How The Internet Transformed Music Libraries


As with any new, widely accessible invention, the internet was feared for its easy and quick distribution of items and ideas. Many music labels and artists set forth an endeavor to prevent the use of the web as a means to spread their creations illegally. However, the progressive internet and those who inhabit it could not be stopped.

Music companies began to see that stopping the technology was a futile task and switched over to using it to their advantage. Even small music labels and indie bands sought refuge online as their source of distribution. It provided a quick and inexpensive way to spread the word of one’s band or record company.

With internet acting as a proliferation zone for both standard genres and subgenres, personal audio libraries are becoming extremely diverse. Although illegal downloading is still prevalent within society, producers have taken notice of the possible marketing techniques through free song downloads. Many companies are now offering free song samples and limited time specials to customers as an incentive for further purchase.

To better cater to the public’s insatiable love of music, programs like iTunes provides vast stores of individually priced songs and albums from as many years and genres as they can. The power of specialized genres is definitely apparent when one browses through the nearly endless list of available songs, and realizes that it is always growing. ITunes is one of the most successful stores to supply a person’s music library, along with other entertainment mediums, such as movies and television shows, straight to a portable device anywhere in the world.

Connection to the world-wide-web has also made the library itself a variable tool. In years past, there was only the default music player that came equipped in the software of the computer itself, but now many different programs compete for the most popular install online. Some provide the music in stores, connect to a portable device like an iPod, burn disks, shrink file sizes, organize, and find all information for an untitled MP3. These programs have also inspired easier creation of independently made music from home that can be quickly shared with the world with a simple click of the mouse.

The internet has proved itself to be a guaranteed source of endless possibilities for many people and industries. The transformation of music collections from a physical library of records, cassettes and CDs, to an intangible virtual form has the web to thank. Even though there are those who see the online virtual music libraries as a deviation from the norm, there is no doubt that internet connection will continue to change how people use them.

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Free Online Music: Downloads vs. Internet Radio


Listening to songs is an enjoyable pastime for most people. in contrast to before when you could only get music from record stores-which, regrettably, many people would not afford- these days, it is quite uncomplicated and hassle-free to just download your favorites to enjoy at your leisure without the inconvenience of going out and buying the album. From a consumer standpoint this is Neat, right? But from the music industry standpoint, this creates a never ending problem as sales continue to decrease.

However, there is a legal option to getting music by logging on to the Internet and finding web sites that let you download your favorite hits. That alternative is streaming internet radio. The Internet is always on and always accessible (well, almost always)….you will hardly ever find a person who does not use it, which makes Internet radio incredibly convenient. Since music files are all copyrighted content, Internet radio providers often show ads to pay royalties to the recording companies, which in turn grant permission to play their copyrighted works. But, you say, I want the files on my computer…so what are the penalties of illegally downloading music?

Lawsuit Summary

Who has not heard about the lawsuits filed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)? These charges were filed against countless numbers of Internet users from all walks of life for downloading free online music. Its goal is not only to protect the integrity of the copyright content but, most importantly, to augment decreasing in music industry sales. After realizing that sales continued to drop and that the work did not produce significant impact Internet users whom they sued one by one, the RIAA has tweaked their method a bit.

A New Route

While these lawsuits are still on-going, it is geared towards a new direction. Instead of going after each Internet user that has downloaded a music file, a letter of complaint will be sent to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). This made it more sensible and effective for the RIAA. First, your capacity to download music files is reliant on your Internet connection, hence once you are dropped by your ISP, you will no longer be able to download files. Second, collaborating with handful of ISPs is much simpler than going to court to sue individuals. This effort has allowed the RIAA to differentiate regular users from the list of illegal downloaders.

The Supreme Verdict

The RIAA has gone so far as to take their case to the Supreme Court, but since of the fact that the RIAA initiatives to stop music piracy and copyright infringement did not seem to work at all, the Supreme Court was compelled not to review the case. This determination has brought about another action from the RIAA. Instead of going after small-time downloaders, they will only go after those users who are uploading more than a thousand files. This means that even if you download copyright materials, you may be safe from charges as long as you will not share these files for someone else’s benefit…at the very least for the time being.

Illegal music downloading is no doubt harming the music industry-many Internet users are captivated to the widespread accessibility of totally free music downloads online. The penalties, while currently being applied mainly to those that make music available for download, can be devastating. The RIAA has switched tactics before though, so we advise sticking to streaming internet radio in case they start targeting individuals again-it’s free of charge, practical and legal.

