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DMCA Week, Part I: How the DMCA Was Born

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| Thirdly, and most importantly, the globalized birth of the DMCA provides a 
| cautionary tale for the future. The currently proposed ACTA 
| (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), is a next-generation treaty that would 
| cover online piracy, among other matters. Its exact contents are under 
| wraps--the public outcry and litigation that have surrounded the measure stem 
| mostly from a leaked memo outlining possible principles for inclusion in the 
| treaty. Proposals include creating or strengthening penalties for those who 
| promote infringement non-commercially, and enhanced ability to seize and 
| destroy infringing media at international borders. Absent the text of a 
| proposed agreement, it's hard to respond in detail to ACTA. But if the 
| genesis of the DMCA teaches us anything, it is that these international 
| agreements deserve close scrutiny. When an agreement is created in opaque, 
| closed-door negotiations, and then presented to the legislature as a fait 
| accompli, it deserves close and skeptical scrutiny.             


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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