Archive for 2012/04/02
Reuters dug up some sources within the world’s biggest financial institutions found that people who work at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are trading Bitcoin from work. One source estimated that 90 percent of traders have bought and sold the currency.
The country’s top Internet service providers, along with major film and recorded music companies, announced that they have hired the person who will oversee their joint antipiracy efforts, scheduled to begin this summer.
Jill Lesser, an executive with experience with copyright, Internet and consumer issues, takes over an effort aimed at getting Internet providers to police copyright.
Popular Dutch Blog Geenstijl.nl noted that YouTube has removed a video showing how Dutch Social Services are taking away children from their home and their mother. The video sparked a debate whether those actions were based on proper evidence as the blog argues that Dutch Social Services may have manipulated information and evidence submitted to the Dutch authorities in an attempt to justify their decision on the matter.
To make matters worse, Social Services has sent letters to the mother of the family in which the organization argues that a successful evaluation in relation to potential meetings between the children and their mother may depend on whether the mother chooses to continue to confront the children with negative stories about Social Services and their father (in that particular order). Social Services has also banned the person who made the video from having any contact with the children.
Geenstijl will continue to show the video until Dutch Social Services have properly explained why they decided to take the kids away from their home:
Dutch language news article:
We need something to go through all these fibre optic cables
It needs to be explored if the existing exceptions are “adequate and appropriate in the digital environment” and if greater exceptions might:
- facilitate legitimate use of copyright works to create and deliver new products and services of public benefit; and
- allow legitimate non-commercial use of copyright works for uses on the internet such as social networking.
How does he know that isn’t already the case?
Dutch language news article:
Swiss-based outfit RapidShare has attempted to distinguish itself from MegaUpload by arguing its corporate structure was never designed to evade authoritiesPosted: 2012/04/02 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, Stats / reports
“RapidShare AG was founded in Switzerland, was always based at the address cited in the imprint and was always managed with an authentic name without any anonymous intermediary companies,” the company argued.
“The drastic measures against Megaupload were obviously seen as necessary by the FBI because the situation was different there.”
Dotcom’s legal team told the Court that the 38-year-old needed Internet access reinstated so that he can properly mount his defense. Along with his co-accused, Dotcom faces charges in the United States of racketeering, money-laundering and various copyright infringement offenses.
To assist with a back complaint, Dotcom also sought permission to use a swimming pool at the mansion where he and his family were living at the time of the raid. They currently live nearby.
Dotcom’s fortune was seized by authorities so the former multi-millionaire is now looking to generate revenue wherever he can, as is his human right. To that end Dotcom, who has been honing his skills as a musician for some time, requested permission to finish an album he has been working on.
Despite the complaints, Judge David Harvey said that Dotcom and his associates had behaved commendably whilst on bail. He subsequently granted Dotcom access to the Internet, 90 minutes access to the swimming pool and two trips each week to Roundhead Studios in Auckland to finish his album.
The Judge also granted Batato, Ortmann and Van der Kolk permission to travel to Dotcom’s home once a week for a maximum of six hours so that they can work on their defense.
You paste, they’ll cut
You’ll still be allowed to freely share your manifesto on The Pirate Bay
Hadopi used the reports of two different companies to ascertain the decrease in pirated traffic. One metric said illegal data sharing on peer-to-peer networks decreased by 43 percent, another survey used a different methodology and saw a 66 percent decrease in illegal P2P traffic. While Hadopi only monitors peer-to-peer networks, its recent study noted there’s “no indication that there has been a massive transfer in forms of use to streaming technologies or direct downloads.”
For all the fanfare in Hadopi’s 14-page report celebrating the crackdown on music and video piracy, the music and video industries in France did not see increased profit in 2011 compared to the year before. The overall recorded music industry saw a 3.9 percent loss, and France’s video market dropped 2.7 percent overall.
No worries, it’s only a copy. You still have the original