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SOPA = Less Liberty and more Robo-Justice For All
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SOPA, aka the Protect IP Act, will bring Less Liberty and Robo-Justice for All.

Senator Ron Wyden’s "SOPA Statement Warns of Severe Repercussions to a Free and Open Internet if Bills are Passed"

You can read a Senate version of the bill in this PDF.

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FBI Reports Upon Crime On The Internet Thriving In Recession


Today, whether you talk about the IT industry, real estate, or any other business group, topics revolving about the recession are prevalent nearly everywhere except one. Unfortunately, it happens to be the field of internet crimes.

Recently, as per the reports generated by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) ( controlled by the National White Collar Crime Center as well as FBI), here are some mind boggling facts and figures about internet crimes in past 12 months.
Firstly, there were about 275,284 complaints regarding internet crimes, and this figure happens to be 33% greater than the number of complaints recorded in the year 2007.

Apparently, more than 25% of those complaints (accounting to about 72940) required referral to some of the best law enforcement agencies round the nation, for further analysis.

While, looking at the total losses suffered this year, there were about losses worth $ 264.6 million, which have increased from $ 239.1 million in 2007. The losses per complaint have been around $ 900-$ 1000 mark, while most of the complaints have been categorized as cases of online frauds and resulted in financial losses.

So, in case you’ve been a victim of such cyber crimes, you must not just file a case and simply leave it, but rather hire a good attorney to represent your case. Remember, if you’ve suffered losses worth $ 1000, you can always claim for higher compensation amounts for several other reasons too.

Focussing upon the major categories of such complaints, the reports reveal that about one third of them involved trouble with purchases and delivery of merchandise, done over the internet. On the other hand, about one fourth of them resulted from internet auction frauds, while the one-tenth involved credit card and debit card frauds.

The remaining categories of internet crimes included computer frauds, confidence frauds, and check frauds, along with the villainous Nigerian letter frauds. Though, the count of these frauds was negligible, the average loss per fraud was way too higher than the others, with per check fraud accounting to about $ 3,000, the Nigerian letter fraud $ 1,650, and the average confidence fraud resulting in loss of over $ 2,000 per case.

Have you been a victim of these cyber crimes and keeping quiet, cursing those smart cyber criminals? Firstly, you must make them regret for these wrongful deeds, and secondly you must understand that established law firms can interact with law enforcement agencies and support your case to bring you justice.

Jeff Ryan creates quality legal articles to help you learn more about common legal issues.

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How To Avoid “Phishing” On Internet


What we call Phishing is the act to send unsolicited email to someone with false identity in order to scam the recipient and retrieve his personal information and steal his identity. This phenomenon is widespread on the Internet and many people are scamed everyday.

That is understandable because these at fisrt glance, the email look like as from legitimate and reputable company and sometimes, you could be familiar with this company. But the drawback is that it is a fake website built to replicate the legitimate site. This article will show you a practical example of phishing message, and how to identify this kind of message and how to avoid phishing on the Internet.

Let take one example. Yesterday, I received an email with this subject: “employment offer (part-time job) get paid weekly”. The first mistake that guy made was to forget the “m” in the words “employment” (i corrected it here!). This means that it is not very serious. In the email body, he made a good description of his activity with many mistakes and poor language. At the end of the message, he ask me all private information like those you can find on your identity card and passport. He wants you to think that it is an employment form.

The last and the top mistake he made is to send you an email with a gmail account. Do you know any serious company using gmail account to send email to his future employees? He didn’t leave any url for contact. Summary that is a very scam. Some others like this are widespread on the Internet and you have to be aware with them, like those coming from paypal or your bank and more. Paypal never ask you personal information for your accounts and your bank neither

Some of them provide you a link pointing to their fake website. The text link is something you are familiar with like paypal or other. A good way to check the legitimacy of this link is to point your mouse on the link and look the state bar of your screen (bottom left hand of your screen). Your will read here the true url where you are invited to visit. Usually it is far away from the legitimate website. Never click on this link and delete this email immediately and empty your trash box.

In summary in order to avoid phishing, it is very important to check the sender email and use a good judgement to see if you can be confident. Look the form of message and you can judge if a legitimate company can send you this kind of message. Never click on any link if you are sure of his legitimacy. Control the pointing text links using state bar (bottom left hand of your screen). If you are not sure on the legitimacy of any email, delete it and empty your trash box. Remember that your bank or paypal never ask you personal information by email and don’t forget to install all computer security software like spam filter and spyware remover.

Follow these golden rules and you will avoid phishing on the Internet.

