Saturday, May 24, 2008

Justia.com lists "Recording Industry vs. The People" as second most popular copyright law blog of all time

I work hard on this blog, for no pay, so if I can be excused a moment of unseemly, off-topic, self-congratulation...... Justia.com has "Recording Industry vs. The People" listed as the #2 all-time copyright law blog in terms of popularity, right behind David Donoghue's Chicago IP Litigation Blog.

Copyright Law Blog rankings ranked by all-time popularity, 5/24/08

(And if I can't be excused a moment of unseemly, off-topic, self-congratulation, I'm sure I'll hear about it in the comments section, which many consider, with good reason, the best part of this blog, since that's where the sharp-eyed, thoughtful, analysis and commentary which I'm unable to provide, takes place.)

But seriously, readers.... thank you for reading and contributing to "Recording Industry vs. The People."

Best regards,

Ray




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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mr. Beckerman and thank you for all the hard work you do with this blog. You've helped, and continue to help, a lot of people and it's making a big difference.

TJ

Shane said...

"(And if I can't be excused a moment of unseemly, off-topic, self-congratulation, I'm sure I'll hear about it in the comments section, which many readers consider, with good reason, the best part of this blog, since that's where the sharp-eyed, thoughtful, analysis and commentary which I'm unable to provide, takes place.)"

You sure will. But, this is a unique blog. And still the only one of its kind vis-a-vis the RIAA's litigation factory, and a blog that has had a real effect.

Blogs as legal clearinghouses are a lot of work and a great idea, and they tend to favor the little guy. And in the case of the RIAA, who likes to litigate in secret, the blog shines the light of day on their activities. The RIAA hates light as much as vampires. Another blog that has helped stand up to an unethical copyright bully is Groklaw, which covered the nearly insane copyright claims of SCO, which claimed to own rights to the free, open-source operating system "Linux." In both cases, the blogs have served as a central clearing house so that legal tactics and claims could be consolidated, viewed, questioned and impeached by interested parties.

This blog, Groklaw and Patry on Copyright all fascinating looks into the real-world frustrations of copyright law, as copyright maximalist corporations will do anything (in some cases, even illegal things) to insure they don't have to change with the times and technology and to insure perpetual income from their old business model--all without examining if their approach is a good or ethical long-term strategy.

Thanks for the great coverage and the amazing work standing up to the questionable tactics of the RIAA, RG and his ilk and working to insure that they have to follow the law as it stands not as they claim it is, and in making them adhere to standards of evidence. It is a nearly Sisyphean task but one you perform with aplomb.

Ray Beckerman said...

Shane wrote:

"in the case of the RIAA, who likes to litigate in secret, the blog shines the light of day on their activities. The RIAA hates light as much as vampires."

Boy do you understand perfectly what this blog is about.

Thank you, Shane!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, keep up the excellent work, and thanks for your efforts Ray!!!

Regards,
Art

Justin Olbrantz (Quantam) said...

I note a surprising lack of comments. I'm guessing a lot of people haven't posted for the same reason I hadn't planned to: everybody appreciates your work and this blog, as indicated by the award itself, and it seemed oddly redundant for everybody to post just to say something that was already known :P

Shane said...

You are welcome :-)

I realize I should have fixed a dangling modifier, though. I wrote "The RIAA hates light as much as vampires" --which makes it seem like the RIAA may hate light at much as it hates vampires. I should have written "The RIAA hates light as much as vampires do" since I have no evidence that the RIAA dislikes vampires in any way. But, I should also note that of the two, Vampires are the monsters that are fictional.

skeeter said...

Your blog is popular because it is well-organized, interesting, and informative. It helps laymen like me understand the workings of civil law proceedings. Your dedication and man-hours are nothing short of spectacular. I have been a fan of your blog since almost day one and I check your site daily. It is a true internet gem.