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Football chiefs to fine YouTube schoolboy Â5,000

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| BUCKIE Thistle may not enjoy the 
| sophisticated multi-camera TV coverage 
| afforded to more illustrious clubs.
| But for two years David Smith has stoically 
| filmed his beloved Buckie and posted the 
| footage on YouTube for the enjoyment of the 
| elderly, housebound and loyal fans off-shore 
| and abroad.
| The ten-minute clips, complete with team 
| credits, have earned a cult following on the 
| internet, but the Highland League has now 
| threatened the schoolboy with a Â5,000 fine 
| for breach of copyright.


Chuy's told to pay $49K for song use without OK

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| A federal judge has ruled the owners of six 
| Tucson Chuy's Mesquite Broiler restaurants 
| must pay almost $49,000 for playing songs 
| without permission.


NBC, Defender Of All Things Copyright, Copies Blogger's Post Without Permission;
Removes Her Name When She Complains

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| So, with all that, you'd have to imagine 
| that if he found out about a company 
| associated with the Olympics copied 
| someone's blog post without first getting 
| their permission, he'd be pretty upset. But 
| what if that company was NBC Universal? 
| Reader JC points us to the news that NBC 
| Universal's Olympics website has been caught 
| copying a blog post and then when alerted to 
| it, rather than removing the content, it 
| just removed the writer's name. It looks 
| like the attention this story has received 
| has resulted in NBC Universal putting her 
| name back on the story, but the story 
| remains on the site.


Should e-Books Be Copy Protected? 

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| When I wrote about my concerns a year ago, 
| my readers took me to task. "For all you 
| know," went their counterargument, "the 
| illegal copies are just advertising for you; 
| people will download them, try them out, 
| then go by the physical book. Either that, 
| or they're being downloaded by people who 
| would not have bought your book anyway. Why 
| don't you try a controlled experiment and 
| see?"
| Well, it sounded like it could be a very 
| costly experiment. But I agreed. My 
| publisher, O'Reilly, decided to try an 
| experiment, offering one of my Windows books 
| for sale as an unprotected PDF file.
| After a year, we could compare the results 
| with the previous year's sales.
| The results? It was true. The thing was 
| pirated to the skies. It's all over the Web 
| now, ridiculously easy to download without 
| paying.
| The crazy thing was, sales of the book did 
| not fall. In fact, sales rose slightly 
| during that year.



RIAA lied to the US Congress

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| In April the RIAA told US lawmakers that it was not going to chase individual
| file-sharers any more and was going to stop dragging grannies, homeless
| people and kids into court using dodgy evidence obtained by methods that
| seemed to break some state laws.


RIAA: "we have no choice" but to file more named lawsuits

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| The RIAA said it would file no more "new" lawsuits against individual
| file-swappers, but it filed more such lawsuits in April. How to explain the
| apparent contradiction? By defining "new" in a particular way.


The RIAA vs. 19 Year Old Cancer Patient

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| Among the RIAA's latest targets in its campaign to sue its customer base into
| submission is a 19-year-old cancer patient. Ciaro Sauro was ruled a music
| pirate after failing to defend herself in court against charges from the RIAA
| that she was sharing music files online. Ms. Sauro has said she couldn't
| defend herself as she is hospitalized once a week, and vehemently denies the
| allegations that she is a pirate.


RIAA Sued For Racketeering Yet Again

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| A few people have filed lawsuits against the RIAA for racketeering in the
| past, though these charges have always been dismissed. In one such case,
| where the filed charges were dismissed over the summer, new claims were filed
| again charging the RIAA with racketeering for extortion, mail fraud and wire
| fraud in its ongoing efforts involving weakly supported threats against
| alleged file sharers demanding money to avoid being sued.

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