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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
Angola’s Wikipedia Pirates Are Exposing the Problems With Digital Colonialism | Motherboard
Wikimedia and Facebook have given Angolans free access to their websites, but not to the rest of the internet. So, naturally, Angolans have started hiding pirated movies and music in Wikipedia articles and linking to them on closed Facebook groups, creating a totally free and clandestine file sharing network in a country where mobile internet data is extremely expensive.
facebook  piracy  africa  hacks  wikipedia  angola  internet 
march 2016 by jm
One Direction Offers Remix Competition, Then Sony/Soundcloud Punish The Entrants As Copyright Infringers | Techdirt
TorrentFreak has the story of a UK-producer and songwriter named Lee Adams who took part in an official remix competition of boy band One Direction's music, put on by the band and its label, Sony Music. The stems for remixing were released on Soundcloud. The rules of the contest required entrants to upload their remixes on Soundcloud... and that's exactly what Adams did. And yet those works still got taken down via copyright claims from Sony Music as infringing.
sony  soundcloud  anti-piracy  automation  piracy  stems  remixing  one-direction  lee-adams 
july 2015 by jm
AN OFFER TO SONY FROM 2600
To demonstrate that hackers have no interest in suppressing speech, quashing controversy, or being intimidated by vague threats, we ask that Sony allow the hacker community to distribute "The Interview" for them on the 25th of December. Now, we're aware that Sony may refer to this distribution method as piracy, but in this particular case, it may well prove to be the salvation of the motion picture industry. By freely offering the film online, millions of people will get to see it and decide for themselves if it has any redeeming qualities whatsoever - as opposed to nobody seeing it and the studios writing it off as a total loss. Theaters would be free from panic as our servers would become the target of any future vague threats (and we believe Hollywood will be most impressed with how resilient peer-to-peer distribution can be in the face of attacks). Most importantly, we would be defying intimidation, something the motion picture industry doesn't quite have a handle on, which is surprising considering how much they've relied upon it in the past.
2600  funny  hackers  security  sony  north-korea  the-interview  movies  piracy 
december 2014 by jm
UK piracy police arrest man suspected of running proxy server (Wired UK)
The site, Immunicity.org, offers a proxy server and a proxy autoconfiguration file (PAC) to tell browsers to access various blocked sites (PirateBay, KickassTorrents et al) via the proxy.
The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has arrested a 20-year-old man in Nottingham on suspicion of copyright infringement for running a proxy server providing access to other sites subject to legal blocking orders.


Is operating a proxy server illegal? Interesting. Seems unlikely that this will go to court though.

(Via TJ McIntyre)
immunicity  via:tjmcintyre  police  uk  piracy  proxies  http  pac  pipcu  copyright 
august 2014 by jm
UK private copying exception plans face possible legal action
Under the proposed private copying exception, individuals in the UK would be given a new right to make a copy of copyrighted material they have lawfully and permanently acquired for their private use, provided it was not for commercial ends. Making a private copy of the material in these circumstances would not be an act of copyright infringement, although making a private copy of a computer program would still be prohibited under the plans.

There is no mechanism envisaged in the draft legislation for rights holders to be specifically compensated for the act of private copying. This prompted the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (JCSI), tasked with scrutinising the proposals, to warn parliamentarians that the rules may be deemed to be in breach of EU copyright laws as a result of the lack of 'fair compensation' mechanism. [...]

"We are disappointed that the private copying exception will be introduced without providing fair compensation for British songwriters, performers and other rights holders within the creative sector. A mechanism for fair compensation is a requirement of European law. In response we are considering our legal options," [UK Music] said.
uk  law  copyright  music  copying  private-copying  personal  infringement  piracy  transcoding  backup 
july 2014 by jm
All at sea: global shipping fleet exposed to hacking threat | Reuters
Hackers recently shut down a floating oil rig by tilting it, while another rig was so riddled with computer malware that it took 19 days to make it seaworthy again; Somali pirates help choose their targets by viewing navigational data online, prompting ships to either turn off their navigational devices, or fake the data so it looks like they're somewhere else; and hackers infiltrated computers connected to the Belgian port of Antwerp, located specific containers, made off with their smuggled drugs and deleted the records.


