BlackBerry’s BBM Music service launches out of beta
Research In Motion has officially launched its BBM Music service in three countries: the US, Canada and Australia. The new service has been in beta since mid-August, powered by Omnifone's music platform.
November 3, 2011
VC Fred Wilson hits out at E-PARASITES bill
The reworked PROTECT-IP legislation in the US continues to arouse strong opposition from the technology industry, angry at its implications for the existing DMCA safe harbours.
October 31, 2011
Renamed E-PARASITE Act faces criticism from tech industry
The House version of the US PROTECT IP bill has been published, with a new name: the Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act of 2011. Yes, the E-PARASITE Act, although its...
October 27, 2011
Justin Bieber not going to prison for copyright infringement
Well, obviously. But Bieber has become one of the flashpoints in a debate in the US about new legislation that could make unauthorised web streaming of copyright work a felony offence, punished by jail terms of up to five...
October 25, 2011
US Protect IP act costs estimate at $47m
The US Congressional Budget Office has published details of how much it expects the anti-piracy Protect IP Act to cost over the next five years. And? $47 million, with a decent chunk of that going on the staff required to...
August 19, 2011
US labels and artists prepare for battle over termination rights
Artists including Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Tom Waits and Loretta Lynn are among the artists who have filed papers to take back ownership of recordings from 1978 under US 'termination rights' laws. The New York Times has a big...
August 16, 2011
eMusic launches radio feature for US subscribers
eMusic has a new beta feature in the US: eMusic Radio. It's a branded non-interactive online radio station offering free streams of songs picked by the eMusic editorial team. Channels are themed, usually around genre, with...
August 15, 2011
US domain seizures don’t violate First Amendment rules court
The US government's moves to seize domain names belonging to foreign sites accused of piracy has been controversial, but according to a District Court judge, it's not illegal. One of the sites whose domain has been seized,...
August 8, 2011
FBI and UK/Dutch police make Anonymous arrests
16 people in the US have been arrested after a wave of raids by the FBI, targeted at suspected members of the Anonymous hacking collective. The action wasn't music-related: 14 of the people arrested have been charged with...
July 20, 2011
EFF criticises US graduated response plans
Last week, a group of US ISPs and content rightsholders agreed a plan to introduce graduated response measures to tackle online piracy. Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation has attacked the deal, which isn't a surprise,...
July 19, 2011
US ISPs agree graduated response plan with entertainment industries
While the UK industry continues to wrangle with ISPs over the implementation of the Digital Economy Act, the US industry appears to be going down the voluntary route. US ISPs including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Cablevision...
July 8, 2011