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[News] The ACTA Corruption (Hollywood Writes Its Own Laws to Pass) Led to Lawsuit

  • Subject: [News] The ACTA Corruption (Hollywood Writes Its Own Laws to Pass) Led to Lawsuit
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2009 00:50:07 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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EFF and Public Knowledge Reluctantly Drop Lawsuit for Information About ACTA

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| The Obama Administration's decision to support Bush-era concealment policies 
| has forced the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge (PK) 
| to drop their lawsuit about the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement 
| (ACTA).  EFF and PK had been seeking important documents about the secret 
| intellectual property enforcement treaty that has broad implications for 
| global privacy and innovation.     
| Federal judges have very little discretion to overrule Executive Branch 
| decisions to classify information on "national security" grounds, and the 
| Obama Administration has recently informed the court that it intends to 
| defend the classification claims originally made by the Bush Administration.    


BT Heavily Throttling BBC, All Video

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| Significant error in this story: BT's terms of service explicitly say that 
| streaming video will be throttled to 896K on Option 1 (about 1,000 words in) 
| I was therefore wrong to say this was a change that would allow breaking 
| contracts. I relied on another reporters' comments rather than reading the 
| actual BT posting. Thanks to Simon Dux of BT for the facts that showed my 
| error.     



BT Throttling Online Video For Competitive, Not Congestion, Reasons

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| Case in point? BT. The British telco is starting to heavily throttle all
| video -- especially the BBC's online video player. This is the same BT, by
| the way, that just two years ago was saying there was no need to traffic
| shape or break net neutrality, and that it could handle all traffic issues
| with basic upgrades. So what happened? Well, it appears BT didn't like the
| competition from online video providers, so it decided to pretend it needed
| to do this for congestion purposes.

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