(via Mikko Hypponen)
via:mikko  security  hacking  oilrigs  shipping  ships  maritime  antwerp  piracy  malware 
april 2014 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
Irish Internet Providers Roll Out KickassTorrents Blockade
The lucrative whack-a-mole business continues -- mostly in response to High Court actions, although Eircom are just helping out. I bet a google for "kickass proxy" doesn't return anything useful at all, of course....
kat  kickasstorrents  bittorrent  piracy  copyright  high-court  ireland  eircom  filtering  blocking 
january 2014 by jm
Same Old Stories From Sean Sherlock
Sherlock’s record is spotty at best when it comes to engagement. Setting aside the 80,680 people who were ignored by the minister, he was hostile and counter productive to debate from the beginning, going so far as to threaten to pull out of a public debate because a campaigner against the ['Irish SOPA'] SI would be in attendance. His habit of blocking people online who publicly ask him tough yet legitimate questions has earned him the nickname “Sherblock”.
sean-sherlock  sherblock  labour  ireland  politics  blocking  filtering  internet  freedom  copyright  emi  music  law  piracy  debate  twitter 
december 2013 by jm
Removing DRM Boosts Music Sales by 10%
Based on a working paper from University of Toronto researcher Laurina Zhang
Comparing album sales of four major labels before and after the removal of DRM reveals that digital music revenue increases by 10% when restrictions are removed. The effect goes up to 30% for long tail content, while top-selling albums show no significant jump. The findings suggest that dropping technical restrictions can benefit both artists and the major labels.


more details: http://inside.rotman.utoronto.ca/laurinazhang/files/2013/11/laurina_zhang_jmp_nov4.pdf , "Intellectual Property Strategy and the Long Tail: Evidence from the Recorded Music Industry", Laurina Zhang, November 4, 2013
ip  copyright  drm  mp3  music  laurina-zhang  research  long-tail  albums  rights-management  piracy 
december 2013 by jm
Tracing Brazil’s Guy Fawkes Masks
really fascinating, from Ethan Zuckerman:
The photo of workers making Guy Fawkes masks is something of a Rorschach test. If you’re primed to see the exploitative nature of global capitalism when you see people making a plastic mask, it’s there in the image. if you’re looking for the global spread of a protest movement, it’s there too, with a Brazilian factory making a local knock-off of a global icon to cash in on a national protest.
Because the internet is a copying machine, it’s very bad at context. It’s easier to encounter the image of masks being manufactured devoid of accompanying details than it is to find the story behind the images. And given our tendency to ignore information in languages we don’t read, it’s easy to see how the masks come detached from their accompanying story. For me, the image is more powerful with context behind it. It’s possible to reflect on the irony of a Hollywood prop becoming an activist trope, the tensions between mass-production and anonymity and the individuality of one’s identity and grievance, the tensions between local and global, Warner Bros and Condal, intellectual property and piracy, all in the same image.
anonymous  globalization  manufacturing  piracy  knock-offs  brazil  ethan-zuckerman  global  local  hollywood  capitalism 
november 2013 by jm
DNS registrars that complied with "shakedown" anti-piracy requests may now be in violation of ICANN Transfers Policy
According to EasyDNS:
Any registrar that has taken one of these sites offline that now impedes the registrants of those domains from simply getting their domain names out of there and back online somewhere else will then be subject to the TDRP – Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy and if they lose (which they will) they will be subject to TDRP fees assesed by the registry operator, and to quote the TDRP itself "Transfer dispute resolution fees can be substantial".
This is why it is never a good idea to just react to pressure in the face of obnoxious bluster – in the very act of trying to diffuse any perceived culpability you end up opening yourself to real liability.
tdrp  easydns  dns  registrars  domains  piracy  law  due-process 
october 2013 by jm
Piracy is a 'minority activity', pirates spend more on content, and piracy rates dropped in the UK during 2012
OfCom has published a report on online piracy, which found that the practice is becoming less common and that pirates tend to spend more on legitimate content than non-pirates.

The research, which was not funded by the entertainment industry, was conducted by Kantar Media among 21,474 participants and took place in 2012 across four separate stages. Over that time, the ratio of legal to illegal content fell -- confirming a suspected trend as legal streaming options became more available.

It also confirmed another suspicion -- that a relatively small number of web users are responsible for most piracy. In OfCom's data, just two percent of users conducted three quarters of all piracy. Ofcom described piracy as "a minority activity".

