Is the RIAA Chicken Little?

Media Law Prof Blog

Carrier, Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, is publishing No, RIAA, It's Not the End of the World for Musicians in the University of Missouri (Kansas City) Law Review (2014). Michael A. Here is the abstract. Technological advances threaten established

The RIAA’s Never-Ending Battle Over File Sharing

JetLawBlog

million verdict in favor of the RIAA, a fine of $80,000 per song. The RIAA plaintiffs were given seven days to respond, either to accept the lower verdict or seek a new trial. To avoid dragging this matter out any further, it would be best for RIAA to just accept the remittitur.

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The RIAA Picks A New Legal Target (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner RIAA demands subpoena on cloud storage service read more. THR, Esq. Music Music

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The Time to Hesitate is Through: Amazon’s Thievery Requires Decisive Action

Music Technology Policy

Emmanuel Legrand reports in his excellent newsletter that: Music industry trade group the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has asked the US government for tougher measures against infringers, in particular in the online marketplace. You can read the RIAA’s submission here.

@RIAA Opposition to Big Radio Payola Waiver Petition at @FCC

Music Technology Policy

Here’s the RIAA’s opposition filing which in part cites to the same language that David found particularly ridiculous: Note that the example “once a day” notice proposed by the broadcasters states: “Some of the music [and/or] sports programming that you hear on this station is sponsored by [or paid for] by Interscope, Sony, Universal Records, or the Washington Nationals.

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Keeping the RIAA’s Gun Loaded: The Thomas-Rasset Saga Continues

JetLawBlog

We all remember Jammie Thomas-Rasset , the first person to ever respond to an RIAA file-sharing lawsuit by going to trial, rather than settling for a few thousand dollars (as the vast majority of individuals sued by the RIAA typically do.)

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The Turtles Aim to Halt the RIAA's $210 Million Settlement With SiriusXM

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A deal over pre-1972 recordings is characterized as a "brazen attempt to disrupt and interfere with the class action process." read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

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RIAA Exec: 2017 Will be a "Critical Year" for Music Law (Q&A)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"While litigation can be an important tool, it often takes a long time and the results are unclear," says Steve Marks. Solutions between business and industry partners can clear a path through thorny legal issues." read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

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The Turtles Lose Bid to Halt SiriusXM's $210 Million Settlement With RIAA

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The recent settlement doesn't warrant the lifting of the stay on the band's similar lawsuit, rules a California judge. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online Sirius XM Radio

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Global Songwriter and Composer Organizations Send Open Letter to RIAA Proposing Solution to Massive Failures to Accord Credit and Respect International Laws of Moral Rights

Music Technology Policy

Sherman and Glazier, It was with great disappointment that we read the recent RIAA comments to the Copyright Office in connection with moral rights; in particular, with regard to the right of attribution. The RIAA’s argument prioritizes the inconvenience of dealing with accurate metadata over the principle of the protection of the rights of the people upon whose work the music business is built. [ For more information go to BASCA website.]. An Open Letter. 15 th August 2017.

Hollywood Studios Follow RIAA's Lead By Suing LimeWire

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner A $105 million settlement with major record labels hasn't ended LimeWire's headache for proving a file-sharing platform. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Tech Business

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RIAA Attempts to Shut Down Second-Hand Digital Music Store

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner In a cease-and-desist letter to upstart ReDigi, record industry says that the 'first sale' doctrine doesn't apply in the selling of used digital music. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Music Music Business

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@riaa Responds to Songwriter Groups on Moral Rights and Credit Solutions

Music Technology Policy

[We’re big Jaxsta fans at MTP and have a lot of time for that company.]. August 23, 2017. Thank you for your letter explaining your concerns with the filing we made with the U.S. Copyright Office in connection with its study of Moral Rights. . To be frank, we are puzzled by your letter, as it appears to assume that we took a position we neither espoused, nor believe. But we’re glad for the opportunity to set the record straight and eliminate any misunderstandings.

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RIAA to Cease Filing Mass Copyright Infringement Lawsuits, But Will Continue Monitoring Private Online Music File Transfers

JetLawBlog

It seems that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has finally learned the lesson that rampant litigation has a tendency to rack up more costs than are justified by the potential award of damages.

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Hollywood Docket: Courtney Love settles Nirvana dispute; RIAA writes Google; Cameron Diaz is dangerous

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Thirteen trade groups including the RIAA and AFTRA have sent a joint letter to Google in reaction to the Google/Verizon net neutrality proposal. The groups say they are "deeply interested" in the details of the proposal, particularly in the way.

Hollywood Docket: RIAA piracy case to Supreme Court?; Kirsten Dunst's purse; Albert Einstein is buff!

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In February, a college student was ordered to pay the RIAA $27,750 for sharing 37 songs. The Supreme Court has been asked to review an alleged music pirate's "innocent infringer" defense. Wired] Testifying in a burglary case involving Kirsten Dunst's.

