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[News] Fraudulent Copyright Accusations Start Flying

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Musician Called A Copyright Violator On MySpace For Uploading Her Own Music

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| Reader Ken Blake points us to the news that indie musician Emily Bezar had 
| her account flagged as a copyright violator after she tried to upload five or 
| six songs from her own self-produced CD. She's emailed MySpace's support 
| email... and seems to have heard absolutely nothing back weeks later. But, 
| no, overly aggressive copyright enforcement doesn't hurt anyone, right?    



Music Executive Ridiculed at Pirate Bay Trial

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| Laughter filled The Pirate Bay trial here Wednesday when John Kennedy, the
| chief executive of the International Federation of Phonographic Industries,
| testified that people would have purchased every music track they got free
| file sharing.
| Kennedy answered an affirmative "Yes" to Pirate Bay defense attorneys when
| asked whether that was true. Bursting laughter could be heard from the audio
| room beside the courtroom where the trial's sound was being broadcast.


Why Are Book Publishers Making The Same Mistake The Record Labels Made With

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| Back in 2005, we noted that Apple's dominance over the online music space,
| which upset the record labels tremendously, was actually the record labels'
| own fault for demanding DRM. That single demand created massive lock-in and
| network effects that allowed Apple to completely dominate the market. If the
| record labels had, instead, pushed for an open solution, then anyone else
| could have built stores/players to work as well, and it could have minimized
| Apple's ability to control the market. Yes, everyone is now opening up
| (including Apple), but it took a long time, and Apple had already established
| its dominant position.


Is Nicholas Sarkozy One Strike Towards Losing His Internet Connection?

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| The latest is that French President, Nicholas Sarkozy, a big supporter of
| setting up a three strikes law in France, is being accused of violating
| copyright law himself.


British Government Violates Copyright

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| As much as I utterly despise the entire premise of Intellectual Monopoly,
| this is about violating the principles of a Free License, and if it's good
| enough for the British government to violate our civil rights in the name of
| Intellectual Monopoly, then it's good enough for the Free World to protect
| its "property" (in fact Freedom) too…


US presidential candidate is a pirate

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| THE PRESUMED Republican US presidential candidate John McCain favours
| draconian copyright enforcement, except when his own election campaign uses
| other people's music.

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