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[News] MAFIAA Harms Free Software Again

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Open Source Torrents Forced Offline by Anti-Piracy Outfit

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| The Internet can prove complex to some, especially copyright holders. 
| Recently, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) notified the 
| webhosting company of a BitTorrent tracker dedicated to Open Source Software, 
| that it was infringing copyright of one of their clients. Without any notice, 
| the webhosting company pulled the tracker offline, not realizing that the 
| tracker had done nothing wrong.     


"I’m thinking of hitting the OEMs harder than in the past with anti-Linux. ...
they should do a delicate dance"

                --Joachim Kempin, Microsoft OEM Chief


Handbrake 0.93 released, capitulates on DVD decryption

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| Handbrake, the closest thing to entertainment manna we have, has released the
| newest version of its open-source DVD ripping software, version 0.93. There's
| just one problem: it no longer rips DVDs. At least, not the kind you'd want
| to rip.
| While it has some shiny, new functionality, like the ability to ingest video
| in any format (not merely DVDs) and superior video quality, it rid itself of
| the number-one reason for getting it in the first place:
| DVD decryption.


RIAA to engage with the silver surfers

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| The latest tact has been to throw out a large amount of lawsuits out whenever
| the press starts flagging, or worse yet, questioning their viability. Nothing
| like big numbers and scare tactics to get headlines, especially when most
| media outlets are owned by companies that also own a large record label. The
| synergies are incredible.


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.


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.

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