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[News] Copyright Police Does Mad Things Again, Tactic Backfires

  • Subject: [News] Copyright Police Does Mad Things Again, Tactic Backfires
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2009 03:03:13 +0000
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A short telephone jingle leads to a lawsuit tangle

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| What started out as a sweet little ditty to 
| promote tourism in Lake County, Ind., has 
| turned into a long, bitter copyright battle 
| â one that has piled up thousands of 
| dollars in lawyersâ fees and inundated the 
| courts, leaving one frazzled federal judge 
| to quote rapper DMX: âYâall gonna make me 
| lose my mind. â Yâall gonna make me lose my 
| cool!â


Verizon tests sending RIAA copyright notices

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| Customers of Verizon Communications who 
| pirate music files may soon receive an 
| unwelcome letter from the company.


Police can keep seized property pending private prosecution

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| The police could retain property they 
| seized after the Crown Prosecution Service 
| decided not to prosecute but a private 
| prosecution was being contemplated or 
| taking place.
| The Court of Appeal so stated when allowing 
| the appeal of the defendants, the Chief 
| Constable of Northumbria and the Federation 
| against Copyright Theft, from a decision on 
| a preliminary issue made by Mrs Justice 
| Sharp ([2009] 2 Cr App R 365) at the 
| commencement of civil proceedings in which 
| the claimants, Scopelight Ltd, its 
| directors, Anton Benjamin Vickerman and 
| Kelly-Ann Vickerman, owners of a website 
| called SurfTheChannel.com, sought to 
| recover property including computers, 
| servers, memory sticks and mobile phones, 
| seized by the police pursuant to a warrant 
| in the investigation of contemplated 
| criminal proceedings. 


Music fee hike backfires

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| A PUSH by Australian record companies to 
| make clubs, hotels, restaurants and cafes 
| pay tens of millions of dollars more in 
| fees to play their music has backfired.


UK Dev Survey: Piracy a Problem, But Not a Threat

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| The developers were also asked if Digital 
| Rights Management (DRM) was âan 
| irrelevance, a solution or a problem.â 50% 
| responded that DRM is âan irrelevance,â 30% 
| called it âthe solutionâ and 20% labeled it 
| âthe problem.â


Don't jail illegal music sharers - UN agency

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| The heavy punishment of illegal file 
| sharers on the web will be counter-
| productive in the global fight against 
| Internet piracy and copyright infringement, 
| the director-general of a United Nations 
| agency said on Thursday.
| Francis Gurry of the World Intellectual 
| Property Organisation (WIPO) said music 
| copyright protection was "under the most 
| severe stress" and the problem will likely 
| spread to films as web connections speed 
| up.
| The music industry has been hit by rampant 
| Internet piracy and has so far struggled to 
| persuade consumers to pay for downloaded 
| music.
| Some 40 billion music files were illegally 
| shared on the web in 2008, a piracy rate of 
| 95 percent, WIPO cites industry estimates 
| as showing.



Prevent Canada from Becoming a Copyright Police State

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| Canada is planning to reform its copyright law and if the entertainment
| industries have their way, the rights and privacy of consumers will be thrown
| overboard. Itâs time for all Canadian BitTorrent users to stand up against
| the increasing power of the anti-piracy lobby, before itâs too late.

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