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[News] MAFIAA Calls User Rights "Disgusting" to Push Intellectual Monopolies

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American Federation of Musicians Demand NDP Apology For Supporting Balanced

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| Yesterday I posted on how security guards outside the Toronto copyright town 
| hall demanded that the Canadian Federation of Students and NDP MP Olivia Chow 
| stop distributing flyers discussing their positions on copyright.  It turns 
| out there is further fallout from the incident.  Chow was distributing a 
| flyer that included NDP MP Charlie Angus' interview with Exclaim! on 
| copyright along with "count on me to speak out against Bill C-61 and 
| anti-circumvention rules. I support stronger fair dealing." The Angus 
| interview includes comments on the need for forward looking laws, the failed 
| DMC, and the need to ways to monetize online activities.        


Recording Industry Lobbyists Says Politicians Worried About User Rights
Are 'Disgusting'?

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| Apparently two Parliament Members, Olivia Chow and Charlie Angus, who have 
| been big supporters of consumers' rights on copyright issues, have been 
| called out by music industry lobbyists for distributing a 'disgusting' flyer. 
| Why? Because that flyer contained an interview with Angus (a former musician 
| in a popular punk band), where he talks about the importance of consumer 
| rights and not following through with a DMCA-style law in Canada. It's hard 
| to read anything in that interview that is "disgusting" -- unless you don't 
| believe consumers have any rights.       


Copyright Town Hall security threatened MP, students with ejection for handing
out flyers

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| At last week's Canadian copyright town hall meeting in Toronto -- the one 
| where the speaker-roster was overwhelming stacked with representatives from 
| giant entertainment conglomerates -- security guards prevented the Canadian 
| Federation of Students from distributing literature by the doors that 
| advocated for more liberal copyright rules.    



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.


Stephen Fry on copyright

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| At an event in London last night, the writer, actor, and gadget fan Stephen
| Fry launched a surprisingly ferocious attack on the music and movie
| industries over the way they have acted to defend their copyright.


Richard Marx (!) attacks RIAA after $1.92M Thomas verdict

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| Jammie Thomas-Rasset was held liable to sharing 24 songs, including one by
| pop crooner Richard Marx. But the lawsuit wasn't done in Marx's nameâthis
| week, he called out the recording industry's "greedy actions."


Moby: The RIAA Needs to be Disbanded

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| The two million dollar fine handed out to Jammie Thomas by a Minnesota jury
| this week hasnât done the music industryâs image much good. While lawyers and
| high level managers at the major labels cracked open the Champagne, artists
| such as Moby and Radiohead shook their heads in shame at what the music world
| has become.


Morrissey tells fans to boycott new box set reissues

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| The former Smiths singer claimed in a statement issued to fan site
| True-to-you.net, which he often communicates through, that he wouldn't
| receive any money from the reissues, released on November 2, and that he was
| not asked for approval for their release.

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