Category: File Sharing

Market Failure and Piracy

The historical popularity of file sharing owes as much to access as to price. Back around the turn of the century when musical lovers were clamoring for the ability to buy legal downloads, but didn’t have a way to do that easier than piracy until Apple opened the iTunes store? Dan Messer, Not All Bits, Warner Bros. Locking Down Harry… Read more →

Value-Added Piracy

NPR reports on the Chinese groups using P2P to distribute subtitled versions of American TV shows: Chinese Fans Follow American TV Online – for Free: “Han says they can download untranslated versions of the American shows from the peer-to-peer file-sharing site BitTorrent as soon as 10 minutes after new episodes air in the U.S. Then they find closed-captioned scripts in… Read more →

Challenges in Monitoring Infringement on P2P Networks

Michael Piatek, Tadayoshi Kohno, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Challenges and Directions for Monitoring P2P File Sharing Networks or Why My Printer Received a DMCA Takedown Notice: “The focus of this paper is to examine the tension between P2P users and enforcement agencies and the challenges raised by an escalating arms race between them. We ground this work in an experimental analysis of… Read more →

The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality

David Pogue speaks at a college and finds out that kids today don’t believe that creative works fixed in a tangible electronic medium have any value: The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality: “The exercise is intended, of course, to illustrate how many shades of wrongness there are, and how many different opinions. Almost always, there’s a lot of murmuring, raised… Read more →

Educating fair use

Brett Frischmann: Taking Back Educational Fair Use: “Educational fair use is shrinking. By virtue of significant improvements in the administration of copyright licensing and persistent pressure by publishers and copyright owners to license virtually all uses of works, many educators have been corralled into seeking permission and paying for licenses through institutions such as the Copyright Clearance Center. To make… Read more →

Labels v. LimeWire

Major record labels filed a law suit in the Southern District of NY against P2P file sharing company LimeWire: Arista Records LLC v. LimeWire LLC, 06-CV-5936. “he very design and promotion of LimeWire show that Defendants know (actually as well as constructively) of the massive infringement of Plaintiffs’ copyrights occurring via LimeWire. Defendants’ knowledge and intent are apparant in other… Read more →

In 2005, Music Went Digital

The RIAA released year-end statistics for the US recorded music market. The NY Times reports: Music Industry’s Sales Post Their Sixth Year of Decline: “In the United States, overall shipments of music products, including CD’s and digital albums and singles combined, fell 3.9 percent last year.” According to the RIAA, physical unit sales dropped by 8% from 2004 and revenues… Read more →

Studying P2P Studies

Rufus Pollock evaluates 5 empirical studies of P2P file sharing and its effect on music purchasing: P2P, Online File-Sharing, and the Music Industry: “The basic result is that online illegal file-sharing does have a negative impact on traditional sales. The size of this effect is debated, and ranges from 0 to 100% of the sales decline in recent years, but… Read more →

Protecting Copyright and Innovation in a Post-Grokster World

On Wednesday, the full Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on “Protecting Copyright and Innovation in a Post-Grokster World,” with testimony from: The Honorable Mary Beth Peters, U.S. Register of Copyrights, Copyright Office, Washington, D.C. The Honorable Debra Wong Yang , U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California , and Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee , on Cyber/Intellectual… Read more →

Grokking the ‘ster

Cathy Kirkman finds two recent decisions– one patent, the other copyright– citing Grokster: Grokster cited in patent inducement case. The Federal Circuit cites Grokster for the proposition that “Evidence of active steps taken to encourage direct infringement, such as advertising an infringing use or instructing how to engage in an infringing use, show an affirmative intent that the product be… Read more →