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[News] The MAFIAA Wants More Power Over the Internet in the UK

  • Subject: [News] The MAFIAA Wants More Power Over the Internet in the UK
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:25:52 +0000
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Record labels seek DMCA-style UK takedowns

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| Record label trade association the BPI wants 
| sweeping changes to UK online copyright practice 
| in 11th hour amendments to the Digital Britain 
| bill.
| The amendments would grant copyright holders 
| injunctions against websites and service 
| providers similar to the US DMCA act - but with 
| no 'safe harbour' provision to verify whether 
| the claim is merited, according to documents 
| seen by The Register.



France's Latest Plan: Tax Google, Microsoft And Yahoo To Fund Record Labels

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| Apparently Nicolas Sarkozy will get "the last
| word" on whether or not to adopt this policy,
| which means that it's pretty likely. Sarkozy
| -- who has a long history of copyright
| infringement by his own party -- seems to
| believe that stronger copyright means
| defending French culture, when it really just
| means handouts to a few failing businesses who
| haven't wanted to adapt.


France considers tax for Google, Yahoo and Facebook
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| Google and other net firms could be taxed
| under plans being considered by the French
| government.


French Government Urged to Tax Online Ad Revenue

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| A report commissioned by the French Minister
| of Culture FrÃdÃric Mitterrand urges the
| introduction of a tax on online advertising
| such as that carried by Google, which would be
| used to pay the creators of artistic and other
| works who lose out to online piracy.


France floats Google music-and-movie tax

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| A new proposal to tax internet advertising
| revenue was among the recommendations offered
| by the government-appointed panel. Money
| raised would finance the availability of
| cultural material online and fund the
| protection of artists losing out to piracy.
| [...]
| Zelnick's recommendations follow the French
| government's efforts to pass its controversial
| "three strikes" law that would disconnect
| internet users repeatedly accused of illegal
| downloading. His reports also taps into fears
| of the growing influence of major internet
| companies.

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