Ferguson Protest Leader Victim Of CAR THEFT

Elizabeth Vega, the woman who has been making life miserable for cops and residents in St. Louis by coordinating endless #Ferguson protests, has herself become the victim of crime.

Vega announced on Twitter that her car was stolen while she was protesting: “So while debriefing after the action my car got stolen.”

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Vega co-led the St Louis Symphony interruption, was arrested at a pumpkin smashing, yelled at the St Louis Post Dispatch protest, helped block traffic in Clayton yesterday. Continue reading

Netflix SHUTTERS Red Envelope Call Center In OR.

The demand for Netflix‘ red envelope DVDs has dropped dramatically, compared to that of 2011, which is why the company is now closing a call center in Hillsboro, Oregon.

The Netflix call center focused on servicing its DVD subscription business, now they will let go the 188 employees that remained. The Hillsboro facility opened in 2006 and quickly staffed up to around 300.

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Netflix Serious Upgrades Coming To Streaming After Deal With Comcast

Netflix inked a deal with Comcast to provide TV shows and movies that are streamed more smoothly to households than ever before. It is the first such deal for the online video streaming service.Netflix-Laptop-HiRes-e1349119808431

The two companies said in a joint statement Sunday they’re establishing a more direct connection to provide a better service to customers that will also allow for future growth in Netflix traffic. The companies say the arrangement is already giving customers a better experience. Continue reading

8 Major Music Publishers Sue Limewire!

On the heels of a major court win by the recording companies against file-sharing software company LimeWire, eight major music publishers said they filed their own suit on Wednesday.

The publishers are seeking relief and damages from LimeWire for facilitating copyright infringement.

Publishers are paid royalties for songwriters, while recording companies work with the artists who perform the songs. Several of the publishers, including EMI Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music Inc., are owned by the parents of the recording companies that won.

National Music Publishers’ Association CEO David Israelite said songwriters and publishers were hurt as well as performers by LimeWire, which provides software that allows users to swap songs over the Internet for free.

“The pervasive online infringement facilitated by LimeWire and others like them has consequences for everyone in the music chain,” Israelite said in a statement.

Last month, a U.S. District judge in New York ruled that LimeWire and its chairman, Mark Gorton, were liable for inducing copyright infringement. The case began in 2006.

The recording companies have yet to reach a deal that could settle the case before penalties are determined. But for each song that was downloaded with a willful intent to infringe on copyrights, the court could award $150,000.

Last week, the recording companies sought a preliminary injunction to freeze Gorton’s assets, alleging that he had attempted to shield LimeWire assets and its proceeds from the courts.

A LimeWire spokeswoman said in a statement that the company was attempting to relaunch itself as a legitimate music service with a business model “that will compensate the entire industry.”

 

Student Fined $675,000 for Sharing 30 Songs Online

A Jury ordered a 25-year-old student to pay a hefty fine totaling $675,000 to record companies for admitting he shared 30 songs online.

Joel Tenenbaum was sued by the RIAA calling him, “a hardcore, habitual, long-term infringer who knew what he was doing was wrong.”

Although the case focused on only 30 songs, Tenenbaum is believed to have downloaded and shared more than 800 songs, however, the RIAA chose to focus on 30.

According to federal law, record companies can receive, as much as $150,000 per track in damages from such violators if it is found the actions were willful.  If not deemed willful, $750 to $30,000 can be awarded.

If you’re keeping score it’s 2 for 2 in favor of the RIAA, this being only the second case to be brought against an individual. Last month, a jury ruled 32-year-old, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, 32, to pony up $1.92 million for infringing on 24 songs.