One of the big news items in the U. S. geek world this week was AT&T’s replacing “unlimited” data plans with tiered plans for the iPhone. As PC World describes them, “New users will have to decide between a 200MB plan for $15/month or 2GB for $25.” Similar changes were made in the United Kingdom, […]
From Bloomberg: Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group and other record labels were awarded $1.92 million in the retrial of a Minnesota woman accused of swapping music over the Kazaa Internet service. The federal jury in Minneapolis said Jammie Thomas-Rasset, 32, of Brainerd, Minnesota, should pay $80,000 for each of the 24 songs that were swapped […]
Victor Keegan, writing in the Guardian, wonders how the music industry can’t get with the program and figure out how to make money in a digital era. Read the full story here. Of course they are making money–just not as much as they think they should be making. According to the artilcle, music industry profits […]
While listening to a story about the Pirate Bay verdict yesterday evening, I started to wonder where the entertainment industry gets its estimates of “lost revenue due to file sharing.” One of the witnesses for the recording industry testifying in the Pirate Bay case said that file sharing costs the recording industry “billions.” I am […]
One year in jail and fines. Read the full story, including a discussion of the larger legal implications, here. The four founders of The Pirate Bay, an online site for free sharing of music and films, were found guilty of contributing to copyright infringement and sentenced to one-year prison terms each.Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, […]
I believe this is very good news. Read the full story here. An excerpt;
The Guardian has a good wrap-up of the closing arguments here.