Artists Rights Watch – Sunday Jan 13, 2013

Grab the coffee!

Recent Posts:
* The Copyright Policy Reality Gap
* Free Culture’s Epic Fail – If Free is Working, Why Fight Copyright?
* Reading Between The Lines Google Tells The Truth On Ad Supported Piracy
* “Maintain Choice For Everyone” Vint Cerf On Internet (and Google) Regulation #2013CES
* The Return of Orphan Works: Trojan Horse: Orphan Works and the War on Authors by Brad Holland, Part 5 (Conclusion)
* CES Fart Club aka The Slaptastic “Pro-Artist Copyright Policy Panel” features Anti-Copyright Advocates and Google Named Shills #2013CES

FROM AROUND THE WEB

THE HUFFINGTON POST:
* Verizon Copyright Alert System Would Throttle Internet Speeds Of Repeat Online Pirates
* Copyright Alert System: How ISPs Will ‘Break Your Internet’ If They Catch You Pirating

THE ILLUSION OF MORE:
* Paying Attention to the Echo Chamber at CES Copyright Panel Discussion

I think it’s safe to say that, before we were on the Internet, before everything could become sharable data, that nobody would rationally have argued that selling bootleg CDs out of a car trunk would be an act protected by free speech. That being the case, the philosophical/legal question is, “What’s really changed?”

POP UP PIRATES:
* Youtube Allows Pirate “Partners” to Profit From Illegal Movie Uploads
* R.I.P. myArtCinema2 (A.K.A. YouTube Pirate)

BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
* Photography industry shows mass opposition to government copyright changes

More than 70 organisations representing photographers, agencies and picture libraries – from Associated Press, Getty Images, Magnum Photos to the Press Association, Reuters and Tate – have joined forces, urging Parliament to vote against proposed changes to UK copyright law, BJP can exclusively reveal

CURTIS AGENCY – PUBLISHING IN THE 21st CENTURY:
* Curtis Agency, E-Reads Deploy Program to Neutralize Pirates
* Long Before E-Book Revolution, War for Control of E-Rights Was Lost

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS:
* Levi’s Was First. Now, Several Major Brands Want to Pull Their Pirate Site Advertising…
* Spotify Is Now Deploying 6 Different Types of Cookies…
* It’s Official: Vinyl Sets Another Sales Record In 2012…

VOX INDIE:
* Consumer Electronics Show’s Copyright Panel – Certain Artists Need Not Apply

BILLBOARD
* Album Sales Down in 2012, But Digital Shows a Healthy Boost

Digital-track sales enjoyed 5.1% growth to 1.34 billion units and thanks to that robust performance, album sales plus TEA (track equivalent albums whereby 10 tracks equal one album), only declined 1.8% for the year.

TORRENT FREAK:
* RapidShare: Traffic and Piracy Dipped After New Business Model Kicked In
* Verizon’s “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Measures Unveiled

COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE:
* Copyright and the 113th Congress

Weekly Recap Sunday October 21, 2012 aka Pandorathon, On and On…

Grab the Coffee!

Recent Posts, aka The Pandorathon:
* Sign the @musiciansunion (AFM) Letter: Friends don’t let friends get IRFA’d!
* If Pandora wants Terrestial Radio Royalty Rates, Act Like It – Problem Solved!
* Tim Westergren’s Sophomore Slump. New Bill Sucks, Old Radio Fairness Bill Was Way Better.
* Screw You Too, Pandora. Part I. Pandora The Union Buster! Jail time for Collective Bargaining?
* Four Simple Reasons Why the Pandora Radio Act Screws Musicians (EZ Reader)
* Screw You Too, Pandora. Part II: Did Pandora Lie During Their IPO? Or are they just plain old greedy.
* IRFA Analysis: Section 2
* Screw you too, Pandora™ PT III. Kangaroo Court: Pandora Bill Requires Firing of Copyright Judges and Replacement with Fake Judges.
* Screw You Too Pandora! Pt IV. Why Conservatives and Libertarians Should Be Appalled By The IRFA Bill.
* Radio Fairness? Sirius/XM Paid My Band $2,213 Pandora Paid $91

And, in case you missed it:
* Amex must really like advertising on #1 copyright infringing and illegal porn linking site Filestube
* Mythbusting : Music Is Too Expensive!?
* Remembering Steve Jobs

From Around The Web.

