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[News] The MAFIAA Takes Control the Internet, Lies to the Public

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RIAA Abandoning Mass Lawsuits In Favor Of Backroom 3 Strikes Policy

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| But, of course, this is the RIAA, so you can rest assured that the details 
| aren't anything to be happy about. In exchange for not filing mass lawsuits, 
| the RIAA has worked out backroom deals with numerous ISPs (brokered by Andrew 
| Cuomo -- who has a history of using baseless threats to get ISPs to censor 
| content they have no legal responsibility to censor). The exact details are a 
| bit sketchy, but it sounds like a variation on the ridiculous three strikes 
| policy that has been (mostly) rejected in Europe as a violation of basic 
| civil rights. Basically, these ISPs will agree to be the RIAA enforcers.       


RIAA Caught Lying About Stopping Lawsuits

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| In other words, the RIAA has been caught lying yet again. Shocking. And, yet, 
| they expect us to "trust them" to come up with a better solution -- one 
| negotiated in backrooms behind closed doors without major stakeholders 
| getting to take part? Forgive us for being skeptical that any such deal will 
| be reasonable. What's really disappointing, though, is to see some major tech 
| publications get taken in by this, insisting that somehow the RIAA really has 
| turned over a new leaf. You would think that reporters covering this space 
| wouldn't be so gullible.       



French Recording Industry Sues SourceForge For Hosting Open Source P2P

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| It would appear that Société civile des Producteurs de Phonogrammes en France
| (SPPF), a group that represents French record labels, is now trying to sue a
| bunch of non-French file sharing applications, as well as SourceForge.


Network Civilization: Peer-to-Peer and the Rise of Green Capitalism

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| Just as the three quarters of oil engineers now agree that Peak Oil is in
| sight within the next decade (after that, oil production can only decline),
| can we also posit that we may have reached a moment of Peak Hierarchy, a
| moment in history in which it is no longer large centralized organizations
| that are most efficient or productive, but rather those that are organized as
| distributed networks and can draw on peer producting communities?

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