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[News] Despite Pressure from MI5, Intellectual Monopolies Earn Right to UK Internet

  • Subject: [News] Despite Pressure from MI5, Intellectual Monopolies Earn Right to UK Internet
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 10:27:58 +0000
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MI5 comes out against cutting off internet pirates

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| A source involved in drafting the Bill said 
| that the intelligence agencies, MI5 and MI6, 
| had also voiced concerns about 
| disconnection. âThe spooks hate it,â the 
| source said. âThey think it is only going to 
| make monitoring more difficult.â


Net pirates to be 'disconnected'

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| He confirmed that it would become government 
| policy, following months of speculation. 


Mandelson gives go ahead to âthree strikesâ

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| Listening to Lord Mandelson today at C&binet 
| was very unpleasant.
| Mandelson announced one substantial policy: 
| a âclampdownâ on detectable file sharing.
| Even MI5 disagree with him â they are 
| convinced we will see a rise of a âDark Netâ 
| of infringers.


ABA Asks Department of Justice to Investigate Bestseller Price Wars

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| The Board of Directors of the American 
| Booksellers Association today sent the 
| following letter to the U.S. Department of 
| Justice requesting that it investigate 
| practices by Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, and 
| Target that it believes constitute illegal 
| predatory pricing that is damaging to the 
| book industry and harmful to consumers.


An Olympic city's delicate fight against ambush marketing

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| That is what Vancouver has found out in 
| recent weeks as it navigates the minefield 
| between providing protection from ambush 
| marketing by businesses that are not 
| Olympics sponsors and guaranteeing the right 
| to freedom of expression.


Olympics Trademark Law Insanity: Officials Can Enter Homes, Issue $10,000 Fines


Medical Researchers Resort To File Sharing To Get Access To Journal Research

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| When you hear about file sharing and 
| unauthorized access to information online, 
| the view pushed by many copyright 
| maximalists is that it's just a bunch of 
| morally corrupt kids who don't want to pay 
| for stuff gleefully "stealing" music and 
| movies from those hard working entertainment 
| industry employees. Of course, the real 
| picture is a lot more complex. For example, 
| apparently there's a growing community of 
| medical researchers using file sharing to 
| exchange information and research reports 
| that they have trouble accessing otherwise.


âExplosiveâ UK singles music market

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| It used to be when someone bought an album, 
| they expected to perhaps get two or three 
| decent songs out of it. The rest would be 
| garbage.
| The arrival of the net fixed that. Today, 
| people can, and do, access single tracks, 
| completely by-passing corporate filler 
| dross.
| Now, the Guardian has Martin Talbot, 
| managing director of the Official Charts 
| Company, saying, âThe explosion in the 
| singles market has been nothing short of 
| astonishing this yearâ.
| Some 117 million singles have already been 
| sold so far in 2009, surpassing the previous 
| record of 115.1 million set in 2008, says 
| the story, noting:
| âThe total has been reached with 10 weeks of 
| trading, including the vital Christmas 
| period, still to run this year, which also 
| marks the 60th anniversary of the single.â
| And the trend looks likely to continue, says 
| Talbot.


Prosecutors Take P2P Dev To The Supreme Court

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| Kaneko is the creator of the anonymous P2P 
| software, Winny, and prosecutors tried to 
| hold him responsible for the infringements 
| of others who used it, saying that he was 
| aware that his program would be put to 
| illicit uses.



Parliamentary Comms Group Says âNoâ to UK 3-Strikes

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| An increasing death-knell is sounding for Lord
| Mandelsonâs proposals for 3-strikes Internet
| disconnections. The latest blow comes from the All Party
| Parliamentary Communications Group. After a consultation
| earlier this year, they have now published their
| response, and itâs not one favorable to âDarth Mandyâ
| and his plans.


U.K. Minister Defends Internet Suspension In MPAA Speech

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| Meanwhile, a joint statement from the Featured Artists Coalition, the British
| Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and the Music Producers
| Guild also condemns the plan.


