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Is All Music File-Sharing Piracy?
Morpheus is looking like the heir apparent for the now-unusable Napster. Being decentralized, perhaps Morpheus is more resistant to RIAA lawsuits than Napster. Perhaps not. In any case, the music industry should realize that -- online and offline -- there are legit uses of copyright material that don't require a payment.
Who Will Make the Rules? Music Industry Faces Off at DC Conference
Report on a Washington conference on the digital distribution of entertainment. RIAA, MPAA, and consumer advocates face off on copyright, intellectual property, the DMCA, digital rights, and more.
Are We Promoting Piracy?
After the publication of alt.napster, radio host David Lawrence interviewed Steve McCannell and Tim O'Reilly about whether our story is advocating online piracy. Here's the transcript of a wide-ranging interview.
OpenNap Use Crashes
A Clip2 study shows that OpenNap usage has plummeted since February, probably due to RIAA's notice to ISPs
Now that Napsters filters are in place, where should one go to continue file-sharing? We take a look at the most popular file-sharing programs being used as an alternative to Napster.
Lessig: Fight For Your Right to Innovate
Rather than weakening copyright law, the Napster case has actually strengthened the intellectual property rights of Hollywood, said Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig in a keynote at the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer conference. A political fight will determine whether developers will be free to innovate or subject to the entertainment industry's permission.
Lessons from Napster
Author and Accelerator Group partner Clay Shirky shares four lessons the developer community can learn from Napster.
What Price Innovation?
In light of the Appeals Court opinion on Napster, Andy Oram asks, what do you have to do to innovate these days -- go to jail? Or just go bankrupt?
Code + Law: An Interview with Lawrence Lessig
Even as court rulings threaten to destroy Napster and MP3.com, Hollywood and publishers are developing software that would let them enforce much broader definitions of copyright, says cyberspace lawyer Lawrence Lessig. Code plus law equals a threat to the development of P2P, and more importantly, an assault on basic public rights.
In Praise of Freeloaders
Systems like MojoNation promise to fix the "problem" of freeloading. Trouble is, there's no trouble. P2P is not a Tragedy of the Digital Commons, it's a Cornucopia.
Crunch Time for Napster
Nicholas Petreley says it's not about free speech, it's about free stuff. Meanwhile, SaveNapster.com worries that squashing Napster will hurt peer-to-peer.
Napster Rides Again
Is the song-swapping service a model for a new breed of Net application? A roundtable discussion with News.com's John Borland and Steve Pizzo of Forbes ASAP.
Napster and MP3: La Revolucion or La Larceny?
Steve Pizzo interviews Steve Curry of Emusic.com and Gary Falcon, a music talent manager, to get two different points of view in the battle between the RIAA and the online music community.
Music Industry Turns Heat on Net Music Pirates
Online music fans find themselves caught between the RIAA and Internet companies such as Napster.
NOT Waiting for Godot
An unofficial list of the Napster clones.
Napster: Popular Program Raises Devilish Issues
The RIAA argues that Napster is in effect burglar's tools: It's designed to break the law. Napster claims that they are creating an online community and can work out the copyright issues. Erik Nilsson looks at this dispute.
