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[News] Copyright Cartel Forced to Adapt to Internet Evolution

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EU President calls for intellectual property rights rethink

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| Pottering told an audience at the Conference Centre here in Hannover that 
| companies should allocate serious thought to the development of new business 
| models to face the changing economic cirumstances.  


If Piracy Is Destroying The Movie Business, Why Is The Box Office Surging?

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| Odd, then, that this weekend the NY Times (without ever referring back to 
| that article from less than a month ago) is noting that attendance at movie 
| theaters is way up since the beginning of 2009. And, no, it's not just that 
| tickets cost more (though, they do), but in real numbers more people are 
| going to the theaters. The article suggests that it's because of the 
| recession. More people want to "escape" from reality and not have to think 
| for a few hours, and a movie theater is a cheaper way to do that than many 
| other options.        



Telcos want delay in law on net piracy

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| New Zealand telcos want to delay the introduction of new copyright laws to
| police internet privacy by up to two months while they iron
| out "controversial issues".
| Section 92A of the Copyright Act requires internet service providers to act
| against their customers on copyright owners' allegations of illegal music and
| movie downloads from the internet.


UK Government To Force ISPs To Become Copyright Cops

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| Like other industry trade groups around the world, the British Phonographic
| Industry, that country's RIAA equivalent, has been pushing for British ISPs
| to become its copyright cops, something a number of ISPs have refused to do.
| After some threatening noises from British politicians, some ISPs relented,
| and now, the government is set go all the way by forcing the ISPs to play
| ball.


Internet Censors Must Be Accountable For The Things They Break

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| Censorship technologies are purveyed as a way to protect us from the evils of
| child abuse. But they're costly systems that are unlikely to actually protect
| anyone or prevent any child abuse — they're more likely to interfere with the
| way the Internet works and hamper innovation by online communities.


Labor plan to censor internet in shreds

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| The Government's plan to censor the internet is in tatters, with Australia's
| largest ISP saying it will not take part in live trials of the system and the
| second largest committing only to a scaled-back trial.
| And the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has written to critics
| saying that the so-called "live" trials would be "a closed network test and
| will not involve actual customers". Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said this was
| a sign the Government was slowly backing away from the heavily criticised
| policy.


Internet Filtering Appearing On Various Wishlists For Obama

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| It's tough to get that worked up about the various "wishlists" being sent by
| different interest groups to President-elect Obama. After all, you'd expect
| the groups to basically push for their entire agenda, and there's no
| indication that an Obama administration will agree to any of these -- but
| it's still worth watching. For example, the MPAA's wishlist includes plenty
| of forced filtering and a "three strikes" policy that Europe recently
| rejected as taking away basic human rights (there's that MPAA spirit!).

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