BRITNEY TO PERFORM WITH METALLICA!
Spears has set her first international performance
date of 2004 with a June 5 stop at Portugal's Rock in
Rio-Lisbon festival, which also features such
acts as Metallica, Guns N' Roses
(No, we're not kidding) and Slipknot.
will launch a North American tour March 2 in San Diego,
and will finish April 10 or 12 in New York.
The Rock in Rio performance is Spears' only currently
scheduled international booking, but will likely be part
of a bigger itinerary. Sting and Alejandro Sanz (news) are
among the other acts slated to perform during the May 29-30
and June 3-6 event at the Bela Vista Parque in Lisbon. Spears
will be touring in support of her latest studio album, "In
the Zone" which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard
200 and is No. 13 in its fifth week on the chart.
It has sold 1.38 million copies in the U.S., according to
Court Rules Music Industry Piracy Subpoenas Illegal
Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court in Washington told
the record industry Friday it could no longer issue subpoenas
to track down and sue alleged file swappers.
a series of decisions in favor of the Recording Industry
Association of America, the court said copyright law did
not allow the organization to use subpoenas for the identity
of file swappers on Internet service providers' networks,
CNET News.com reported.
are not unsympathetic either to the RIAA's concern regarding
the widespread infringement of its members' copyrights,
or to the need for legal tools to protect those rights,"
the court wrote.
is not the province of the courts, however, to rewrite (copyright
law) in order to make it fit a new and unforeseen Internet
architecture, no matter how damaging that development has
been to the music industry."
decision did not address the legality of the lawsuits that
have already been filed against hundreds of individual computer
Original Story is Below. So Far, there is no word on how
this will effect the existing cases but if the means of
collecting the file sharing information was illegal, it
would seem that the cases would have to be dismissed.
piracy may be rampant, but burned CDs make a bad gift, so
consumers lined up at record stores in droves over the holidays.
Keys tops the Billboard albums chart for the second
time in three weeks, moving nearly 370,000 units of her
second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, according
to SoundScan figures. That's over 120,000 more copies sold
than Ruben Studdard's debut album, Soulful,
which drove Keys down to #2 last week. On the current chart,
Studdard drops to #8 with sales of almost 245,000. Studdard's
dip reflected a 41 percent sales decrease, making him the
only act in the top 25 to fall. By comparison, Studdard's
"American Idol" rival, Clay Aiken,
saw sales of his Measure of a Man increase 35 percent,
with more than 212,000 units sold.
every musical genre experienced strong sales. Keys eclipsed
country crooner Toby Keith in sales by
fewer than 400 copies. Keith, who is at #2 on the chart,
sold almost 369,500 copies of Shock'n Y'All to
jump up two chart positions.
albums account for four of the top 10 albums. The top seller
once again is Now That's What I Call Music! 14,
which sold more than 354,000 and will place at #3. Other
popular comps were Sheryl Crow's The
Very Best of Sheryl Crow at #7 with more than 266,000
copies sold, No Doubt's The Singles 1992-2003
at #9 with over 235,000 and Rod Stewart's
As Time Goes By ... The Great American Songbook Volume
II, which sold over 221,000 copies to land at #10.
after 13 weeks on the shelf, Outkast's
Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below remains popular. The
album, which contains the mega-hit "Hey Ya!" saw
a 55 percent sales jump to climb two notches up to #4 (334,000).
Josh Groban's Closer will take
the #5 slot (almost 318,000) and Hilary Duff
will nab #6 with Metamorphosis (over 274,000).
bands continue to dip on the charts. The only rock records
from this year to make the top 20 are Blink-182,
whose untitled LP makes it to #16 (155,000); Evanescence,
whose Fallen reaches #19 (148,000); and Nickelback's
The Long Road, which moved up eight notches to
are typically few chart debuts at this time of year. Three
notable debuts include R &B singer Joe,
And Then ... #26 (122,000); Jay-Z protégé
Memphis Bleek, M.A.D.E., #35 (101,000);
and Wu-Tanger Raekwon, The Lex Diamond
Story debuts at #102 (44,000).
Music Download Battle Continues as RIAA Begins Legal Action
800 download file traders were hit with a federal subpoena
after repeated warnings by the RIAA.