C|NET:
* Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston on Piracy and TV’s golden age

SPIN:
* Downloaders Beware: Copyright Alert System Arises as Torrent Sites Enter the Cloud

COPYHYPE:
* Friday’s End Notes Oct 19, 2012

VOXINDIE:
* Blogspot.com, a Bridge to Piracy?
* Why Doesn’t YouTube Address the Real Content ID Fail?

ETHICAL FAN:
* Calling All Lawyers! uTorrent Increases “Privacy” and Counters Mass-Monitoring of Downloads

COPYLIKE via MEMEGENERATOR:
* Scumbag Steve – Downloads Music for free Buys $300 headphones
* Join Copylike on Facebook

THE CYNICAL MUSICIAN:
* If a Tree Falls in the Forest and Nobody Hears It…

TORRENTFREAK:
* Microsoft Will Ban Halo 4 Pirates from XBOX Live
* Maybe he should have thought twice? Pirate Bay Founder in Jail.

DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS:
* Trent Reznor returns to Major Label System

HYPEBOT:
* SXSW announces first 40 Panels for 2013

MUSIC TECH POLICY
* Betting the Company: The Internet Radio Fairness Act has little to do with the Internet, Radio or Fairness
* An Overlooked Brookings Institute Study on Fighting Piracy at the Corporate Level

AFM:
* Check out the American Federation of Musicians on Facebook

CREATIVE AMERICA:
* Petition for an Internet The Works for Everyone

Eyesight to the Willfully Blind: Five Things That ISPs Can Do Today to Stop Ripping Off Artists

We are still waiting for the launch of the vaunted “Copyright Alert System” which was supposed to be up and running this month (July 2012).  Now we are hearing October.  You know what we think?  We think the ISPs have bullshitted their way through another year of profiting from human misery.

We have heard just about enough from ISPs who perpetuate blatant theft online hiding behind a variety of hollow excuses—when ISPs clearly know that they profit more from theft and are in a better position to stop it than anyone else with their snout in the digital trough.  This started with ISPs benefiting from broadband penetration largely stoked by massive digital theft, willfully ignoring repeat infringers and now using the public mobile spectrum to snort down unlicensed works.

Here’s a few ideas for ISPs—but it starts with a basic suggestion.  Go to the mirror.  However you want to try to slither out of responsibility this time, take a good look at your lying face and ask yourself if you are proud of what you are doing.

1.  Stop marketing your services to encourage theft from artists.  Fast download speeds don’t have to be measured in how many movies or recordings your users can download—they can figure that out, too.

2.  Respond to repeat infringer requests quickly—you know that the DMCA you love so much does not require a full blown federal jury trial on a link by link basis before a track is infringing.

3.  Stop bullying artists who send you notices.  Your lawyers try to scare artists by threatening to bring your big boy litigation budget down on the head of an artist who’s doing good to make the poverty line when they complain about being ripped off.  And you’re surprised that we have a problem with you?

4.  Get serious about piracy.   Stop advertising on pirate sites and commit to reducing piracy by 10% a year on your networks.  We don’t need to follow the money through some black box designed to make it hard.  We know why your ads never seem to appear on porn sites—someone will get fired if they do.  But obviously, no one gets fired when your ads appear on pirate sites because more traffic helps you sell broadband.

5.  We’re going to give you the same advice we give others who profit themselves by screwing artists—give some back.  You could put 1% of your profits into arts education and health services for artists, you’ve definitely made way more than that in the biggest income transfer of all time.  You want our music, movies, books, newspapers, photographs and illustrations for your “legitimate” services?  Do the right thing.