When you hear about the music industry these days, there are often figures claiming that digital music downloads--led by new initiatives from the likes of Amazon, Nokia, MySpace, and, of course, Apple--are up year-over-year by more than 25 percent, and now account for about 20 percent of overall music sales. But let's get the numbers straight. Despite some bright spots, the vast majority of digital downloads are unauthorized and cost nothing. In fact, a recent report by IFPI, a body that promotes and "safeguards" digital music, says that in 2008 a whopping 95 percent of all music … Read more
More than 2 million people are expected to descend on Washington, D.C., this weekend for Barack Obama's inauguration as president. To prepare for the crush of traffic expected on the network from those in attendance, wireless-service providers have pulled out the stops.
CNET News' Maggie Reardon, who will be in D.C. for the event, joins us today to talk about what steps providers are taking to keep their networks up and running.
Also on today's podcast, Circuit City finally calls it quits, Nintendo continues to crush its competitors in video game console sales, another lawmaker asks … Read more
Jerry Scroggin, the owner of a Louisiana Internet Service Provider, says he's skeptical of a service that proposes to pay ISPs to police their networks for pirated music and movies.
I wrote about Scroggin last month following the music industry's announcement that it would scale back a longtime strategy of suing individuals suspected of music piracy, and instead enlist the help of ISPs to thwart copyright violations.
Scroggin argued that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) should help pay the costs incurred when they ask ISPs to chase down suspected music pirates. Days after the story was … Read more
The numbers are grim, all right, but the music industry still sells hundreds of millions of CDs each year. That's a lot of discs, and sales of downloads won't surpass silver discs for a while.
According to some industry sources, as recently as 2006, CDs represented more than 80 percent of the music sold in the United States. A recent report projects that it won't be until 2012 that download sales surpass CD sales. So fess up. A lot of you are still buying discs, and I want to know who you are.
I'm doing more … Read more
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The Recording Industry Association of America has dumped the company charged with gathering evidence for use against people accused of illegally sharing copyrighted music, according to a report Sunday in The Wall Street Journal.
As part of its controversial antipiracy strategy, the RIAA had enlisted MediaSentry to search the Internet for evidence of people sharing large amounts of music. The trade group's campaign on behalf of the world's largest recording labels reportedly resulted in lawsuits against about 35,000 people.
However, MediaSentry was often criticized for its gathering techniques, often characterized as invasive and excessive.
Earlier this year, … Read more
A federal judge has denied the Recording Industry Association of America's request for an appeal of an earlier decision to grant a retrial in its copyright infringement case against Jammie Thomas.
Earlier this year a jury found that the Minnesota woman had violated copyright laws by illegally sharing more than 1,700 songs. The jury ordered the woman, Jammie Thomas, 30, to pay $220,000 to six of the top music labels.
Social network Facebook has disabled widgets from music-sharing site Project Playlist at the behest of the music industry, several days after rival site MySpace did the same. The reason? The user-uploaded music on Project Playlist that doesn't have industry sanction.
"The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) initially contacted Facebook last summer requesting the removal of the Project Playlist application for copyright violation, and recently reopened those communications," a statement from Facebook read. "We have forwarded the RIAA's letters to Project Playlist so it can work directly with that organization and music labels on a … Read more
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The RIAA says it's done suing individuals that share music files illegally. Instead, the group will focus on large-scale abusers and file-sharing services. In its place, the RIAA expects ISPs to police their users. CNET News' Greg Sandoval tells us the implications for the RIAA's policy change.
Also on today's podcast: Electronic Arts lays off more, Apple is sued over patents related to Apple TV, major cables carrying Internet traffic between the U.S. Middle East and Africa are damaged, and a look at what Dell may have up its sleeve.