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German kindergartens ordered to pay copyright for songs

The Society for Musical Performing and Mechanical Production Rights (GEMA) contacted 36,000 daycare facilities across Germany warning them they needed to sign contracts with the agency before they can photocopy song texts. The rules came into effect just this year. “If a preschool wants to make its own copy of…

Pirate Bay financier takes case to Swedish Supreme Court

A key financier of the Swedish filesharing site, The Pirate Bay, appealed to the country’s highest court on Monday to overturn his four-month prison sentence and fines to the music and movie industry, court documents showed. “Carl Lundstroem demands the Supreme Court cancel the Appeal Court’s ruling,” the petition read.…

Palin handlers bully CNN cameraman at book signing

Sarah Palin’s aides opted to use a little bit of force to end an otherwise polite conversation with a CNN news crew Thursday. CNN’s Jim Acosta and his camera crew were invited to attend a Palin book signing in a Spirit Lake, Louisiana Wal-Mart. But one of Palin’s handlers put…

Fox contributors caught trashing Palin on-air and off

Sarah Palin’s new TLC reality show Sarah Palin’s Alaska is finding critics in an unlikely place: the Fox News Channel. Leaked video shows a panel of contributors taking shots at the former governor during a commercial break on the show Fox News Watch. Conservative commentator Liz Trotta brought up a…

Apple says iTunes will sell music from Beatles

Apple says iTunes will sell music from Beatles, most prominent holdout from iTunes. The Beatles are finally coming to iTunes. Apple Inc. said Tuesday its iTunes service will start selling music from the Fab Four, in an agreement with the Beatles’ recording label, EMI, and its management company, Apple Corps…

1.5-million-dollar verdict in US music piracy case

Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a single mother of four, was found liable by a jury on Wednesday of copyright infringement for using KaZaA peer-to-peer file-sharing network to download the songs over the Internet. She was ordered to pay 62,500 dollars for each of the 24 songs, a total of 1.5 million dollars.…

Woman ordered to pay $1.5 million for file-sharing 24 songs

WASHINGTON — A US jury has ordered a Minnesota woman to pay $1.5 million for illegally downloading 24 songs in a high-profile digital piracy case. Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a single mother of four, was found liable by a jury on Wednesday of copyright infringement for using KaZaA peer-to-peer file-sharing network to…

Video catches lawmaker ‘groping’ young reporter

In the last five years, at least 80 state lawmakers have been indicted or convicted in political scandals. An ABC News investigation found lobbyists and large corporations are turning to state legislators for favorable contracts and legislation. In an attempt to look at the ethics and behavior of these state…

Johnny Cash remembered in crowd-sourced video

In crowd-sourced video, Johnny Cash remembered 1 brushstroke at a time One brushstroke at a time, “The Johnny Cash Project” is gathering illustrations submitted by fans online into a living portrait of the country music legend. The project is a unique Web-only music video where every frame is a fan-created…

US lawmakers seek power to ‘shut down’ Web sites in other countries

A bill introduced in the US Senate on Monday would give US law enforcement authorities more tools to crack down on websites engaged in piracy of movies, television shows and music. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act has received support from both parties and was introduced by Senator Patrick…

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