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[News] More Information About Antitrust Against the Intellectual Monopolists (Racketeers/Cartel)

  • Subject: [News] More Information About Antitrust Against the Intellectual Monopolists (Racketeers/Cartel)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 15:06:24 +0000
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2nd Circuit Reinstates Antitrust Claim Against Online Music Providers

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| An antitrust suit alleging price fixing by 
| Sony BMG Music Entertainment and other 
| producers, licensors and distributors of 
| music on the Internet has been reinstated 
| by a federal appeals court.
| The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on 
| Wednesday said the pleadings of music 
| purchasers were sufficient for plaintiffs 
| to pursue their Sherman Act claim against 
| companies who control more than 80 percent 
| of music sold as digital files.


OiNK Admin Explains Why He Thought The System Was Legal

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| Now that the trial is ongoing, Ellis is 
| explaining that he didn't believe that what 
| he did in running OiNK directly was 
| copyright infringement, even if users of 
| OiNK may have infringed on copyright (he 
| does admit to downloading works via OiNK, 
| however -- but that's separate from his 
| admin role, and he claims that he only used 
| it to sample new musicians, and bought the 
| albums of those he liked).


This Is Why We Worry About Net Neutrality Regs: Loopholes For RIAA/MPAA

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| This is what we worry about. It's great 
| that the EFF is catching this particular 
| loophole, but as more lobbyists get their 
| hands on net neutrality regulations, 
| they're going to slip in more and more 
| loopholes like this that will turn what may 
| have great intentions into something else 
| entirely.


Trademark infringement claim: "100 BOOK CHALLENGE"

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| My initial feeling is that they actually 
| have a case. They have a product (see 
| http://www.americanreading.com/products/...) 
| called "100 Book Challenge" and they sell 
| it. They have a registered trademark for 
| it. Groups on LibraryThing with the same 
| name, and somewhat similar conceptual 
| domains, could be a potential problem.



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.


YouTube is Big Fun And Useful

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| Of all of the so-called "innovations" of high tech, I think YouTube deserves
| to be in the Top 10. Some folks, like the MAFIAA, see it only as a den of
| thieves, stealing the bread from their children's mouths. But to me it's a
| fantastic showcase for anyone with minimal tools-- a computer, a camera, a
| bit of editing software-- to create and share. Naturally the MAFIAA and their
| ilk can't stand the idea of not profiting from other people's work, but I
| think it's great stuff. I love the mis-heard lyric music videos, like Crazy
| Indian Video... Buffalaxed! and Have You Ever Seen Lorraine?. How else could
| you do something like that-- with puppets? Video tape? Super 8 movies? It's
| the modern version of "hey gang, let's put on a show!"


YouTubers given share of ad cash

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| In the US some contributors are already earning thousands of dollars each
| month from their films, according to the video-sharing site.


Microsoft Using YouTube To Promote Vista & Live, Leaves Comments Open

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| The more interesting aspect is that Microsoft would use the Google owned
| YouTube for such as promotion; it certainly demonstrates just how powerful
| the market position of YouTube has become over the last 2 years that
| Microsoft would use it to promote their products.


Youtube for your TV enters its beta phase

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| Watching Youtube videos on your TV set just got more friendly, as
| the "Youtube browser" feature of the Linux based OSD device has entered its
| beta phase.


Google To Acquire YouTube for $1.65 Billion in Stock

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| Google Inc. announced today that it has agreed to acquire YouTube, the
| consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos
| through a Web experience, for $1.65 billion in a stock-for-stock
| transaction.  Following the acquisition, YouTube will operate
| independently to preserve its successful brand and passionate community.


Can Natalie Portman encore her YouTube role?

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| Microsoft's new site, Soapbox, hosting some famous pirated clips


Microsoft Befriends Google's Foes

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| After a government- and monopoly-inspired period in which Microsoft had
| to pretend to be a gentle force for global good, the company is being
| forced to return to its ruthless roots. Ironically, it is doing this
| in part by decrying the unfair practices of a competitor and
| shamelessly sucking up to the Establishment.


Viacom's $1 Billion Lawsuit Of YouTube: Google Replaces Attorneys On The Case

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| The lawsuit was filed in march last year, and in May, Google hired Phil Beck,
| a partner with Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, to lead its
| defense. Beck has represented George W. Bush in Florida during the 2000
| presidential election, and Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT - News) during its
| anti-trust trial.


Legal Titans Glare At Each Other Across Google-Viacom Battlefield

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| The Viacom versus Google case is going to be an interesting showdown.


Viacom: 'Daily Show' clips just the beginning

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| In the meantime, there's still the matter of that $1 billion lawsuit. Viacom
| earlier this year sued Google over the misappropriation of copyrighted
| content on YouTube.

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