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[News] Copyrights Cartel Misleads Diplomats to Fight Web

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Lawmakers Clueless About BitTorrent and P2P

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| The entertainment industry managed to convince the French government to draft 
| a law that will make it possible to disconnect people from the Internet, if 
| they receive more than two copyright infringement warnings. Sadly, most of 
| the politicians who plan to sign the law into action have no clue what 
| they’re dealing with.    



Kiwi ISP Already Disconnecting Alleged Pirates

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| Following a breakdown in talks it’s been revealed that one ISP has already
| implemented a version of it, and may have already threatened innocent
| customers after allegations from copyright holders.


Court Asked To Declare Copyright Royalty Board Unconstitutional

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| It’s not often that Metallica, Dr. Dre, and Peter, Paul & Mary are brought up
| during oral argument, but such was the case today when the U.S. Court of
| Appeals for the D.C. Circuit delved into Internet radio royalty fees.


Extending Copyright Law Is Like Banning Wikipedia

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| Richard Smith has an interesting post discussing James Boyle's excellent
| book, The Public Domain, which we've been discussing as well. In his post,
| though, Smith makes a really good point, comparing the extension of copyright
| to the banning of Wikipedia.


ISOHunt search site lawsuit could make Google, Yahoo, others illegal

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| The owner of the ISOHunt search engine website (used specifically to find
| Bittorents submitted by users) is fighting the Canadian Recording Industry
| Association (CRIA) in court against claims that his site pirates music. The
| company's president, Gary Fung, wants Canada's Supreme Court to rule on the
| legality of search engines being used to identify material which may
| ultimately be used illegally to determine if they, too, are culpable.


Scoop: NZ Linux Community reject copyright law

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| New Zealand Linux Industry and Community reject guilt on accusation copyright
| laws Press release by LinuxChix NZ, Waikato Linux Users' Group and Wellington
| Linux Users' Group 11-March-2009
| A new threat has emerged against Linux and other Open Source Software: New
| Zealand's new, ill-conceived copyright laws that pave the way for users to be
| disconnected on accusation of copyright infringement.


New Zealand copyright protest blockades parliament

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| The fight over the controversial amendments to New Zealand's copyright law is
| heating up.
| Thursday at noon, some 120 protesters descended upon the parliament in the
| capital, Wellington, and handed over an e-petition against the amendments
| with over 12,000 signatories, and a traditional one with 148 names, to the
| United Future party leader Peter Dunne.


New Zealand Goes Black

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| The previous government in New Zealand enacted an amendment to the Copyright
| Act that required ISPs to have a policy to disconnect users after repeated
| accusations of infringement, over the objections of technologists.

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