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The Beatles, their surviving heirs and their misguided management finally turned in their Flat Earth Society membership cards Tuesday, allowing the sale of their music as digital downloads on Apple's iTunes Store. La-dee-freakin'-da.


Copyright & Downloading Headlines

Apple's move pushes TV toward Internet delivery (By Rob Pegoraro, September 2, 2010)

In copycats vs. copyright, the knock-off wins (Post, August 22, 2010)

The Twilight copyright saga: Forbidden love and forbidden T-shirts (By Christina Mulligan, July 4, 2010)

Adrian Johns's "Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars From Gutenberg to Gates" (Post, July 4, 2010)

Anti-counterfeiting agreement raises constitutional concerns (By Jack Goldsmith and Lawrence Lessig, March 26, 2010)

Federal Trade Commission links wide data breach to file sharing:  Agency probe finds many breaches of health, financial records (Post, February 23, 2010)

Copyright overreach goes on world tour (By Rob Pegoraro, November 15, 2009)

In Congress, a call to review internal cybersecurity policies:  Inadvertent disclosure of ethics committee inquiries sparks furor (Post, October 31, 2009)

Soldiers' Data Still Being Downloaded Overseas, Firm Says:  Sensitive Information Found by Using 'Peer to Peer' File-Sharing Software (Post, October 2, 2009)

Congress Told That File Sharing Leaks Sensitive Federal Data (Post, July 30, 2009)

Move to Electronic System Means Long Waits at U.S. Copyright Office:  Copyright Office Bogged Down by New System (Post, May 19, 2009)

Laws That Could Save Journalism (By Bruce W. Sanford and Bruce D. Brown, May 16, 2009)

A LOCAL LIFE: BARBARA A. RINGER, 83:  Force Behind New Copyright Law (Post, April 26, 2009)

FAST FORWARD'S HELP FILE Rob Pegoraro (By Rob Pegoraro, January 18, 2009)

ITunes to Sell Songs Without Restrictions:  Four Record Companies Back Tiered Pricing Plan (Post, January 7, 2009)

Gadget Guidance for 2008 (Post, November 30, 2008)

Google's New Monopoly? (By James Gibson, November 3, 2008)

Cue 'Barracuda' (By Christopher Sprigman and Siva Vaidhyanathan, October 13, 2008)

Help File (By Rob Pegoraro, October 5, 2008)

Giant of Internet Radio Nears Its 'Last Stand':  Pandora, Other Webcasters Struggle Under High Song Fees (Post, August 16, 2008)

Scrabulous Gone, Questions Remain:  Copyright Battles Heat Up on Web (Post, August 2, 2008)

Who Should Solve This Internet Crisis? (By Robert M. McDowell, July 28, 2008)

E.U. Changes Music Copyright Rules, Benefiting Online Stores (Post, July 17, 2008)

Justice Breyer Is Among Victims in Data Breach Caused by File Sharing (Post, July 9, 2008)

Apple to Take on Movie DVDs:  ITunes to Start Selling Films Same Day Discs Are Released (Post, May 2, 2008)

House Bill To Create Anti-Piracy Czar Advances (Post, May 1, 2008)

Record Companies Link Up With MySpace:  Once Targets of Lawsuits, Social Web Sites Now Looked to as Music Vendors (Post, April 4, 2008)

Breaking the Law To Get a Break:  Social Site Partners With Music Label That Sued It (Post, March 21, 2008)

Waiting for a Blockbuster (By Rob Pegoraro, February 21, 2008)

Pay Per Gig (By Steven Levy, January 30, 2008)

Visions of a Disc-less World (By Rob Pegoraro, January 17, 2008)

Zippity Zune? Nah. (By Rob Pegoraro, November 15, 2007)

Apple in a Fight for Rights to TV Shows:  Producers Resist ITunes Price Policy (Post, October 25, 2007)

