President Signs CAN-SPAM Act of 2003

  The enrolled (final) text of S. 877 as it was passed by the Senate o­n November 25, 2003, and agreed to by the House of Representatives o­n December 8, 2003, was signed by the President o­n December 16, 2003, and takes effect o­n January 1, 2004.  

“DVD-Jon” Acquittal Upheld

An appeals court in Oslo, Norway, upheld Jon Lech Johansen’s earlier acquittal o­n all counts of alleged copyright violations. The lower court had ruled that Johansen, now 20, did nothing illegal when he helped crack DVD copy protection codes in 1999 and then publicized how he did it.

RIAA May Not Subpoena ISP Verizon

The recording industry can’t force Internet providers to identify music downloaders, a federal appeals court said Friday in a major decision shielding online privacy while undercutting the industry’s anti-piracy campaign. Read the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia here.

P2P Downloading Legal In Canada

Downloading copyrighted music from peer-to-peer networks is legal in Canada, although uploading files is not, Canadian copyright regulators said in a ruling released Friday. Read the article here

Online Music To Boom in 2004

Online music piracy isn’t likely to vanish soon, but the rise of paid o­nline services and the growing popularity of portable digital music players portends greater demand for digital music next year and better fortunes for the embattled recording industry, music executives said. Taking a mostly positive outlook o­n an industry racked by a three-year slide in CD sales, executives for recording companies and Internet music retailers told hundreds at the Music 2.0 conference in Continue reading Online Music To Boom in 2004