Archive for 2011/12/19
The new CEO of Sony Music UK, Nick Gatfield, has launched a scathing attack on the country’s Internet Service Providers (ISP) after claiming that “broadband businesses are being built on the back of illegal filesharing” (e.g. BitTottent P2P). Similar claims were made last year by U2′s front man Bono (here).
Breaking a silence of almost 10 years, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom tells us about his colorful historyPosted: 2011/12/19 in Education / Awareness
My mistake was that I embraced the media and gave them the stories they wanted. Let’s just put this into the category ‘young and stupid’. I was giving them a glimpse into my exclusive lifestyle. For this openness I was turned into the scapegoat when the German new economy bubble popped in 2000.
I made mistakes when I was young and I paid the price. Steve Jobs was a hacker and Martha Stuart is doing well after her insider trading case. I think over a decade after all of this happened it should NOT be the dominating topic. I am 37 years old now, I am married, I have three adorable children with two more on the way (twin girls – yeah) and I know that I am not a bad person. I have grown and I have learned. Making this into an issue about my past is unfair to everyone else working at Mega.
Mega has nothing to fear. Our business is legitimate and protected by the DMCA and similar laws around the world. We work with the best lawyers and play by the rules. We take our legal obligations seriously. Mega’s war chest is full and we have strong supporters backing us. We have been online for 7 years and we are here to stay, so no need to worry about us.
As you read this the payroll politicians of the MPAA and RIAA are trying to take control of your Internet.
BlackBerry has been summoned to a meeting at Ofcom after it emerged that children are able to view pornography on its smartphonesPosted: 2011/12/19 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Filtering
British Telecom sues Google over six U.S. patents allegedly infringed by Android and various Google servicesPosted: 2011/12/19 in Education / Awareness, Google, Litigation
BT seeks damages — even triple damages for willful and deliberate infringement — as well as an injunction. The complaint suggests that Google refused to pay. The second sentence of paragraph 21 states that “BT brings this action to recover the just compensation it is owed and to prevent Google from continuing to benefit from BT’s inventions without authorization”.