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Internet Piracy and Payday Loans


So you want the latest music release, but you’ve run out of credits on iTunes. It’s on all of your friend’s iPods, you know they got it illegally off the internet, and now you are tempted to do the same. Before rushing off into the seedy world of internet piracy, there are a few things you may want to know that could keep you from incurring costs that force you to the payday loan office.

There are many arguments out there for and against the ethics of illegal downloading. Some argue that it is blatant thievery, a complete disrespect for the law, and should be punished to the full extent. It is no surprise that most of these sentiments are vocalized by record company executives and musicians. These people generally claim that by downloading music illegally, internet users are stealing musician’s hard work and taking away opportunities from up and coming talent. On the other hand, many argue that taking 99 cents from a multi-millionaire can hardly be seen as stealing, and that such arguments fail to understand that the majority of a band’s money is made through concerts. Those who take this side tend to cast record executives as greedy capitalists who should be undermined for the greater good. Neither of these sides ever really focuses on the pragmatics of illegal downloading, which can be far more compelling of an argument.

Illegal downloading can save you money in the short term, as you can acquire movies, music etc. freely. However, should you get caught, be aware that the fines for illegal downloading are very high. A student in Boston was recently fined $ 675,000 for downloading and sharing thirty songs on the internet, and a woman in Minnesota was fined $ 1.9 million for illegally downloading 24 songs. We are likely to see more of these staggering fines imposed on illegal downloaders, as lawyers and executives are cracking down on the growing problem of internet piracy. The fees per song range from the relatively minor $ 750 to the major $ 80,000. This is much more than any payday lender will advance you, so should you find yourself in this situation you may have to look elsewhere for help.

In addition to the legal costs of downloading pirated music and movies, you stand the very real chance of being stuck with computer costs as well. File sharing networks are notorious havens for computer viruses. These can range from the relatively benign to the entirely destructive. Even benign viruses can require a trip to the Geek Squad for those of us who are not experts in the field. A simple virus may be gone with a few clicks of a button, but more sophisticated ones will require you to reformat and reinstall your operating system or, even worse, require you to replace your computer completely. Although the latter situation is rare, it can and does happen. Thus, when confronted with the temptation to download music illegally off the internet, you need decide whether the immediate savings of 99 cents is worth the possibility of having to take out a cash advance to cover the costs of a new computer.

While several arguments abound for the ethics of internet piracy, the practical consequences can be much more compelling of a reason to keep away from such sites. Saving a couple dollars is just not worth the financial and legal trouble you could find yourself in.

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Landmark Internet Piracy Trial Begins

All eyes in the film and music industries are currently focused on the start of the major trial of four men in Sweden who are charged with facilitating the distribution of copyrighted material on the internet.

The trial, which is anticipated to be the most significant internet piracy case in recent times, concerns the Swedish file-sharing website Pirate Bay. The site facilitates the illegal downloading of music, games and films through a data-sharing protocol called BitTorrent. The four men accused face a possible fine of £100,000 and a maximum prison sentence of two years.

The case of Pirate Bay highlights what a hot topic the enforcement of copyright has become since the advent of the internet. The website under fire has 25 million users worldwide and is financially backed by advertising. Pirate Bay is an example of a prevalent problem which is threatening to seriously harm the wellbeing and sustainability of the film and music industries.

Evidence of the industries’ desire to protect their intellectual property and the extent to which they are financially suffering because of piracy, is evidenced by the civil claim for compensation against Pirate Bay, which the industries are themselves simultaneously bringing to court. Those from the music industry are seeking 2.2 million Euros in compensation, while members of the film industry believe they are entitled to 10.9 million Euros for losses incurred as a result of Pirate Bay’s activities.

The four defendants in the Pirate Bay case represent the other school of thought which staunchly challenges the protection of intellectual property by copyright laws. The website was established by Piratbyran, a Swedish organisation which fights against copyright laws.

It is anticipated that those defending the four Pirate Bay men will argue that the site is legal under Swedish law because it neither stores copyrighted material, nor hosts the exchanging of files itself. Instead the website acts as a directory enabling its users to find each other with the intension of illegally sharing copyrighted material. It also provides the user with all the necessary information needed to do this.

Members of the film and music industries will undoubtedly be hoping for a landmark ruling which will serve a significant blow to internet piracy and act as a deterrent to those considering breeching copyright law on the internet. Both members of the media industries and intellectual property lawyers will be closely watching the outcome of this case, which is likely to have a profound effect either way.

Those responsible for Pirate Bay remain adamant that the site will continue, whatever the outcome of the trial, relocating to another country if necessary.

Andrew Regan writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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