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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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RIAA attacks continue: now Usenet

The Recording Industry Association of America’s litigation strategy is taking a detour into the internet’s Precambrian layer, suing a company that distributes the ancient decentralized message board known as Usenet. Fargo, North Dakota-based Usenet.com is the target of the lawsuit (.pdf) filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in which 14 recording companies allege the service “enables and encourages its customers to reproduce and distribute millions of infringing copies of Plaintiff’s valuable copyrighted sound recordings.” The suit, filed Friday, is something of a throwback in the RIAA’s recent litigation strategy. It targets an alleged facilitator of copyright theft instead of an individual pirate.

In the past four years, the RIAA has sued more than 20,000 people on allegations of copyright infringement. Two weeks ago, the association won a $222,000 judgment in the first such case to go to trial. But Usenet’s decentralized architecture means RIAA gumshoes can’t easily trace uploaders, as they can on peer-to-peer services like Kazaa. That may have prompted the RIAA to focus on feed provider Usenet.com, which boasts about the anonymity it provides users. RIAA spokeswoman Cara Duckworth say that Usenet.com is no different from the peer-to-peer sites the RIAA has litigated against in the past. Go do some joga Cara and read few articles about Usenet meanwhile, that’s getting ridiculous.

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An update to this from /.:

Ars Technica has some interesting analysis of the RIAA's lawsuit against Usenet.com. There's reason to believe that Usenet.com — and most other Usenet providers — could qualify for protection under the DMCA's Safe Harbor provision. 'The DMCA's Safe Harbor provision provides protection for ISPs from copyright infringement lawsuits as long as they take down offending material once they are served with a notice of infringement. "Whether the Safe Harbor applies is the central legal question that is going to be raised," EFF senior staff attorney Fred von Lohmann told Ars. An RIAA spokesperson tells Ars that the group has issued "many" takedown notices to Usenet.com, but von Lohmann says that the volume of takedown notices isn't what counts. "The DMCA's Safe Harbor makes it very clear," von Lohmann said. "The number of notices doesn't matter as long as you take the infringing content down."
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Hey I only download about 100GB of news a month
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