Curbing piracy in the digital age is an uphill battle for rights holders. The sheer amount of illegally reproduced music, movies and video games available on the Internet makes shutting down sources an exercise in futility; like a Hydra, when one pirate site is killed others take its place. One avenue companies have explored is digital rights management, which puts restrictions on content for legitimate customers as a safeguard for possible piracy. However, new research from Rice and Duke universities suggests that removing DRM may actually be more beneficial for curtailing copyright infringement than including it.
Hungarian authorities raided locations tied to movie piracy group CiNEDUB last week, turning up startling evidence related to its operations. Hidden hard drives, a cocaine-laced snorting mirror, stacks of cash and over a dozen computer towers were among the materials seized by customs organization National Tax and Customs Administration (NAV) and local police. Footage from the raids was released this weekend.
LimeWire, the once-popular Gnutella-based P2P file-sharing application, has settled one of the copyright infringement lawsuits filed last year by over 30 different music industry publishers and record companies, but the companies legal woes are still far from over.
With the strict copyright protection mandates that many national governments are currently working to enact, you would think there would be widespread support of these acts by the artists themselves. After all, the artists are the ones that these antipiracy measures are created for.
Google is making allies in the music industry, with Warner Music reportedly onboard as Vivendi, Sony and EMI consider support for a Google Music service.
Apple iTunes has increased its lead in the U.S. music distribution market, but expects an interesting battle from the Google Android Music store.
Rob Levine, author of "Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business Can Fight Back," is no fan of copyright theft - in case the name of the book didn't already give that away. A new NBCUniversal video has Levine espousing the perils of piracy, taking a stroll through New York City to illustrate a point.
Despite being found guilty after her third trial, Minnesota mother Jammie Thomas-Rasset still has no interest in paying a $1.5 million fine to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
First, music geeks. Then, the world. Apple's iCloud and Google Music Beta helped catapult cloud-based storage into the mainstream lexicon last year, allowing users to store downloaded tracks online and access them on myriad devices. That's only the beginning, says Gartner.
Anyone who hasn’t heard about the raging boy band called “BTS” must be living under a rock. This successful band is reigning worldwide and has seven members namely RM, Jin, J-Hope, V, Suga, Jungkook, and Jimin.In just six years,...
Apple's been expected to launch a version of iTunes with streaming audio, and possibly video, for some time, and a new report says it's not far off.
While the U.S. government debates the new "PROTECT IP" bill aimed at ending piracy with controversial means, other governments are tackling the complex problem the old-school way: by arresting those who operate such illicit endeavors. A report out of France on Monday announced the arrest of three Frenchmen responsible for their alleged leadership of the music and movie file-sharing site, Liberty Land.
Following the House Judiciary Committee's decision last week to postpone a vote on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act until this Wednesday, the MPAA has already predicted a big win for copyright holders. One of SOPA's chief proponents since it was introduced this fall, the trade group believes the bill will be passed "by a strong bi-partisan margin."
BTS is one of the most famous boy bands in the music industry. Originally a hip-hop group that later evolved into varied music genres; the seven-member band has broken numerous music records and even some Guinness World Records.The bands...
Music from a major label could come as cheaply as 15 cents per track through a partnership with the Web site Amie Street.
A federal court judge ruled on Monday that cloud music service MP3tunes does not violate copyright laws when it stored only a single copy of a song on its servers, instead of one copy per user. With all of the cloud music options out there right now including Google and Amazon, there are a lot of people very happy about this decision.