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DRM-Free, MP3 Streaming Music Radio Under Attack in Royalty Negotiations

Yesterday, major label-backed licensing authority SoundExchange gave small and non-commercial music webcasters a temporary reprieve, stating that they would continue negotiations and not immediately enforce the ridiculous statutory royalty rate increase. SoundExchange is also negotiating a lower rate for large commercial stations like Pandora. However, Net radio isn't...

California Judge Tentatively 'Nullifies' Election Result

Friday Hearing to Finalize Sanctions, Revote in Contested Election Oakland, Calif. - On Friday, July 13, at 9:30 a.m., a California judge will rule on sanctions against Alameda County for botching its response to a contested race conducted on Diebold electronic voting machines. In a tentative ruling issued Thursday, Judge...
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Ruling Endangers Privacy in Email and IP Addresses

The Ninth Circuit recently held [PDF] in US v. Forrester that the Fourth Amendment does not protect against government surveillance of the to/from addresses of one's email messages, the IP addresses of websites one has visited, and the total volume of information transmitted to or from one's ISP...

How Copyright Law Talks to Fans

Without fans, there would be no music industry. Most people in the music industry understand this -- certainly the artists do. But apparently not the lawyers who work for them. An ardent fan of the New Pornographers (a great Canadian indie rock band that includes Neko Case, among others...

FBI Records Show Gonzales Knew About Years of Chronic NSL Problems

EFF Lawsuit Uncovers History of Surveillance Mistakes Washington, D.C. - Documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) show years of chronic problems with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's use of National Security Letters (NSLs) to collect Americans' personal information and that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has long been aware...

YouTube Embedding and Copyright

There seems to be a considerable amount of interest in, and confusion about, the copyright law consequences of embedding a YouTube video in your blog. In fact, the Blog Herald just ran a story suggesting that bloggers could be on the hook for copyright infringement if they embed...

RIAA Should Pay for Single Mom's Two-Year Ordeal

Innocent Target of File-Sharing Lawsuit Racked Up Legal Fees Fighting Baseless Charges Seattle - The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) should pay for a single mom's two-year legal ordeal fighting a baseless file-sharing lawsuit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told Washington state court in an amicus brief filed Thursday...
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Reform FOIA this July 4th!

On July 4, 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Act gave weight to a principle that is fundamental to any democracy: The right of the people to know what the government is doing. Forty-one years later, FOIA remains an essential tool used...

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