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RIAA + MPAA: STFU ASAP

You know how in horror movies when the beast/zombie/alien monster/ ghostly apparition looks it’s finally been vanquished but you know it’s still going to rise up one more time to scare the bejesus out of you? Meet the real life equivalent: the RIAA and the MPAA. Despite being beaten like a drum last year over [...]

The 10 dumbest tech moves of 2010

It’s been quite a year. And in what has become a tradition here in Cringeville, it’s time to honor the most malicious, obnoxious, offensive, or nonsensical behavior in technology. This year’s winners include captains of industry, titans of technology, sultans of sweat, and a number of other people desperately in need of a clue. Among [...]

Joel fought back…. with Styrofoam?

File swapper Joel Tenenbaum fought the law, and the law won. Now a jury must decide how much he owes the RIAA.

Reader Rabid: Steve Jobs, the RIAA, and IT bridges to nowhere

The residents of Cringeville have a lot to say about forced upgrades, file swapping, and how the feds spend our money. Here’s a quick sampler of some of the best.

Don’t stop believing in the RIAA’s capacity for evil

Another file swapping law suit, another outrageous verdict. Something’s deeply wrong with the laws controlling copyrights.

The wrong arm of the law

Want to know the biggest problem with the RIAA’s relentless pursuit of file swappers? In the age of the Internet, the courts are decades behind the times.

Pirate Bay crew gets the hook

Despite big fines and prison time, the Pirate Bay four remain defiant. Even if Hollywood manages to sink these Bit Torrent trackers, there’s an entire fleet waiting to take their place.

A Wolverine in Fox’s clothing

Forget pirating movies — just talking about using BitTorrent is enough to get you canned. But when it comes to online leaks the movie studios end up winning more than they lose.

National Napping Day: To sleep, perchance to dream

Cringe is feeling a little drowsy — and why not, it’s national napping day. But he’s not about to take the RIAA’s latest tactics lying down.

Is the RIAA admitting defeat?

The recording industry has fired some of its online spies — but that doesn’t mean they’re about to get all warm and cuddly. Cringe has the scoop.

Who’s been naughty and nice in 2008?

Why should Santa have all the fun? I’ve also been making a list and checking it twice to figure out who deserves treats in their stockings and who’s getting a big honkin’ lump of coal. Here in no particular order are my picks for the good/bad boys and girls of tech for 2008. Naughty: Apple [...]

Boston Illegal: Will the RIAA finally get what it deserves?

Harvard Law School is taking on the recording industry in a case that challenges the constitutionality of their legal tactics. So long, RIAA, it’s been lousy to know ya.

Biggest Turkeys of 2008

Last year around this time I introduced the Gobblers, my awards for those individuals in the tech field whose behavior most closely resembles a bird whose sole purpose is to be served on a platter. It was such a big hit I decided to do it again this year. Thus I present the 2008 Gobblers [...]

Death, taxes, and the RIAA

Your tax dollars are not only saving billionaire bankers from their own bad habits, they’re also helping to bail out the recording industry. Does the RIAA really truly need our help? To quote Amy Winhouse, “no no no.”

Drop that DVD copying software and put your hands in the air

Don’t expect to be making legal copies of your DVDs any time soon. A judge has extended the order banning sales of the RealDVD copying software. Hollywood is happy, but are consumers getting a raw deal?

RealDVDs, surreal law suits

Well, that didn’t take long. One day after RealNetworks releases its DVD copying software, lawsuits are filed. Who’s right, who’s wrong, and where do movie fans fit in? Cringely has some thoughts.

Thomas to RIAA: Do It to Me One More Time

Regular readers will remember Jammie Thomas, the Minneapolis mom who was ordered to pay $222,000 in damages to the RIAA last October – the only case to ever reach a jury in the recording industry’s ongoing war on its own customers. That ruling made everyone look bad: Thomas and her attorney, the judge and jury, [...]

The RIAA vs… well, everybody

Most sane humans would greet a law suit from the RIAA the way you’d welcome a surprise audit from the IRS. Not Ray Beckerman. He says, "Bring it on, bubba." Beckerman is a New York-based attorney who’s defended several clients in lawsuits brought by the recording industry. He also relentlessly chronicles the absurd activities of [...]

Demo: Real Networks lets you copy DVDs without being a scurvy pirate.

The biggest story from Demo so far: Real Networks RealDVD recorder, which lets you make legal copies of your DVDs on your computer, just like you can with your music CDs. It’s a simple concept wrapped in a legal minefield. Real does this legally by paying the same licensing fees that manufacturers of DVD players [...]

Chinese democracy meets US justice

The feds have arrested a 27-year-old blogger for posting unreleased Guns N’ Roses songs to his site, and Cringely is steamed. Read on to find out what’s making him so mad.