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Wikipedia’s Piracy Police Are Ruining the Developing World's Internet Experience | Motherboard
Oh dear.
The Wikimedia Foundation told me last month that it has been aware of people using Wikipedia Zero for file sharing for about a year, and says that there are no plans to pull out of any countries because of piracy. But that hasn’t stopped rogue Wiki users from suggesting it anyway, and members of the task force have gotten Wikimedia Bangladesh to plead with the pirates to stop contributing to an “increasingly negative perception of Bangladesh in many different sectors.”
wikipedia  wikimedia  bangladesh  filesharing  piracy  wikipedia-zero  copyright 
may 2016 by jm
Internet Censors Came For TorrentFreak & Now I’m Really Mad
TF are not happy about Sky blocking their blog.
There can be little doubt that little by little, piece by piece, big corporations and governments are taking chunks out of the free Internet. Today they pretend that the control is in the hands of the people, but along the way they are prepared to mislead and misdirect, even when their errors are pointed out to them. I’m calling on Sky, Symantec, McAfee and other ISPs about to employ filtering to categorize this site correctly as a news site or blog and to please start listening to people’s legitimate complaints about other innocent sites. It serves nobody’s interests to wrongfully block legitimate information.
censorship  isps  uk  sky  torrentfreak  piracy  copyright  filtering  blocking  symantec  filesharing 
january 2014 by jm
NZ police affidavits show use of PRISM for surveillance of Kim "Megaupload" Dotcom

The discovery was made by blogger Keith Ng who wrote on his On Point blog ( that the Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ) requested assistance from the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), the country's signals intelligence unit, which is charge of surveilling the Pacific region under the Five-Eyes agreement.

A list of so-called selectors or search terms were provided to GCSB by the police [PDF, redacted] for the surveillance of emails and other data traffic generated by Dotcom and his Megaupload associates.

'Selectors' is the term used for the National Security Agency (NSA) XKEYSCORE categorisation system that Australia and New Zealand contribute to and which was leaked by Edward Snowden as part of his series of PRISM revelations.

Some "selectors of interest" have been redacted out, but others such as Kim Dotcom's email addresses, the mail proxy server used for some of the accounts and websites, remain in the documents.

So to recap; police investigating an entirely non-terrorism-related criminal case in NZ was given access to live surveillance traffic for surveillance of an NZ citizen. Scary stuff
surveillance  prism  nsa  new-zealand  xkeyscore  gcsb  kim-dotcom  piracy  privacy  data-retention  megaupload  filesharing 
august 2013 by jm
France Kills Three Strikes
Missed bookmarking this news --
After years of debate and controversy the French Government has finally backtracked on the law which allowed errant subscribers to be disconnected from the Internet. This morning a decree was published which removed the possibility for file-sharers to have their connections cut for copyright infringement. Instead, those caught by rightsholders will now be subjected to a system of automated fines.
france  legal  ip  piracy  filesharing  three-strikes 
july 2013 by jm
Record companies to target 20 more pirate sites after court ruling -
Looks like IRMA are following the lead of the UK's BPI, by chasing the proxy sites next:
Up to 20 internet sites are to be targeted by an organisation representing record companies in a move to stamp out the illegal pirating of music and other copyright material. The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) said it would be immediately moving against the 20 "worst offenders" to "take out" internet sites involved in the illegal downloading of copyright work.

However, looks like this will involve more court time:
Last night IRMA director general, Dick Doyle said the High Court ruling was only the first step in "taking out many internet sites involved in illegally downloading music. "We will be back in court very shortly to take out five to 10 other sites. We have already selected a total of 20 of the worst offender sites and we will go after the next five in the very near future," he said.

That's not going to be cheap!
courts  ireland  law  irma  piracy  pirate-bay  bpi  proxies  filesharing  copyright 
june 2013 by jm
UK ISPs Secretly Start Blocking Torrent Site Proxies | TorrentFreak
The next step of cat-and-mouse. Let's see what the pirate sites do next...
The blocking orders are intended to deter online piracy and were requested by the music industry group BPI on behalf of a variety of major labels. Thus far they’ve managed to block access to The Pirate Bay,, H33T and Fenopy, and preparations are being made to add many others.

The effectiveness of these initial measures has been called into doubt, as they are relatively easy to bypass. For example, in response to the blockades hundreds of proxy sites popped up, allowing subscribers to reach the prohibited sites via a detour.
However, as of this week these proxies are also covered by the same blocklist they aim to circumvent, without a new court ruling.