According to a U.S. District Court spokesperson, 75 new subpoenas
are being issued every day, and the figure is expected to
soon go over 100. The court orders, levied on Internet service
providers and colleges, are one of the first steps the Recording
Industry Association of America is taking against file-swapping
information subpoenas is part of the evidence-gathering process
that we announced a few weeks ago in anticipation of the lawsuits
that we will be filing against people who illegally make copyrighted
music available on P2P networks" an RIAA spokesperson
said. "We're doing exactly what we said we'd do."
first round of lawsuits, which carry penalties as high as
$150,000 per infringement (read: per song), are expected to
arrive in mid-August. One has to wonder if any song is worth
$150 grand, since they are only running about 99 cents per
song on legal music download websites. How can the recording
industry get away with such mumbo jumbo? Easy, they've been
using smoke and mirrors for years and like the Wizard, they
don't want anyone looking behind the curtain. File-sharing
is a look behind the curtain.
recoding industry is built on the lie that it is expensive
to put out music for public consumption. The only reason it's
expensive is because the system is designed to be that way.
The Internet has blown the doors off the distribution model
that allows five major corporations to control most of the
music (and increasingly all forms of entertainment) the public
has access to.
recording industry (which we will hereafter refer to as the
"bloodsuckers") has deep enough pockets to litigate
anyone to death-regardless of eventual legal outcomes and
the bloodsuckers will gladly tie up the nations courts for
years on end. In fact, the flood of subpoenas in this round
of lawsuits is becoming a real workload for the U.S. District
Court in Washington, D.C., which has called for assistance
in processing the paperwork.
bloodsuckers will eventually suck the financial life out of
their target (witness Napster) and win by default or, they
might even use their muscle.
For example, in a previous court ruling Internet Service Providers
(ISP's) were forced to surrender the names and addresses of
subscribers suspected of illegal file-sharing, pursuant to
the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Verizon might be
a big company but it's not big enough to fight the big five
(Warner Bros; EMI; Sony; Universal and BMG) and who cares
about a couple of college students anyway, right?
the bloodsuckers control what ISP's need to survive: Content.
AOL and MSN are pretty boring now. Imagine them without 90%
of their content. No song samples. No movie trailers. No chats
with stars. You get the picture.
bloodsuckers have found the lawsuits also deter investment
in websites like Napster and similar operators like Kazaa
and WinMX. Online traders-or pirates as some call them-- have
devised ways to stay out of the RIAA's reach. A version of
Kazaa Lite can hide some of the shared music files
on a user's hard drive and supposedly prevents users with
an IP address associated with the RIAA from scanning the list
of active users.
technology can be foiled, but what's the real risk here? This
first round of copyright-infringement lawsuits are of the
civil -not criminal-- variety, but that may change. A pair
of Democratic Congressmen, John Conyers and Howard Berman,
recently introduced a bill that would impose criminal penalties
of up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine against convicted
swappers. (See sidebar for current laws and penalties.)
still some hope that file sharers can at least avoid a criminal
record according to Senator John McCain "I would not
support criminal penalties for the person who just shares
music files," said the Republican Senator from Arizona.
"If there's some kind of organized and orchestrated organization
that does this as a profession to make a profit, then that
probably would be appropriate. Look, these artists deserve
a return for their talents and their abilities; we've got
to try and make that happen. But to throw people in jail because
they file-share, in my view, is a terrible overreach."
legislation - which is sponsored by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.,
the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, along
with Howard Berman, D-Calif.; Martin Meehan, D-Mass.; Robert
Wexler, D-Fla.; Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.; and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
- would also give law enforcement $15 million to fight copyright
crime and would require distributors of file-sharing software
to alert users that downloading file-sharing software might
create privacy and security risks. Think maybe they'd like
to get their hands on that cash? Not to mention one more route
to access the privacy of an individuals home.
after all, that's what this is really all about. The control
over the public and what we see and hear by a group of corporations
who are now "partnering" with government. Maybe
we should all just email each other MP3's
current law, you'd have to distribute 10 authorized copies
of a work with a retail value of more than $2,500 to make
it a felony. HR 2752, otherwise known as the Author, Consumer
& Computer Owner Protection and Security Act of 2003,
would make it a crime to upload even one copyrighted work
to a publicly accessible Web site or file-sharing network,
since the bill operates under the assumption that each uploaded
file gets copied at least 10 times. The penalties for felony
copyright violation vary, but offenders could face a five-year
prison term and a fine of up to $250,000.
2752, otherwise known as the Author, Consumer & Computer
Owner Protection and Security Act of 2003, would make it a
crime to upload even one copyrighted work to a publicly accessible
Web site or file-sharing network, since the bill operates
under the assumption that each uploaded file gets copied at
least 10 times. The penalties for felony copyright violation
vary, but offenders could face a five-year prison term and
a fine of up to $250,000.