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[News] 'Pirates' from the Police Department 'Steal' from Poor Artists, Says MAFIAA

  • Subject: [News] 'Pirates' from the Police Department 'Steal' from Poor Artists, Says MAFIAA
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 13:21:04 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Police banned from listening to the radio

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| POLICE officers in Hampshire have been banned from listening to the radio in 
| their offices because theyâre breaking the law. 
| [...]
| Dep Chief Con Cole broke the news to staff in an email after other forces, in 
| particular Wiltshire, were approached by the Performing Right Society who  
| demand a âsubstantialâ licence fee for public broadcasts. 


Since When Is Sharing So Bad?

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| Jerry Leichter writes "We're all taught to share as kids, and sharing is a 
| fundamental aspect of human societies. But sharing is also "anti-market" - at 
| least as many sellers see it. I have something - a piece of music, a 
| lawnmower - that you need. If I share with you, we both come out ahead - but 
| if instead you buy one for yourself, the seller and manufacturer comes out 
| ahead..."     


Myth Debunking: Fans Just Want Everything For Free

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| This is a myth. It's a popular myth, and I'm quite sure that Sheffner and 
| lots of folks on both sides of the debate think its entirely accurate. But 
| it's a myth. The nature of a good economic transaction is one in which both 
| parties are better off after the exchange. That means the people "paying" 
| don't mind paying. They're happy to pay because they believe that what they 
| have received is better than the cost it took to acquire it. But basic 
| economics plays into the situation here: if the same thing can be made 
| available by others in a better way, it's only natural for people to ask why 
| they should have to pay.         



Yorkshire cops accused of copyright theft

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| Police in West Yorkshire are facing High Court accusations they illegally
| cribbed and sold copyright data from a commercial mobile phone forensics
| application.
| Kent-based Forensic Telecommunications Services (FTS) is demanding up to
| Â50,000 from the force for allegedly using material from its software, Hex.
| The package helps investigators examine mobile phones without a SIM card,
| allowing them to recover call registeries and deleted texts, as well as
| identify SIM cards that have been used in the device.



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) tooâ


K government stole website theme

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| NUMBER 10, the UK Prime Minister's website, is apparently built using a
| design it nicked.


Number 10 and the Creative Commons

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| I can only assume that Number 10 have requested, and received, permission of
| the author to remove all traces of this license and attribution from their
| Wordpress site. I have left a âcontact us messageâ at the authorâs website to
| see if this is the caseâ
| [Update] Anthony Baggett, the themeâs author, has just confirmed that No 10
| have not requested that the attribution be removed. Thatâs not playing fair
| by my book.


More on Number 10âs website fiasco

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| The original stylesheet4 is 612 lines in length and is 9234 bytes in size
| (9KB).
| The modified stylesheet5 is 3826 lines long and weighs in at a frankly
| astonishing 63724 bytes (63KB)!
| [...]
| âIfâ the developers have modified the Wordpress engine, as is being suggested
| as a possibility here, and then sold it to the Government, in my humble
| understanding that means they have distributed their modifications. That
| means those modifications must also be licensed under the GPL. I had a quick
| look on New Media Mazeâs web site and couldnât find an area for software
| downloads or mention of the GPL. That doesnât say anything to be honest and
| there might be nothing to this, but it would be interesting to find out a bit
| moreâ Is there a real Wordpress guru who can look at the âfootprintâ of the
| XHTML the site generates and tell if it is different? Or are there any other
| ways to tell if it has been modified?
| Anyway, what a wheez this all is for us bloggers: It just isnât Gordonâs year
| is itâ


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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