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[News] The Rise and Attempt at Fall (Block) of GNU/Linux Distribution Medium

Pirate Bay hits mainstream

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| But The Pirate Bay still has a way to go to catch the most popular Bit 
| Torrent site on the web, Mininova, which currently ranks 52 on Alexa. 


Cable ISPs block P2P traffic at all hours

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| The BitTorrent traffic was blocked, not managed. In its report, the Max 
| Planck Institute clearly noted, "ISPs may throttle (rate-limit) BitTorrent 
| traffic without blocking it. The results we present here are limited to hosts 
| whose BitTorrent transfers to our servers are blocked, i.e., interrupted by 
| RST [Reset] packets generated by some ISP along the path."    


They mustn't filter based on ports and protocols. That's a sin. If someone
clogs it up with infringement, then they need to handle it separately. What's
next? FTP throttling? HTTP blockin? Those two can have files shared. /Any/
files. That's what the Web does. It moves files, never mind the protocol or


Microsoft Misleads on Copyright Reform

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| The Hill Times this week includes an astonishingly misleading and factually
| incorrect article on Canadian copyright written by Microsoft.  


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?"


TorrentSpy ordered to pay the MPAA $110 million

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| For Dan Glickman, Chairman and CEO of the MPAA, “The demise of Torrentspy is
| a clear victory for the studios and demonstrates that such pirate sites will
| not be allowed to continue to operate without facing relentless litigation by
| copyright holders.”


Beleaguered BitTorrent search engine shuts down

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| TorrentSpy has spent the past two years and hundreds of thousands of 
| dollars "defending the rights of our users and ourselves" in a legal climate 
| that was "hostile" to torrent files, according to the note, which is 
| attributed to the TorrentSpy team.    



Comcast Isn’t Net Neutral; Are They Liars, Too?

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| Following reports that Comcast isn’t net neutral, Consumerist blog has 
| acquired several leaks from Comcast insiders, claiming that they do indeed 
| use Sandvine for packet shaping, and that customer service representatives 
| are being told nothing about how the network technology works,   


Comcast, Microsoft team up to serve smaller firms

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| Microsoft's move to offer the online software suite appears designed to 
| compete with a similar offering from rival Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, 
| Profile, Research) known as Google Apps.  


BitTorrent Admin Monitored by US Government, Forced to Dump Linux

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| Sk0t, an ex-administrator of the EliteTorrents BitTorrent tracker is to have 
| his internet connection forcibly monitored by the US Government. If that 
| wasn’t bad enough, the monitoring software is Windows based - which means he 
| is being forced to ditch Linux - or face being barred from the internet.   


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