Of those surveyed, 58 percent accessed music, movie or TV content online, while 17 percent accessed illegal content sources. Those who admitted pirating content spent on average £26 every three months on legitimate content, set against an average spend of £16 among non-pirates.
wired  piracy  studies  ofcom  streaming 
september 2013 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 (http://publicaddress.net/onpoint/ich-bin-ein-cyberpunk/) 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 - Independent.ie
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, Kat.ph, 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  kat.ph  h33t  filtering  uk 
june 2013 by jm
Hollywood Studios [attempt to censor] Pirate Bay Documentary
Probably not deliberate, but pretty damn inept.
Over the past weeks several movie studios have been trying to suppress the availability of TPB-AFK [the Pirate Bay documentary] by asking Google to remove links to the documentary from its search engine. The links are carefully hidden in standard DMCA takedown notices for popular movies and TV-shows.

The silent attacks come from multiple Hollywood sources including Viacom, Paramount, Fox and Lionsgate and are being sent out by multiple anti-piracy outfits. Fox, with help from six-strikes monitoring company Dtecnet, asked Google to remove a link to TPB-AFK on Mechodownload. Paramount did the same with a link on the Warez.ag forums. Viacom sent at least two takedown requests targeting links to the Pirate Bay documentary on Mrworldpremiere and Rapidmoviez. Finally, Lionsgate jumped in by asking Google to remove a copy of TPB-AFK from a popular Pirate Bay proxy.
funny  inept  hollywood  lionsgate  fox  viacom  paramount  dtecnet  tpb-afk  piratebay  piracy  copyright  movies  google 
may 2013 by jm
One Year Later, the Results of Tor Books UK Going DRM-Free
As it is, we’ve seen no discernible increase in piracy on any of our titles, despite them being DRM-free for nearly a year.
tor  ebooks  drm  piracy  copy-protection  books 
may 2013 by jm
Protect your designs
A good writeup of how to detect cases of copyright infringement for photography, art and other visual media.
Von Glitschka, Modern Dog and myriad others make clear that the support of the creative community is absolutely vital in raising awareness of copyright infringements. Sites like www.youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com name and shame clear breaches of copyright, while the Modern Dog case shows that there is no better IP tracing system than the eyes and ears of the design community itself. “It’s the industry at large that has kept me aware of infringements,” states Von. “Without that I would miss most of them because I don’t go looking – they find me via the eyes of others.”
photography  art  visual-media  copyright  infringement  piracy  ripping 
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
Some Facts & Insights Into The Whole Discussion Of 'Ethics' And Music Business Models | Techdirt
David "Camper Van Beethoven" Lowery's blogpost about music sales, ethics, piracy etc. looks like it was pretty much riddled with errors regarding the viability of the music business, then and now. Empirical figures from Jeff Price from Tunecore, and others, to debunk it:

"'Well here’s some truth about the old industry that David somehow misses. Previously, artists were not rolling in money. Most were not allowed into the system by the gatekeepers. Of those that were allowed on the major labels, over 98% of them failed. Yes, 98%
. Of the 2% that succeeded, less than a half percent of those ever got paid a band royalty from the sale of recorded music. How in the world is an artist making at least something, no matter how small, worse than 99% of the world’s unsigned artists making nothing and of the 1% signed, less than a half a percent of them ever making a single band royalty ever?'"

