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RIAA and BPI Use “Pirated” Code on Their Websites

It turns out that even the most vocal anti-piracy advocates are guilty of infringing the copyrights of others on the Internet. TorrentFreak has discovered that the websites of the music industry groups RIAA and BPI have removed the copyright notices from popular web software, violating the open source licenses these scripts are distributed under.

Copyright is a double-edged sword, and those who sharpen one side often get cut by the other.

Two weeks ago we reported that the new Healthcare.gov website had stripped the copyright notice from one of the scripts it used. This blatant act of ‘piracy’ prompted us to take a closer look at the websites of several anti-piracy organizations, and today we present our findings.

As it turns out the U.S. Government is not the only one violating copyright licenses. The websites of music industry groups RIAA and BPI also use infringing code.

On both sites we found open source JQuerys scripts that are released under the MIT license. This license permits any person or organization to use, copy, modify, merge, distribute, or even sell copies of the software. There’s only one condition users have to agree to; that the original copyright notice stays intact.

Ironically, the scripts used on the RIAA and BPI websites have the copyright licenses removed.

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Instant Update: A final check upon publication revealed that RIAA and BPI both fixed the infringements, probably more swiftly than the average website processes DMCA requests. Neither group provided a comment on the copyright violations.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Atheistic Determinist and Contemplative Contrarian.

    by ShockandAwed on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 02:21:13 PM PST

  •  Not just one Ha! (0+ / 0-)

    Give em the old Nelson Muntz double Ha!

  •  Look, I'm the last person to defend the RIAA (0+ / 0-)

    but this isn't piracy. jQuery is free and open source, and likely all that happened is they ran the Javascript code through a minifier to reduce file size (a common practice), and minifiers work by removing unnecessary things such as white space and comments, which includes the copyright header. It was an oversight on the part of the web development team, but this isn't piracy in the sense that they're stealing something that normally costs money and using it for free.

    "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

    by yg17 on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 07:49:18 PM PST

    •  It is basically plagiarism. (0+ / 0-)

      They used the information without giving proper notice.  That is all the JQuery license requests.  

      How do you see this as different than Rand Paul lifting information from Wikipedia.  That is also 'free and open source' but I would never deem that permissible.

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