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'Ranger' Vs. the Movie Pirates Software Is Studios' Latest Weapon in A
Growing Battle, By Frank Ahrens
Washington Post Technews.com, June 19, 2002; Page H01

"Ranger is burrowing through the public parts of your computer, sniffing
around, turning over bits of data, trying to find out if you've stolen a
movie over the Internet.

Ranger takes the titles and, "like a bloodhound," Valenti said, sets out
on the Internet, looking for those films on Web sites, in chat rooms, on
peer-to-peer sites. It is an automated software, speeding across the
Internet. When it finds a movie title, it marks the location, decides
whether the movie is being used in a way that infringes on its copyright,
then moves on. Jeremy Rasmussen, Ranger Online's chief technology
executive and founder, won't disclose exactly how his software manages
this, except to say: "The challenge is 'How do you cover a lot of area
without having to visit every page?' That's part of the intelligent way we

digital-copyright Digest 19 Jun 2002 Issue 16



Will Cable Unplug the File Swappers?
By Jane Black, BusinessWeek.com, JUNE 12, 2002

"New pricing plans for broadband use could make downloading pirated music
and movies a prohibitively costly habit" "....they're rolling out new
pricing schemes that could put limits on bandwidth usage per month and
charge users additional fees if they go above the limit. ... Everything
else in life has restraints -- except digital music and movies," says Ted
Cohen, vice-president for new media at EMI. Cohen is optimistic that
tiered pricing for broadband could introduce a "financial consequence" for
piracy and cut down on sharing of pirated content. "Tiered pricing won't
help artists or labels get paid, but it's a step in the right direction,"
he says. " digital-copyright Digest 14 Jun 2002 Issue 13


File sharing: Innocent until proven guilty
By Damien Cave, Salon.com, 6/13/02

"An economist says music piracy should be hurting the recording
industry, but it isn't -- and he doesn't know why.
Stan Liebowitz (CATO Institute):."There's a 5 percent decline in CD sales
this year, but that's what you might expect in a recession. So we're still
not seeing much. And what I'm beginning to suggest now is that perhaps
people aren't going to replace the purchase of CDs with these MP3s. "

digital-copyright Digest 17 Jun 2002Issue 14


Record Biz Has Burning Question
By Brad King, WiredNews.com, June 14, 2002

"But the same technologies that pirates use to steal -- -- file sharing,
CD-burning and computers -- are driving legitimate sales by consumers,
according to research from market research company Ipsos-Reid."

digital-copyright Digest 14 Jun 2002 Issue 13


Milberg Weiss Files Suit Over CDs With No-Copy Technology
By Brenda Sandburg, The Recorder - Law.com, 06-17-2002

"Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach has jumped into the legal brawl
over how much access consumers should have to copyrighted digital music.

Best known as a leader in shareholder class actions, New York-based
Milberg Weiss filed a California consumer class action against five
record labels Wednesday claiming that the audio discs they are selling
with no-copy technology are misleading and defective."
More Coverage:
Lawsuit Challenges Copy-Protected CDs

digital-copyright Digest 17 Jun 2002  Issue 14