The High Court orders give music industry group BPI the authority to add sites to the blocklist without oversight. Until now some small changes have been made, mostly in response to The Pirate Bay’s domain hopping endeavors, but with the latest blocklist update a whole new range of websites is being targeted.
bittorrent  blocking  filesharing  copyright  bpi  piracy  pirate-bay  proxies  fenopy  h33t  filtering  uk 
june 2013 by jm
BitTorrent’s Secure Dropbox Alternative Goes Public
As kragen says, 'a decentralized way to sync a folder of large files, using BitTorrent instead of an untrustworthy central server'. Windows, OSX, and Linux supported
bittorrent  dropbox  cloud  storage  filesharing  sharing  sync  synchronization 
april 2013 by jm
How Copyright and Patent reform can make us all wealthier and safer - Events - IIEA - The Institute of International and European Affairs
Next April 11th, at the IIEA in North Gt Georges St:
Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, will examine the case for reform of copyright and patent law in the EU. Legalised file sharing, free sampling and shortened copyright protection times are the main elements of a proposal co-authored by Mr. Falkvinge which was submitted to the European Parliament in 2012. He will question whether, in the context of ever-increasing online activity, existing legal frameworks pose a threat to users’ civil liberties.
rick-falkvinge  pirate-party  ireland  iiea  dublin  copyright  patents  filesharing 
april 2013 by jm
Antigua Government Set to Launch “Pirate” Website To Punish United States
oh the lulz.
The Government of Antigua is planning to launch a website selling movies, music and software, without paying U.S. copyright holders. The Caribbean island is taking the unprecedented step because the United States refuses to lift a trade “blockade” preventing the island from offering Internet gambling services, despite several WTO decisions in Antigua’s favor. The country now hopes to recoup some of the lost income through a WTO approved “warez” site.
us-politics  antigua  piracy  filesharing  pirate  gambling  wto  ip  blockades 
january 2013 by jm
Library Closure of Type .nu
Alan Toner on's shutdown. 'The case of is significant because the demand for the works offered there demonstrates that filesharing is not just about pop music, porn and cams of action movies, but also those forms and sources of knowledge whose acquisition are ritually celebrated within ‘enlightenment’ culture. Many of those whose works were offered derive income not from royalties, but from related activities such as teaching and research. Such people were themselves an important component’ user base. Some have other means to access the same materials, others, especially those in countries with weaker education infrastructures and more emaciated library budgets, do not. Outside of formal education, the millions of online autodidacts may be denied access to material, seriously impinging on their lives and possibilities. When one considers the cost of text books and more especially scholarly articles, that is no hyperbole, and applies not only to the global south but the post-industrial north as well, awash in its dreams of knowledge economies and human capital.'
alan-toner  ebooks  education  filesharing  copyright  piracy 
february 2012 by jm
Neil Young on piracy
'I look at the internet as the new radio. I look at the radio as gone. [...] Piracy is the new radio. That’s how music gets around.'
internet  filesharing  piracy  copyright  neil-young  music 
february 2012 by jm
Adrian Weckler confims that "Ireland's SOPA" will be vague and open-ended
'The clear implication from [Adrian's] interview with Sean Sherlock is that the proposed measures will be lacking in any real detail, leaving it entirely up to the judges as to what types of blocking might emerge. (Possibly going beyond web blocking to also target hosting and other services.) This ambiguity -- as well as jeopardising fundamental rights -- will create intolerable uncertainty for businesses such as Google who might find themselves at risk of business threatening and unpredictable injunctions and will certainly deter others from setting up in Ireland.' -- this is much, much worse than I thought, particularly given the level of technical knowledge among Ireland's judges (if Mr. Justice Charleton's performance in EMI v. UPC is anything to go by).
sopa  ireland  law  filesharing  piracy  internet  filtering  blocking 
january 2012 by jm
Does Online Piracy Hurt The Economy? A Look At The Numbers - Forbes
'The data simply doesn’t suggest that piracy is causing any serious economic harm to the US economy or the entertainment industry. Heavy-handed approaches to preventing piracy are wrong-headed and reveal a dangerous level of short-term thinking on the part of both lawmakers and industry leaders. Worse, the impetus to crack down on piracy is based largely on industry data that wildly inflates the problem.'
piracy  forbes  filesharing  politics  sopa  economics  law 
january 2012 by jm
Why should we stop online piracy? - opinion - 19 January 2012 - New Scientist
