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- Featuring a dissertation by Anthony McCann focusing on Irish music, copyright, and performing rights.
Canada Plays Neutral in File-Sharing War
- Article discussing Canada's stand on file-sharing and the industry watchdogs.
The Droplift Project
- Anti-copyright collective of musicians using samples from popular culture to create challenging and subversing audio collage. Information about fair use and copyright issues in music, along with free MP3 downloads.
File Sharing Doesn't Affect Films and Music Sales
- Argues that P2P doesn't threaten music, musicmaking or musicians because sales are at all time highs.
- Supports the Free Music Philosophy, the idea that all people should have the freedom to copy, distribute, and modify music for personal, noncommercial purposes. FAQ, articles, suggested further reading, links to related sites.
Policing Pirates in the Networked Age
- A professor of economics at the University of Texas at Dallas lists reasons why record industry experts failed to prove their assertion that Napster was gutting industry revenues.
The Problem With Music
- Essay by Steve Albini discusses how the monopoly grants (copyrights) have made the music industry so bloated and unproductive.
Recording Industry vs. the People
- Collects and shares information about the lawsuits brought against ordinary people by the RIAA and the majors. By Ray Beckermann, business lawyer in New York City.
News.com - File sharing legal in Canada
- Sharing copyrighted works on peer-to-peer networks is legal in Canada, a federal judge ruled. (March 31, 2004)
NPR : DJ's 'Grey Album' Spurs Dispute
- DJ Dangermouse (Brian Burton) took vocals from rapper Jay-Z's "The Black Album," mixed them with instrumentals from The Beatles (known to all as The White Album), and came up with "The Grey Album." It wasn't made for commercial release, but the mixes got Internet play. EMI - the label controlling Beatles music - took legal action, and Web sites recently mounted a protest. Joel Rose reports. [7:42 streaming audio broadcast] (February 28, 2004)
Business Week - Big Music's Worst Move Yet
- The RIAA's newest aggressive tactics and legal assault on file swappers is pushing traders to encrypted networks, where file trading will mushroom as well as be untraceable. (January 27, 2004)
Business Week - Did Big Music Really Sink the Pirates?
- Surveys showing that lawsuits have greatly reduced file-sharing may be seriously flawed. By some measures, swaps are actually escalating. (January 16, 2004)
PCWorld.com - P2P Companies Take Aim at the RIAA
- A new group criticizes the recording industry for blaming consumers instead of its own failures. (September 29, 2003)
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