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First off today, the Estate of Bob Marley has lost a legal battle with Universal Music Group after a court ruled that UMG is the rightful owner of Marley’s recordings he made for Island records between 1973 and 1977. The family had accused UMG of withholding royalties and ignoring earlier agreements but the court ruled UMG is the rightful owner of those tracks.
Next up today, attackers managed to exploit the advertising servers that run The Pirate Bay to make the site direct visitors to download malware, causing the site to be blocked in both Google and Firefox for being harmful to users. The ads were linking to external sites that would attempt to download and install malware on visitor’s computers though it is unclear what the malware was designed to do. The Pirate Bay was able to fix the hole and be restored in both Google and Firefox but there is no word how many, if any, machines were infected.
Finally today, Philly Byrne, the lead singer of Irish band Gama Bomb, wrote an open letter to U2’s manager Paul McGuinness saying that his strict views on file sharing were short-sighted. His band had recently been involved in an experiment to distribute an album for free via Rapidshare and found that the album sold almost the exact same amount to their previous release even though it was downloaded more than 40,000 times. The band, however, had expected a huge increase in sales but still believes the approach to be the correct one.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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