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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.
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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It’s still open season on Spotify US rumours

We'll bundle all these into one story. TechCrunch has reported that Spotify's web-only Unlimited service will cost $4.99 a month in the US, while its web+mobile Premium tier will cost $9.99. This is based on a screenshot...