According to Variety, the RIAA faces a very serious lawsuit that could force them to stop suing their customers:
The case — filed in Oregon and asserting claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act — details the RIAA’s alleged use of “illegal and flawed” methods when investigating people for downloading or swapping copyrighted songs without paying for them.
The plaintiff in the case, disabled single mother Tanya Andersen, claims the RIAA was aware of the faulty methods but has nonetheless filed lawsuits against innocent people in some cases.
Andersen claims she is not the only victim of such tactics and is therefore seeking class-action status for her suit. If the court grants that status, the RIAA could be facing a losing proposition because class-action suits can be extremely risky for defendants, in this case creating the potential for a big payout by the music labels.
Earlier this year, Ars Technica looked into why this hasn’t happened before. Recording Industry vs The People keeps track of all the important court cases.
The RIAA has sued more than 21,000 people since 2003. The EFF recently released a comprehensive report (pdf) on the four-year litigation campaign and its efficacy. Know thy enemy.
Here’s what the members of GLONO’s last.fm group were listening to last week. Not a member? Sign up and be counted.
Top Albums for the week ending 19 Aug 2007
1. Okkervil River – The Stage Names (MP3: “Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe”)
2. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky (MP3: “What Light”)
3. The Hold Steady – Boys And Girls In America (MP3: “Chips Ahoy!”)
3. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
3. Wilco – A Ghost Is Born
3. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (MP3: “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”)
Yes, that’s a four-way tie for third. You can see the 14 albums that tied for seventh after the jump…
Continue reading Your Top 20 Albums for the Week
MP3: The Go – “Invisible Friends” from Howl on the Haunted Beat You Ride, out now on Cass Records.
Back in 1999, before Napster blew up, there was still a lot of great music on the internet. Sites like listen.com aggregated a bunch legit downloads (including mp3s, Liquid Audio files, etc.) from across the web, and that’s probably where I first came across the Go. Their song, “It Might Be Bad,” was a free download.
I probably read that they were a garage rock band from Detroit, and that Sub Pop was attempting to branch out beyond grunge, so I check out the song, liked it, and later picked up the album, Whatcha Doin’. That’s how we rolled back before myspace.
These days, the Go is mostly known as the band that Jack White played guitar with for a little while. But they’ve always been more than that. Main man Bobby Harlow knows what he’s doing, and while some people might blow him off as too retro, they’d be missing the fact that the Go makes great American psychedelic rock and roll, and they make it look simple. If you’ve heard The Weirdness, you’ll know this is no easy task; even the guy who invented this shit can’t get it right anymore. The Go, however, can and does.
Continue reading The Go – Invisible Friends
Even before Arts & Crafts sent out promo copies of the new Stars album to the media, they made it available for download from their digital store. Indie-Pop Band Stars Want You To Steal Their New LP:
“I stole my friend Leslie Feist’s album off the Internet because I was too lazy to go down to the office and pick it up. It’s that easy to steal music off the Internet. And I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, but I also think there are people who love the band and genuinely want to support the band and have 10 bucks to spare. If you don’t give people the option at least to buy a record, then you can’t blame them for stealing it.”
This clearly makes a lot of sense. But will the strategy backfire? Coolfer expects “practically no press” on the album because of this.
Continue reading Stars Discuss Early Digital Release
In addition to being a great repository of long lost videos and concert footage, YouTube was always a great place to find embarrassing footage of your favorite stars. There was a wasted Britney sputtering gibberish in a hotel room; there was Hasselhoff sloshed and sorting through a hamburger; Paula Abdul clearly off her rocker on morning news…
But with the sale of YouTube to Google, thus folding it under a massive corporate umbrella, how much longer can we expect these gems that humanize our heroes? Ok, nobody considers Paula Abdul a hero, but you get my drift.
A search today of “Beyonce Falls” leads me to believe our days are numbered. Notice that fan footage of Ms. Knowles face planting at a recent Orlando show has been removed from YouTube by dint of a “copyright claim by Sony BMG.” Copyright to what? Beyonce hitting the floor? The video I attempted to view was all of 13 seconds so I think any claim to the music could be written off as fair use. So why has YouTube caved? Because Big Business helps Big Business.
Party’s over, assholes. Back on you heads.
We’re going to mix it up a little bit this month and just like Billboard, we’re going to break out our “catalog” chart from our “current” chart from now on. Why? Because we’re sick of looking at that goddamn t.A.T.u. piece (which dropped to #2 this month, ho ho).
GLONO Current Chart
10. New White Stripes: Icky Thump
9. American Idol Season 6 Finale
8. New York Legalizes Scalping
7. Fun with Forkast, Round VI
6. Ryan Adams – Two, Everybody Knows
5. Rush – Snakes and Arrows
See the final four, and the new “GLONO Catalog Chart” after the jump…
Continue reading June’s Most Popular GLONO Items
This is great. Something I never would’ve imagined. Vanity Fair has an 8,000-word feature and interview with Sly Stone by David Kamp: Sly Stone’s Higher Power: Fame & Scandal. It’s a great read, with lots of surprising details.
This snippet reveals that his mind is sharp, and that he’s still as funny and weird as ever:
He doesn’t flinch when I broach the subject of his hunched posture and neck brace, but it’s clear he doesn’t want to break out the M.R.I.’s, either. “I fell off a cliff,” he says. “I was walking in my yard in Beverly Hills, missed my footing, and started doing flips. But you know what? I had a plate of food in my hand. And when I landed, I still had a plate of food in my hand. That’s the God-lovin’ truth. I did not drop a bean.”
I grew up on Sly’s music. I might’ve even been conceived after a Sly and the Family Stone concert (which would explain why I am so funky). I am very happy to hear that he’s well and doing okay. And while the idea of new music from him makes me a little nervous, it’s hard not to be excited by the idea. What if it’s great?
In the end you’ll still be you / One that’s done all the things you set out to do / There’s a cross for you to bear / Things to go through if you’re going anywhere…
Good luck, Sly! And welcome back.
Congrats to the crew over at the Out Route, who are celebrating the first anniversary of their launch. The sports desk of Glorious Noise, headquartered in New Jersey, has been kicking the shit out of sports coverage for a whole year now.
Like a lot of blogs, they’re having a bit of a crisis of confidence and wondering how to proceed. If you have recommendations on things they can do to make writing about sports more fulfilling, let them know.
In other GLONO subsidiary news, our national affairs desk POLJUNK has been steady ripping it up with the addition of some hot new contributors. Sock it to ’em, fellas.
And one more big announcement: after talking about it for years, we’re finally launching Shiny Metal Boxes, the automotive desk of Glorious Noise. In its inaugural post, GLONO co-founder and current Wall Street Journal car critic, Jeff Sabatini, explains why “the quality of automotive writing today is piss-poor.”
Check it out!
Webjay is closing up shop. Webjay was a neat little service that allowed anyone to create playlists from mp3s already hosted somewhere on the web. It also ranked playlists by popularity and helped people discover new music. Yahoo bought it in 2006, and is shutting it down at the end of this month.
Until then, you can back up and move existing playlists.
We first noticed the site back in 2004, and created a couple of quickie playlists. I backed them up to m3u and xspf (after the jump), so as long as the files remain on the internet they can be played in your favorite software.
Continue reading Webjay: R.I.P.