Self-Appointed Traffic Cop (By Rob Pegoraro, October 25, 2007)

Web Radio Seeks Resolution:  Senate Hearing to Take Up Royalty Fees for Online Stations (Post, October 24, 2007)

Standing Up To Takedown Notices:  Web Users Turn the Tables on Copyright Holders (Post, October 19, 2007)

With Video, Music Piracy on the Rise, NBC Chief Calls for Tougher Penalties (Post, October 3, 2007)

Online CD Seller Fights Suit:  Record Firm Says Its Promotional Albums Are Not for Resale (Post, September 22, 2007)

New Music Model: Free Before Fee:  Web Site Links Download Prices to Songs' Popularity (Post, September 15, 2007)

Apple Won't Sell NBC's Fall Shows on iTunes (Post, September 1, 2007)

Music-Selling Rivals Take Aim at iTunes (Post, August 22, 2007)

Copyright Warnings Disputed:  Media Providers' Alerts Are Misleading, Computer Firms Say (Post, August 2, 2007)

Shaken Internet Radio Stations Face Specter of New Fees Sunday (Post, July 13, 2007)

A Big Plus From Apple (By Rob Pegoraro, June 14, 2007)

Copyright Silliness on Campus (By Fred von Lohmann, June 6, 2007)

Music Group Offers Some Web Radio Sites a Break (Post, May 23, 2007)

The Sound of Copy Restrictions Crashing (By Rob Pegoraro, May 17, 2007)

Google Wins Appeal on Copyright of Nude Images (Post, May 17, 2007)

Despite Drop in CD Sales, Music Industry Is Upbeat (Post, April 18, 2007)

Taking a Harder Line on Piracy:  After Six Years of Talk and Little Action, The U.S. Toughens Its Stance on China (Post, April 10, 2007)

Music Label EMI To Sell Its Songs Online Without Anti-Piracy Limits (Post, April 3, 2007)

Apple Tries to Bridge Computer Desk, Living Room (By Rob Pegoraro, March 29, 2007)

Our Case Against YouTube (By Michael Fricklas, March 24, 2007)

Developing Selective Hearing (By Mike Musgrove, March 18, 2007)

Viacom Sues YouTube Over Copyright:  Infringement 'Cornerstone' of Site's Business, Media Firm Says (Post, March 14, 2007)

Music Industry Tightens Squeeze On Students:  Campus Network Access Targeted (Post, March 9, 2007)

Microsoft Attacks Google Over Book Search (Post, March 7, 2007)

Time to Face the Music on File Sharing (By Rob Pegoraro, February 15, 2007)

Jobs's Music Proposal Rebuffed:  Piracy Software Not the Problem, Industry Executive Says (Post, February 9, 2007)

Jobs Calls for Open Music Sales:  Apple's Chief Says Anti-Piracy Software Is Failure (Post, February 7, 2007)

BY THE NUMBERS:  Ruckus Network Launches Free Campus Access To Downloads (Post, January 22, 2007)

Start-Up Fueled by Star Power:  With Hollywood Help, Morgan Freeman's Movie-Download Site Is Set to Battle Apple (Post, November 29, 2006)

Microsoft Music Player To Share the Wealth (Post, November 10, 2006)

Satellite Radio Is Asked to Pay More:  Music Group Wants Royalty Increase (Post, November 1, 2006)

YouTube: Friend, Foe? (Post, October 31, 2006)

A Messy Age for Music:  Confusion Reigns In the Expanding Digital World (Post, October 22, 2006)

Digital, Our Song for the Ages (By Rob Pegoraro, October 22, 2006)

Music Store Cold War (By Frank Ahrens, October 22, 2006)

Music Companies Sue 8,000 More in Anti-Sharing Fight:  Trade Group Files Cases in 17 Nations (Post, October 18, 2006)

A Closer Look:  Customized Bells and Whistles for Cellphones (Post, October 15, 2006)

