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[News] Musicians Retreat Away from Copyright Cartel

  • Subject: [News] Musicians Retreat Away from Copyright Cartel
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 00:32:35 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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P2P Site Coalition to Help Indie Filmmakers

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| Several of the largest BitTorrent sites 
| including Mininova, The Pirate Bay and isoHunt 
| have joined a coalition of file-sharing 
| partners in an ambitious project to help 
| filmmakers get their work out to the public. 
| Founded by the director of Steal This Film, 
| the VODO project debuts its first title today.


Clubs turn to independent artists for music

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| A new scheme to play and promote independent 
| artists may spell the end to mainstream 
| Australian music at clubs and restaurants.
| The move is part of a plan by the clubs 
| industry to avoid higher music licence fees.
| When clubs, restaurants and hotels want to 
| play background music, they have to pay a 
| licence fee to the Phonographic Performance 
| Company of Australia (PPCA), which represents 
| major music labels and recording artists.


Court Rules That Phones Ringing in Public Don't Infringe Copyright

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| As we reported in June, ASCAP believes that 
| when your cell phone's musical ringtone sounds 
| in a public place, you're infringing 
| copyright. A federal court yesterday firmly 
| rejected that argument, ruling that "when a 
| ringtone plays on a cellular telephone, even 
| when that occurs in public, the user is exempt 
| from copyright liability, and [the cellular 
| carrier] is not liable either secondarily or 
| directly." This is exactly the outcome urged 
| by EFF, Public Knowledge, and the Center for 
| Democracy & Technology in an amicus brief 
| filed in the case. 



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 Â99 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.


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