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[News] Dutch Authorities Fight Lies from MAFIAA Lawyers

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Dutch government study: net effect of P2P use is positive

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| The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs commissioned a study by research 
| company TNO about how much Dutch Internet users download music, movies, and 
| games, and what the social and economic effects of this downloading are. This 
| resulted in a nearly 150-page report (Dutch) with many tables of percentages 
| in it. The report differentiates between paid and unpaid downloads and talks 
| about file sharing, eschewing the word "illegal." In the Netherlands, only 
| uploading copyrighted music and movies is against the law. "Unpaid downloads" 
| include officially licensed promotional content.       


Week in tech policy: "First thing, let's kill all the lawyers" edition

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| Software patents have been a fantastic source of innovation... among patent 
| attorneys. Their value to the software industry as a whole is rather more 
| dubious. But are they even legitimate? The Supreme Court hasn't directly 
| addressed the question in decades, but in a thorough analysis for Ars, Tim 
| Lee finds reason to think they're the legal equivalent of vaporware.    



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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