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Yahoo! Music rips-off thousands of people

by wjohn1 / December 4, 2011 4:13 AM PST

Record industry watchdog RIAA Sat back and did nothing when music download titan Yahoo! Ripped off thousands of users who legitimately and legally purchased music via the Musicmatch Juke box portal. Yahoo, purchased Musicmatch for $160 million cash in 2004. http://docs.yahoo.com/docs/pr/release1181.html All of this purchased music was encoded with the DRM Digital Rights Management system suggested by RIAA to help prevent piracy. So all of the purchases had to be authorized by a Musicmatch server to be able to be played this worked out just fine until YAHOO purchased them and turned off the servers. So even though you might have a copy of the music it is copy and play protected so you can't listen to it. Yahoo was apparently aware of this issue because the Musicmatch authorization server was redirected to a yahoo server! Even today when I try to play the music, the DRM goes to the encoded license Acquisition server though the server is listed as www.musicmatch.com the DNS is redirected to a Yahoo server I feel I have been defrauded. How is this legal?? According to EFF Electronic Frontier Foundation article dated July1 2006 by Root Jonez "How To Not Get Sued for File Sharing" https://www.eff.org/wp/how-not-get-sued-file-sharing", I states As of July 2006, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has sued over 20,000 music fans for file sharing in just under three years. In 2004, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) joined this misguided, anti-consumer crusade. Filing lawsuits against anonymous "Doe" defendants, the RIAA and MPAA seek to uncover the identities of P2P users and force them to pay thousands of dollars in settlements. Many innocent individuals are being caught in the crossfire". So Why won't RIAA go after Yahoo for reverse piracy???

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The notice was sent out long ago.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2011 4:18 AM PST
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Still issues
by wjohn1 / December 5, 2011 7:23 AM PST

You Still need the license 's to be able to copy to an Audio CD, The root HDD of my music PC died (crashed) thisYear forcing me to Rebuild my Windows And reinstall the MMJB, fortunatly I had made back-ups of my music files but I had no backup of my old C drive hence the old DRM directory is gone and I must Re-Aquire the licenses to copy or even strip the DRM.

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Yes. And four years should have been plenty of time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2011 9:01 AM PST
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Sorry to read about your loss.

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Sorry to have upset you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2011 10:18 AM PST

And I travel too on my job. Again, sorry to read about your loss.

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Thanks for the concern
by wjohn1 / December 6, 2011 12:01 AM PST

Yes!! all was good for a long while but being the perverbal road warrior The little bit of time I am home I do not spend hunched over the PC I do my best to reclaim my life and relationship I did not realize until I had been forced down with a Stroke that my PC had to be rebuilt and I could no longer listen to some of my music when I did manage to rebuild and relaod it. I have since filed with the FTC ... BBB, and Rip-off report. I have also gotten an education on DRM

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too get in on a Class Action to try to restore your music
by wjohn1 / December 17, 2011 2:12 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks for the concern
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I seem to be getting some attention on this Issue
by wjohn1 / December 24, 2011 4:32 PM PST

If you were, or are still being affected by this issue as I am, Please contact the California States Attorney office and file a complaint. I used this link http://oag.ca.gov/contact ... Because all of the purchases were to the credit card on file I believe I used the consumer fraud link http://ag.ca.gov/consumers/general.php

You Should try to contact a Kimberly Christophersen Public Inquiry Unit... And add your damage and experience with Yahoo! inc. They are,!! more inclined to squeak the wheel for a CA resident..... PO box944255, Sacramento, Ca.94244-2550 800-952-5225 (916)322-3360 Re. Yahoo Inc PIU 448218 dated Dec 19,2011

R. Proffitts accertion that you were only leasing.... is incorrect, excuse me ,might be correct, but the product was always presented as a sale,just like buying a CD, no mention was made of strings attached or any other caviot to the sale

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Did not assert.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 25, 2011 1:28 AM PST

If you are going down a legal path I suggest you try a little harder to not assert what others assert.

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