Entanet says it thinks disconnecting people from the Internet is not a “proportionate punishment” for illegal file-sharing, and points out that an IP address is not an accurate way of identifying whose responsible.
Free founder Xavier Niel says “we will challenge this new decree” requiring that it send warning letters to customers accused of illegal file-sharing on behalf of the govt.
20/20 report from 1980 shows how the music industry has falsely complained over the years that it’s dying, back then blaming FM radio, home taping, and physical piracy for massive job layoffs and declining profits.
After Kiss frontman’s website – GeneSimmons.com – comes under repeated DDos attack, and an apparent later redirection to The Pirate Bay, Simmons responds by threatening that those responsible will end up as somebody’s “new girlfriend” behind bars.
Ofcom says it expects to publish details of how the govt plans to enforce provisions of the Digital Economy Act in the “next few weeks,” but cautions there needs to be robust sources of “legitimate” copyrighted material if the Act is to succeed and get the country to the R
ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) has had its share of bumps on the road towards its final agreement. Sometimes it looked like it was on track and other times, it looked like it could very well fly completely off the rails. It seems the latter is very present right now.
Defense argues that we’ve seen similar examples over the years of the entertainment industry targeting new technology, everything from radios to VCRs, and from satellite dishes to DVRs.
Rob Dickens, former head of Warner Music in the UK, proposes a “micro-economy” in which album sale prices are “radically” reduced, and in which the resulting increase in sales volume more than makes up for the drop in prices.
For the next two years the French govt will subsidize half – that’s right half – the cost of a 50 euro ($70 USD) card to be used to download music from approved subscription-based online retailers. Consumers will be limited to one card a year.
Free bows to govt decree, and will begin sending out “three-strikes” email warnings to its customers on the govt’s behalf sometime later today.
Illustrates the problems the govt will have in properly enforcing the country’s Digital Economy Act, and the challenges it faces in ensuring those accused of illegal file-sharing are actually guilty of the crime.
U2 band manager Paul McGuinness complains recent decision by Ireland’s High Court that Irish Law doesn’t require ISPs to detect and disconnect illegal file-sharers is “extremely bad for the international reputation of Ireland” and that legislators need to act quickly to remed
Minister of Culture Frederic Mitterand has made good on his promise for a speedy amendment to France’s Article L331-25 of the Code of Intellectual Property, the modification now requiring the French ISP Free to submit email “three-strikes” warnings on the govt’s behalf or ris
Swedish prosecutor Hakan Roswall asks the court to allow the BitTorrent tracker site’s original sentence of one year in prison be upheld while the entertainment industry demands even higher compensation than what it was originally awarded.
High Court rules Irish law doesn’t require ISPs to identify and disconnect illegal file-sharers, meaning UPC will not be forced to comply with Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) demands that it implement a “three-strikes” regime to deal with online copyright infringement.
Says it’s important the country gains control of the Internet in order to “correct the excesses and abuses that arise from the total absence of rules.
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) survey shows a majority of consumers are not interested in having FM tuners in their cell phones, contradicting an earlier survey conducted by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) that claimed a majority would use and “pay extra” for the f
ISP Free refuses to send emails to customers warning them of suspected infringement, pointing out the law only requires it to turn over their identities to the authorities which, in turn, is the one responsible for contacting them.
Latest draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been released, and although most of the controversial items like “three-strikes” have been removed, many still remain.
US intelligence agencies complain the country’s “Creation and Internet Law” – Hadopi – will only encourage Internet users to arm themselves with same encryption tools used by criminal networks, making their job of detecting threats and illegal activity that much harde