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Italian Firm's Dolce Music Deal
By Amanda Castleman. "Italian music website, Vitaminic, announced Friday that it is acquiring rival Peoplesound.com, based in London. The 34 million-euro deal unites two of Europe's most ambitious players in the world of digital downloads. Unlike Napster, both sites have harmonious arrangements with music labels. The merger is hailed as a good omen for Italian companies, which more often are acquired (as opposed to acquiring others) in the global market. Vitaminic -- one of the nation's brightest Web stars -- recently took over music pioneer Internet Underground Music Archive and is finalizing negotiations with FranceMp3.com." [Source: Wired News]
Napster Gains Strength out of Germany
By Mike Darrah. This article provides a very brief rundown of Napster's announcement of its partnership with Edel Music AG, a major German record label. Reader comments on the article are also provided. [Source: dmusic]
Pete Townshend on Napster
"My son regarded what we did as illegal. He kept saying it was wrong to steal the music. I told him we were listening to it, just that. When we were finished we could trash it if he preferred. If he wants to fight for my rights he could call up BMI and ask them why my broadcast-related payments were so low during the years The Who were in the top 10 AOR playlists. He might ask them why during the 1989 Who tour, when we paid a huge sum of money to BMI for the right to perform songs I had written, they eventually paid me (after a lot of complaining from my manager) a tiny portion of that sum, excusing themselves because their main payout area that year was Nashville." [Source: http://www.cdbaby.org/]
Net Law Notebook: Napster Controversy Quiet, but Alive
By Doug Isenberg, Editor and Publisher of GigaLaw.com. This article provides legal commentary regarding the most recent developments in the Napster lawsuit. "Then, Napster's stunning Halloween Day announcement that it had struck a deal with Bertelsmann AG to convert to a membership-based service was heralded as a sellout that would end the legal controversy. But, nearly three months later, the strategic alliance has had little impact other than to reduce the number of plaintiffs pursuing Napster. The service is still alive and kicking, and free." [Source: InternetWorld.com]
Napster and friends under fire!
By John Borland. "Bruce Lehman thinks the digital copyright laws he helped write are in trouble, and it's largely the Net's fault. Lehman helped author the laws that govern music, video and other digital media distribution when he ran the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the mid-1990s. Now an international intellectual property lobbyist, he says he's stepping back into the digital fray, creating a pro-copyright coalition aimed at defending his and Congress' work against public attacks." [Source: ZDNet News]
Free Music Equals Net Profits
By Brad King. "Despite its relative anonymity and brief history, the digital music site turned a profit in record time, going in the black just hours after it launched." This article provides the details surrounding the successful launch of The Susquehanna Hat Company website. [Source: Wired News]
Napster Alternatives Lurking
By Jim Welte. "Outside of a brief spell in July 2000 when an injunction was issued against Napster, the vast array of potential proxies have lurked in the hulking shadow of the music file sharing behemoth. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has yet to render its long-awaited decision on that injunction, but Napster's tactics since then belie any dependence on the court ruling in its favor." [Source: Business 2.0]
The Cornucopia of the Commons: How to get volunteer labor
This is Dan Bricklin's essay about Napster's evolving distribution model. "Napster is an example of a manually-filled database that has found a way to use volunteer labor such that normal use increases its value. There has been a lot of discussion lately about the success of Napster in becoming a popular application. I'd like to put in my two cents about what we can learn from it and other successful applications. The answer is not Peer-to-Peer communications." [Source: Dan Bricklin's Web Site]
Legal Expert Sees Napster Competitors Thriving
By Carl S. Kaplan. This NY Times article provides an in-depth analysis of many of the legal issues surrounding the recent Napster decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. [Source: New York Times]
Decision of United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in A&M Records vs. Napster
This is a copy of the Decision of United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., from the Web site of The New York Times. [Source: New York Times]
Napster Loss Is Copyright Gain
By Brad King. "Free speech advocates warn that a court ruling that could effectively force Napster to shut down would further erode an individual's right to share data over the Internet. Victories by copyright holders in three recent court battles could severely limit the way people share information on the Internet." [Source: Wired News]
Napster Secures New Format
By Brad King. " The pressure is on for Napster to create non-infringing uses of its service, and the company hopes ".NAP" is the answer. That's the next big file format to hit the Web if Napster can develop a secure file-trading network that satisfies the major labels' concerns about music piracy." [Source: Wired News]
Napster Clone's Curious Terms
By Brad King. " File-trading network Aimster is using an unusual shield to protect its users from snooping: copyright law sponsored by the recording industry. On Friday, the company released a new "terms of service" contract that reshapes the service as an "information warehouse" for individuals to store files that can be accessed from its private encrypted network." [Source: Wired News]
Congress Again Cool to Napster
By Declan McCullagh and Ryan Sager. "Napster shouldn't expect any help from Congress anytime soon. The chairman of the House Judiciary committee, which oversees copyright law, said Wednesday that any legislation that could help the increasingly embattled firm will wait until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules." [Source: Wired News]
Napster Judge Utterly Frustrated
Associated Press: "A federal judge overseeing the case against Napster on Friday essentially threw up her hands and appealed for help in stopping the exchange of copyrighted songs. For the moment, her ruling guarantees Napster users can continue downloading copyright music at will." [Source: Wired News]
Napster Is Dead! Long Live Napster?
