It certainly seems like the recorded music industry has been in decline. And compared to the peak in 1999 it has been. But if you take a longer view of history you can see that the 1990s were a weird blip, fueled by shiny new compact disc sales. This short-term memory is understandable because Soundscan … Continue reading Recorded music revenue settling back into pre-90s levels
You might have seen the news that “Uptown Funk” has been certified Diamond by the RIAA, which means that it achieved 10 million sales. Billboard says that “Uptown Funk” has sold over 12,422,016 in downloads and 938,694,569 audio streams in the U.S.” and that the video “has streamed over 1.9 billion times.” The RIAA’s certification … Continue reading “Uptown Funk” is certified Diamond with 11 million units
How would you like to be charged $1.92 million for 24 songs? That’s a lot of money. Uggh. More. Via Techdirt.
Remember Hilary Rosen? She was the CEO of the RIAA back when Napster help peer-to-peer filesharing go mainstream. Rosen was the public face of the most hated organization on the planet, at least as far as nerdy internet people were concerned. She was our punching bag until she retired in 2003, but by then the … Continue reading Hilary Rosen, 10 Years after Napster
By now, you’ve all heard that President Obama gave the Queen of England an iPod. Turns out there were 40 songs pre-loaded on it. Showtunes to accompany a coffee table book he also gave her. When I heard about this, the first thing I wondered was whether or not the RIAA was going to go … Continue reading Did Obama Violate Copyright?
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
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
So remember that court case we talked about a couple months ago, the one where the RIAA was saying that just making the files available equals infringement even if nobody downloaded them from you? Well, the RIAA lost. Big Victory in Atlantic v. Howell: Court Rejects RIAA "Making Available" Theory: In its order (pdf), the … Continue reading RIAA Loses "Making Available" Case
Business Week looks into a single mom’s private war with the recording industry: Does She Look Like a Music Pirate? After being sued by the music industry for stealing songs and winning the case’s dismissal, Andersen is now taking the record industry to court. Her case is aimed at exposing investigative practices that are controversial … Continue reading Winning the War Against the RIAA
They say everybody’s a critic nowadays, so I’m guessing we all get our fair share of crummy promo CDs from desperate labels. Well, you better not dump them just yet, because it might be illegal to get rid of them. In a brief filed in federal court yesterday [pdf], Universal Music Group (UMG) states that, … Continue reading UMG Says Throwing Away Promo CDs is Illegal