Tag Archives: RIAA

Links to 27th May

China, US

Internet Statistics: China logging on – shanghaiist.com interesting, v. diff profile from US

Digital Britain

Damian Tambini raises net neutrality as a potential loss in the Carter plan www.prospect-magazine.co.uk

Samknows: project to map UK Broadband notspots www.samknows.com

Research shows there are 3 million UK homes that need faster broadband under gov plans news.bbc.co.uk

Slow broadband? or #notspot make your vote count here www.broadband-notspot.org.uk 

Music

OUT-LAW: Companies and agencies move closer to EU-wide music market www.out-law.com

New rate from PRS for streaming music news.bbc.co.uk

Brian Eno: A living art reborn www.prospect-magazine.co.uk ‘as one business folds, several others open up.’

Security

Jack Schofield: avoid Twitter & Facebook phishing scams. OAuth hopeful www.guardian.co.uk

Last FM/CBS allegation

Last.fm rejects Techcrunch claims of illegal behaviour www.guardian.co.uk

Techcrunch challenges CBS/LastFM: deny sending user data to RIAA www.techcrunch.com

Health, research, reporting

TES ‘Fast food makes kids stupid’ media research reports fail himmelgartencafe.blogspot.com

How to read health news from NHS Behind the headlines www.nhs.uk

Ben Goldacre on recent bad reporting of health stories www.badscience.net

Freedom of Information Act

Open Rights Group: comprehensive report on the application of the Freedom of Information Act over the last four years reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk

BBC’s internal angst re Phorm www.whatdotheyknow.com (revealed by FOI request via WhatDoTheyKnow.com )

Newspapers, blogs, journalism

Padraig Reidy: on free speech ISPs, libel & Nadine Dorries www.guardian.co.uk

Mail on Sunday court apology to Tom Watson MP over Draper emails allegation: entirely untrue www.tom-watson.co.uk

Browser enhancement, Google reader

Shane Richmond: Google Reader bundles blogs.telegraph.co.uk

reframeit.com  Lessig and Rheingold on the board. Browser dependent (FF or IE7) Comment alongside web pages, then share by tweet, email or RSS.

Creative & Science Commons

Open Innovation and IP – Creative & Science Commons discussed at NESTA – webcast now up www.nesta.org.uk

Open Access, Open Knowledge

Questions for the European Parliament from the research community concerning Open Access – www.europenscience.org

Slides, audio and photos from Open Knowledge 2009 are now available okfn.org

Research Information Network developing a scholarly communications toolkit www.earlham.edu

Paying fees for open access publishing: strategic response needed | RIN www.rin.ac.uk

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Thomas case: ‘damages unprecedented and oppressive’ – Judge

District Judge sets aside previous $222,000 award in favour of the RIAA  against single parent Jammie Thomas as disproportionate and orders a new trial.

Extracts from the judgement:

“The Court would be remiss if it did not take this opportunity to implore Congress to amend the Copyright Act to address liability and damages in peer to peer network cases such as the one currently before this Court … The defendant is an individual, a consumer. She is not a business. She sought no profit from her acts.

The statutory damages awarded against Thomas are not a deterrent against those who pirate music in order to profit. Thomas’s conduct was motivated by her desire to obtain the copyrighted music for her own use. The Court does not condone Thomas’s actions, but it would be a farce to say that a single mother’s acts of using Kazaa are the equivalent, for example, to the acts of global financial firms illegally infringing on copyrights in order to profit in the securities market.

Unfortunately, by using Kazaa, Thomas acted like countless other Internet users. Her alleged acts were illegal, but common. Her status as a consumer who was not seeking to harm her competitors or make a profit does not excuse her behavior. But it does make the award of hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages unprecedented and oppressive.”

Full coverage and link to the judgement recording industry vs people