'There's no evidence that the US is currently suffering from an excessive amount of online piracy, and there is ample reason to believe that a non-zero level of copyright infringement is socially beneficial. Online piracy is like fouling in basketball. You want to penalise it to prevent it from getting out of control, but any effort to actually eliminate it would be a cure much worse than the disease.' Good description of 'dead weight loss' and the consumer pressure on the industry that illegal competition poses
piracy  new-scientist  slate  sopa  filesharing  dead-weight-loss  economics  music  movies 
january 2012 by jm
LINX Public Affairs » Scarlet wins in European Court
'The Court judgement therefore goes well beyond saying what a court may decide, by means of an injunction: it also sets out the limits of Member States’ powers to legislate to draft ISPs as copyright police. It will be a crucial precedent in future arguments about the Digital Economy Act, in the UK, HADOPI in France, various blocking requirements in Italy, and numerous other schemes across the EU. As victories for ISPs in the copyright wars go, this one was comprehensive. It will be seen as a landmark ruling for years to come.' woot
linx  scarlet  isps  hadopi  eu  privacy  filtering  copyright  irma  filesharing 
november 2011 by jm
the legend of St. Columba, patron saint of copyright infringers
'At this point IPKat team member Jeremy dons his old academic hat and excitedly draws attention to some research he did on the St Columba case.  The goodly saint was given access to a psalter that was in the possession of Abbot Finian in around the year 560.  A psalter is a book of psalms -- definitely public domain stuff, having been compiled during the reign of King David, who is generally reckoned to have died around 970 years before the common era.  Even on a life + 70 year basis, copyright would have expired around getting on for 1,500 years before Columba came on to the scene.  Having illicitly copied the psalter he refused to deliver it up to King Dermot of Tara, who famously said “to every cow its calf, to every book its copy” -- not "to every cow its calf, to every author his work".  Anyway, to cut a long story short, Columba refused to hand it over, fled the country for the safety of England (like the founder of Wikileaks), converted the Picts to Christianity, settled in Iona and became a saint.  You can read this all in "St Columba the Copyright Infringer" [1985] 12 European Intellectual Property Review 350-353.' (via Eoin O'Dell). Someone fill in the misquoting High Court judges....
st-columba  books  via:cearta  ireland  law  history  filesharing  copyright 
november 2011 by jm
Data Protection Commissioner investigating Eircom's "three strikes" system
Eircom accused customers of piracy using systems that hadn't been updated for DST. 'this appears to show up ineptitude in relation to a very basic aspect of network management - i.e. making sure that the server clock reflects daylight savings time. As a result, it seems that users found themselves being accused on the basis of what somebody else did from the same IP address either an hour earlier or an hour later. Consequently, the users who were wrongfully accused should consider themselves lucky that this incompetence did not lead to their being accused of a serious crime - for example, being arrested and having their homes searched due to the wrong time being used.' As TJ explains, this could have very serious results
dpc  ireland  eircom  fail  time  dst  daylight-savings  three-strikes  filesharing  piracy 
june 2011 by jm
Piracy: are we being conned?
The Age with a cynical take on pro-music-biz anti-piracy "reports". "The quality of data and analysis is very weak as its political objective is so clear. It does not use actual ABS data but data taken from Europe. It's an elemental statistical error, it's fudging with numbers to come out with a figure which is 'kinda sorta' plausible."
piracy  filesharing  copyright  australia  the-age  newspapers  ifpi  acta 
june 2011 by jm
Netflix Beats BitTorrent’s Bandwidth
'For perhaps the first time in the internet’s history, the largest percentage of the net’s traffic is content that is paid for.' A great demo of how *good*, legit, for-pay services, can beat out less usable, dodgy, but free ones (via Waxy)
via:waxy  piracy  bandwidth  bittorrent  internet  netflix  filesharing 
may 2011 by jm
Dropbox dedupe feature allows materialization of any file, if you know its hash
'allows users to exploit Dropbox’s file hashing scheme to copy files into their account without actually having them. Dropship will save the hashes of a file in JSON format. Anyone can then take these hashes and load the original file into their Dropbox account using Dropship.' heh. that sounds very familiar, I seem to recall thinking about this problem on several occasions... ;) Dropbox certainly didn't like it, going by this account
security  filesharing  dropbox  online-backup  online-storage  p2p  hashes  sha  dmca 
april 2011 by jm