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SiriusXM Dealt New Blow in RIAA's Lawsuit Over Older Music

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The record industry is suddenly much closer to winning a huge copyright case against the satellite radio giant after a judge does a 180 read more. The Business Music THR Online THR, Esq. Business

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The RIAA Writes to Judge About Controversial Ruling Over Remastered Sound Recordings

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The record giants pick a side in a hot dispute over the performance of pre-1972 songs. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

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Why The RIAA Has Changed Its Strategy

Media Law Prof Blog

Tracy Mitrano explains why she thinks the RIAA has dropped all those piracy lawsuits against college students. It's not just because the association is nice

Huge win for RIAA in LimeWire copyright case

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner The music industry has landed a major punch in its fight against LimeWire, one of the oldest file-sharing networks on the Internet. In a 59-page decision, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood has ruled on summary judgment that.

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Kagan's RIAA brief revealed: 'As Nasty As They Wanna Be' fails to 'physically excite,' 'arouse'

Copyrights & Campaigns

For, as Kagan boldly proclaimed in a 1990 amicus brief she drafted for the RIAA , arguing that the album was not obscene under the three-prong Miller test: Nasty does not physically excite anyone who hears it, much less arouse a shameful and morbid sexual response.

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Kagan confirms: I represented the RIAA

Copyrights & Campaigns

193), Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan confirms that she once represented the RIAA while in private practice. It's been reported before , but in her just-released Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire (p. The case was Luke Records, Inc. Navarro , 960 F.2d 134 (11th Cir. 1992), an appeal of a district court's ruling that The Two Live Crew's album As Nasty As They Wanna Be was obscene. As McClatchy reported : Before Harvard, there was 2 Live Crew.

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RIAA moves into fancy new Pennsylvania Ave. digs

Copyrights & Campaigns

The first card says: Since 2003, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed over 35,000 lawsuits for copyright infringement. First, the RIAA doesn't file the lawsuits against individuals; the record labels file the lawsuits, with the RIAA in a coordinating role.

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Is Copyright law not working for the RIAA?

Cyberlaw Central

Declan McCullagh’s article on CNet entitled&# RIAA: U.S. Essentially, the RIAA complains that it is too difficult to police YouTube and other sites, and they would prefer to forge deals with intermediaries in other parts of the chain, such as broadband providers, to help keep their works from being infringed online. Whether it remains a fair compromise is the RIAA’s point. In the talk I gave on Monday for IICLE on the Viacom v.

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Issue Oriented: 'The RIAA and Torture'

Copyrights & Campaigns

has an article on " Issue Oriented " that argues (and I use than term loosely) that the RIAA is somehow linked to "torture." Just when I thought I had heard every loopy copyleft conspiracy theory comes a new one that has really got to be read to be believed. Or disbelieved. And exposed to public mockery. Jack Sanders, Esq., of Nutley, New Jersey ("Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey"!)

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RIAA victory round-up and notes

Silicon Valley Media Law Blog

Here are some perspectives on the much-publicized RIAA victory ($220K plus jury verdict) this week against the P2P file-sharer, Jammie Thomas: Bob Lefsetz takes his music industry to task, with rhetorical flourish: "What the fuck are we gonna DO ABOUT IT?" " Don't see a press release on the RIAA site.

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RIAA victory round-up and notes

Silicon Valley Media Law Blog

Here are some perspectives on the much-publicized RIAA victory ($220K plus jury verdict) this week against the P2P file-sharer, Jammie Thomas: Bob Lefsetz takes his music industry to task, with rhetorical flourish: "What the fuck are we gonna DO ABOUT IT?" " Don't see a press release on the RIAA site.

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RIAA victory round-up and notes

Silicon Valley Media Law Blog

Here are some perspectives on the much-publicized RIAA victory ($220K plus jury verdict) this week against the P2P file-sharer, Jammie Thomas: Bob Lefsetz takes his music industry to task, with rhetorical flourish: "What the fuck are we gonna DO ABOUT IT?" " Don't see a press release on the RIAA site.

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RIAA victory round-up and notes

Silicon Valley Media Law Blog

Here are some perspectives on the much-publicized RIAA victory ($220K plus jury verdict) this week against the P2P file-sharer, Jammie Thomas: Bob Lefsetz takes his music industry to task, with rhetorical flourish: "What the fuck are we gonna DO ABOUT IT?" " Don't see a press release on the RIAA site.

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The RIAA's 'big enchilada' for 2009: not what you'd think

Copyrights & Campaigns

So it may come a surprise to many to learn that when asked in a recent Variety interview about the trade group's 2009 priorities, RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol barely mentioned Internet piracy, or the best method for sticking burning bamboo slivers under baby beagles' toenails.

