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[News] MAFIAA Plagiarises Legalised Bribery Professionals ("Lobbyists")

  • Subject: [News] MAFIAA Plagiarises Legalised Bribery Professionals ("Lobbyists")
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 21:28:36 +0000
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Canadian thinktank withdraws copyright "research" that plagiarised US lobbyists, publishes new balanced recommendations

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| The Conference Board of Canada is a 
| respected think-tank -- or it was, until it 
| was discovered that it had cooked its 
| research in a report on Canadian copyright 
| that had been funded by copyright industry 
| bodies (they discarded the empirical 
| research that suggested there was no 
| problem and instead plagiarised a lobbying 
| document produced by its sponsors and 
| presented it as "research").


Kevin Smith May Try Crowdfunding Horror Film, Red State, After Fans Offer To Do So

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| We've already pointed out how 
| director/writer/filmmaker/entertainer Kevin 
| Smith is a great example of a filmmaker 
| embracing the model of connecting with fans 
| and giving them a reason to buy, even to 
| the point of saying that unauthorized file 
| sharing is just a way to get more fans he 
| can "convert." Apparently, he may take 
| things to another level, by following a 
| crowdfunding effort similar to what we've 
| seen with some musicians and authors. 


European Court Of Justice Reviews P2P Filtering Case

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| In a landmark case the music copyright 
| group SABAM has been chasing a local 
| Internet provider in court, trying to force 
| the company to filter P2P traffic, thus far 
| without result. The Brussels Court of 
| Appeal has now referred the case to the 
| European Court Of Justice where it will be 
| thoroughly examined once again.


Pirate Movie Privacy Case Set For The Supreme Court

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| Should copyright holders be allowed to get 
| the identities of Internet users behind an 
| IP-address for private prosecutions, or 
| should that ability be left solely with the 
| police? Thatâs the key question behind a 
| pivotal hit movie camcorder case which is 
| set to move amid an unusual amount of 
| secrecy to Norwayâs Supreme Court.


Variable download pricing correlated with slower music sales

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| It has been about a year since the music 
| labels got what they had been asking for 
| from the major online music stores: tiered 
| music pricing. Problem is, that system may 
| not be working out as well as the labels 
| had hopedâWarner Music Group has reported 
| slowed digital music growth since the 
| pricing changes, and even though the 
| company tried to spin the news as positive, 
| it acknowledged that the timing may not 
| have been the best.
| Warner's digital sales (and by "digital," 
| it means online sales, not CDs) made up 20 
| percent of its total revenue in its quarter 
| ending on December 31, 2009âflat 
| sequentially from the previous quarter. 
| Unit growth in "digital track equivalent 
| albums" saw a five percent growth rate 
| during the December quarter, though it's 
| down from 10 percent in the September 
| quarter and 11 percent earlier in the year. 
| Digital revenues were up eight percent year 
| over year, compared to 20 percent the year 
| prior.


Warner retreats from free music streaming

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| Record label Warner Music has said it will 
| stop licensing its songs to free music 
| streaming services.
| Companies like Spotify, We7 and Last.fm 
| give free, legal and instant access to 
| millions of songs, funded by adverts. 



Did The Recording Industry Really Miss The Opportunity To 'Monetize' Online Music?

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| Separately, the CNN article is incredibly
| weak in that it makes the mistake of
| implying that the recording industry is the
| entire music industry. It completely
| ignores the fact that the overall music
| industry has actually been growing as sales
| of recorded music have dropped. People have
| just shifted their spending habits, and
| that likely would have happened whether or
| not any licensing deal had been worked out
| in 1999.

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