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Comment If Microsoft tried to pull this... (Score 1) 234

If Microsoft tried to pull this off, could you imagine the outcry?

Google just tried to gain the rights to nearly every book ever written, for pennies on the dollar, and they almost got away with it.

Are all geeks so blinded by reflexive anti-copyright attitudes that we can't be alarmed at the prospect of one company gaining so much power at the expensive of authors

Comment Isn't this already covered by laws against fraud? (Score 5, Insightful) 217

Isn't this already covered by existing laws against fraud? Do we need a separate law for each possible variation of fraud? Are they sure they don't need a law that prohibits impersonation over telegram cables or by using smoke signals?

Abe Vigoda

Comment Please stop abusing the term "sharing." (Score 4, Insightful) 309

Copying other people's stuff and giving it away isn't "sharing."

If you want to share, create your own work and give it away for free.

In the past (and present) this is precisely what Richard Stallman did with GNU. He wanted software to be free. Instead of bootlegging copies of Windows (or MS-DOS) he created his OWN stuff and gave it away for free. Now Linux is a force to be reckoned with. If he had simply pirated other peoples' work, this innovation would have never happened.


Submission How much is Spotify paying independent artists?->

Damon Tog writes: David Harrell, of 'The Layaways,' reveals the following:

"For August and September of 2009, we received per-stream payouts of .02 cents, .03 cents, .06 cents, and — my favorite — an amount so small that it apparently rounds to .000000 cents!"

"At the .022 cent rate... it would require 3,500 Spotify plays to generate the same payout as that from a 99-cent iTunes download."

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Comment Did the RIAA know that she was disabled? (Score 1) 663

Were the RIAA attorneys aware of the defendant's illness when they filed the suit? This is not clear from the article, unless I have overlooked it.

This seems to be a result of one of the RIAA fishing expeditions, rather than targeted malice. The judge would have been the best position to... well judge and was apparently unmoved by the defendant's illness. Maybe the judge should be the target of this criticism.


Submission Universal and Sony Plan "Free" Music Servi->

Damon Tog writes: Macworld reports that Universal Music Group (UMG) has "enlisted" Sony to join forces in a new music service. The price of the subscription is expected to be built-in to the cost of digital music players, leaving the music "free" to the consumer. In other news, I have a $100 pencil that I need to sell. If you buy it, I will also throw in tickets to see Van Halen.
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Submission Juror from recent RIAA trial speaks

Damon Tog writes: Wired posted some quotes from a juror who took part in the recent RIAA trial. Some interesting statements include:
  • "She should have settled out of court for a few thousand dollars," Hegg said. "Spoofing? We're thinking, 'Oh my God, you got to be kidding.' "
  • "She's a liar," added Hegg, who just returned home following his 14-hour night shift.
  • "She lied," he said. "There was no defense. Her defense sucked."
  • "I think she thought a jury from Duluth would be naïve. We're not that stupid up here," he said. "I don't know what the fuck she was thinking, to tell you the truth."

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