Is still not thinking full-duplex. Better not have anything in his house that’s Made In China
Archive for 2012/03/15
Court Orders RapidShare to Filter User Uploads. The book industry celebrated the outcome as a landmark victoryPosted: 2012/03/15 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Jurisprudence
A Higher Regional Court in Germany has ruled that file-hosting service RapidShare must proactively filter thousands of files uploaded by its users. The Court confirmed three separate verdicts by a lower court, in cases that were started by book publishers and a music rights group. RapidShare has yet to decide whether it will appeal the verdicts.
RapidShare Responds To Megaupload Comparisons: Only 5% Of Our Files Are Pirated & Provider Should Participate In Fight Against Piracy
RapidShare: From ‘Notorious Market’ To Proactive Piracy Eliminator (MegaUpload)
Dutch Queen To Visit Rhenen. Local Mayor Threatens Citizenry: “Allow Proactive Searches Of Your Homes Or You Will End Up Being Arrested”Posted: 2012/03/15 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy
The birthday celebrations of the Dutch Queen Beatrix are to take place in Rhenen this year. She will visit the town personally and as such, the local mayor is keen on preventing any security incidents. That’s why he has notified the citizens of Rhenen that their homes may be searched proactively.
When some citizens responded quite emotionally to that message he stated: “I understand your emotion, but I recommend you do not resist. Because if you do, I think you won’t be spending Queens Day in Rhenen, but in a detention facility in Houten, Utrecht.”
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Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire NDS. Will Expand Cisco’s Ability to Transform How Service Providers and Media Companies Worldwide Deliver Next-Generation Video Experiences to SubscribersPosted: 2012/03/15 in Education / Awareness
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he wants ‘Internet giants’ such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to pay tax in France because they wouldn’t be paying their fair sharePosted: 2012/03/15 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Center for Copyright Information responsible for administering the copyright infringement warning schemePosted: 2012/03/15 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Three Strikes
“The members of the coalition are making significant progress at developing a cooperative system to educate consumers and deter copyright theft,” a spokesperson told TorrentFreak.
“CCI is working to implement what is an unprecedented effort and is proceeding on pace with the MOU. We will have announcements in the near future that will include the naming of the [anti-piracy monitoring] partner and details on how CCI and the technology partner will work together.”
These parents, such as the eBay executive featured in the report, believe there’s time for technology outside of school, and that the classroom should be a place for more social, natural learning activities. Children bounce balls. They use chalkboards. They tug at ropes fitted in pulleys.
ISPs are about to start policing your downloads on behalf of monolithic organizations like the RIAA and MPAA. Are you ready for the internet nanny state?Posted: 2012/03/15 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Three Strikes
At the Riverside County Superior Court, 34 year-old Joshua David Threlkeld was found guilt of 79 felony charges and one misdemeanor.
Exploiting the common concerns and desires of young teenage girls, Threlkeld is reported to have created a fake modelling agency online between 2007 and 2009. After creating an additional fake profile and posing as a 13 year-old model called Sara, the Californian then tricked his victims in to sending him explicit photos.
Posing as ‘Sara’, he would search MySpace and Facebook for likely victims, and then solicit girls to send sexually explicit photos. Preying on vulnerable young girls, in the vain hope of a modelling contract, nearly 200 girls sent him images — from both the United States and overseas.
According to the district attorney’s office, the victims were all between the ages of 11 and 17, of which 41 contributed at the trial.
Threlkeld was also convicted of kidnapping one child, a 13 year-old. The predator met up with the girl, took her to Palm Springs for a ‘photo shoot’, and then proceeded to sexually assault her in the shower. Others were taken to his home or San Jacinto, where a number were photographed in the nude.
The man’s actions were only discovered when one of the young, hopeful models told her mother about the pictures. Threlkeld faces a maximum life sentence when he is sentenced on April 11 this year.
Honestly, @savethehobbit, sometimes I’m ashamed of the business I’m in. What pointless, self-defeating bullying. http://fry.am/yGQDeh
Despite the success of Spotify and its competitors, music sharing still hasn’t caught up to what Napster offered before being neutered by the courts, that service’s founders, Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, said today.
During a on-stage discussion at South by Southwest here, Parker and Fanning argued that though new technologies and licensing models finally allow music lovers to legally access and discover vast collections of songs online, even the best new services are still philosophically behind what Napster originally offered its users.
Parker, who appeared earlier this week alongside former U.S. vice president Al Gore to promote political activism online, is one of technology’s most prolific entrepreneurs. After co-founding Napster, he went on to co-found Plaxo, become Facebook’s founding president, and then invested in and ultimately joined the board of Spotify. Now, he and Fanning, who also helped found Snocap, Rapture, and most recently Path, have a new stealthy startup, called Airtime.
Unfortunately, SXSW attendees who showed up hoping to hear more about Airtime were left disappointed as the two barely mentioned their venture.
But Parker and Fanning, who were interviewed at SXSW by documentarian and VH1 writer Alex Winter, seemed nostalgic for the groundbreaking work they did as teenagers on Napster before lawsuits and a court decision grounded the company.
It’s frustrating,” Parker said. “We’d figured so much of this out in 1998 and 1999, but the industry wasn’t ready.”
Of course, a big part of the limits on today’s music-sharing services comes from the licensing issues that arose in the late ’90s and in the years immediately after. And even at Napster, the two said, the company’s development was hampered by the legal issues that cropped up as soon as the record labels figured out what was happening to them.
“Suddenly the company was taken over by lawyers,” Parker said of Napster. “Our CEO was an attorney. The lesson learned is, your CEO should never be an attorney. It became a law firm…at one point, a [large] percentage of the employees were attorneys. The legal case was dictating the product, not the other way around.”
Al Gore and Sean Parker took the stage to tell an adoring crowd of several thousand that though they should be proud of the mass Internet activism that derailed the Stop Online Piracy Act
Applied Operations -> Pirate Bay Discussion Leads To Sean ‘Napster’ Parker
Editor’s note: the original headline of this story pointed out that Assad’s emails indicate that he has a proclivity for Apple products. However, many readers have reacted negatively to our drawing attention to this fact. We’ve retracted the headline and apologize to those who felt it inappropriate.
Under the umbrella of the American Bar Association, two so-called copyright troll lawyers are teaching colleagues how to catch BitTorrent piratesPosted: 2012/03/15 in Education / Awareness, Illegal File Sharing, Litigation
The ‘webinar’ is part of a mandatory credit program for lawyers and discusses “tools to pursue infringement claims against anonymous infringers.”
Thompson said the proposal, called Project Barcelona, would allow viewers to “purchase a digital copy of a programme to own and keep [for] a relatively modest charge”.