RIAA Targets YouTube

The RIAA & MPAA are taking a strong interest in YouTube videos of copyrighted content the past few months, judging from activity in our forums. Users are increasingly receiving the same DMCA takedown request letters frequently dished out to ISPs, who forward them on to p2p users on their networks. Project Opus claims the warnings are even being applied to videos of amateur dancers who are getting their groove on to copyrighted music.

From here and discovered from here.

Really makes me want to run out and buy a couple albums now.

Canadian music giant funds battle against RIAA

From here:

Canada’s biggest record label, publisher and management company is helping out a family sued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)for copyright infringement.

The privately-owned Nettwerk Music Group is intervening, it says, because the songs downloaded by the Gruebel family include Avril Lavigne, a Nettwerk management client. Nettwerk will fund the Gruebel’s defense.

“The current actions of the RIAA are not in my artists’ best interests,” said Nettwerk chief executive Terry McBride in a statement.

“Litigation is not `artist development’. Litigation is a deterrent to creativity and passion and it is hurting the business I love.”

Chicago lawyer Charles Lee Mudd will defend the Gruebels.

Mudd said the RIAA has “misapplied” the law and that lawsuits should be a “shield, not a sword”.

The RIAA has demanded the family pay a $9,000 penalty, reduced to $4,500 if they pay up promptly. Nettwerk has vowed to foot the legal bill if it loses the case.