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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Suffer New Setbacks and Backlash

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies Suffer New Setbacks and Backlash
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 03:51:09 +0000
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Everything You Need To Refute a File-Sharing Legal Threat

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| A new wave of cash demands connected with 
| allegations of illicit file-sharing are 
| being received this week. In response, 
| consumer group BeingThreatened has 
| produced the most informative handbook 
| ever created, empowering those wrongfully 
| accused to refute the claims against them 
| and hold onto their hard-earned cash.


Europeâs Second Pirate MP Still Not in Office

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| The Pirate Party may have won two seats in 
| last Juneâs European Parliament elections, 
| but itâs hard to see that in practice. 
| Despite the Lisbon Treaty going into 
| effect just over 6 weeks ago, there is 
| still no news of when Piratpartiet may 
| fill their second seat.


App Store Piracy â one developerâs take

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| Josh Knowles, one of my fellow Austin-
| native friends from way back, told me 
| recently that his firmâs iPhone game, 
| Critter Defense, was pirated more than 
| bought. I was naively shocked to hear that 
| piracy even happened in the iPhone world. 
| But of course it does: so long as you 
| unlock your phone and surf the piracy 
| sites. I was reminded of that conversation 
| over beers by Jeff Bertolucciâs piece 
| today on the same topic, quoted above.


SABIP Finally Enters 21st Century

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| It looks like at least one government 
| department, the Strategic Advisory Board 
| for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP), 
| is starting to get a clue about the 
| digital economy, and the fact that 
| constantly harping on about *online* file-
| sharing misses the bigger picture:
|     Today sees the publication of the 
|     first comprehensive review of 
|     currently available national and 
|     international research into consumersâ 
|     attitudes and behaviours to obtaining 
|     and sharing digital content offline. 
|     Much of this activity infringes 
|     current copyright law in the UK.


DOJ Ends Inquiry Into Soaring SMS Prices

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| The price of sending text messages via the 
| nation's largest wireless carriers has 
| skyrocketed in the last few years, jumping 
| from five to twenty cents, per message, both 
| directions. If not on a bulk plan, that's a 
| forty cent fee every time someone sends or 
| receives a 160 character, 140 byte 
| communication. It's a pretty dandy profit 
| margin when you're charging (by some 
| estimates) around $1,310 per megabyte for a 
| service that doesn't actually cost anything 
| to provide -- given text messages travel over 
| tower control channels for free.



U.S. To Costa Rica: No Sugar Access Without Copyright Reform

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| Reports from Costa Rica indicate that final
| approval of the Central American Free Trade
| Agreement with the United States is
| languishing in the Legislative Assembly due
| to concerns over the copyright provisions.
| The CAFTA copyright provisions are similar
| to those found in the other major U.S.
| trade agreements concluded in recent years:
| DMCA-style protections, ISP liability, and
| copyright term extension are all part of
| the package.

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