Google Gambles on Web Video:  Firm to Pay $1.65 Billion for Popular, Unprofitable YouTube (Post, October 10, 2006)

New Competitors Can't Measure Up to iPod (By Rob Pegoraro, October 1, 2006)

Hollywood Says Piracy Has Ripple Effect:  Illegal Film Distribution Decreases Sales, Jobs and Tax Revenue, Study Says (Post, September 29, 2006)

Movie Downloads: a Production Worth Skipping (By Rob Pegoraro, September 17, 2006)

A 'Mistake' Hollywood Had Better Start Making (By Rob Pegoraro, September 13, 2006)

Apple Nears Deal for Feature Films on IPod:  Plan Has Major Studios Divided (Post, September 7, 2006)

MySpace: Meet the Band, Buy the Song (Post, September 5, 2006)

New Devices That Bridge a Music Gap (By Rob Pegoraro, August 6, 2006)

A Sound Marketplace (By Steven Pearlstein, July 19, 2006)

Music Blogs Try -- Futilely, Thus Far -- to Generate Radio's Communal Spirit (Post, July 9, 2006)

France Offers Apple a Loophole:  Law Would Let ITunes Deal for Right to Keep Exclusive Software (Post, July 4, 2006)

U.S. Lawmakers Join Fight Against Piracy:  Nations Pressed On Copyrights (Post, June 15, 2006)

Showdown in Sweden Over Video Piracy (By Frank Ahrens, June 4, 2006)

New Media Player: Nice Features, but It's No ITunes (By Rob Pegoraro, May 21, 2006)

Discovery Programs Available Via ITunes (Post, May 17, 2006)

Peer-to-Peer Networking For Podcasts and People (By Frank Ahrens, May 14, 2006)

Movielink, CinemaNow: Hardly Worth the Effort (By Rob Pegoraro, May 14, 2006)

Ringing Up Big Music Sales:  Cellphones Supplant Radio in Promotions (Post, May 13, 2006)

Apple Corps Loses iTunes Suit:  Judge Allows Use of Stylized Logo on Music Download Site (Post, May 9, 2006)

Add IE Tabs to Firefox:  Open IE-optimized pages in Firefox, rename Windows Desktop icons, and use Caps Lock only when you want. (PC World, May 4, 2006; 12:10 AM)

Install Linux Over the Internet:  You don't have to rely on CDs or DVDs to install Linux; you can run a Linux installation routine directly over the Internet. (PC World, April 27, 2006; 12:10 AM)

Copying Video to a Handheld:  We discuss the in and outs, pros and cons, and thorny legal issues. (PC World, April 21, 2006; 12:10 AM)

Set Your Movies to Music:  Looking for legal music to enhance your videos? Here's where you can find all sorts of cool tunes that won't get you in trouble. (PC World, March 31, 2006; 3:10 AM)

Beatles' Firm Sets Out Logo Case (Post, March 30, 2006)

France Takes a Shot at ITunes (By Rob Pegoraro, March 26, 2006)

Transcript:  Personal Tech (washingtonpost.com, March 20, 2006; 2:00 PM)

Apple's Mac Mini, Filling Out the Living Room (By Rob Pegoraro, March 19, 2006)

iTunes Offers Feature-Length Movie (washingtonpost.com, March 15, 2006; 5:32 PM)

Downloading Empathy To Your iPod:  Online Playlist Creators Search for Catharsis, Discover a Marketplace (washingtonpost.com, March 1, 2006; 12:10 PM)

Transcript:  Personal Tech (washingtonpost.com, February 21, 2006; 2:00 PM)

TV on the Net: Ready for Prime Time?:  Move over, music--the day of the video download is (finally) dawning. (PC World, February 17, 2006; 12:10 AM)

Downloads Make Singles a Hit Again:  But Popularity of MP3s Has a Flip Side: Fewer Album Sales (Post, February 8, 2006)

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