Archive for 2012/01/24
BREIN argues that XSnetworks is the last remaining Dutch hosting provider to continue to host infringing websites on a large scale while refusing to cooperate with BREIN.
SUMOTorrent appears to have promised financial support to XSNetworks in case of legal proceedings by organizations such as BREIN, but the torrent website now seems to be preparing its move to another host.
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The global trade group for the record industry IFPI says France’s ‘graduated response’ scheme HADOPI is helping win the war against piracyPosted: 2012/01/24 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Illegal File Sharing, Stats / reports, Three Strikes
Spain, which should be the powerhouse of music repertoire for Latin America and the U.S. Latin market, is effectively a dead marketPosted: 2012/01/24 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
Yet in South Korea, where we have new anti-piracy laws, the market is surging and now spreading its repertoire far beyond its own borders
IFPI Reports Digital Music Sales Surge but Blames ISP Internet Piracy for Decline
Dutch Secretary Of Justice: Replacing the individual exploitation of music rights with a mandatory collective legal action might benefit artistsPosted: 2012/01/24 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Public Policy
The Netherlands finds it important to reduce territorial restrictions for granting copyright licenses and collecting royalties. According to the Netherlands, a possible solution may be to set up one collecting society in each EU Member State, a so-called ‘one-stop shop’ for collective rights management.
Following Up On XS4ALL & ZIGGO Verdict, BREIN Wants T-Mobile, UPC And KPN To Block The Pirate Bay TooPosted: 2012/01/24 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Jurisprudence
KPN is bound by the formal position of its subsidiary XS4ALL and therefore reluctant to comply
These providers are expected to release an official response soon
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Estonian citizen Andrus Nõmm was detained yesterday in Holland in connection to the shutdown of Megaupload.comPosted: 2012/01/24 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing
Nõmm, 32, a resident of both Turkey and Estonia, was named as the head of the group’s software development division and reportedly earned over 100,000 US dollars last year. One of MegaUpload’s hosting providers, Leaseweb, as well as co-conspirator Bram Van Der Kolk were located there too.
Dutch MegaUpload Co-Conspirator Bram Van Der Kolk (aka Bramos) Already Involved With MegaUpload In 2005?
LeaseWeb in the Netherlands hosting 690 MegaUpload servers kills off only 60 MegaUpload Servers
Kim Dotcom ‘scared hell out’ of neighbours with bizarre email
Email sent by Megaupload founder to neighbours in affluent suburb joked about his ‘criminal links’ and ‘money laundering’
Google cleared $37.9 billion in 2011 revenue, which equates to more than $3 billion a month, mostly from those little text ads next to your search results that neither you or anybody you know will admit to ever clicking on.
XS4ALL to implement a STOP web page, explaining to its users why they cannot access The Pirate Bay while displaying a link to the verdict and the blacklist of Pirate Bay related addresses and domains that need to be blocked due to the recent verdict and any additional domains as submitted by BREIN.
XS4ALL says it wants to provide transparency regarding the black list.
It is unknown whether that particular move will assist those who aim to circumvent the blockade.
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Chris Dodd, ex–US senator and current CEO of the Motion Picture Ass. of America, may face a White House investigation after he made an extraordinary outburst that appeared to threaten politicians who had the audacity to take the entertainment industry’s money and then abandon SOPA/PIPA online-piracy legislation.
“Those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake,” Dodd told Fox News. “Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake.”
Stringent proposals for the revision of Europe’s outdated 1995 data protection law are to be revealed by officials this coming WednesdayPosted: 2012/01/24 in Education / Awareness, Legislation, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy
The European Commission’s vice-president Viviane Reding said in a speech in Germany on Saturday that the new regulation on handling sensitive data will, among other things, require internet firms to admit breaches of the rules within 24 hours of their occurrences.
The justice commissioner previously told this reporter that the so-called “right to be forgotten” would form a central part of the proposed reform of the DP law, which is expected to be policed on a national level by relevant data protection authorities if the bill is passed in Brussels.
Reding said that internet outfits that collect and retain data about their customers will be required to explain why it is necessary to hold such information on their databases.
As The Register has previously reported, the proposed revision to Europe’s 17-year-old data protection regulation will include the “right to ‘data portability’”, which Reding described as “an essential element of the legislative reform”.
According to the Financial Times, which has seen a draft of the proposals, internet companies could be fined up to 2 per cent of their global turnover if they are found to have violated the new data protection rules.
Tech outspent entertainment industry in Washington – The entertainment industries, however, seem better at knowing where to buy friendsPosted: 2012/01/24 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Americans’ Fifth Amendment right to remain silent doesn’t apply to their encryption passphrases
Public interests will be harmed absent requiring defendants to make available unencrypted contents in circumstances like these. Failing to compel Ms. Fricosu amounts to a concession to her and potential criminals (be it in child exploitation, national security, terrorism, financial crimes or drug trafficking cases) that encrypting all inculpatory digital evidence will serve to defeat the efforts of law enforcement officers to obtain such evidence through judicially authorized search warrants, and thus make their prosecution impossible.
Anonymous on various occasions have railed against company CEOs who take from their users to live a lavish lifestyle, yet Dotcom was among the worst, his MegaUpload enterprise has raked in more than $175 million while he has used that money, typically collected from the streaming of illegal TV shows and Movies to purchase $4.8 million in vehicles including a recent 2010 Maserati. Of his three main cars his licenses plates include “Guilty”, “Evil,” and “Mafia.”
Not only has he operated in a “Grey area” of the law he has also outright broken it, in the past Kim Dotcom has been found guilty of insider trading, embezzlement and criminal hacking.
So there sits Anonymous attacking various corporate websites over a company that shouldn’t be allowed to exist. The group went from trying to stop big studios from charging $20 for a DVD to rallying in support of a greedy German hacker who has made millions by peddling (for profit) the same movies the group has rallied against for making millions of dollars.
Anonymous is whining, it’s that plain and simple, they don’t want companies to make money in a free market, they don’t even want customers to enjoy the products they are willing to pay for, a fact proven by their takedown of the Playstation Network which forced paying customers to lose service and they don’t want to admit that they are more worried about their own ability to download illegal movies and music more than they are concerned against fighting against “greedy corporations.”
Megaupload deserved to be shut down, when a P2P network that has a strong policy against copyrighted material comes along however I’ll more than support their efforts, I’ll write about their service and support their right to share content content openly.
The government should release all documents relating to the decision to grant residence to arrested internet tycoon Kim Dotcom (MegaUpload)Posted: 2012/01/24 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Public Policy
First leader Winston Peters also wants to know whether any National Party MPs, particularly cabinet ministers, made any representations supporting Dotcom’s application.
“The issue for us here is not the charges he faces in the United States but the question of why Dotcom, with his criminal record, was ever allowed into New Zealand”
Polish officials vowed Monday to stick to plans to sign an international copyright treaty that has outraged Internet activists and prompted an attack on government websites.