Sucks that the RIAA cases are still in the news. I really hope that they are losing money over these stupid lawsuits. There was no need to sue that many people and they have made their point already. Let the girl pay the $200 per song fine. She learned her lesson.
As for the Supreme Court, I'm surprised that Alito wants to hear this case. I do think it is possible to claim ignorance as a defense considering how many computer illiterate people there are in the world including some of the justices. There was a poll about this a few hours ago, http://my-take.com/poll/should-the-supreme-court-reconsider-ignorance-as-a-defense-in-music-piracy-c ases I still think it is wrong to sue a 16 year old for downloading a few songs when there are people out there seeding thousands of them. But in this case, I read somewhere else that she shared music for a few years before getting sued. Ignorance doesn't work that well in her case.
I don't know how these remixes would damage Disney's brand. It may be a bit strange sounding but it has no sex, violence, or drugs. Frankly, they would take a normally uninterested segment of the population (like the kind that listens to electronica) and make them a little more interested in Disney. Besides, this remix sounds better the remixes they release on Disney Channel with their marginally talented stars. At least this required more talent.
I choked on my coffee watching the parody version. CAGW should be flattered that someone would want to make a parody. Suppressing oppositional views and claiming copyright only makes them look like sore losers. To understand the parody, people would need to watch the original video. CAGW is missing out.
What a great shame to shut down an enterprising student by declaring his business illegal to use. Student notes are the student's property. Unlike other sites that I have seen, this site doesn't write papers for students or encourages them to cheat by giving out exams. Sharing notes is harmless and so are study groups and other study tools like flash cards. This article reminds of a poll I took this morning, http://my-take.com/poll/is-it-okay-to-sell-class-notes-online If someone told me I could have sold my old college notes, maybe I would have tried to take better notes in class. Ah, too late.