More than 130 CEOs, start-up founders and tech business executives, including Friendster alum Jonathan Abrams and MovieFone's Matthew Blumberg, have come together with a common goal: prevent PROTECT IP from being passed into law. In a letter addressed to Congress, the group broached potential security concerns, DNS issues and the proposal's overall vagueness as key criticisms, reminding members to consider that their votes may also impact small businesses and stymie job creation.
Eleven music labels, including industry giant Warner Bros, have filed a joint copyright infringement lawsuit against porn purveyors RK Netmedia and RealityKings.com.
File sharing company LimeWire was targeted with another music industry lawsuit, as eight music publishers have taken aim at LimeWire.
Where do you go to buy music and movies? Chances are, not to a brick-and-mortar shop. Not anymore, anyway. Not when the Internet offers all those discs at better prices, minus that judgmental employee who smirks at your every purchase. But despite the digital entertainment revolution, some people still love hitting the local shops, touching the merchandise and, of course, putting that obnoxious worker in his place. And in 2011, they did. Trans World Entertainment, which continues to operate more than 400 For Your Entertainment (F.Y.E.) and Suncoast locations, posted net income boosts last year.
Not one to let Netflix be the only company to launch its product in Latin American this year, Apple has finally brought its iTunes store to millions of customers in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and 13 other countries. Free access to the service's cloud-based storage and subscription-based iTunes Match are included, said the Cupertino company.
The continued decline of CD sales caused worldwide recorded music sales to dip 10 more percent in 2009, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said in a statement.
A new IDC Research report indicates the estimated value of pirated content shared during the second half of 2009 in Spain was valued at $6.3 billion, as the nation has struggled to prevent piracy.
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The popular music app GrooveShark is no longer available on Android platforms via the official Market after Google yanked the plug out of its amplifier this week. This marks the second time Escape Media Group's music sharing software has been booed off the stage in as many years.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has won a $27,750 settlement against a university student who reportedly downloaded and shared 37 copyrighted songs when she was in high school.
Muzu agreed on a licensing agreement with the world's largest independent music group Merlin. Besides Merlin, studios like Universal, Sony and EMI share music clips on the video site.
Bad news for ad-supported on-demand music sites like Spotify: One analyst says they lead to a decrease in paid music downloads.
Eircom will block access to The Pirate Bay from September 1st.
Two weeks ago, MasterCard felt the wrath of Anonymous Operation Payback-style DDoS attacks after refusing to process payments that were intended to fund WikiLeaks, the website which began leaking confidential US diplomatic cables last month. Now, the company is preparing to head down another controversial path by pledging to deny transactions which support websites that host pirated movies, music, games, or other copyrighted content.
Finnish anti-piracy group CIAPC seizes child's laptop
Great, here comes another music service that believes it's the answer to Apple's iTunes.

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