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[News] The MAFIAA Meets Opposition in ISPs

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Some ISPs Push Back On RIAA Plan

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| At the same time, it appears that Verizon is one large ISP refusing to 
| cooperate. This is not really that surprising, given that Verizon was really 
| the only major ISP to stand up to the RIAA's original campaign of demanding 
| the identity associated with IP addresses without first filing a lawsuit (the 
| end result of which was the RIAA's filing large lawsuits against 
| multiple "john and jane does" in order to get the names). Verizon has also 
| pushed back in the past when other big ISPs like AT&T seemed willing to act 
| as copyright cops for the RIAA.       


Singers should move away from these thugs. They are nothing but abuse and


Internet Filtering Appearing On Various Wishlists For Obama

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| It's tough to get that worked up about the various "wishlists" being sent by
| different interest groups to President-elect Obama. After all, you'd expect
| the groups to basically push for their entire agenda, and there's no
| indication that an Obama administration will agree to any of these -- but
| it's still worth watching. For example, the MPAA's wishlist includes plenty
| of forced filtering and a "three strikes" policy that Europe recently
| rejected as taking away basic human rights (there's that MPAA spirit!).


RIAA targets transplant patient Ciara Sauro

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| Nineteen-year-old Ciara Sauro has pancreatitis and because she needs an islet
| cell transplant, she’s hospitalized every week, a situation resulting in a
| huge accumulation of medical bills.
| Now, “Because she didn’t defend herself against a copyright lawsuit, a
| federal judge in Pittsburgh ruled she’s a music pirate, and that could cost
| the Sauros almost $8,000 in fines,” says Pittsburg news channel WTAE.com.
| “I already have severe depression,” the story has her saying. “I mean, it’s
| so hard to sit there and think that I have to get in trouble for something
| that I didn’t do. It’s not fair.”


Harvard professor challenges RIAA anti-piracy campaign

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| A Harvard law professor has opened a new front in the battle between the
| Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and alleged music pirates by
| challenging the constitutionality of a statute being used by the industry
| group to bring lawsuits against alleged copyright violators.


750,000 lost jobs? The dodgy digits behind the war on piracy

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| First, the estimate of 750,000 jobs lost. (Is that supposed to be per year? A
| cumulative total over some undefined span? Those who cite the figure seldom
| say.) Customs is most often given as the source for this, and indeed, you can
| find press releases from as recently as 2002 giving that figure as a U.S.
| Customs and Border Patrol estimate. Eureka! But when we contacted CBP to
| determine how they had arrived at that imposing figure, we were informed that
| it was, in essence, a goof. The figure, Customs assured us, came from
| somewhere else, and was mistakenly described as the agency's own. This should
| come as no great surprise: CBP is an enforcement agency, whereas calculating
| the total loss of jobs from IP infringement would require some terrifyingly
| complex counterfactual modeling by trained economists. Similar claims have
| appeared in Customs releases dating back at least to 1993, but a CBP
| spokesperson assured us that the agency has never been in the business of
| developing such estimates in-house.


Music stars unite to seek control

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| UK pop and rock stars are taking action to try to gain ownership and control
| of their work from record labels.

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