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[News] Google Liberates Knowledge, MAFIAA Attacks Startups

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A picture of a thousand words?

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| A scanner is a wonderful tool. Every day, people all over the world post 
| scanned documents online -- everything from official government reports to 
| obscure academic papers. These files usually contain images of text, rather 
| than the text themselves.But all of these documents have one thing in common: 
| someone somewhere thought they were they were valuable enough to share with 
| the world.     


Why Universal Wants To Kill Redbox: It's Launching Its Own DVD Kiosks

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| It did seem a little odd that Universal Studios was trying to bully Redbox 
| into an agreement that would kill off the DVD vending machine company. After 
| all, having Redbox out there renting some movies (which it paid for) 
| certainly seems better than it not even being an option.   



How Major Labels Try To Overwhelm Startups

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| I want to give everyone an inside look at some of the tactics that EMI is
| employing in their legal assault to try and put MP3tunes out of business.
| Casual readers might think this case is about piracy or file sharing, but
| it's not. (People don't use our password-protected Lockers to share files -
| it's too restrictive. There are much easier ways.)
| To pound a tech startup into submission the major record labels try to bury
| them with legal threats, pressure their partners and impose massive document
| requests. These actions are disguised as "legally permitted discovery", but
| the goal is to force the company to spend time and money to disrupt their
| business and maybe even destroy them.


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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