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For the love of god, not everything is about cats #Spain
"Earlier this week, the Spanish government raided the Barcelona office of the PuntCat Foundation, the company that administers the .cat domain, and arrested one of its senior executives. PuntCat means 'dot cat' in Catalan, the language spoken in the Catalonian region of Spain as well as places in France, Andorra, and Italy. The office was raided because Catalonia hopes to hold a referendum on October 1 to decide if it should secede from Spain, and in an effort to quash the referendum, the government of Spain ordered puntCat to “block all .cat domain names that may contain any kind of information about the forthcoming independence referendum,” according to a press release from the foundation. This is an astonishing attempt at censorship by a member of the E.U. but, unfortunately, that aspect is going largely uncovered because the media is idiotically obsessed with cats." - Adrianne Jeffries, The Outline
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yesterday by dmcdev
European Commission study finds no link between piracy and lower sales of digital content
According to the report, an average of 51% of adults and 72% of minors in the EU have pirated digital content, with Poland and Spain averaging the highest rates of all countries surveyed. Nevertheless, displacement rates (the impact of piracy on legitimate sales) were found to be negligible or non-existent for music, books and games, while rates for films and TV were in line with previous digital piracy studies.

Most interesting is the fact that the study found that illegal game downloads actually lead to an increase in legal purchases. The report concludes that tactics like video game microtransactions are proving effective in converting illegal users to paying users.

The full report goes in-depth regarding potential factors influencing piracy and the challenges of accurately tracking its impact on legitimate sales, but the researchers ultimately conclude that there is no robust statistical evidence that illegal downloads reduce legal sales. That's big news, which makes it all the more troubling that the EU effectively buried it for two years.
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yesterday by jm
Angela Merkel nach der Bundestagswahl 2017: Klatsche, aber Kanzlerin - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Angela Merkel kann Kanzlerin bleiben, das "strategische Ziel" ist erreicht, wie es Merkel nennt. Aber sie zahlt einen hohen Preis dafür. Die Regierungskoalition wurde dramatisch abgestraft, allein die Union verliert Dutzende Abgeordnete. Die AfD zieht mit einem starken zweistelligen Ergebnis in den Bundestag ein. Und es wird äußerst kompliziert, ein stabiles Regierungsbündnis für die nächsten vier Jahre zu bilde
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yesterday by asterisk2a
Degree of hemeroby (naturalness) of the overall landscape in 27 countries, 1996-2005. More:…
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yesterday by ljegou
Degree of hemeroby (naturalness) of the overall landscape in 27 countries, 1996-2005. More:…
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yesterday by shawnday
EU paid for a report that concluded piracy isn’t harmful — and tried to hide the findings
Back in 2014, the European Commission paid the Dutch consulting firm Ecorys 360,000 euros (about $428,000) to research the effect piracy had on sales of copyrighted content. The final report was finished in May 2015, but for some reason it was never published– according to Julia Reda’s blog, the only Pirate in the EU Parliament.
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