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Napster Judge Calls for Major Copyright Reform

Music labels face the inevitable counter-punch to their years of merciless litigation against file-sharers in the US courts, with the coalition of the willing beginning to show significant cracks as key players reconsider their support for the RIAA.

A huge salvo was sent across the music industry bows this week, when the judge in the famed Napster case, Judge Miriam Hall Patel, calling for major copyright reforms,

Her plan includes a new public/private body to preside over the licensing and enforcement of copyright, Listening Post informs.

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US album sales dip 19% – do music lovers care?

US album sales in October declined 19.4 per cent year on year, according to the latest SoundScan numbers as reported by Coolfer.

That’s steeper decline than 2008 has been as a year, but quite possibly attributable to a relatively weak summer release schedule (just watch the action hot up from mid-October on), the US elections and – principally – the economic downturn which will have a huge impact on music sales.

Why will recession have such an impact on music sales? Because years of litigation against customers has driven a schism between US music consumers and US labels, sadly to the detriment of all concerned, including the artists.

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RIAA sues file-sharing defence lawyer

File in the “When will this end?” category: The Recording Industry Association of America is attempting to fine a lawyer who defends file-sharers.

The RIAA is demanding cold hard cash off of the lawyer as punishment for him blogging about a recent case in which he defended a file-sharer.

The label trade group has accused attorney-blogger Ray Beckerman of being a “vexatious” litigator.

The RIAA said Beckerman, one of the nation’s few attorneys who defends accused file sharers, “has maintained an anti-recording industry blog during the course of this case and has consistently posted virtually every one of his baseless motions on his blog seeking to bolster his public relations campaign and embarrass plaintiffs,” the RIAA wrote.
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MySpace Music and other weekend news

A short summary of some of the key news to emerge this weekend.

MySpace Music
All eyes are on this week’s launch of the music streaming and sales focused MySpace Music service, which is expected to see ads from McDonald’s, Toyota and State Farm Insurance. Amazon for infrastructure, weekend rumours claim former Facebook COO Owen Van Natta is the lead candidate to take on the CEO role.
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Music industry to indoctrinate kids on copyright

Strangely unsure about this – can’t help but see funding for actual instruments being cut at the same time as a one-way dogma on file-sharing gets injected into children, but here’s the deal (from the Telegraph).

“For the first time, pupils will learn about intellectual property rights in the music industry – and how it relates to downloads.

Music classes this term will also cover the use of technology in music as part of new-style syllabuses introduced in all secondary schools
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