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ISP Has No ‘Safe Harbor’ Defense in Piracy Case, Record Labels Argue

Texas-based Internet provider Grande Communications has no right to a safe harbor defense, several major record labels have informed the court. The companies are requesting a summary judgment, arguing that evidence and testimony clearly show that the ISP’s acceptable use policy was a sham. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak https://ift.tt/2PaBrPE

Music Industry Extends High-Res Logo To Streaming Services

The music industry’s logo designates downloads and streams that deliver better-then-CD quality sound at a minimum 48kHz sampling rate with minimum 20-bit resolution. The files and streams must be sourced from studio masters meeting the same minimums. The masters include digital masters created from analog masters. The logo program has been adopted by almost a dozen download services offering high-res music, RIAA said. – Joseph Palenchar, TWICE Magazine

RIAA Says YouTube is Running a DMCA Protection Racket

[Cary Sherman,RIAA] accuses Google-owned YouTube of running a DMCA-protected protection racket, with music possibly being offered freely to the masses in the same manner that bars might get inexplicably fire-bombed in Chicago during the night. While Google hasn’t responded to Sherman’s comments directly, a submission it has made to the United States Copyright Office pours cold water on the flames. – Andy, TorrentFreak

Now That Streaming Can Make An Album Platinum, What Counts And What Doesn’t?

In the new structure, 150 streams of a song equals one paid download, and ten paid downloads equates to an album download. So, an artist’s music will have to be streamed on any of the approved, included services 1,500 times for an album “sale” to be counted. […] The RIAA will now be accepting plays from video platforms (like YouTube), as well as on-demand sites (such as Spotify and the like). The list of services included in this new certification system is far too long to list, but it includes popular options such as Beatport, Amazon Prime Music, Deezer, and so on. It does not include radio services like Pandora and iHeartRadio, as those platforms do not allow people to choose whatever song they want whenever they want. – Hugh McIntyre, Forbes

Aurous Gets Beaten Up By the RIAA But Peace is Near

photo: TorrentFreak

[D]espite the aggression from the RIAA, there are now signs of peace on the horizon. At the start of an evidentiary hearing yesterday, both sides requested time for a discussion. Out of that discussion came an agreement to put the preliminary injunction hearing on hold and work towards “a global resolution of the case within the next ten days.” Considering the background to the case, this apparent offer to enter into settlement negotiations is excellent news for Andrew Sampson and Aurous Group. On the downside, any conclusion is also guaranteed to involve the total closure of the Aurous[.] – Andy, TorrentFreak

Streaming Music App Aurous Suspends Downloads Following Court Order

photo: Aurous, Variety

The free streaming music app Aurous has suspended operations just days after its launch to comply with a restraining order issued on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America. […] Aurous took its app offline late Thursday, but the app makers said on Twitter that their lawyers are “actively working to secure our place in the music eco system,” adding: “Rest assured we want to be around a long time.” – Janko Roettgers, Variety

Vinyl Record Revenues Have Surpassed Free Streaming Services Like Spotify

photo: Sarina Finkelstein/Getty Images, Time

In the new millennium, all physical music sales have been hemorrhaging market share thanks to iTunes pushing digital downloads out into the legal mainstream, and Spotify and other digital streaming services bringing whole catalogs to phones at a touch. But underneath the staggering 32.5% decline in revenues for CD sales according to RIAA’s 2015 mid-year stats, there is one stunning figure: vinyl’s revenues have grown 52.1% over the last year. – Ethan Wolff-Mann, Money Magazine

RIAA chief says DMCA is “largely useless” to combat music piracy

photo: Jeremy Yoder/Flickr, Ars Technica

Copyright law provides a ‘notice and takedown’ system theoretically intended to deal with such theft,” he said. “In exchange for a legal ‘safe harbor’ from liability, online service providers must deal with instances of theft occurring on their site or network when notified. Unfortunately, while the system worked when isolated incidents of infringement occurred on largely static web pages—as was the case when the law was passed in 1998—it is largely useless in the current world where illegal links that are taken down reappear instantaneously. The result is a never-ending game that is both costly and increasingly pointless. – CEO Cary Sherman, RIAA via David Kravets, Ars Technica
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