In the Fight Over Piracy, a Rare Stand for Privacy

In the Fight Over Piracy, a Rare Stand for Privacy – New York Times
The University of Oregon with the backing of the State Attorney General has appealed a subpoena from the RIAA on grounds that it is seeking to violate the students privacy. It is an interesting read and justification on not responding to the subpoena. Other Universities have responded, including another state university in Oregon.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Of course, the RIAA is dismayed that a University didn’t bow and kiss their ring and pass along their letters or abide by the subpoena.

Update: RIAA not suing for ripping cds

Engadget is now reporting that the RIAA is not suing the Scottsdale, Ariz., gentleman for ripping cds, they are suing him for plain old downloading.
This was reported widely that he was being sued in the Washington Post and several other outlets. I spoke about it yesterday in a post.

The RIAA is getting quite aggressive, as was pointed out in the engadget article, and is treading on thin ground. Especially if they want to get a ruling on the ripping of legally owned cds.

RIAA suing for copying legally bought CD’s to computer

The RIAA is suing a Scottsdale, Ariz., man because he had about 2,000 songs on his computer that he copied from CD’s that he legally bought and still owned.
The RIAA contends in a brief that they filed with the court “that the MP3 files Howell made on his computer from legally bought CDs are ‘unauthorized copies’ of copyrighted recordings.”

This is ridiculous. The music industry is suing their fans and creating such a bad reputation for themselves, the people are not buying music from the big labels, making it worse for the music industry. Instead of looking for ways to survive in the digital age, they are trying to preserve an antiquated business model that is falling apart. Continue reading “RIAA suing for copying legally bought CD’s to computer”

Democrats: Colleges must police copyright, or else

Democrats: Colleges must police copyright, or else | CNET
It is the responsibility of universities and colleges to teach our kids and promote thought and discussion, not police what the students or staff are doing on the Internet.

What is worse is that they are threatening them by withholding their federal financial aide.  For all the schools, this is a big deal.

But in reality it is the students who are getting the shaft by the Democrats.  For schools to meet the requirements that the Democrats are proposing, they will have to sign-on to subscription services like Ruckus or Napster.

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