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Can downloads be traced to a computer using an open wireless network?

Let's say, hypothetically, I downloaded an old TV episode via a filesharing site or bittorrent. Could it be traced to me if I download it from a public access point? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 - 9 answers

I'm no buccaneer, and I'm not trying to hornswaggle anyone, but I would like to hang the RIAA from the yardarm.

Are there any significant US organizations similar to Piratbyrån? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Aug 6, 2011 - 1 answer

Are videos of wedding ceremony's fair use?

I uploaded a video of our wedding ceremony to Youtube. Our recessional was "Love Story" by Taylor Swift. Youtube informs me today that I have "infringing content". Do I have a leg to stand on to claim fair use?
posted by TrueVox on Jul 27, 2011 - 21 answers

How can I cover my filesharing tracks?

How can I cover my filesharing tracks? [more inside]
posted by Kale Slayer on Jul 7, 2011 - 9 answers

How can I learn more about IP/copyright history/issues in the US?

I want to learn more about the history and legal issues surrounding copyright infringement/intellectual property and how it relates to businesses and artists in the United States. What would be a good place to start? (Prompted by this thread.)
posted by autoclavicle on Mar 29, 2011 - 8 answers

Legality of giving away mixed CDs...

A friend of mine owns a record store and is curious about the legalities of giving away monthly mixed CDs. Each disc would feature 10 or so artists connected on a theme (female folk, avant garde jazz, little-known world, etc.) of artists he's featuring that month. No charge for the CDs. Basically, it's like the CDs you get with Mojo or CMJ. Legal? He's in Canada. What if they're "free with any purchase". Legal?
posted by dobbs on Jul 12, 2010 - 21 answers

Is there a technological reason that the RIAA and MPAA only go after tracker sites and not people downloading torrents?

With the recent legal action against Isohunt, I would like to understand the tech and privacy of torrents better. Is there a technological reason that the RIAA and MPAA only go after tracker sites and not people downloading torrents? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii on Apr 10, 2010 - 8 answers

Where can I store my files?

Would online storage sites (livedrive, adrive, humyo, JungleDisk) monitor uploaded content and delete illegal or pornographic files? Which site is most stable and likely to last long term? [more inside]
posted by Nickel on Feb 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Eu tu, AT&T?

There is talk about how ISP's are going to be cooperating with the RIAA to curtail piracy (warning letters, shutting off service, etc.), in lieu of the RIAA taking people to court. If ISP's refused to be involved without a court order previously, why are they getting so involved now? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jan 29, 2009 - 9 answers

My blog is in leetspeek! Reading it constitutes a breach of the DMCA!

What is the difference (legal or otherwise) between "decoding" and "decrypting?" [more inside]
posted by explosion on Sep 30, 2008 - 13 answers

How much overall do the major record companies pay to artists?

What portion of major record label gross income goes to pay artists and how much does the average American spend on music each year? A few years ago I heard that (1) the major record companies paid 4% of their income to the musicians, and that (2) the average American spent $20 a year on music. I've tried and failed to find these figures again. The first seems especially difficult to find (or maybe I'm just being dumb). There is plenty of information about what the average contract gives to the artist, but I'm not interested in that -- I'm looking for aggregated figures. Help? [more inside]
posted by johnsu01 on Jul 9, 2008 - 9 answers

Ignorance of the law...?

If I run an open wireless access point using DHCP, is there a way for anyone to identify which PC or device in the IP range is receiving or sending traffic? If I run a shared connection and someone does something unlawful, is it my problem or theirs? [more inside]
posted by uaudio on Jul 2, 2008 - 18 answers

This Nightmare of Listening Freedom is Almost Over!

So which P2P networks garner the most RIAA lawsuits? The lawsuits are, of course, a sort of cloak and dagger affair, but isn't there some data on this kind of thing? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jun 20, 2008 - 5 answers

Tell me more about the RIAA...

How'd the RIAA become so powerful, yet so villified? Does anyone (I may have heard of) have anything *good* to say about the RIAA? [more inside]
posted by derekb on Apr 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Downloading

I'm looking for a complete or brief history of downloading. [more inside]
posted by Wanderlust88 on Feb 15, 2008 - 13 answers

IF YOU DO NOT RESOLVE OUR CLAIMS AGAINST YOU WITHIN

It appears my sister is being sued by the RIAA. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2008 - 32 answers

Has anyone ever been sued for downloading music?

