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[News] Intellectual Monopolists' Latest Acts of Shot in Foot

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolists' Latest Acts of Shot in Foot
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2010 11:09:34 +0000
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DRM- A greater cause of piracy?

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| Ara Technica, citing a Freedom to Tinker 
| blog post, has an interesting article about 
| a research that-albeit some caveats- makes 
| some really important points about the 
| relationship between the level of 
| restriction in an intellectual property and 
| the level to which it is shared illegally, 
| chiefly over Bittorrent.
| To sum things up, the research discovered 
| that digital media like movies and music 
| that contained DRM were highly pirated than 
| their non-DRMd counterparts. 


Bono risks becoming next Lars Ulrich

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| Ever since Paul McGuinness, manager of the 
| rock band U2, began lashing out at Internet 
| Service providers for allegedly profiting 
| from and encouraging illegal file sharing, 
| U2 fans have wondered whether McGuinness 
| spoke for the band. 


Grandma endures wrongful ISP piracy suspension

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| All Cathi "Cat" Paradiso knew for sure, as 
| she learned that her Web access was being 
| shut off, was that she was losing her 
| struggle to stay calm. 


Law firm's piracy hunt condemned

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| Music industry representative the BPI has 
| criticised the approach used by a UK law 
| firm in chasing file-sharers.
| Law firm ACS:Law has sent thousands of 
| letters to people it claims have downloaded 
| illegal content.
| The BPI said it did not condone the 
| approach of mass-mailing alleged internet 
| pirates.


BPI rejects scareletter approach to possible pirates

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| The tactic of using IP addresses extracted 
| from internet service providers to send 
| scare letters to suspected pirates is not 
| something the British music industry would 
| consider.


India objects to Google book settlement

,----[ Quote ]
| About 15 Indian authors and publishers, and 
| two organizations in the country, submitted 
| their objections on Thursday to Google's 
| plan to scan and sell books online. 


TalkTalk CEO sticks two fingers up at Mandy

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| It was reported yesterday that Charles 
| Dunstone, Chief Executive of Carphone 
| Warehouse, said if the Digital Economy Bill 
| is enacted he would be prepared to fight 
| the Government in court. 


Dunstone talks up TalkTalk TV

,----[ Quote ]
| Charles Dunstone, CEO of Carphone 
| Warehouse, hasn't given up on the dream of 
| being a quad-player, after revealing plans 
| to launch TV and mobile TalkTalk services.


Making Sense of ACTA

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| "This past week Guadalajara, Mexico hosted 
| the 7th secret meeting of ACTA proponents 
| who continue to ignore demands worldwide to 
| open the debate to the public. Piecing 
| together official and leaked documents from 
| various global sources, Michael Geist has 
| coalesced it all into a five part ACTA 
| Guide that offers structured insight into 
| what these talks might foist upon the 
| populace at large. 'Questions about ACTA 
| typically follow a familiar pattern â what 
| is it (Part One of the ACTA Guide listing 
| the timeline of talks), do you have 
| evidence (Part Two), why is this secret 
| (Part Three), followed by what would ACTA 
| do to my country's laws (Part Four)? 
| Countering the momentum behind ACTA will 
| require many to speak out" (Part Five).'"



O'Reilly drops ebook DRM, sees 104% increase in sales

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| It's been 18 months since O'Reilly, the
| world's largest publisher of tech books,
| stopped using DRM on its ebooks. In the
| intervening time, O'Reilly's ebook sales
| have increased by 104 percent. Now, when you
| talk about ebooks and DRM, there's always
| someone who'll say, "But what about
| [textbooks|technical books|RPG manuals]?
| Their target audience is so wired and
| online, why wouldn't they just copy the
| books without paying? They've all got the
| technical know-how."
| So much for that theory.

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