Tag Archives: filesharing

GNR Leaker's Charges Reduced

Kevin Cogill, the blogger who posted nine songs from some dumb album that’s coming out soon, has had the charges against him reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. His maximum prison time, if convicted, is down to one year from five. He still faces monetary damages if Axl opts to sue him. The felony … Continue reading GNR Leaker's Charges Reduced

Chinese Democracy Leaker Pleads Not Guilty

Billboard reports that the Alleged Guns N’ Roses Leaker Pleads Innocent. The Associated Press says he pleaded not guilty. Not sure if there’s a legal difference. Not sure if it matters. Either way, Antiquiet‘s Kevin Cogill faces three years in federal prison if convicted, and five years if the court finds he posted the songs … Continue reading Chinese Democracy Leaker Pleads Not Guilty

RIAA Suing Fans: Five Years Later

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has an in-depth report on the first five years of the RIAA’s lawsuits against file sharers: On September 8, 2003, the recording industry sued 261 American music fans for sharing songs on peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, kicking off an unprecedented legal campaign against the people that should be the recording … Continue reading RIAA Suing Fans: Five Years Later

RIAA Loses Another Filesharing Trial

Well, the RIAA didn’t technically lose the trial, but a federal judge declared a mistrial and threw out the verdict against a Kazaa user who had been ordered to pay the recording industry $222,000 for allegedly sharing music online: U.S. District Judge Michael Davis of Duluth, Minn., declared a mistrial in the case against Thomas, … Continue reading RIAA Loses Another Filesharing Trial

GNR leaker creates defense fund

Kevin Cogill, the blogger at Antiquiet who got busted by the FBI for hosting leaked tracks off Chinese Democracy, has set up a defense fund: I am trying to take full responsibility for my predicament. I consider the burden of legal fees ultimately mine to bear; I have independently raised the funds required to retain … Continue reading GNR leaker creates defense fund

What’s next, after Bittorrent?

Techdirt asks, Will There Be A New Bittorrent? Citing Bittorrent, Inc.’s corporate ties and some technical limitations, brokep announced that The Pirate Bay was working on a new protocol to succeed Bram Cohen’s Bittorrent…. It’s true that the protocol’s been asked to do things that its creator didn’t envision. Clients now use encryption to get … Continue reading What’s next, after Bittorrent?

Trent Reznor Loves Oink, Tired of John Mayer’s Face

Trent Reznor and Saul Williams Discuss Their New Collaboration, Mourn OiNK in New York Magazine: Trent: I’ll admit I had an account there and frequented it quite often. At the end of the day, what made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world’s greatest record store. Pretty much anything you could … Continue reading Trent Reznor Loves Oink, Tired of John Mayer’s Face

Why Oink Was So Great

Musician, DJ, and writer Jace Clayton (aka “DJ /rupture”) posts the most insightful commentary to date on the demise of bit torrent file-sharing hub, Oink: Oink was anal, Oink was comprehensive. The site administrators were fierce about quality — only high-quality files from original CD/vinyl rips could be posted. Many releases were even posted as … Continue reading Why Oink Was So Great

OiNK Shut Down

The popular file sharing network, OiNK was shut down by British police and a 24-year-old man from Middlesbrough, England was arrested. The BBC reports that servers have been confiscated in a series of raids in Amsterdam. The raids followed a two-year investigation by British music industry bodies. Better back your shit up to discs and … Continue reading OiNK Shut Down

Spoon + Radiohead vs. RIAA + [Bad] Bands

Greg Kot examines how Radiohead’s ‘customer is always right’ approach contrasts with music industry’s hardball tactics, and gets a fine quote from indie rock’s poster boy: “I think what will happen is a lot of people will download the album for free,” says Spoon singer-guitarist Britt Daniel, “but when it goes on sale, I bet … Continue reading Spoon + Radiohead vs. RIAA + [Bad] Bands