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[News] MAFIAA Attacks the Net, Loses in Germany, Finds Lackeys in NYT

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TorrentSpy restarts fight against MPAA

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| A YEAR after it was ordered to pay the MPAA more than $100 million for 
| assisting pirating, TorrentSpy is launching an appeal. 


It's Official: No Three Strikes In Germany (Update)

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| Some European countries have been moving towards a so-called three strikes 
| model to disconnect repeat P2P infringers from the Internet, but Germany's 
| not having it. The German Department of Justice recently met up with leading 
| ISPs for a confidential consultation to discuss the music industry's new 
| favored strategy against piracy.    


NY Times Buys Bogus Movie Industry Complaints About Piracy

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| The NY Times is running an article entitled "Digital Pirates Winning Battle 
| With Studios." From the title, it's pretty obvious what it's about -- but the 
| article seems to take a lot of talking points from the movie studios. It's 
| not hard to figure out the main source of the article: NBC Universal's Rick 
| Cotton is quoted throughout. Cotton is a lawyer who has proven time and time 
| again that he's a bit clueless when it comes to business. It's unclear why 
| NBC keeps having him comment publicly about business issues. Every time he 
| does, it just gives people more reason to realize how poorly NBC Universal is 
| managed.         



Irish ISP Eircom in 'three strike' filesharer crackdown

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| Eircom had argued it was under no obligation to monitor the content of
| traffic over its network.
| The music labels originally wanted the court to order Eircom to install
| software from a US firm to detect copyrighted music files sent over its
| network. The ISP objected, saying the software could breach its customer's
| privacy.
| Instead, Eircom settled for the increasingly-familiar
| three-strikes "graduated response" program. The first time a subscriber's IP
| is detected infringing copyright, a warning is sent out. The second time, the
| subscriber is cautioned that they will be disconnected. Number three is the
| big disconnect.


ISP Capitulates to IFPI, Agrees to Disconnect Pirates

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| Up until today, the ‘Big Four’ record labels were taking legal action against
| Ireland’s biggest ISP, Eircom, in order to force it to employ filtering
| technology to stop online pirates. The case has been aborted as Eircom, at
| the behest of the music industry, has agreed to start disconnecting those
| accused of illicit file-sharing.


ISPs Ready to Assist the RIAA?

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| There's also the question of what kind of impact these actions will have on
| AT&T and Comcast. If they are the only ISPs sticking their necks out, then
| they may see their customer base flock to other providers who won't work with
| the RIAA.


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.


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.


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.

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