Afeni's baby boy continues to push boundaries.
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Google is doing its level best to stop piracy... and also trying to tell the RIAA that piracy isn't the problem.
A couple of weeks ago <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2013/06/jay-z-magna-carta-holy-grail-commercial">a commercial for Samsung mobile phones</a> aired in the middle of the NBA finals.
It appears the shutdown of Megaupload has had at least a positive short-term effect on illegal downloading.
Today, the RIAA and MPAA will be assuming direct control of the Intertubes. There's absolutely no way this won't be funny.
<a href="http://allthingsd.com/20130221/big-music-says-google-isnt-cracking-down-on-pirate-sites-after-all/">All Things Digital:</a> "Six months ago, in the wake of the SOPA/PIPA debate, Google offered a peace offering to the Big Media companies: It said it would try to make pirate sites harder to find in its search results.
The upcoming "six strikes plan" implemented by the entertainment industry and ISPs has one rather hefty and wide loophole.
Artists getting PAID?! The enemy of web music!
Viantha Foxx The RIAA Appears To Be Dying [Digital Trends] ‘Sparkle’ Has $12 Million Opening Weekend [C+D] Cash Money' Ronald "Slim" Williams Buys Largest House In South Florida [Hip-Hop Wired] Nike Air Penny 5 “Invisibility Cloak” New Images [TSG] Autopsy Shows Man Shot Himself While [...].
Considering it's practically cliche to say Tech N9ne is underrated or slept-on at this point, I'll just say I'm proud of the guy.
If our boy Dan hasn't already <a href="http://www.uproxx.com/tag/riaa/">fully demonstrated</a> what a ridiculous relic of an organization the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is, allow<a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/riaa-claims-limewire-owes-it-72-trillionthats-tril,75555/"> this unbelievably not from the actual Onion story</a> to perhaps persuade you.
<a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/1621179_d4bb317bfe.jpg"></a>Our opinion on what, precisely, is killing the music industry is <a href="http://www.uproxx.com/technology/2011/10/pop-didnt-eat-itself-why-piracy-didnt-destroy-the-music-industry/">something we've made very clear in the past.</a> And, whaddaya know, here comes the RIAA, <a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/fa8a2072-6bf8-d44d-b9c8-ce5f55bbc050.pdf">with its latest figures</a>, to prove it really is a flawed business model, and not piracy.
As you may have heard, starting July 12th, ISPs like Comcast and Time Warner and the RIAA have entered into an agreement where, if they see "suspicious activity," they'll offer a "graduated response," <a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/03/riaa-and-isps-to-police-your-traffic-starting-july-12.ars">essentially sending you a few nasty emails and then cutting off your Internet service</a>.
<a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/hotfile-com-logo.png"></a>One of the problems with the whole Megaupload debacle is that even as the site was being shut down, it was revealed that <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2012/01/megaupload-wasnt-just-for-pirates-angry-users-out-of-luck-for-now.ars">a lot of its customers were actually legit</a> and just trying to get the fourth quarter spreadsheets to their boss in a timely manner.
The New York Times <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/opinion/what-wikipedia-wont-tell-you.html?_r=1">today published an op-ed </a>written by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) head Cary Sherman that's little more than a massive whine over the defeat of SOPA and PIPA that reads like a breakup letter written by a shocked, scornful former lover.
Dear Snoop, We're all for brothers gettin' checks out of corporations.
Back when I was a kid, to get an eye-popping collection of musical talent like P Diddy, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Lil John, Jamie Foxx, Mary J Blige, The Game and Will.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), they are losing a million bajillion dollars every day from media piracy, and it is killing their industry.
If you've ever sent a friend a video clip of your favorite show only to discover that "this video has been taken down due to a claim by MegaMedia Corp.
<a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/steve_jobs_evil_genius_ars.jpg"></a>It's a jolting figure: the US music industry is making less than half of what it made at its 1999 peak of $14.