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[News] USENET and Many Innocent People Comes Under Attack by the MAFIAA

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RIAA triumphs in Usenet copyright case

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| The Recording Industry Association of America has prevailed in its copyright 
| fight against Usenet.com, according to court documents. 
| In a decision that hands the RIAA an overwhelming victory, U.S. District 
| Judge Harold Baer of the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of the 
| music industry on all its main theories: that Usenet.com is guilty of direct, 
| contributory, and vicarious infringement. In addition, and perhaps most 
| important for future cases, Baer said that Usenet.com can't claim protection 
| under the Sony Betamax decision. That ruling says companies can't be held 
| liable for contributory infringement if the device they create is "capable of 
| significant non-infringing uses."        


Innocents accused of net piracy

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| Some 20 net users have come forward claiming they have been wrongly accused 
| of illegally sharing video games. 


Raise costs (for everyone), compromise privacy (for everyone), harass innocent
people, inf ringers find new ways of sharing files anyway (e.g. USB drives).
Real genius there from MAFIAA Incorporated and those who collude with them.


Three Strikes Rejected In Spain

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| It seems like the recording industry's grand plan to get ISPs to be their
| copyright police isn't getting very far. Consumer and legal backlash around
| the world seems to have stopped it cold. The latest is in Spain, where the
| entire concept of a three strikes regime has been taken off the table.


Usenet Community Takes Anti-Piracy Group to Court

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| A Usenet discussion community is taking notorious anti-piracy outfit BREIN to
| court. BREIN, which has taken action against many Usenet and BitTorrent sites
| including Demonoid and Mininova, has declared the activities of FTD illegal.
| Angered by these claims, FTD is now taking BREIN to court to force it to eat
| its words.


A Modest Proposal: Three-Strikes for Print

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| Yesterday the French parliament adopted a proposal to create
| a "three-strikes" system that would kick people off the Internet if they are
| accused of copyright infringement three times.


Pirate Bay Judge Accused Of Conflict In Another Case As Well

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| So now they've turned up another recent case (article in Swedish, here's the
| Google translation), this time involving BMW, where the judge appears to have
| been connected to the lawyers representing BMW as well.


Pirate Bay Judge Accused of Bias, Calls for a Retrial

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| One of the biggest cases in file-sharing history ended last week with The
| Pirate Bay Four sentenced to huge fines and jail time. Today it is revealed
| that far from being impartial, the judge in the case is a member of
| pro-copyright groups - along with Henrik Pontén, Monique Wadsted and Peter
| Danowsky. There are loud calls for a retrial.


Comcast to shut down free Usenet access

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| Comcast is just the latest of the large ISPs to buckle under to MAFIAA
| pressure from the music and movie cartels, but that doesn't mean that they
| deserve to get away with this.


Usenet: Not Dead Yet

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| Over the last few years, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
| and other organizations looking to eliminate the illegal swapping of digital
| media files have attacked the problem through the courts, publicity
| campaigns, and other means.



Comcast, NetZero latest providers to bow to Cuomo's Usenet campaign

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| But in reality, Cuomo's pressure tactics have misfired. They led Time Warner
| Cable to pull the plug on some 100,000 Usenet discussion groups, including
| such hotbeds of illicit content as talk.politics and
| misc.activism.progressive. Verizon Communications deleted such unlawful
| discussion groups as us.military, ny.politics, alt.society.labor-unions, and
| alt.politics.democrats. AT&T and Time Warner Cable have taken similar steps.


Verizon offers details of Usenet deletion: alt.* groups, others gone

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| Cuomo claimed that his office found child porn on 88 newsgroups--out of
| roughly 100,000 newsgroups that exist. In a press release, he took credit for
| the companies' blunderbuss-style newsgroup removal by saying: "We are
| attacking this problem by working with Internet service providers...I commend
| the companies that have stepped up today to embrace a new standard of
| responsibility, which should serve as a model for the entire industry."
| [...]
| What this means in practice is that, thanks to the New York state attorney
| general, Verizon customers will lose out on innocent discussions. Verizon is
| retaining only eight newsgroup hierarchies, even though over 1,000
| hierarchies exist.


Usenet Villified In NY Deal With ISPs

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| Time Warner Cable will turn off all newsgroup access, while Sprint plans to
| cut access to the whole alt.* segment. Verizon may follow Sprint's example.
| Blocking all newsgroups does appear to be a broad approach to a problem
| involving a minority of such groups. As with the Internet in general, not
| everything in Usenet poses a threat. But no one wants to be tainted with even
| a suggestion of being soft on child porn, hence the rush to apply censorship
| with a sweeping axe rather than a skillfully-wielded scalpel.

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