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A nuisance of iTunes’ library sharing feature is that songs cannot be downloaded from peers over a network, so that really the feature becomes more akin to Microsoft Zune’s ‘squirting’ than the name ‘sharing’ would suggest. Fortunately, a nice little app called OurTunes (that has been around for a long time but only recently fixed itself for iTunes 7 compliance) will provide that desired service. According to the blog and Lifehacker, it works fine on Windows but still has some problems on Macs.

If for moral reasons you’re not convinced to download the software, then download a wonderful little 170 page eBook called Free Culture that should quell any internal objections to this software and hopefully create some for the RIAA.

On a more light-hearted note, yesterday I listened to the majority of Brad Neely’s alternative audio track for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He recorded a new track for the entire movie, changing everyone’s names and portraying events in a funnier way than they were supposed to be. Snape is now an ugly old woman and Harry Potter is now a resounding Harry fucking Potter. HARRY FUCKING POTTER EVERYONE. The audio is on two CDs, so have a stereo near the TV when watching or pop the movie’s DVD into your computer’s DVD drive, or think of some other clever way to have them both play at the same time. Hilarity will ensue.


Wired gives the lowdown on more RIAA sock-sniffery. From the article:

In October, a Minnesota federal jury found Thomas liable for copyright infringement and dinged her $222,000 for unlawfully sharing 24 songs on the Kazaa file-sharing network in what was and still is the nation’s first and only RIAA case against an individual to go to trial….

RIAA attorney Richard Gabriel asked Sony’s Jennifer Pariser if it was OK for a consumer to make one copy of a track that was legally purchased. No, she replied, saying that’s “a nice way of saying, steals just one copy.”

On Thursday, while debating a Washington Post reporter, Sherman told an NPR audience that Pariser “actually misspoke in that trial.”

The real problem is that the RIAA doesn’t actually know what their stance is on DRM and file-sharing. It’ll be ages until the public ever fully finds out and a Duke Nukem Forever until the RIAA can actually enforce it.