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[News] Corporations Attack Sharing Through Their Congress Cronies?

  • Subject: [News] Corporations Attack Sharing Through Their Congress Cronies?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Oct 2009 20:21:57 +0100
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Congress Moving Forward On 'P2P' Warning Law

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| This bill is bad news, and it's yet another attempt by 
| the entertainment industry to get Congress to start 
| slapping specific restrictions on any software it 
| doesn't like.


The Tories' hidden authoritarian streak

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| Dominic Grieve's policy paper Reversing the Rise of the 
| Surveillance State is welcome but even though some 
| important principles are expressed, it is difficult not to 
| feel that the Conservatives are just doing enough to 
| distinguish themselves from Labour before the next 
| election.



How Not To 'Save' The Music Industry: Ask The Folks Who Benefited From Old

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| There's a group in the UK called "MusicTank," which is supposed to represent
| something of a "think tank" around the music industry. It was the head of
| MusicTank, back at Midem, who "joked" about how everyone there could solve
| the industry's problems, because all the stakeholders were present, "except
| the consumers, since they can't afford to be here." That should give you an
| idea of one of the main reasons why the industry is in so much trouble. It
| never really considers the folks who actually listen to the music to be a
| serious constituent.


Copyright treaty is classified for 'national security'

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| Last September, the Bush administration defended the unusual secrecy over an
| anti-counterfeiting treaty being negotiated by the U.S. government, which
| some liberal groups worry could criminalize some peer-to-peer file sharing
| that infringes copyrights.
| Now President Obama's White House has tightened the cloak of government
| secrecy still further, saying in a letter this week that a discussion draft
| of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and related materials
| are "classified in the interest of national security pursuant to Executive
| Order 12958."


Open source, P2P and the Pirate Party

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| P2P is the antithesis of the Cloud. The former uses individual computers that
| interact with each other using the Internet merely as a relay infrastructure.
| The latter is a server-centric model where services and data are hosted
| centrally and with which individual computers interact with the servers via
| the Internet.


MPAA Study Links Piracy to Gangs and Terrorists

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| The MPAA funded report report titled âFilm Piracy, Organized Crime, and
| Terrorismâ claims that terrorist groups use film piracy to finance their
| activities, while organized gangs see it as a significant revenue stream.
| Selling pirated goods is a âlow-risk, high-profit enterpriseâ which attracts
| criminals of all sorts according to the report. And, as if that is not bad
| enough, in some areas the influence of these pirating gangs extends into law
| enforcement and political leaders, who are bought, intimidated, or induced to
| create âprotected spacesâ where crime flourishes.


MPAA Study Calls For Piracy Patriot Act

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