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This is odd, to my thinking. The founder and owner of the UK file sharing peer to peer site Oink (great name) has been acquitted of conspiracy to defraud. In spite of earning $18,000 per month from people downloading from the site because people would send donations in order to keep it going, the owner - one Alan Ellis - assured the court he had no intention to defraud copyright holders. He was creating a music sharing community, is all. Maybe when he started in 2004 he had the impression that only people who owned the rights to the music …

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This is the third entry in the continuing "cave dwellers" [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story223037.html"]saga[/URL] and their new lives with Ubuntu. Someone posted a comment on the previous cave dwellers entry about [URL="http://www.apple.com"]iTunes[/URL] not working on Linux and I was absolutely sure that it did. It doesn't. Much to my surprise (and disappointment), iTunes isn't available as a native application on Linux. What's a penguinista to do? Try [URL="http://www.winehq.org"]WINE[/URL] of course! I installed WINE, downloaded iTunes' latest Windows application and installed the file. Quicktime and some other applications installed but no iTunes. I tried several times--still no iTunes. I googled. Nope, still no iTunes. …

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This is just odd, for too many reasons. [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8177285.stm"]A file sharer has been fined $675,000 for downloading illegal music[/URL]. He is a student. People have offered him money because they think it's an unreasonable amount to pay. He has turned them down. Why do I think this is odd? Well, one by one: the amount is indeed a ridiculous amount to expect a student to pay. Yes, of course he knew what he was doing was illegal and the people with the rights to the music to which he's helped himself have some sort of recourse. But twice the price …

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Kazaa has decided to join Pirate Bay in becoming a legal peer to peer service. This raises interesting questions for moralistic pedants like me. The full details of the story are [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8159560.stm"]here[/URL] but that's not what I want to discuss. I'm more interested in what sort of message it sends out when people start off a business that's completely illegal by any amount of reckoning and are then effectively rewarded. Actually 'rewarded' might be putting it a bit strongly. The companies are wound up, declared bankrupt and the owners held up to public ridicule. It's just that so many of …

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The time has come to drag the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) kicking and screaming into the 21st century because it clearly has a lot to learn about marketing on the internet. The RIAA had a [URL="http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal_tech/music/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212501507&subSection=Management"]good news/bad news announcement[/URL] on Friday. The good news was that it would stop persecuting, er I mean prosecuting, individual file sharers, a strategy that to me was just foolish in the first place. The bad news is it has hooked up with ISPs to form a corporate file sharing police force, which could potentially deny internet access without due process to users …

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Maybe the third time’s the charm for Napster. The peer-to-peer pioneer has again emerged, and this time looks to have its sights set on Apple. The company on Tuesday launched a new Web site and music store, claiming to offer six million titles in unprotected MP3 format, as many songs as Apple’s popular iTunes store but without the DRM restrictions. Separate attempts by Napster in 2007 to partner with [URL=http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070114-8610.html] AOL[/URL] and [URL=http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070420-sound-familiar-circuit-city-and-napster-partner-on-music-service.html]Circuit City[/URL] fizzled. [URL= http://home.napster.com/#ns/home/index.html?genre_id=0]Napster’s new site[/URL] looks remarkably like the iTunes store. But upon closer inspection, the service lacks Apple’s slick and sturdy interface, and many of …

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Yes, in a bizarre twist and turn of fate, the original bad boy of illegal MP3 downloads which then went legit and hooked subscribers into music with Microsoft's digital rights management system has changed tack and announced it is to sell MP3 format tunes. So, OK, maybe not a real return to its roots as you will notice that I said sell, rather give away in a free file-sharing spree. Still, as a major online music retailer these days the fact that Napster is dumping DRM has to be good news for the consumer. DRM, for those who may not …

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