[...] "Another example of Lowery being wrong that Price responds to is the claim that recorded music revenue to artists has been going down. Price has data: 'This is empirically false. Revenue to labels has collapsed. Revenue to artists has gone up with more artists making more money now than at any time in history, off of the sale of pre-recorded music. Taken a step further, a $17.98 list price CD earned a band $1.40 as a band royalty that they only got if they were recouped (over 99% of bands never recouped). If an artist sells just two songs for $0.99 on iTunes via TuneCore, they gross $1.40. If they sell an album for $9.99 on iTunes via TuneCore, they gross $7.00. This is an INCREASE of over 700% in revenue to artists for recorded music sales.'"
music  mp3  music-business  piracy  techdirt  david-lowery  tunecore 
june 2012 by jm
French ‘Three Strikes’ Law Slashes Piracy, But Fails to Boost Sales
Hadopi report says piracy dropped in France by between 17% and 66% during 2011, while Hadopi was in force; however the SEVN report on 2011 notes that legitimate sales of video dropped by 2.7%, ironically blaming 'the continually high level of piracy despite counter measures adopted under the HADOPI law' (http://www.dvd-intelligence.com/display-article.php?article=1676), and the SNEP report on 2011 sales of audio indicates that the market dropped by 3.9% (http://www.telecompaper.com/news/french-online-music-worth-eur-110-mln-in-2011-study). Hard not to come to a conclusion that actions against piracy do not improve sales
france  hadopi  legal  music  piracy  sales  revenues  sevn  snep  video 
april 2012 by jm
Censoring The Pirate Bay is Useless, Research Shows
'The assumption of BREIN and the court was that a blockade of The Pirate Bay would lower the number of infringers at [Dutch ISPs Ziggo and XS4ALL], but new research from the University of Amsterdam shows that this is not the case. [...] The claim that The Pirate Bay blockade by Ziggo and XS4ALL leads to a decrease of copyright infringement by their subscribers via BitTorrent transfers must be rejected. There is no significant effect of this measure. [...] 'Ziggo and XS4ALL subscribers who use BitTorrent apparently found different routes other than 'The Pirate Bay' to share files, and remain active as seeders to upload files to others.' Unfortunately the paper is in Dutch, however
holland  brein  ziggo  xs4all  bittorrent  piratebay  piracy  research  data 
april 2012 by jm
Artist and Hacktivists Sabotage Spanish Anti-Piracy Law | TorrentFreak
'In an attempt to sabotage a new anti-piracy law that went into effect today, hundreds of websites in Spain are participating in a unique protest organized by a local hacktivist group. The websites all link to an “infringing” song by an artist loyal to the protest, who reported the sites to the authorities to overload them with requests.'
hacktivism  spain  art  music  mp3  piracy  p2p  sinde  soap  hacktavistas  eme-navarro  sgae 
march 2012 by jm
Adrian Weckler with "6 reasons why Irish SOPA may not work"
All spot on. 'Despite all this, the government - through Minister Sherlock - has passed this statutory instrument.
In all likelihood, Sherlock’s department had decided to do it a long time ago (probably before the last election), in a (now failed) effort to get the music companies off its back.
It’s a shame that Sherlock has gone along with this so easily: he is taking all the flak. It’s also not that common to see a government determined to pass new law that it knows - or strongly suspects - won’t work.'
adrian-weckler  law  ireland  piracy  copyright  sopaireland 
march 2012 by jm
Library Closure of Type .nu
Alan Toner on library.nu's shutdown. 'The case of library.nu 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 library.nu’ 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  library.nu  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
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
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
Notch on piracy: “if a pirated game is a lost sale, should bad reviews be illegal?” | PC Gamer
wish more "piracy = theft" people would think about this viewpoint. mind you, fwiw, I buy my games, and have paid for Minecraft ;)
piracy  gaming  games  minecraft  notch  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
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
Protection of Intellectual Property...: 11 Nov 2010: Seanad debates (KildareStreet.com)
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
P2P investigations now illegal in Switzerland
'The country's Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner, Hanspeter Thür, took Logistep to court and this week won a major victory. The Federal Supreme Court ruled that IP addresses are in fact personal information and that companies like Logistep can't go about slurping them up for mere civil cases like file-swapping lawsuits. Logistep must cease all current copyright infringement data collection.'
p2p  privacy  ip-addresses  pii  logistep  switzerland  piracy  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
Draft Functional Spec of Hadopi "securisation" software
Crazy suggestions leaked from the French anti-piracy authority. Mandatory host-based and router-based anti-piracy software and firmware with blocklists of suspect keywords, suspicious applications, TCP ports, protocols; detect suspicious apps installed; detect use of open wifi; detect use of anti-filtering/anti-blocking "workarounds" (ie. VPNs and Tor). Log all this to a dual journal, one of which will be encrypted using key escrow (presumably for use in prosecutions), retaining data for a year. Basically, a mandatory snooping infrastructure. Where would this leave Macs and Linux for French users?
hadopi  piracy  filtering  snooping  big-brother  1984  via:adulau  vpn  tor  blocklists  from delicious
july 2010 by jm
EU must break down national copyright barriers, says EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes
"There is a huge Digital Single Market for audiovisual material. The problem is that it's illegal [...] We have effectively allowed illegal file-sharing to set up a single market where our usual policy channels have failed." "While the internet is borderless, Europe’s online markets are not. It is often easier to buy something from a US website than online from the country next-door in Europe. Often you cannot buy it at all within Europe."
copyright  piracy  neelie-kroes  quotes  eu  ec  music  ip  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
French Anti-Piracy Organisation Hadopi Uses Pirated Font In Own Logo
'Of course you have to appreciate the irony – the agency in charge of enforcing France’s new anti-piracy legislation using a pirated proprietary font in its very own logo.' hoho! hoist by their own petard
hadopi  piracy  copyright  design  fail  france  fonts  typography  logos  ip  from delicious
january 2010 by jm

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