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The music industry strikes back



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For example, both the RIAA and CRIA are only allowed to target people who share music, enabling the copyright infringement. People who download music and don’t share it – and there are lots of countries out there that are out of Canadian and U.S. jurisdiction – are being left alone. Many individuals are stocking up on music, believing that this loophole will one day close.

Other ways to get around P2P services include using private services, using anonymous services to mask your identity, using anonymous identities or shared computers, or sharing songs with people through chat rooms, fan pages, and other services.

Still, the music associations appear to be determined to go down the legal road, recouping a portion of their losses and making examples of online music sharers.

The problem with that solution is that it makes you very unpopular. The RIAA has already been targetted with computer viruses, and is the subject of a growing boycott campaign. They’ve been vilified in the news for indiscriminately issuing suits against boys and girls as young as 12 years old who weren’t aware of the illegal nature of their actions, but it doesn’t seem to bother the CRIA.

The identities of the first 29 individuals sought by the CRIA as part of their suit against ISPs are not known, but the CRIA said each one has made available thousands of songs.

Right now you should be asking yourself how many MP3s do you have on your computer – the CRIA could be coming for you.

For more information on the CRIA’s lawsuits, visit www.cria.ca.

Computer schools closing

Before the dot-com craze collapsed into itself like a trillion-dollar black hole, computers were going to be the way of the future. IT professionals were in short supply once upon a time, and companies got into salary wars over people with two-year college diplomas.

Schools that already provided technology degrees expanded, and new schools were created to pick up the slack, creating a limited supply for what was then a huge demand.

Now that the irrational exuberance of the dot-com craze has worn off, tens of thousands of people have found themselves in debt, with almost useless diplomas – many from schools that no longer exist.

According to a report by CNN, it’s impossible to accurately measure the statistics of the problem because so many of the schools were unlicensed. South of the border, the students are blaming state governments for allowing unlicensed schools, and for neglecting to standardize diplomas to the same extent that students are certified in the trades – for example, all auto mechanics have to pass the same standard tests before they can graduate.