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[News] MAFIAA (Copyright Cartel) Starts Calling Horses "Pirates"

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PRS Threatens Woman For Playing Radio To Her Horses Without Paying A Licensing

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| The latest (sent in by a few folks) is that PRS has now threatened a woman 
| who plays classical music to her horses in her stable to keep them calm. She 
| had been turning on the local classical music station, saying that it helped 
| keep the horse calm -- but PRS is demanding £99 if she wants to keep 
| providing such a "public performance." And it's not just a one-off. 
| Apparently a bunch of stables have been receiving such calls.     
| Obviously, this is not a case of random excessive attempts by PRS to squeeze 
| more money out of people. It's become systematic. The group seems to believe 
| that playing music in almost any situation now constitutes a public 
| performance and requires a licensing fee. You just know they're salivating 
| over the opportunity to go after people playing music in their cars with the
windows down.    


Sleight Of Hand: If We Don't Call It DRM, We Can Pretend That DRM Is Gone

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| [I]t's quite clear that many in the content industry still believe DRM is a 
| good idea (or, rather a "necessary" idea), despite the fact that it doesn't 
| work. DRM, despite what they might say, does not "enable new business models" 
| at all.   



MPAA Matches RIAA In Massive Layoffs

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| I missed this one when it initially happened, but it looks like the MPAA is
| following in the footsteps of the RIAA -- who recently laid off a bunch of
| folks. Apparently the MPAA quickly followed suit and drastically scaled back
| after the studios cut the MPAA's funding by about 15 to 20%.

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