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Mr. Sherman’s Magical Thinking

February 10, 2012 Protect IP Act , RIAA , SOPA

I am always impressed with the utter unwillingness of the Entertainment industry to acknowledge the world as it actually is, rather than the world as they want it to be. Perhaps it is a side effect of being in the business of ‘selling dreams.’ In any event, I could not help but marvel at Carey Sherman’s recent New York Times Op Ed “What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You.” Mr. Sherman, the CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and one of the chief lobbyists behind the push for PIPA and SOPA, just cannot believe that anyone could find flaws in the most perfect bill he and his fellow Hollywood lobbyists wrote – especially when they tried so hard to keep balanced and respect the opinions of others! Happily, Mr. Sherman knows who is really responsible for this travesty – that wicked pair of Internet troublemakers Google and Wikipedia!

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Who Really Engaged in Misinformation?

February 9, 2012 MPAA , Protect IP Act , RIAA , SOPA

In a blatant act of hypocrisy, Cary Sherman the chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), as well as his allies, are claiming that the public was misinformed about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP (PIPA) when they opposed those bills.  As Sherman said, “misinformation may be a dirty trick, but it works.”  His organization would know given that for more than a year the RIAA, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and other pro-SOPA and pro-PIPA allies actively engaged in misinforming Congress on the implications of the SOPA and PIPA.  

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PK In the Know Podcast

May 20, 2011 Enforcement , FCC , MPAA , Music , RIAA

On this week’s podcast we discuss increasing transparency at the FCC in light of Commissioner Baker’s announced departure to Comcast, a proposed warrantless entry law for copyright violators in California, and how you can follow in Jonathan Coulton’s successful footprints with the Creators Freedom Project co-sponsored Rock Your Net workshops.  We also discuss “nothing less than a frontal assault on academic fair use” with the Association of Research Libraries’ Brandon Butler.

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U.S. Pushed Spain to Adopt French-Style Three Strikes Law

December 8, 2010 ACTA , MPAA , Piracy , RIAA , Three Strikes

Among the thousands of documents revealed to the press through WikiLeaks are apparently a number that deal with copyright issues. The Spanish newspaper El País has published a number of cables from the U.S. embassy in Madrid regarding U.S. efforts on IP enforcement in Spain.

One of the most interesting is this one from February 2008, which recommended that the U.S. threatened to put Spain on the Special 301naughty list” unless the Spanish government announced it would adopt a three-strikes style copyright enforcement law that would cut users off from the Internet after allegations of copyright infringement.

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LimeWire Liable for Inducement, Vicarious Copyright Infringement

May 12, 2010 Enforcement , Filtering , P2P , Piracy , RIAA

Today, a federal district court in New York found LimeWire liable for inducing copyright infringement and vicarious copyright infringement. The court’s decision, at least on those aspects of the case, may not be terribly surprising, given the precedent set in earlier cases like Grokster, Aimster, and Napster. But a few details of the court’s ruling deserve further mention.

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