Attention Music Industry: You Have Less Than 9 Days to Prepare for Aurous

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  • It could have a bigger impact on the music industry than Napster, Kazaa, Limewire, and Grooveshark combined.
  • It will be about 10,000 times harder to shut down.
  • It will look and feel like Spotify, and will be easier-to-use than Apple Music.
  • It will use the DMCA as a safe harbor against massive copyright infringement liability, just like Google, YouTube, and Soundcloud.
  • It cannot be shutdown, terminated, or sued out of existence.
  • So far, none of the major recording labels, including the RIAA, have confirmed any decisive steps for either negotiating, enforcing, or otherwise dealing with it.
  • It is Aurous, the equivalent of Popcorn Time for the music industry.


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12 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Popcorn time isn’t without flaws. Hopefully Aurous will have those fixed so users can safely listen to their music in peace without having to worry about big brother coming to their door.

  2. izzy84

    This is getting to be a joke. There is no protection for performers or songwriters, however you feel about their big bad label representatives. No one cares about these people and their work – not the government, not Google, not Apple and least of all consumers. People like the commenter above have so detached themselves from what is basic theft that they actually believe they have been victims. We live in a depressing time, but perhaps the pendulum of praise for mediocrity and again – theft – will swing back the other way. What a wonderful world it will be when songwriters and performers can tap away at drum machines and jot down quick thoughts between their multiple jobs to release half-hearted work and get paid nothing for it.

    • Anonymous

      We’d all like to make money by playing. But sometimes you actually need to work.

      • batteur

        Creating music that people want to listen to *is* work.

  3. DavidB

    I don’t see why this should be invulnerable to legal action. Popcorn Time wasn’t, so why should this be? Grooveshark hid behind the DMCA, but that didn’t work either. And YouTube would have been shut down a long time ago without ContentID. Aurous’s founders have claimed that they will have their own form of ContentID. This will either be genuine, in which case there is no real problem, or (far more likely) it will be a sham, in which case it will only prolong the agony.

    The other approach would be to go against the individual users (especially ‘seeders’). This wouldn’t be good PR for the record industry, but PR isn’t everything.

    • Paul Resnikoff

      Even Cary Sherman, president of the RIAA, is saying that ‘wack-a-mole’ (in his words) is a useless strategy, even though that’s exactly what the RIAA and their major label constituents are doing. So, you can go ‘wack’ the development head of Aurous, and then what? The source code is out there, it morphs into something even more complicated.

      You have to wonder about the RIAA: they pay their top guy more than $2 mm some years, and it’s really not clear for what. To write some op-ed about how ‘wack-a-mole’ is stupid and how the DMCA doesn’t make sense? What’s being done about these things?

      Just seems like a scam to me.

    • Anonymous

      Going after individuals for seeding isn’t going to work for much longer. Internet speeds are becoming too fast. To the point where a dozen Google Fiber customers hiding behind VPNs can seed for tens of thousands of users. It’s only a matter of time before there are enough super seeders hiding behind VPNs to power an entire service like Aurous. And under the current laws almost nothing can be done about it.

    • Gnome Sane

      Never give up. As the securities and against theft and piracy are improved, the downloaders will gradually have no choice but to buy their music. Look what happened with electronic automobile theft-protection….thieves are being thwarted and now are lining up at auto dealerships to buy their cars.


          I’m glad you said it so that I didn’t have to.

          1. Most thieves that steal cars do it for parts and professional thieves can get around damn near any auto theft device currently known.

          2. The kind of idiots that steal cars to joy ride are just as likely to jack you for your car as they are to take it when no one is around.

  4. vinoveritas

    I can see this being used alongside Spotify. What artists restrict there will be on here, the problem with these bittorent services is you only get what is popular. Spotify will still have the largest catalogue. Very exciting stuff, maybe they could integrate a bitcoin tipping system?

  5. Anonymous

    No desire to use something with less catalog, crappier sound quality, and slower play-to-stream time than Apple Music. I’m good, thanks.