Music Industry Lobbyist Becomes Europe’s Copyright Boss
'Maria Martin-Prat, who was formerly employed as Director of Legal Policy and Regulatory Affairs at IFPI, has now been selected to lead the EU unit that deals with copyright and enforcement issues.'
ifpi  policy  europe  ec  eu  acta  filesharing  music  mp3  from delicious
april 2011 by jm
Backdoor legislation is no way to tackle thorny issue of copyright - The Irish Times - Fri, Mar 11, 2011
good article by Karlin Lillington on the attempted sneaking-through of an SI to 'deal with' filesharing. agreed on all counts
filesharing  piracy  ireland  law  karlin-lillington  legislation  fianna-fail  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
TechWire: Don't do it, Enda and Eamon
Adrian Weckler with a plea for the incoming govt regarding the attempt to rush through '3 Strikes' by the outgoing one: 'Such a law will have absolutely no effect on the practice of illegal filesharing. None. Zero. It hasn't worked in France. It hasn't worked in Britain. And it certainly won't work in Ireland. On the other hand, it may well send a signal to huge, jobs-creating digital IT companies that Ireland is a place that tries to legislate away personal digital freedoms.'
3-strikes  ireland  adrian-weckler  politics  filesharing  piracy  filtering  internet  freedom  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
One of the ICE domain seizures was a legit mp3 blog, posting legal promo mp3s
At least one of the sites seized by DHS was an mp3 blog which posted authorised, promotional mp3s, sent from record label VPs and artists -- ie. none of the supposedly "infringing" files, actually were infringing. (via Tony Finch)
mp3  music  piracy  law  ice  dhs  filesharing  copyright  copyfight  techdirt  via:fanf  seizure  mp3blogs  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
The Background Dope on DHS Recent Seizure of Domains
according to this, the US Dept of Homeland Security is "seizing" domains through a back-channel to Verisign, since they directly control the .com TLD's nameservers. Expect to see dodgy sites start using non-US TLDs, names in multiple TLDs a la Pirate Bay, and eventually IPs instead of DNS records
tlds  dns  security  dhs  seizure  domains  cctlds  filesharing  icann  immixgroup  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Some figures about Eircom's "3 strikes" system
1000 notifications a month, and 'Eircom is guaranteeing that it will never hand subscribers’ personal details to the music industry and will never monitor their online activities. They will, however, take the word of the music industry and their monitors on face value and presume it is accurate as a matter of course.'
eircom  filesharing  three-strikes  piracy  music  mp3  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Anti-piracy lawyers 'knowingly targeted the innocent', says law body
'Following complaints to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Davenport Lyons now stands accused of deliberately ignoring concerns over the standard of its evidence. It matched IP addresses captured from movie and videogame BitTorrent swarms with customer records obtained from ISPs by court order. David Gore and Brian Miller, two Davenport Lyons partners, will face disciplinary proceedings in March.'
piracy  three-strikes  uk  law  solicitors  bittorrent  filesharing  shakedown  from delicious
november 2010 by jm
Copyright, music downloads and lobbying in overdrive
the comments explain a lot about the horrifically one-side Seanad debate on filesharing and 3-strikes for Ireland -- a lot of links to Ireland's old guard in the music biz
ireland  music  mp3  filesharing  download  three-strikes  from delicious
november 2010 by jm
Protection of Intellectual Property...: 11 Nov 2010: Seanad debates (
this is not looking good -- the Seanad debate on the subject of filesharing and internet filtering in Ireland is going in the direction that IRMA have been lobbying for; only the Labour senator came up with something sensible, by at least reading an email he'd received into the record
irma  copyright  filesharing  ireland  seanad  debates  government  piracy  from delicious
november 2010 by jm
Senator Paschal Mooney parrots the EMI "Aslan filesharing" story
'There is a perception that the big five record companies, all international companies, have been ripping off the consumer for many years. I do not want to be seen as an apologist for the music industry [jm: oh really], but at the lower level I can give a specific example to highlight the impact of illegal downloading on Aslan, an Irish band. [... blah blah...] Why must we wait for a High Court judgment to be made before we introduce relevant legislation? This is not the first time it has happened in the copyright sector.' -- wait, the what? It's a SECTOR now?!! wtf (via Charles Julienne)
copyright-sector  copyfight  omgwtf  paschal-mooney  seanad  ireland  aslan  emi  irma  filesharing  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
Record labels lose file sharing case against UPC - The Irish Times - Mon, Oct 11, 2010
