US Gets New Copyright Alert System: ‘Six Strikes’ And Your Internet May Be Affected

Starting today, a new copyright alert system is being implemented in the US to prevent piracy. It seems this system has been designed to catch the most casual of pirates, as Computerworld, TorrentFreak and a host of others point out, the system is easy to circumvent and is focuses on monitoring torrent users who don’t take privacy precautions while downloading illegally acquired copyrighted material.

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1.65 Billion Music Purchases Took Place in 2012

Over 1.65 billion music purchases took place in the U.S. in 2012, an all time high according to a new report just released from Nielsen and Billboard. Physical albums, digital albums and digital songs accounted for the sales figures which are up overall 3.1% from 2011.

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Bracing For The Copyright Cliff: A Second Wind For Legacy Artists

You may soon be hearing more of the songs you love being used and reworked in popular culture. What is being termed the ‘copyright cliff’ is actually an opportunity for musicians, authors and copyright holders who have released works around the 35 year ago mark to renegotiate their original agreements. In the case of musicians who released through record labels for instance, this means many now have the ability to regain ownership of their work if they choose to go through the legal procedures to request termination.

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What Is TPP & How Does It Affect You?

You probably heard about the new freedom threatening acronym floating around the news. So what is TPP and what’s wrong with it? Our friends at EFF explain:

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Snoop’s New Operating System

So as you’ve probably heard, Snoop Dogg has announced he’s found the path of rastafari while recording in Jamaica and has been anointed Snoop Lion. A documentary about his transformation and reggae album titled ‘Reincarnated’ follows in the next few months and the reception has been very mixed with all kinds of comments are pouring out of people.

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Copyright & Innovation: The Untold Story

Michael A. Carrier, a professor at Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey has written an in-depth article addressing the many issues surrounding copyright and it’s impact on innovation.

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