Lammy appeals to film and music industries to help tackle online piracy

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| Lammy cites apparent inconsistencies in copyright law, citing the example of
| a CD owner who wants a copy on his MP3 player. "Is he breaking the rules or
| just refusing to be ripped off?"
| "Something isn't right with copyright. Not just in the UK but as a whole. And
| I want to do something about that," he says.


An open letter to Lord Mandelson

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| Your proposal is wrong for purely economic reasons. It is wrong because it
| will stifle a major opportunity for economic growth right at the point where
| we need it most. And it is wrong because as a government your role is not to
| legislate to protect business models but to regulate in a way that balances
| the risks of damage in one sector against the potential for encouraging new
| sectors to develop.


Creative industries and consumersâ rights

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| We hope that the Government will consider genuinely consumersâ rights in its
| endeavours to protect the creative industries.


Good Thoughts on Naughty Lord Mandelson


The Right to Science and Culture


Peter Mandelson Defends His Sudden Conversion To Kicking People Off The

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| You do realize that a UK-based music organization (PRS) recently released a
| report noting that the music industry in the UK is actually growing? Right?
| These are the sort of facts the Secretary of Business knows, right? And if
| the industry is growing, despite complaining about file sharing, isn't it
| possible that the real issue is just focusing on business model improvement,
| rather than the hand of gov't stepping in and slapping people around?


BSA Jumps Onto The Three Strikes Bandwagon

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| More troubling, however, is that when questioned about the new statement by
| Ars Technica, the BSA said it was necessary because "last year our industry
| lost over $50 billion (USD) worldwide." Hmm. It's really quite troubling that
| the BSA still stands by these numbers when they've been debunked so
| thoroughly over and over again. They count the "retail value" of every piece
| of software as being "lost," which is clearly a lie. Five years ago, the
| research company that runs these studies for the BSA, IDG, flat out said that
| the BSA was wrong in claiming that "the retail value" of the software is the
| same as "losses." So why does the BSA continue to get away with claiming it?


UK "Three Strikes": Please Write to Your MP

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| Yesterday I wrote a quick analysis of the insane U-turn effected by the UK
| government over "three strikes and you're out". Below I've posted the
| corresponding letter that I've sent to my MP on the subject.


Fon and Games with "Three Strikes"

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| Suppose, now, that people use some of those million hotspots to download
| copyright material: how easy is it going to be (a) establishing exactly who
| downloaded it and (b) cutting off that person?
| Gives a new meaning to the term "hotspot"...


Lord Mandelson pays off his Â750,000 mortgage within a year

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| The mystery of how Lord Mandelson managed to afford a Â2.4 million town house
| in Regent's Park took a new twist this week with his claim in a newspaper
| interview that he did not possess a mortgage on the property.


38 Degrees backs campaign against âDigital Dictatorâ Mandelson

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| Online campaigners 38 Degrees have launched an attack on Mandelsonâs plans to
| give himself the power to order internet cut-offs without trial. Other
| campaigners from a range of NGOs are getting in touch with us about this:
| there is a growing sense of outrage among people who know that the internet
| is the most important political tool we have.


Taking something for nothing is wrong . . .

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| [by] Peter Mandelson


UK Wants to Zap File-Sharers

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| It seems the British government is going loony for anti-piracy rhetoric from
| the likes of U2 and David Geffen.


Mandelson goes to war on teenagers downloading their music and movies... just
days after dining with anti-piracy billionaire

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| Lord Mandelson launched a crackdown on internet piracy just days after
| meeting a leading Hollywood critic of illegal file sharing.
| The business secretary plans to criminalise the estimated seven million
| people - one in 12 of the population - who illicitly download music and films
| over the internet.


âTaking something for nothing is wrongâ â No, not expenses, data.

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| In the meantime I am going to increase my sharing of Linux distros and hope
| that someone tries to accuse me of sharing files illegallyâ..lets see how
| much of my unlimited monthly broadband I can use.  Maybe time is up for the
| proprietary model?  Maybe you should now be looking towards FOSS and the GPL?
| You certainly donât have to worry about sharing issues then.

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