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Downloaders Beware; Rightscorp Now Monitoring Billboard Hot 100 Songs

Postby sunnyd » Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:12 pm

In a press release published by PR Newswire, Rightscorp, an anti-piracy monitoring firm acting on behalf of digital media copyright owners, has announced that they are now monitoring 13 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. If you’re prone to choosing some of the more recent popular songs for downloading, you may want to proceed with caution.

The announcement made by Christoper Sabec, CEO of Rightscorp states, "Our business model is aimed at monetizing copyrighted intellectual property such as music, films, books, video games and software, which are shared without the permission of their owners. We are pleased to announce that we are monitoring and protecting 13 songs on the current Billboard Hot 100. We are in discussions with content creators and rights holders of additional copyrighted property including many other tracks in the Hot 100 as the entertainment industry places more value on our unique service."

In a Sample Settlement posted on their website, Rightscorp is asking for $20, and that amount is still relatively the same for current infringements. Notices will be sent to any one of the many ISPs in the U.S. when there has been an alleged infringement. Rightscorp explains on their website how to pay a notice if you have received one.

In the announcement Rightscorp mentions that it currently represents more than 1,000,000 copyrights and has partnered with major motion picture studios, numerous Platinum recording artists, Academy Award-winning films, top TV shows and many others. They claim that they have already received settlements from subscribers of more than 50 ISPs and have closed over 50,000 cases of copyright infringement to date.

While $20 per song does not seem like a huge sum of money, if caught with all 13 songs, it could cost someone $260.



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Re: Downloaders Beware; Rightscorp Now Monitoring Billboard

Postby Dazzle_2 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:30 pm

Another of the "greed engines" firing up I see.

You will notice that this company starts up its patter with talk of illegal downloading, most Slycks regulars know the small print in the law is specifically targetted to those actually uploading files not downloading them, thus the stage is set for another of those ACS law, Rightshaven etc style campaigns, the only point of difference in all of this is that this company has a gimmick of sending the settlement demand out with a dmca notification that according to them the ISP must deliver,this saves them a few dollars and scares the washed or otherwise masses into a quick settlement ...or so they think.

/me reaches for the "speculative invoicing handbook"

Version 1:
http://torrentfreak.com/static/The-Spec ... ndbook.pdf

Version 2
http://acsbore.files.wordpress.com/2012 ... dition.pdf

This pdf file although written for the UK legal environment has much the same scope of application in this situation.
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Re: Downloaders Beware; Rightscorp Now Monitoring Billboard

Postby bmh67wa » Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:04 pm

What is this "downloading" thing? I haven't downloaded a song in years. Now we have iTunes, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Spotify... should I go on? If the song or performer is so old or obscure that no one has them streaming then I prefer to have a physical copy anyway. Anyone who has listened to older original recordings vs. "remastered" digital versions will probably agree that something gets lost in the conversion. There's just something about vinyl that gave music a unique tone that has been lost by digitizing them.

Anything that's on Billboard is probably being played to death on every radio station in the world anyway. How many more times do you have to hear Miley Cyrus sing her latest song until you realize that it sounds just as bad as when you first heard it? :lol:
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Re: Downloaders Beware; Rightscorp Now Monitoring Billboard

Postby HouseCrowd » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:26 am

I assume 'Billboard Hot 100' is essentially America's pop singles charts, right?

In which case, what Rightscorp are effectively saying is, "we're going after the kids (or at least their parents)".

I suspect the vast majority of people who listen to pop chart music are under the age of 20.
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Re: Downloaders Beware; Rightscorp Now Monitoring Billboard

Postby zbeast » Sun Mar 02, 2014 7:01 pm

This is mostly a PR stunt from a company that has be desisted.

http://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/RIHT/quote

I have no doubt that they will try and send out notices but this is mostly them trying to generate some buzz for a
failed company with a failed business model.

find something to sue.... Something, something.... Profit.
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Re: Downloaders Beware; Rightscorp Now Monitoring Billboard

Postby sunnyd » Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:59 pm

zbeast wrote:I have no doubt that they will try and send out notices but this is mostly them trying to generate some buzz for a failed company with a failed business model.


I think their revenue report speaks for itself. It's a matter of the additional copyrights they are now protecting as stated in the original story post. They now represent more than 1,000,000 copyrights as compared to before. They can't be failing if their affiliation with major motion picture studios, numerous Platinum recording artists, Academy Award-winning films, top TV shows and many others are gaining them revenue. Apparently their business model is working just fine, which is rather unfortunate.

http://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/RIHT/news

Rightscorp reported revenues for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013 that increased 195% over the same period last year. Revenues for the full year for 2013 were $324,000, which was 239% higher than reported for 2012. The growth in revenues was driven by the company's ability to increase the amount of copyrights in its automated system by 135%, from approximately 17,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012 to more than 40,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013.
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