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[wired.com] Analysis: RIAA Strategy Shift Mired in Murky Legal Waters

The Recording Industry Association of America's new enforcement strategy is based on a questionable interpretation of what constitutes copyright infringement. And its copyright-detection services remain under a cloud at the center of a class action legal challenge.

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/12/analysis-riaa-s.html

[TorrentFreak] Australian Internet Filter Will Target BitTorrent Traffic

Previously thought to be limited to HTTP and HTTPs web traffic, the touted Australian Internet filter will also target P2P traffic. In response to a comment posted by a user on his department’s blog, Broadband Minister Stephen Conroy has admitted that BitTorrent filtering will be attempted during upcoming trials.

http://torrentfreak.com/australian-internet-filter-will-target-bittorren...

Copy of RIAA's new enforcement notice to ISPs | Digital Media - CNET News

The recording industry dropped some big news Friday, announcing that it will no longer take a broad approach to litigating against alleged filed sharers. The Recording Industry Association of America has enlisted the help of internet service providers to act as a sentry and help discourage customers from pirating music.

Below is a copy of the form letter the RIAA will send to ISPs to inform them one of their customers is accused of file sharing. The notification is similar to those the group has sent to college campuses for years and shows very clearly that the group retains the right to sue people for copyright violations. [...]

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10127050-93.html

[Wired.com] No ISP Filtering Under New RIAA Copyright Strategy

The Recording Industry Association of America on Friday announced a new strategy in its quest to curtail online copyright infringement — a plan that for now requires no filtering from internet service providers.

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/12/no-isp-filterin.html

[WSJ.com] Music Industry to Abandon Mass Suits

After years of suing thousands of people for allegedly stealing music via the Internet, the recording industry is set to drop its legal assault as it searches for more effective ways to combat online music piracy.

The decision represents an abrupt shift of strategy for the industry, which has opened legal proceedings against about 35,000 people since 2003. Critics say the legal offensive ultimately did little to stem the tide of illegally downloaded music. And it created a public-relations disaster for the industry, whose lawsuits targeted, among others, several single mothers, a dead person and a 13-year-old girl.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122966038836021137.html

[banthisurl.com] Exclusive: White hat hacker tears apart flaws in Aussie net filtering scheme

BanThisURL recently interviewed Matthew Strahan, a computer security professional with Securus Global. He makes a living telling companies how to secure their computer systems by breaking into them.

Over the course of the discussion, we addressed various ways to sidestep the filter, how a hacker could use the filters to intercept personal data from any Australian and how a few simple commands could bring the internet to a screeching halt.

As this interview is quite long and detailed, we will be releasing the second part tomorrow, and the final part on Friday. Do feel free to add our RSS feed (above) to your reader to be kept up to date.

http://www.banthisurl.com/2008/12/exclusive-white-hat-hacker-tears-apart...

[Slashdot] RIAA May Be Violating a Court Order In California

"In one of its 'ex parte' cases seeking the names and addresses of 'John Does,' this one targeting students at the University of Southern California, the RIAA obtained an order granting discovery — but with a wrinkle. The judge's order (PDF) specified that the information obtained could not be used for any purpose other than obtaining injunctions against the students. Apparently the RIAA lawyers have ignored, or failed to understand, that limitation, as an LA lawyer has reported that the RIAA is busy calling up the USC students and their families and demanding monetary settlements."

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/12/16/0015248

[Wired.com] Censorship Group Removes Wikipedia Blacklisting

"IWF's overriding objective is to minimize the availability of indecent images of children on the internet, however, on this occasion our efforts have had the opposite effect," the group said in a statement

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/12/censorship-grou.html

[Wired.com] Wikipedia Blocks UK Editors Amid Censorship Flap

Over the weekend, the British Internet Watch Foundation placed Wikipedia on its blacklist when the group was told the encyclopedia had published the banned cover of a 1970s Scorpions album, Virgin Killer, featuring a naked prepubescent girl.

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/12/wikipedia-block.html

[Wired.com] Three Major Record Labels Join the 'Choruss'

U.S. universities are getting a glimpse at a plan that would build a small music-royalty fee into the tuition payments they receive from students. If successful, the model — proposed by digital music strategist Jim Griffin on behalf of Warner Music Group — could be expanded to make ISPs the collector of such micropayments, eliminating some of the most irksome and contentious issues dividing the music industry and its customers.

http://blog.wired.com/business/2008/12/warner-music-gr.html

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