IRMA's comment: "we reserve the right to seek compensation for the past and continuing losses from the State." You have GOT to be joking. As TJ McIntyre put it: IRMA wants taxpayers to pay for Bono's losses
irma  upc  filesharing  bono  u2  omgwtfbbq  entitlement  taxes  ireland  nfw  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
Music Industry Fails In High Court Bid To Force 3 Strikes on ISP | TorrentFreak
UPC Ireland: “Our whole premise and defence focused on the 'mere conduit' principle, which provides that an internet service provider cannot be held liable for content transmitted across its network, and today’s decision supports the principle that ISPs are not liable for the actions of internet subscribers.” woot! Now to the High Court, I guess
upc  ireland  filesharing  irma  law  three-strikes  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
law firm's mocking of 4chan could cost it £500k
'Off-the-cuff bravado aimed at [4chan] has led to what must already rank as one of the worst ever data leaks, by the anti-filesharing solicitors ACS:Law' [...] 'the law firm is faced with the threat of a fine by the [UK] Information Commissioner, who is keen to use new powers that raise the maximum penalty to £500,000.'
ouch  4chan  acs-law  filesharing  data-leaks  privacy  data-protection  fines  uk  from delicious
september 2010 by jm
U2 Manager Blames 'Free' And Anonymous Internet Bloggers For Industry Troubles | Techdirt
great Mike Masnick post responding to the latest woe-is-me missive from U2's asshat-in-residence Paul McGuinness (via Jim Carroll)
via:jimcarroll  u2  mp3blogs  paul-mcguinness  mike-masnick  techdirt  music  mp3  downloading  filesharing  piracy  blogging  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
On The Record » Guest post – 500 Words of Summer – Mumblin’ Deaf Ro
Dublin-based musician Ronan Hession argues that the illegal-downloading bogeyman is vapour with a bunch of persuasive stats
mumblin-deaf-ro  statistics  music  irma  music-industry  piracy  filesharing  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
UPC file-sharing court action begins - The Irish Times
it's with Mr Justice Peter Charleton again -- the Colmcille-misquoting judge from the Eircom case. here's hoping the Data Protection Commissioner gets off their arse and does their job this time around
upc  ireland  law  filesharing  irma  copyright  from delicious
june 2010 by jm
Indie music mogul: The net's great for us
Martin Mills of Beggar's Banquet. thought-provoking interview, and he nails it on this: "People who in their 30s a few years ago who may have stopped listening to new music, or were listening to iterations of music they heard in their late teens or early twenties, are now able to discover entirely new things. You've got new artists being discovered by 30, 40, 50 and 60 year olds. You'll now have a group of friends talking about music and sending links." That EXACTLY described my situation a few years back
martin-mills  beggars-banquet  music  record-labels  xl  mp3  filesharing  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
Mix Tape Amnesty
ha! 'The amnesty was created in an effort to finally rid the country of illegally taped music. Although technology has evolved, the law on this issue has remained unchanged and these mix-tapes still constitute a threat to artist royalties.' Remember: home taping is killing music
mixtapes  funny  history  ireland  virals  music  mp3  filesharing  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
"Child pornography is great", according to one EU music-business lobbyist
it's the perfect 'gateway' to allow anti-filesharing filtering of the internet. 'Start with child porn, which everybody agrees is revolting, and find some politicians who want to appear like they are doing something. Never mind that the blocking as such is ridiculously easy to circumvent in less than 10 seconds. The purpose at this stage is only to get the politicians and the general public to accept the principle that censorship in the form of ”filters” is okay. Once that principle has been established, it is easy to extend it to other areas, such as illegal file sharing. And once censorship of the Internet has been accepted in principle, they can start looking at ways to make it more technically difficult to circumvent.' Via TJ McIntyre
via:tjmcintyre  ifpi  filesharing  child-porn  filtering  internet  johan-schluter  anti-piracy-group  sweden  denmark  eu  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Major labels go bragh? Irish judge allows 3 strikes
'The justice refers to legal alternatives to illicit downloading, such as "an I-player system," when he's writing about the BBC's well-known iPlayer catch-up service [which is not available here]. He refers numerous times in the order to "DetectNet," a company which can find P2P infringers, when he really means DtecNet. A strong grasp of the technical details won't be found in this ruling'
ars-technica  ireland  dtecnet  legal  law  three-strikes  eircom  filesharing  from delicious
april 2010 by jm

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