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[News] The Union of Big Media Companies Still Assaults the Internet

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Music and film industries to decide who gets broadband

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| THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, which used to cover the world red, has decided to 
| outsource decisions about who can get broadband to the music and film 
| cartels.  


Anger at UK file-sharing policy


Mininova Ordered to Remove All âInfringingâ Torrents

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| Mininova has lost its civil dispute with Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN. The 
| judge ruled that Mininova is not directly responsible for any copyright 
| infringement, but ordered it to remove all torrents linking to copyrighted 
| material within three months, or face a penalty of up to 5 million euros.   


To Buy Or To Pirate? Get A Clue RIAA!

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| Although the RIAA suggests outrageous losses due to digital pirates, other 
| research has pointed out that piracy has an insignificant effect on CD sales. 
| From the musicians perspective, it takes the sale of about 500,000 CDâs for 
| most artists to break even. By making their music available for free, some 
| musicians believe it is beneficial. Once a listener has heard and appreciated 
| the artistâs music, he may be more willing to buy future work. However, 
| consumers who consider music piracy to negatively affect musicians and music 
| companies in terms of profit will be less likely to engage in music piracy.       


Ending the War on Sharing

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| The purpose of copyright â on musical recordings, or anything else â is 
| simple: to encourage writing and art. That's a desirable goal, but there are 
| limits to what it can justify. Stopping people from sharing noncommercially 
| is just too much. If we wish to promote music in the age of computer 
| networks, we must choose methods that fit in with what we want to do with 
| music, and that includes sharing.     


Pirate Bay suitor gets backing for buy

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| Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) shareholders have unanimously given the thumbs 
| up to the firm's plans to buy The Pirate Bay. 


Let the Music Play

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| Earlier this year, a number of our users complained about their experience on 
| the receiving end of a DMCA complaint. Much commentary at the time focused on  
| claims that we were removing blog posts at the behest of music labels, that 
| we were not notifying users, and that we weren't providing users with any  
| recourse if they were linking to the music with permission.   
| [...]
| We realize this birthday present isn't for everyoneâwe'd hope most of you 
| never receive a complaint. But music bloggers are a large segment of our 
| usersâand we know that for those who've received one or more DMCA complaints 
| in the past, this may have been a frustrating experience. Please take care to 
| remove the offending content once notified of the complaintâonce you do, you 
| can republish the original post so your audience will continue to have access 
| to the other content contained in the post.      



Seven Crimes That Will Get You a Smaller Fine than File-Sharing

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| 1. Child abduction: the fine is only like $25000.
| 2. Stealing the actual CD: the fine is $2,500
| 3. Rob your neighbor: the fine is $375,000
| 4. Burn a house down: The fine is just over $375,000
| 5. Stalk someone: The fine is $175,000
| 6. Start a dogfighting ring: the fine is $50,000
| 7. Murder someone: The maximum penalty is only $25,000 and 15 years in jail,
| and depending on your yearly salary, would probably be far slighter a penalty
| that $2 million.

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