Has anyone ever been sued for downloading music? [more inside]
posted by squarehead on Dec 31, 2007 - 25 answers

Help me figure out a good way to word my speech statement...

Help me figure out a good way to word my speech statement [more inside]
posted by zacharyseibert on Oct 18, 2007 - 14 answers

I can't share but I can buy?

Downloading/Sharing vs. buying used CD’s…What’s the difference? [more inside]
posted by doorsfan on Oct 9, 2007 - 8 answers

Will the RIAA tear us a new one?

My friend and I have amassed a large collection of live dj sets (e.g., think sven vath live from Ibiza). We were thinking of making this collection available to the public through a website where the sets could be downloaded free of charge. How wary of the RIAA should we be? [more inside]
posted by milarepa on May 22, 2007 - 9 answers

Will my money get to the musician, or all end up with the record label?

Help me make sure that my money gets to Handsome Dick Manitoba: downloading vs buying music, and how to find out if an artist actually gets money from their own album sales? [more inside]
posted by intermod on May 22, 2007 - 32 answers

RIAA lawsuit in plain english

Is there a place to get the RIAA lawsuit summaries in plain english? [more inside]
posted by BlackRose on May 10, 2007 - 2 answers

allofmp3 legality

Is using allofmp3 any more or less legal than downloading from an open server that lives somewhere under explicit RIAA coverage? What about an open server in Russia?
posted by mzurer on Jan 17, 2007 - 19 answers

Alternative to IP rights?

Has anyone written about what a world without (or with very limited) intellectual property rights would be like? Alternatively, are there other models for encouraging creativity without IP rights? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Jan 2, 2007 - 21 answers

The Beatles "White Album" Just Means They Were Too Busy To Do It

So I'd like to start a site where people can submit/dl alternative album art for music. More inside? Yes, please. [more inside]
posted by unixrat on Sep 27, 2006 - 9 answers

The RIAA at La Grange (aka Mitch Bainwol Left Chicago)

I own a copy of Tres Hombres by ZZ Top. I'd like to get it into mp3 format so that I can listen to it in the car, etc. The problem is that the copy I own is on a record. Assuming I download with bittorrent, and then the RIAA comes after me, can I use the defense that I actually already owned it, so downloading could not be considered criminal? Would it be different if I owned a record rather than a CD? In other words, can you legally download the mp3 of an album you already own?
posted by joecacti on Aug 14, 2006 - 16 answers

What powers to ASCAP/BMI have in regards to independent/original music not in their catalog?

Can ASCAP/BMI sue you or levy fees for original music not in their catalog? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Jul 12, 2006 - 7 answers

Where can I find the most comprehensive attacks on RIAA/DRM/Music Industry

What are the most frank, telling criticisms of issues like RIAA/DRM/Music Industry that you've read before? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Apr 3, 2006 - 13 answers

MP3 download site legit?

Is this music download site legit? [more inside]
posted by a_day_late on Feb 14, 2006 - 17 answers

Fighting the Man

Has anyone tried to fight the RIAA and Movie Studios by arguing that copyrights can be interpreted laterally instead of just horizontally? [more inside]
posted by trinarian on Apr 17, 2005 - 19 answers

Copyrighted Songs: Is Downloading the Crime, or Possession? Does Deleting Matter?

(RIAA-filter) Concerning downloading copyrighted material, is the act of downloading illegal, or just possesion? If you download a song and delete it, are you stil culpable? Of what offense? And is intent a factor?
posted by Edible Energy on Feb 12, 2005 - 18 answers

Aside from the RIAA, are other companies suing P2P users for copyright infringement?

I know that the RIAA has sued users of certain P2P networks like Kazaa, with mixed results. I'd like to know if there are any other examples of companies or agencies suing individuals for alleged copyright infringement...(like maybe the MPAA going after people on BitTorrent or something.) [more inside]
posted by thewittyname on Oct 31, 2004 - 4 answers

How can you tell which computer is uploading p2p on a shared broadband connection?

I've been thinking about the music industry lawsuits. They're based on the IP addresses of the 'uploaders', correct me if I'm wrong. If I live in a shared flat, and we share broadband via a router - how can anyone tell which PC is the evil lawbreaker? [more inside]
posted by ascullion on Oct 8, 2004 - 20 answers

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