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FIRST RIAA JURY VERDICT AGAINST FILE SHARER SET ASIDE

KWIKA Entertainment Law Blog

In the first trial actually conducted of the many lawsuits filed by the Recording Industry Association of America (&# RIAA&# ) against individuals who engaged in file [.]. In October 2007, a jury in Duluth, Minnesota found Jammie Thomas liable for infringing the sound recording copyrights of record companies Vivendi, Warner Music Group and Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

RIAA hires Pariser as new in-house litigation chief

Copyrights & Campaigns

The RIAA has a new top in-house litigator. Pariser joins the RIAA from Sony BMG, where she served as Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Litigation and Anti-Piracy; before that she was an associate at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler and Debevoise & Plimpton and clerked for the Hon.

“JSTOR is the RIAA for the Academy”: Understanding the Poker Prof and the Second Story Man

Music Technology Policy

And then decide if Lessig’s reference that JSTOR is the “RIAA of academy&# (at 16:14) is the kind of thing that would have seductive powers to a certain group of the disaffected members of the complicit community joined together by his unifying ideology. Aside from the fact that the analogy is completely off base–the RIAA doesn’t license anything, and even when the copyright owners bring litigation, that is exactly what happens.

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Hollywood Docket: McPherson harassment probe; Fela photo flap; RIAA legal fees

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

ABC entertainment chief Stephen McPherson resigned from ABC as the company conducted an internal sexual harassment investigation of the executive. His attorney Tom Hoberman downplays the allegations, saying the decision was "voluntary." [THR] THR] Carl Icahn's request for a temporary cease-trade.

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Hollywood Docket: Will the FCC appeal?; UFC vs. pirates; RIAA's legal bill

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In the wake of the appeals court ruling restricting the FCC's ability to fine broadcasters for indecent language on the airwaves, the big question is now whether the FCC intends to appeal. Doing so poses the risk of further bleeding.

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Staffing Roundup: RIAA taps Sony BMG for new SVP

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

She comes to the RIAA after serving as associate general counsel at Sony BMG, where she. Some news on the staffing front: The Recording Industry Association of America has hired Jennifer Pariser as senior vp of litigation and legal affairs.

First an RIAA press release, now a white flag

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner We were a little skeptical last month when the RIAA announced that it would be stepping back from its Captain James Norrington approach to taking out the music pirates of the world. Maybe because we hadn't —.

Techdirt misstates RIAA position on lawsuits; shifts on Pariser testimony

Copyrights & Campaigns

Techdirt, the copyleft group blog, seems unwilling to let the facts get in the way of an opportunity to bash the RIAA. Techdirt writes that the news: is at first interesting given that the RIAA claimed it was giving up on litigation. The RIAA never claimed that it was "giving up on litigation" (and Techdirt cites no evidence of such a claim). Which again disproves Techdirt's false statement that "the RIAA claimed it was giving up on litigation."

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Oy Tenenbaum! RIAA wins $675,000, or $22,500 per song

Copyrights & Campaigns

The RIAA was pleased with the verdict. "We We are grateful for the jury’s service and their recognition of the impact of illegal downloading on the music community," the RIAA said in a statement. "We

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BREAKING: Obama did NOT party with the RIAA

Copyrights & Campaigns

As C&C's editor and publisher was about to retire for the evening last night, he was thrilled to read a post in Ray Beckerman's Recording Industry vs. The People announcing that "one of the inaugural balls attended by the Obamas was hosted by the RIAA."

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CNET: 'Obama DOJ pick: RIAA lawyer who killed Grokster'

Copyrights & Campaigns

McCullagh highlights that Verrilli may have a few conflict issues to navigate: One reason why [the Jammie Thomas ] case is especially relevant to Verrilli's new job is that the Justice Department intervened in the Thomas case on behalf of the RIAA.

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BNA debunks 'RIAA infiltration' theory of DOJ's Tenenbaum intervention

Copyrights & Campaigns

I am pretty sure the DOJ's submission would have looked the same, even if the office was not brimming with RIAA attorneys. Great post by Thomas O'Toole at BNA's E-Commerce and Tech Law Blog thoroughly debunking the notion ( see , e.g. , here and here and here ) that the Justice Department's intervention in defense of the constitutionality of statutory damages in the Joel Tenenbaum case was somehow the result of DOJ's infiltration by recording industry attorneys.

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Lessons on civility and the legal profession, from RIAA antagonist-in-chief Ray Beckerman

Copyrights & Campaigns

Ray Beckerman , New York "country lawyer," foe of the RIAA and major record labels, " adhere[nt] to old fashioned values," and blogger , on his opponents: not exactly human. If there were any doubters among you as to the overwhelming incompetence of the RIAA's lawyers, this should remove whatever doubt is left. the RIAA lawyers are extraordinarily discourteous. New York State Bar Association Guidelines on Civility in Litigation : I.

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