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First off today, news appears to be getting worse for Righthaven, the company that formerly filed lawsuits over content from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post, the latter of which has since dropped the service. A former Righthaven defendant, which won on the grounds of fair use, is petitioning the court to have U.S. Marshalls seize the company’s assets in order to pay a $34,000 judgment that he won against Righthaven. Righthaven has ceased filing lawsuits pending the resolution of many of the ongoing cases, this one included, but has said that paying $34,000 judgment could result in a bankruptcy filing and has asked the court to stay the order.
Next up today, even as CD and other music sales decline overall, royalty collection is continuing to increase. Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI), which collects royalties for music publishers and songwriters, reported a 1.5% increase in overall collections this year, $931 million this years versus $917 million last. Payouts to their clients also increased, up to $796 million this year from $789 million last. BMI services over 650,000 licensed businesses and more than 500,000 music publishing members.
Finally today, as the first numbers are released from the largest file-sharing survey in history, which was held on The Pirate Bay back in April, it appears that, while file sharing sites may be a great place to get the latest movies (albeit illegally), they aren’t such a great place to meet women. According to the survey’s findings, women accounted for only 5% of the 75,000+ respondents. That number is still low compared to others statistics, which show women making up some 20% of other file sharing sites, but no site boasted more than 26% female representation. The statistics also show that the respondents were primarily young, between 18 and 24, that downloading habits were unchanged over different cultures (as well as across genders) and that users are very worried about remaining anonymous during their activities.
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