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[News] Legalised Bribery Behind RIAAization of British ISPs

  • Subject: [News] Legalised Bribery Behind RIAAization of British ISPs
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 01:26:39 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
ISPs demand record biz pays up if cut-off P2P users sue

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| ISPs are calling on the record industry to put its money where its mouth is 
| on illegal file-sharing, by underwriting the cost of lawsuits brought by 
| people who are wrongly accused of downloading or uploading music.  
| [...]
| It's the latest public detail from long-running private negotiations that 
| have hit mainstream media headlines today. The lobbying campaign to have 
|                                                ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| government force ISPs to disconnect persistent illegal file-sharers scored a 
| victory with a leak to The Times. The draft government document says: "We 
| will move to legislate to require internet service providers to take action 
| on illegal file-sharing."     



Illegal downloaders 'face UK ban'

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| The Internet Service Providers Association said data protection laws would 
| prevent providers from looking at the content of information sent over their 
| networks.  




Lessig: Required Reading: the next 10 years

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| Yet governments continue to push ahead with this idiot idea -- both Britain
| and Japan for example are considering extending existing terms. Why?
| The answer is a kind of corruption of the political process. Or better,
| a "corruption" of the political process. I don't mean corruption in the
| simple sense of bribery. I mean "corruption" in the sense that the
| system is so queered by the influence of money that it can't even get
| an issue as simple and clear as term extension right.


RIAA, MPAA urge pro-copyright vows from presidential candidates

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| One question, for instance, asks: "How would you promote the progress of 
| science and creativity, as enumerated in the U.S. Constitution, by upholding 
| and strengthening copyright law and preventing its diminishment?"  


Is Sarko Uxorious?

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| What this neglects to take into account is the fact that falling into the 
| public domain is a gain for the public - and hence the actual moment when it 
| becomes part of the "national pop heritage" - and that the gain vastly 
| outweighs any minimal effect it has on ageing rockers' royalties. 
| Unfortunately, with this action, as with others (including the "three strikes 
| and you're out" approach to fighting filesharing), Sarkozy shows himself to 
| be an old man - however young his new wife may be.      


MEPs debate tightening up lobbying rules

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| MEPs on Thursday launched the thorny debate on tightening rules covering the 
| thousands of EU lobbyists in Brussels, with an initial discussion showing 
| deputies in favour of defining the term "lobbyist" as broadly as possible but 
| shying away from the 600-page rulebook that defines and confines lobbyists in 
| the US.    
| [...]
| For his part, Mr Stubb says he is not out to demonise lobbyists, whose 
| activities have come to light recently during the ferocious lobbying on 
| legislation that took place during the development of the chemicals, services 
| and software patent laws.   


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| "A source that deals with the company said unofficially that Gates
| proposed Microsoft's Digital Rights Management technology as a national
| standard to fight piracy at the governmental level."


Leaked letter warns of open source 'threat to eco-system'

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| leaked letter to the European Commission has revealed the extent of
| lobbying by proprietary software groups to prevent the widespread
| adoption of open-source software.
| Sent in response to a recent report on the role of open-source
| software in the European economy, Microsoft-funded pressure group, the 
|                                   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| Initiative for Software Choice (ISC) warned of 
| potentially dire effects if too much encouragement was given
| to open source software development.


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