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MP3 Players and Accessories
Grab a Player: From Webmonkey; provides links to various MP3 players and accessories.
MP3 Players: MPEG.org provides links to available MP3 players by platform and information about configuring web browsers to enable streaming content.
MP3 Software: From MPEG3.com; links to players, decoders/encoders, rippers, skins and accessories.
MP3.com Software: MP3.com provides reviews of and links to popular MP3 software products.
MPEG3 Hardware: From MPEG3.com; portable MP3 players and the latest in MP3 hardware devices.
MP3 Search Engines
MP3 Search Engines: From Searchenginewatch.com; links to a number of popular MP3 search sites.
Popular MP3 and MP3 Artist Sites
MP3 Information Resources
Find/Play MP3s: A Webmonkey Guide; provides a superficial summary of the MP3 controversy, links to MP3 players and accessories and a guide to finding MP3 files on the web.
Layer-3 Information: FAQ page from Fraunhofer IIS-A, developers of MP3 technology.
MP3 Portal: From MPEG.org; tons of MP3 related links organized by topic and complete with an MP3 news search feature.
Soundbyting.com: An RIAA website which aims to curb online music piracy by providing students and educators with information about copyrights and penalties for online infringement.
MP3 News Resources
MP3 Rocks the Web: Wired News coverage of everything MP3
The Future of MP3
Jesse Berst, "Where Next for Digital Music? (You Won't Like It)": Predicts that AOL-TimeWarner will move to create a proprietary format for online music.
John Gartner, "Digital Music Will Cost You": Jeremy Silver, vice president of new media at EMI, makes predictions about the future of online music and its increasing cost to consumers.
Jimmy Guterman, "MP3 Death Watch": Suggests that MP3's days on the forefront may soon come to an end.
Eric Scheirer, "MPEG-4: The New Standard": Introduction to the next generation MPEG coding specifications from one of the code editors.
Karen Solomon, "Record Profits": Discusses the formats which may come to replace MP3 as the standard in compression technology.
Michael Stroud, "A Music Industry Death Knell": Predicts a major shift in the way that music is sold, with the MP3.com sales model taking the lead and the traditional methods of music distribution moving towards obsolescence.
Materials on Copyright Materials
Cyberspace Law Institute, Cyberspace Law for Non-Lawyers (see lessons 2-12)
Copyright Link Sites
Articles Related to Copyright and the Internet
Don Biederman, "Copyright Trends: With Friends Like These...," Fall, 1999: Written by the vice president and general counsel for Warner/Chappel Music, the article explores a number of changes in copyright law which occured during the last decade of the twentieth century
Mark A. Lemley, "Dealing with Overlapping Copyrights on the Internet": Article is available for download from the site.
Bob Kohn, "Primer on the Law of Webcasting and Digital Music Delivery," September, 1998. Article detailing the music licensing process and the legal complexities introduced by the phenonmenon of webcasting.
Music Licensing Organizations
ASCAP: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
BMI: Broadcast Music, Inc.
ResourcesRIAA v. MP3.com
"Streaming Audio Ruling a Win-Win": Results of first round in the RealNetworks v. Streambox suit, with comments from both parties.
Christopher Jones, "A River of Music -- To Go": Explains the technological effect of Streambox's controversial "Ripper" software on RealAudio encryption.
Christopher Jones, "Real Screaming Over Streaming": Details the RealNetworks v. Streambox controversy.
ResourcesRIAA v. Napster
RIAA Complaint: Provided by MP3.com.
Letter from RIAA's President and CEO, Hillary Rosen, to Michael Robertson ,CEO of MP3.com, notifying him of the RIAA suit filed against MP3.com in Federal District Court in New York and Michael Robertson's Letter to Hillary Rosen in Response.
"MP3.com Files Suit Against RIAA": From MP3.com; MP3.com files a responsive suit against the RIAA.
"MP3.com Stores Your CDs": Describes the MP3.com services that are now under attack from the RIAA.
Matt Carolan, "Pirates of the Internet": Discusses the allegations against MP3.com as well as discussing generally "current" events relating to copyright on the Internet.
Christopher Jones, "RIAA Sues MP3.com": Provides some legal analysis of MP3.com's potential liability.
Courtney Macavinta, "RIAA Sues MP3.com, Alleges Copyright Violations": Estimates the damages MP3.com may owe should it be found liable for copyright infringement.
Jim Hu, "MP3.com's New Features Get Mixed Reception": Describes MP3.com personalization services, Beam-It and the Instant Listening Service.
Janelle Brown, "MP3 Crackdown": Discusses the RIAA's allegations against Napster as well as RIAA crackdowns on university piracy.
Robert Lemos, "Napster Plays Dodgeball with Music Biz": Discusses some of the copyright claims that could be brought against the Napster service.
Courtney Macavinta, "Recording Industry Sues Music Start-Up, Cites Black Market": Explains some of the Napster features and describes some of the copyright complexities raised by the suit.
Chris Oakes, "Time for a Napster Rest?": Describes Internet traffic bottlenecks on university computer systems attributable to wide-scale Napster use on campus networks and efforts to block access to the site by some university administrators.
Mark Pesce, "Napster, The Media Network That Might Upstage The Web": Provides some detail on how the Napster service operates.
Scott Rosenberg, "The Napster Files": Provides some detail on how the Napster service operates.
http://www.hrrc.org/DMCA-leg-hist.html. Text of Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the conference report, and other portions of the legislative history. This page is maintained by the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), an advocacy group organized "to protect the right to use VCRs, audio recorders and computers for private, non-commercial purposes.
Ronald G. Dunn, Information Industry Association, H.R. 2281 and H.R. 2180 Hearings before House Courts and Intellectual Property Subcommittee (Sep.16, 1997).Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995, 17 U.S.C. 106(6) and 114
Mike Kirk, American Intellectual Property Association, H.R. 2281 and H.R. 2180 Hearings before House Courts and Intellectual Property Subcommittee (Sep.16, 1997).
Honorable Bruce Lehman, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, H.R. 2281 and H.R. 2180 Hearings before House Courts and Intellectual Property Subcommittee (Sep.16, 1997).
Roy Neel, United States Telephone Association, H.R. 2281 and H.R. 2180 Hearings before House Courts and Intellectual Property Subcommittee (Sep.16, 1997).
Jonathan Band, "The Digital Millennium Copyright Act": Memorandum summarizing key points of the Act.
Berne Convention (liks to full text)
Berne Article 2 (defining the scope of copyright protection granted under the treaty)Universal Copyright Convention, Paris, 1971
Berne Article 9 (right of reproduction)
Berne Article 13 (sound recordings)
Robin D. Gross, "Swedish Court Exonerates Teen of Internet Music Piracy": Prosecutorial charges brought against a teenager who was linking to pirated music files from his website were dismissed after a Swedish court found that the teen did not "copy, distribute or spread the pirated music files" and, thus, was not guilty of music piracy.
Christopher Jones, "Swedish Retailer Pushes MP3": Swedish company claims to be the first in Europe to offer secure digital music distribution.
Patrizia Piccolo, "Music Copyright": Canadian perspective of music and copyright from a student-at-law.
International Copyright Protection: From Findlaw.
Doing Business in Argentina: See paragraph 4.4 on copyright.
Franklin Piece Intellectual Property Mall: International intellectual property links
Dan's Australian Law Index: Maintains a list of copyright links available from topics index.
Prepared by Professor Andreas Teuber:
February 19, 2001 - 12:02:29 PM
Edited and Updated, February 22, 2001