wrong. It's not just the choir teachers. It's the band/orchestra teacher as well. They're so obsessed with doing classical music and marches.
 

Amazon launches DRM-free music download store

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357w ago - "Amazon MP3 Offers Over 2 Million Songs From More Than 180,000 Artists and Over 20,000 Labels, Including EMI Music and Universal Music Group. Most songs are priced from 89 cents to 99 cents, with more than 1 million of the 2 million songs priced at 89 cents. The top 100 best-selling songs are 89 cents, unless marked otherwise. Most albums are priced from $5.99 to $9.99. The top 100 best-selling albums are $8.99 or less, unless marked otherwise."

Makes you wonder if apple is truly serious about having DRM free media on the itunes store. Locking people in with DRM has undoubtedly helped them move ipods.
 
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