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[News] War on MAFIAA Continues, Lessig Appears at Charlie Rose Show

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U of Tennessee blocked P2P sites before RIAA law

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| Truth be told, the state of Tennessee didn't need a lot of prodding from the 
| recording industry to pass a law that requires universities and colleges to 
| filter for unauthorized music downloads.  


me@charlie rose


Days ago:

RIAA Sued For Racketeering Yet Again

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| A few people have filed lawsuits against the RIAA for racketeering in the
| past, though these charges have always been dismissed. In one such case,
| where the filed charges were dismissed over the summer, new claims were filed
| again charging the RIAA with racketeering for extortion, mail fraud and wire
| fraud in its ongoing efforts involving weakly supported threats against
| alleged file sharers demanding money to avoid being sued.


YouTube is Big Fun And Useful

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| Of all of the so-called "innovations" of high tech, I think YouTube deserves
| to be in the Top 10. Some folks, like the MAFIAA, see it only as a den of
| thieves, stealing the bread from their children's mouths. But to me it's a
| fantastic showcase for anyone with minimal tools-- a computer, a camera, a
| bit of editing software-- to create and share. Naturally the MAFIAA and their
| ilk can't stand the idea of not profiting from other people's work, but I
| think it's great stuff. I love the mis-heard lyric music videos, like Crazy
| Indian Video... Buffalaxed! and Have You Ever Seen Lorraine?. How else could
| you do something like that-- with puppets? Video tape? Super 8 movies? It's
| the modern version of "hey gang, let's put on a show!"



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.


MPs join fight to save McKinnon from US prison

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| MPs are being asked to support accused Pentagon hacker via a motion demanding
| he serves any jail time he might eventually receive in the UK, even if his
| long-running campaign to avoid extradition and trail in the US fails.


MPAA slams EFF on RealDVD

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| On Monday, the Motion Picture Association of America responded in an open
| letter to the EFF titled: "Hollywood isn't Living in the Past, EFF Shouldn't
| Either." In the letter provided to CNET News, the MPAA calls EFF's
| claims "disingenuous and wrongheaded." The MPAA says RealDVD, which enables
| users to copy the contents on a DVD and save the digital file on a hard
| drive, is a pirate tool.


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.


Judge halts sales of RealDVD

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| Representatives from the MPAA and RealNetworks could not be reached Sunday.


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.


British Government Violates Copyright

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| As much as I utterly despise the entire premise of Intellectual Monopoly,
| this is about violating the principles of a Free License, and if it's good
| enough for the British government to violate our civil rights in the name of
| Intellectual Monopoly, then it's good enough for the Free World to protect
| its "property" (in fact Freedom) too…


UK government stole website theme

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| NUMBER 10, the UK Prime Minister's website, is apparently built using a
| design it nicked.


US presidential candidate is a pirate

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| THE PRESUMED Republican US presidential candidate John McCain favours
| draconian copyright enforcement, except when his own election campaign uses
| other people's music.

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