Record industry talks Irish ISP into blocking P2P sites

23 02 2009


ISPs in Ireland are being asked by the Irish Record Music Association (IRMA) to begin blocking access to filesharing sites, and at least one is already going along with the request. Ireland’s largest ISP, Eircom, has entered into an agreement with IRMA, saying that it will begin blocking access to sites that allow users to swap files and that it will not oppose any court action mandating that such action must be taken.

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New Zealand P2P disconnection plan delayed after outcry

23 02 2009


As an Internet blackout hit blogs across New Zealand today, the government announced that it would postpone the implementation of its hugely controversial “graduated response” law for dealing with (and eventually disconnecting) repeat P2P copyright infringers.

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Pirate Bay: survey says that 80% of our torrents are legal

20 02 2009


Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi took the stand today in Sweden as The Pirate Bay’s trial entered its fifth day, and he made a startling claim: in his own survey, 80 percent of the torrents on the site pointed to material that was legal to share online.

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Pirate Bay: we don’t know nothin’ about org charts, contracts

19 02 2009

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Whatever the truth about The Pirate Bay, its administrators certainly put on a convincing show of not being particularly astute businessmen—the sort of people who don’t read the contracts they sign, don’t proof the speeches they read, and don’t actually care much for the law.

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Pirate Bay floats safe harbor claim, owns Big Content on PR

18 02 2009


The Pirate Bay trial rolls on into its third day, finally getting into the meatier legal arguments that we haven’t seen in the opening statements. At issue, once all the damage claims and talk of piratical booty is stripped aside, is whether the Bay has anchored its ship in a “safe harbor.” That is, does it have liability for what its users do? And, if so, how does it differ from the other, not-being-prosecuted-by-the-Swedish-government user-generate content sites on the Web?

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WIPO: Jackass.com owner a real jackass, but can keep domain

18 02 2009

The World Intellectual Property Organization has the thankless job of overseeing Internet domain name disputes, but few can have been as surreal as the just-concluded case brought by US media giant Viacom. The company sought control of jackass.com from a “serial cyber-squatter” based in the Virgin Islands who was (and is) using the domain to show pay-per-click ads. When hauled before WIPO to explain himself, the owner insisted that it had taken six years in order to ready the “website about donkeys” that was actually planned for the domain.

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BBC on the Pirate Bay case

17 02 2009

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Charges dropped—”making available” now focus of Pirate Bay trial

17 02 2009

So far, most of the “spectacle” in the Pirate Bay “spectrial” has come from the pirates—the pirate bus parked outside the court, the activists showing up with Pirate Party megaphones, the tweets from the courtroom. But on day two of the trial, the prosecution dropped a spectacle bomb of its own by dismissing half of the charges.

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Labels want $13 million from Pirate Bay as trial starts

16 02 2009


The Pirate Bay’s “spectrial” got underway in Sweden Monday morning as prosecutors laid out the charges. Appearing before a packed house of bloggers, press, and people dressed as pirates, prosecutor Hakan Roswall made his opening statement, charging The Pirate Bay with aiding in massive copyright infringement and profiting from its actions.

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EU, not content to double music copyrights, now looks to video

16 02 2009

The forces behind the drive to extend Europe’s musical copyrights from 50 to 95 years (i.e., the record labels, Sir Cliff Richard, and at least a few actual, aging session musicians that the law is ostensibly designed to help) won a major victory late last week when the bill was passed out of the powerful Legal Affairs Committee (known as JURI) at the European Parliament. Lost in much discussion about the vote was the fact that the committee wondered aloud whether “a similar copyright extension would benefit the audiovisual world.”.

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