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[News] UK Government Slammed for MAFIAAism, Former MAFIAA Gangster Admits Lies

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Software body slams uk.gov's 'special treatment' of music biz

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| The Government's Digital Britain plan is a failure that gives favourable 
| treatment to the music business and props up failed business models, a 
| software trade body has said.  
| The Federation Against Software Theft and Investors in Software (FAST IiS), 
| which promotes the legitimate use of software, has launched a stinging attack 
| on the Digital Britain report and on the way the music industry has 
| approached the threat of digital piracy.   


Former EMI Boss: Fight Against Illicit P2P is “Useless”

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| No longer working for EMI, in an interview with Joakim from Norway’s 
| Dagbladet, Johansen - unrestrained from the shackles of a forced corporate 
| line - speaks freely, noting that while he took a salary from EMI he felt 
| obliged to defend their stance.   
| He now believes the music industry’s fight against piracy has been useless 
| and says he disagrees with the assertion that illicit file-sharing is the 
| same as theft. Referring to an earlier EMI anti-piracy initiative, Johansen 
| noted, “The message of that campaign is that there is a reason why we have 
| copyright, and I agree.”    



ACTA Proposal Would Criminalize Substantial Non-Commercial Infringement

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| With various governments still insisting that ACTA negotiations must be done
| in near total secrecy, various folks are working hard to at least shine some
| sunlight on the details. Michael Geist discusses what he's been able to piece
| through, and it's not pretty. The only good news is that everything is still
| in the early stages, and there's some disagreement among the participating
| trade reps concerning how certain things should work. However, that's about
| the only good news.


88% of YouTube is New and Original Content, Professor Says

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| If you can watch it without dropping your litigation against YouTube, Viacom,
| you need to see a doctor right away. Seriously. I hope YouTube lawyers play
| it for the judge if you insist on going to trial.
| Watch the part about the song that ended up being professionally released. It
| made the company some money. Cluestick: there is more than one business
| model, for those who can get with the new. Sooner or later, your shareholders
| will be furious with you if you don't course-correct and modernize. Yes. They
| will. Eventually, your shareholders will be YouTubers, you know. And you'll
| be what media used to be.

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