By Amy Kover. "From the looks of things, the record industry finally has Napster right where it wants it. Ever since March 5 -- the fateful day when Judge Marilyn Hall Patel slapped an injunction on the free music service -- Napster has been scrambling to block its users from sharing illegally copied music. In the week after that decision was handed down, the site halted 400 million transactions per day. In effect, the company has been forced to commit court-ordered suicide: The less free music that flows through the service, the sooner Napster as we know it will perish." [Source: eCompany Now]
Music Tracker Takes Wing
(Reuters) "Songbird, the software brainchild of a young Internet entrepreneur, was launched Wednesday with song-swap company Napster firmly in its sights." [Source: Wired News]
RIAA Head: Napster Is Done
By Brad King. "The great Napster migration has begun, as users slowly leave the file-trading service because of the drop in songs available on the network. Meanwhile, the company continues to fight for its life in federal court. To the recording industry that has fought with loaded guns to shut the system down, however, Napster -- and free, indiscriminate digital music sharing -- is already history." [Source: Wired News]
Napster Hits Back
By Brad King. Napster's CEO remains defiant despite increasing legal pressures from the recording industry and an apparent exodus of users from the system. On the heels of Recording Industry Association of America CEO Hilary Rosen declaring that working with Napster's style of file-trading (free and unsecured) was a dead issue for the record companies, a research report found that Napster users were beginning to look elsewhere for their music." [Source: Wired News]
Songbird: Big Huff, Small Puff
By Brad King. "A new software application designed to track users who are trading music files doesn't exactly make good on its claim that it offers the recording industry a viable tool to fight the Napster system. The Songbird application allows anyone who downloads the free software to track down those who share and download music files. Despite receiving an endorsement from the IFPI, an international organization affiliated with the Recording Industry Association of America, the technology hasn't impressed many in the digital music community." [Source: Wired News]
Bertlesmann's Music Play
By Brad King. "The digital music revolution is back in full swing, as Bertelsmann continues its spending spree with the purchase of digital locker service provider Myplay.com. The German media conglomerate will begin integrating the Myplay.com services across its online and offline assets. The goal is to create a network of sites that will allow consumers to find, store, and stream music." [Source: Wired News]
The music revolution will not be digitized
By Janelle Brown. "The dust is clearing from the online entertainment wars. Who won? The record labels. Who lost? Consumers. Once upon a time, a revolution brewed. Righteous artists, technologists and youthful entrepreneurs launched digital music start-ups, determined to take power away from the conglomerates that controlled the recording industry and deliver it into the hands of the little people." [Source: Salon.com]
Napster Service: 2Legit 2Quit
By Brad King. "Napster secures its first music licenses from three of the five major labels, paving the way for the file-trading network to launch its new subscription service by the end of the summer. The deal will have Warner Music, BMG, and EMI licensing music to the Napster file-trading service. Those three labels and RealNetworks are working together in a joint venture called MusicNet." [Source: Wired News]
Hot debate over the future of Webcasting
By Lisa Rein. "After years of big-money litigation, bankruptcy, and polemics, Webcasters, artists, and labels are finally sitting down with the U.S. Copyright Office to hammer out the licenses under which music will be distributed on the Internet. But Webcasters and artists claim that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with its deep pockets and high-placed lobbyists, has hijacked the process and is setting up a world where the music industry fox guards the Internet henhouse." [Source: CNET Music Center]