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The legal fight in US Courts between record labels and music-locker cloud services continues into a full-blown case – despite both sides claiming something favourable from court rulings yesterday. A judge in New York District Court ruled that most of Michael Robertson's MP3tunes operation was covered by "safe harbor" provisions …

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The lawyers will get richer...

and the users and advertising fees will go up to cover the expense. Same story repeated over and over and over...

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Yes.

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the words "file-sharing" and "free" are "ubiquitous among legitimate sites offering legitimate services". Are they really?

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Yes, they are. There may not exist many legitimate music sharing sites, but there are plenty of other "legitimate sites offering legitimate services" which use the words "free" and "file-sharing" (or synonyms).

An example being dropbox.

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Re: Yes.

" There may not exist many legitimate music sharing sites"

Just the one, alas.

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last i checked

jamendo.com was completely legit. Not what EMI is gunning for, but legit nevertheless.

Although i do confess to downloading tracks from jamendo that should not have been there due to the artist having signed a draconian contract with $local_collecting_society.

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A lot of 'em are legitimate

Megaupload, rapidshare, etc have been used for "piracy", but they have been also used for large file transfers; quite a number of companies have used it for business purposes. Then there's that former DJ who put up all his free promo stuff on filesharing services.

Same thing with BitTorrent; those playing SC2, MGS4 and a good bunch of games are using BitTorrent for game updates. The judge is right in removing the stigma of "filesharing == piracy" that the *AAs insist on using. Then again, these are the guys behind "copyright infringement == theft" so they do seem to lack basic logical thinking anyway.

DISCLAIMER: I do not condone piracy. But a good bunch of antipiracy arguments are really, really stupid.

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A lot of 'em are legitimate

Megaupload, rapidshare, etc have been used for "piracy", but they have been also used for large file transfers; quite a number of companies have used it for business purposes. Then there's that former DJ who put up all his free promo stuff on filesharing services.

Same thing with BitTorrent; those playing SC2, MGS4 and a good bunch of games are using BitTorrent for game updates. The judge is right in removing the stigma of "filesharing == piracy" that the *AAs insist on using. Then again, these are the guys behind "copyright infringement == theft" so they do seem to lack basic logical thinking anyway.

DISPCLAIMER: I do not condone piracy. But a good bunch of antipiracy arguments are really, really stupid.

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