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[] File sharing per saldo positieve economische effecten

De economische effecten van file sharing op de Nederlandse welvaart op de korte en de lange termijn zijn per saldo positief. Consumenten krijgen als gevolg van file sharing toegang tot een breed scala aan cultuurproducten. Daar staat tegenover dat een daling van de omzet uit de verkoop van geluidsdragers, dvd’s en games als gevolg daarvan aannemelijk is.

[TPB] La Quadrature du Net - Campaigning on Telecoms Package

La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) is a citizen group informing about legislative projects menacing civil liberties as well as economic and social development in the digital age. Supported by international NGOs (EFF, OSI, ORG, Internautas, Netzwerk Freies Wissen, April, etc.), it aims at providing infrastructure for pan-European activism about such topics as network neutrality, privacy, "graduated response", etc.

From May to September 24th 2007, a campaign was setup to raise elected representatives', journalists' and public's awareness into the legislative hijack, by the content industries, of the European network regulation law ("Telecoms Package"). A strong mobilization around serious bits of analysis, and proper community tools helped to really influence things. [...]

Thus, using our local expertise on the topic (Olivennes bill about graduated response ordered by N. Sarkozy) could be exported at European level, especially when the "Telecoms Package" was at the very same moment being hijacked to include IP provisions, to legalize a pan-European graduated response, and to directly harm net neutrality.

La Quadrature du Net was built with the aim of bridging gaps between concerned NGOs across different European countries, providing analysis, pointers, tools and methods allowing everyone to participate on those key issues.

Many good solutions were brought into the text, cleaning the most disturbing parts of it (yet leaving some problematic bits), by constructing dialogues with concerned members of European Parliament (MEPs), producing legal and political analysis, and helping European citizens to participate.

[The Register] IWF confirms Wayback Machine porn blacklisting

Following complaints that its child-porn blacklist has led multiple British ISPs to censor innocuous content on the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, the Internet Watch Foundation has confirmed the blacklist contains images housed by the 85-billion-page web history database.

But this fails to explain why Demon Internet and other ISPs are preventing some users from accessing the entire archive.

According to IWF guidelines, blacklisted URLs "are precise web pages" chosen so that "the risk of over blocking or collateral damage is minimised." But multiple Demon Internet customers say they're unable to view any sites stored by the Wayback Machine. And in response to our original story on this blacklist snafu, customers of additional ISPs - including Be Unlimited and Virgin - say they're experiencing much the same thing.

In a roundabout way, this led to Wikipedia banning large swathes of the UK from editing the "free encyclopedia anyone can edit." But just days later, the IWF agreed to lift the Wikiban, though it continued to say the Virgin Killer image is "potentially in breach" of the UK Protection of Children Act.

[] Online Video-Sharing Sites Score Copyright Victory

Online video-sharing sites are scoring another major legal victory, as a federal judge is ruling that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act protects such sites from copyright violations if they abide by takedown notices as the DMCA prescribes.

[torrentfreak] Campaign to Stop File-Sharers Being

Next month, New Zealand is scheduled to implement Section 92 of the Copyright Amendment Act. The controversial act provides ‘Guilt Upon Accusation’, which means that if a file-sharer is simply accused of copyright infringement, they are immediately guilty. The punishment - summary Internet disconnection.

[] What to do with a Comcast DMCA takedown notice (especially when you are innocent)

What to do with a Comcast DMCA takedown notice (especially when you are innocent)
Last Monday, waiting in my snail mail box for me was an unassuming letter from your favorite cable provider, and mine, Comcast. Contained in this letter was information pertaining to an alleged torrent download called "Cadillac Records." I have come to learn that "Cadillac Records" is a movie with Adrien Brody and that their marketing for this movie must have really sucked because with what ever thousands or millions of dollars they used to promote this movie, I have never heard of it - even once. Maybe my head is in the sand. Maybe I spent too much time at work and not watching Oprah. But, whatever the case, Adrian and his film were lost on me.

Now we cheat and cut to the end - after 4 phone calls, three separate employees, and about 1 hour of total hold time, the conclusion was ascertained that the individual(s) who are in possession of my old cable modem, one that was replaced when we move to our current abode, belonged to the offending parties with a love of Adrian Brody, and not our household.

Here is the break down of the calls (paraphrased because writing about mouth breathing tech support with 5 minutes between each sentence is not compelling writing).


[TorrentFreak] Internet Group Demands End to Government P2P Propaganda

In November, the Spanish government launched a media campaign which heavily criticized file-sharers. Now, Spain’s Association of Internet Users has issued a complaint, claiming the content “recklessly offers information that lacks all legal basis, with the exclusive aim of re-educating public opinion.” Sounds familiar.

An official statement from the group claims that the campaign “recklessly offers information that lacks all legal basis, with the exclusive aim of re-educating public opinion.

Writing to Culture Minister César Antonio de Molina, the Association of Internet Users said the campaign must cease, since it risks the manipulation of public opinion to the benefit of private interests, i.e, come down on the public in order to serve the recording industry.

The association asserts that the campaign includes information that is untrue, and therefore is contrary to the constitutional principle of freedom of information, with regards to intellectual property and the protection of authors’ rights, according to current legislation.

[Telegraph] Internet sites could be given 'cinema-style age ratings', Culture Secretary says

Internet sites could be given cinema-style age ratings as part of a Government crackdown on offensive and harmful online activity to be launched in the New Year, the Culture Secretary says.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Andy Burnham says he believes that new standards of decency need to be applied to the web. He is planning to negotiate with Barack Obama’s incoming American administration to draw up new international rules for English language websites.

His plans to rein in the internet, and censor some websites, are likely to trigger a major row with online advocates who ferociously guard the freedom of the world wide web.

However, Mr Burnham said: “If you look back at the people who created the internet they talked very deliberately about creating a space that Governments couldn’t reach. I think we are having to revisit that stuff seriously now. It’s true across the board in terms of content, harmful content, and copyright. Libel is [also] an emerging issue.

[Wired] RIAA Qualifies Statement on No New Copyright Lawsuits

The Recording Industry Association of America is clearing the air over its comments that it has not initiated litigation in months against alleged copyright scofflaws.

On Friday, the RIAA announced it was abandoning its legal strategy of suing individuals for copyright infringement, and said it had not sued anybody for months.

Ray Beckerman, an attorney the RIAA has declared as "vexatious," posted Friday on his blog — Recording Industry vs. The People — that dozens of RIAA lawsuits have been filed within the past couple of weeks.

[] Internet filtering plan may extend to peer-to-peer traffic

THE Federal Government's controversial internet censorship scheme may extend to filter more online traffic than was first thought, Broadband Minister Stephen Conroy revealed today.

The filtering scheme has made headlines around the world in the The New York Times and British newspapers and was the target of protests held in major cities across the country earlier this month.

"[...]there was never any suggestion that the Australian Government would seek to block political content," Senator Conroy said.

"In this context, claims that the Government's policy is analogous to the approach taken by countries such as Iran, China and Saudi Arabia are not justified."

"All the Government is now seeking to do is to examine how technology can assist in filtering internationally-hosted content.",28348,24833959-5014239,00.html

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