• Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Prince files copyright complaint with Twitter over Vine videos

    Prince is at it again. The Purple One, notorious for seeking legal action against unapproved recording devices and cameras, has filed yet another complaint for bootlegged material surfacing on the internet.See also: Prince sends cease and desist letter to Le Petit Prince creator Prince reveals his " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Heiruspecs' Sean McPherson talks music copyright with expert Peter DiCola

    By Sean McPhersonSean McPherson teaches at McNally Smith College of Music, is a founding member of Twin Cities hip-hop collective Heiruspecs, and plays bass with Dessa's touring band. He recently conducted a conversation with a leader in the changing terrain of the music copyright world, Northwester ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    U of M paper finds no link between movie piracy and box office sales in U.S.

    ​An academic paper co-written by a University of Minnesota economics professor finds there is little evidence for the notion that movie piracy reduces ticket purchases at movie theaters. That notion, of course, is often a crucial premise in the arguments made by supporters of legislation like SOPA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Keith Ellison opposes SOPA, joins blackout

    Congressman Keith Ellison has come out against SOPA. Rep. Ellison joins Wikipedia, Google, and millions of Americans across the country who are against SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act introduced by Rep. Lamar S. Smith (R-Texas). A number of websites around the world have created an Internet "black ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Prince begins new war against semi-archaic copyright laws

    ​Oh, Prince. Purple Yoda yadda yadda and walking contradiction. A few weeks ago during an appearance on George Lopez Tonight, Prince laid out a new gripe with how things operate in the music industry: cover songs. Ugh, cover songs! That's not your music, Sinéad!

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Bachmann video censored by bogus copyright complaint [VIDEO]

    CaffthoughtsBachmann dodging the media -- on tape!​It's not news that Michele Bachmann exists in a carefully regulated bubble, talking only to sympathetic outlets guaranteed to disseminate her nonsense without question. But it isn't everyday that we get video of la Bachmann stiff-arming repor ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 2, 2011
  • News

    February 16, 2011

    Jammie Thomas-Rasset: The download martyr

    RIAA fines Brainerd woman $220,000 for 24 songs

  • Calendar

    December 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Best Buy smacks down God Squad

    Father Luke Strand learns Best Buy takes copyright issues very seriously.​It must have seemed like a good idea at the time to Father Luke Strand back in seminary: Gussie up a Volkswagen Beetle to mimic those Best Buy "Geek Squad" cars used by the company's house-call nerds. Have the logo on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Google launches massive music giveaway in China

    To curb rampant music piracy in China, Google and a slew of labels decide to fight fire with fire.

  • News

    September 6, 2006

    Forbidden Fruit

    It's the world's largest music and movies superstore, and everything in it is free—and illegal. Every month, some five billion illegal downloads are passed around the internet, and the entertainment industry sues several hundred people. CP writer St

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2005
  • Arts

    May 11, 2005

    Digital Love, Live from Duluth

    Nocturnal transmissions from Perfect Sound Radio

  • News

    May 22, 2002

    The .14 Cent Solution

    New royalties proposed by the music industry threaten to kill independent Internet radio

  • Music

    April 5, 2000

    The Borrowers

    Seven years after their last tour, Negativland continue to fight the industry claim that Fair Use is foul, and foul use is fair

  • Music

    March 15, 2000

    Beatbox Hero

    Rahzel continues the hand-to-mouth tradition of the human turntable

  • News

    October 6, 1999

    Buy the Word

    The National Writers Union won a landmark decision on behalf of freelancers. Or did it?

  • Music

    June 9, 1999
  • Books

    February 17, 1999

    The Empire Strikes Back

    Bootleg basher Microsoft puts the kibosh on local computer resellers