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Submission + - Tanya Anderson Sue RIAA for Malicious Prosecution

DaveAtFraud writes: "Groklaw has the scoop. Tanya Anderson, the single mother from Oregon previously sued by the RIAA (the case was dropped by the RIAA just before losing as a summary judgement), is suing the RIAA and their hired snoop Safenet (Formerly known as MediaSentry) for malicious prosecution. She is asserting claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the RICO Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act. One of the Groklaw readers has already picked up that she is seeking to have the RIAA forfeit the copyrights in question as part of the settlement. PJ has the full story and pithy analysis."

Submission + - Copyright protection without DRM

DaveAtFraud writes: "Infoworld has an article about a German company that is offering music downloads without DRM. Akuma uses a digital watermark technique invented by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits to trace and prosecute only people who illegally upload music. From TFA: "The watermark technology makes slight changes to the data in sound files, such as a higher volume intensity in a tiny part of a song, that are undetectable by even the best trained ears, according to Fraunhofer researchers. However, if unauthorized copies of a download turn up on, for example, peer-to-peer file sharing networks, the watermark allows Akuma to identify the purchaser of a file and take action against them." This means the end user can make as many copies as they want and can even share copies with very trusted friends. The only flaw I can see is what happens if someone loses their music player and their watermarked music gets uploaded?"

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