Posts Tagged ‘Music’

“Copyright Criminals” Premieres Tuesday, Jan. 19 on PBS

Copyright Criminals,” a film that examines the conflict between the current law of copyright and the norms of the community of musicians who employ sampling as a creative technique, premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens beginning on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, and will be replayed throughout the week. Check the listings here to see if your local PBS affiliate will be airing it. If not, a DVD of the film will be on sale beginning January 26. Creative Commons sponsored a remix contest to accompany the film on their CCMixter site and you can find the winners here.

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2010 Starts With a Bang for File Sharing

Not even two weeks into the new year, the war on file sharing is already heating up.  Over the holidays, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California held that the site admin of popular torrent tracker isoHunt was guilty of copyright infringement and not entitled to DMCA safe harbor protection. (PDF link to decision here).  This case is one of the first to apply the precedent established in MGM v. Grokster to BitTorrent trackers.  Unsurprisingly, the court held that the technology is irrelevant, and like Napster and Grokster and a slew of others before it, isoHunt’s taxonomical data induced and aided its users in committing copyright infringement.  Eric Goldman nails the analysis over on his blog.

Over on the other side of the pond, the trial against Alan Ellis, the owner of music torrent tracker Oink, began on friday.  Ellis is on trial for the somewhat bizarre charge of “conspiracy to defraud the music industry.”

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