Myce.com Latest Updates

RIAA files complaint on MegaUpload, unlicensed foreign music sites

Posted at 29 October 2011 13:00 CEST by Justin_Massoud

The Recording Industry Association of America sent a notice to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative this week, calling unlicensed music-sharing at foreign social networking sites and cyberlockers a “cynical ploy” to take money out of artists’ pockets and line their own.

Named in the organization’s missive was MegaUpload, owned by the famously eccentric millionaire Kim Schmitz. The other two targets were China’s SoGou MP3 service and Russian social networking site VKontakte.

VKontakte caters to 120 million users, said the RIAA. Coupled with its more benign offerings are music and video file-sharing capabilities:

[VKontakte is] specifically designed to enable members to upload music and video files, hundreds of thousands of which contain unlicensed copyright works. Its dedicated content search engine enables other members to search and instantly stream unlicensed music and movies, giving VKontakte an unfair competitive edge over other social networks that do not offer free access to unlicensed material.

A quick glimpse at VKontakte reveals a Facebook copycat that offers “an all-purpose tool for communication and finding friends.” Unlike Facebook, joining requires an invite from a member. The site is currently ranked the 44th most popular site in the world by website tracker Alexa.

A visual knock-off of Google, SoGou means “search dog” in Chinese. The RIAA wants the company’s dog to behave.

According to the U.S. trade group, the offshoot site SoGou MP3 is “actively involved in the manipulation of its database of unlicensed music” and promotes various American artists’ work.

“What’s particularly offensive about some of these companies is that they intentionally launch music services without any form of licensing as a cynical ploy to gain market share and make more money on the back of artists, labels, songwriters and everyone else involved in the music community,” said Neil Turkewitz, RIAA executive vice president.

It’s unclear what – if any – action the USTR will take to address the RIAA’s report on “notorious markets” around the globe.

A new proposal by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) this week dubbed the “Stop Online Piracy Act” seeks to increase the United States’ ability to deal with foreign rogue sites. RIAA CEO Cary Sherman called the bill “a first step towards a brighter day.”

Click for more news

piracymusic

Click to share

There are 1 comments

paulw2
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 30 Oct 11 08:15
    "A new proposal by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) this week dubbed the “Stop Online Piracy Act” seeks to increase the United States’ ability to deal with foreign rogue sites. RIAA CEO Cary Sherman called the bill “a first step towards a brighter day.”"

    In other words declare cyber war on these countries. It's most likely easier than bombing the crap out of them..

    Post your comment

    You need to register before you can comment

    Like us

    Most popular headlines

    Media Hint content unblocker becomes a paid subscription

    Like most DVD and Blu-ray titles, content provider websites such as NBC, RT&Eacu...

    Home routers vulnerable due major OpenSSL bug

    Not only servers but also home routers are vulnerable due to the Heartbleed...

    Microsoft forces Windows 8.1 Spring Update - else no more patches

    Microsoft will force users to install the Windows 8.1 Spring Update if they want...

    Crucial M550 512GB SSD Review - Pure speed

    • Mon 14 Apr 04:04 by Vroom

    Review: Crucial M550 Reviewed by: ANTONIS SAPANIDIS Provided by: Cr...

    AMD to release Radeon SSDs - Powered by OCZ and Toshiba

    In an effort to offer a complete range of PC hardware, AMD is rumored to be work...

    See all headlines

    Community Activities

    Follow Myce.com