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[News] Copyright Cartel Too Aggressive, Faces Increasing Oppoosition

  • Subject: [News] Copyright Cartel Too Aggressive, Faces Increasing Oppoosition
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:45 +0000
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Piracy Isnât Killing The Movie Industry, Greed Is

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| At the box-office the major movie studios 
| are raking in record profits, but their 
| continuing refusal to widely adopt online 
| business opportunities are hindering 
| progress. According to the head of the 
| Blockbuster video chain, the movie 
| industryâs greed is to blame for holding 
| back innovation.


Broadband tax condemned as 'unfair' by MPs

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| A government proposal to charge people with 
| fixed phone lines 50p per month to help fund 
| ultra-fast broadband has been condemned as 
| "unfair" by MPs.


88-Year Old Avatar Pirate Caught in Theater

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| An 88-year old man, carrying a walking 
| stick and a camcorder, has been caught by 
| movie theater personnel when he tried to 
| make a private copy of the movie Avatar. 
| The man was planning to show the film to 
| his wife who could not make her way to the 
| theater.


88-Year Old Man Caught Taping Avatar With A Camcorder

,----[ Quote ]
| Now, for any compassionate human being, 
| this is a tale of sweetness. What a 
| thoughtful thing this guy wanted to do for 
| his wife.
| But the industry doesn't see it that way. 
| To them, it's still "piracy" and a problem. 
| To be honest, if the movie industry stopped 
| with its silly "windowing" concept, this 
| wouldn't have been a problem at all.


Russian Collecting Society Sues Over Beyonce Concert 

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| Russian collecting society RAO is suing a 
| company it identified as the promoter of 
| Beyonce's November 2009 Moscow show for 
| allegedly violating public performance 
| rights by not obtaining a license from RAO.


- From Mash-up Novels to Crowdsourced Films

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| The global film festival circuit has been 
| buzzing about RiP! A Remix Manifesto -- a 
| documentary that resists the traditional 
| definition of copyright by chronicling the 
| success of Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis), a 
| mash-up artist who rearranges a myriad of 
| pop, indie, and hip-hop tracks to create 
| infectious and dance-worthy remixes. 
| "Remix culture is a return to folk culture, 
| where everyday people are involved in 
| creative practice," said the film's 
| director, Brett Gaylor, by email. "Having a 
| generation that knows how the media sells 
| them things, attracts their votes, changes 
| their minds is going to be a vital part of 
| 21st century democracy."



Talking about Internet 'piracy'

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| WITH LORD PETER MANDELSON stepping off of his
| media mogul friendâs yacht recently and
| announcing his newly found dislike for the
| peer-to-peer file sharer, Internet âpiracyâ
| has once again become a hot topic. Admittedly
| fanning the flames a little, the Inquirer sat
| down with a few key players involved in the
| current state of online file sharing to
| discuss the industryâs future developments
| and, perhaps more importantly, its legal
| status.
| The first big shot we got hold of was Gary
| Fung, the owner, creator and admin of
| isohunt.com, one of the worldâs largest
| torrent search engines. In case you have been
| living under a rock for the past half-decade,
| torrent files link multiple users to
| âtrackersâ that allow them to connect to one
| another in order to download legal or illegal
| content. We began our discussion by asking
| him to lay out his and his siteâs background.
| Initially isohunt.com began as a programming
| experiment way back in 2002, but with the
| growth of torrent usage in 2003, âit just
| explodedâ, rapidly expanding into the
| industry heavyweight it is today.


Unknown filmmaker gets $30m for robot movie

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| An unknown filmmaker from Uruguay has been
| given $30m by Hollywood studio bosses - to
| turn his $500 YouTube video of a giant robot
| invasion into a movie
| Would-be director Federico Alvarez, who runs
| a post-production visual effects house in
| Uruguay, filmed 'Panic Attack' with a budget
| of just $500 in his free time.


Threatening Internet freedom in the UK

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| All too often, the public policy world
| focuses on subtle legislative distinctions
| and on regulatory details. But once in a
| while, an issue comes along that strikes
| to the heart of the big principles. Such
| an issue erupted last week in the UK - an
| issue that incorporates two of the most
| important subjects on these pages: privacy
| and innovation.


Pure Mint boss resigns BPI committee over Digital Economy Bill

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| Hall believes the proposed legislation has
| been rushed in a bid to get it through
| parliament before the next General
| Election, that it is in danger of
| disregarding some sacred legal principles
| (regarding process, presumption of
| innocence and burden of proof) and that it
| won't solve the record industry's piracy
| problems anyway.
| In his resignation letter to the BPI, Hall
| writes: "I have enjoyed contributing to
| both [the BPI's] Rights [Committee] and
| the [IFPI's] ILC, but increasingly feel
| that my contributions are falling on deaf
| ears as an agenda has already been reached
| that I now consider is unmovable. As you
| know, I do not think the Digital Economy
| Bill is a sensible or well thought out
| piece of legislation. In my view it is
| being rushed through the last months of a
| parliament of an unpopular government and
| it is not legislation that I support".
| Referencing clause 17 - the one that gives
| senior ministers the right to change
| copyright laws on whim - he continued: "I
| am particularly surprised that the record
| industry has chosen to endorse s.17 of the
| DEB, which I consider is wholly
| undemocratic and contrary to centuries of
| good practice regarding the forming of our
| copyright legislation. I also believe it
| may set a dangerous precedent going
| forwards (and could come back to haunt the
| industry)".

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