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[News] Usenet Death Watch: Hollywood's Copyright Cartel Mostly to Blame

  • Subject: [News] Usenet Death Watch: Hollywood's Copyright Cartel Mostly to Blame
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 May 2010 09:23:53 +0100
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A Piece of Internet History

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| This week marks the end of an era for one 
| of the earliest pieces of Internet 
| history, which got its start at Duke more 
| than 30 years ago.


Usenet's home shuts down today

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| Duke University in North Carolina is 
| where Usenet began, and today the 
| institution is shutting down its Usenet 
| server. The college cites "low usage and 
| rising costs" for the decision.


Duke To Shut Down Usenet Server

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| Rantastic and other readers wrote about 
| the shutdown of the British Usenet 
| indexer Newzbin today; the site sank 
| under the weight of a lawsuit and 
| outstanding debt. Combine these stories 
| with the recent news of Microsoft 
| shuttering its newsgroups, along with 
| other recent stories, and the picture 
| does not look bright for Usenet.


Usenet gets attention and Giganews tries to avoid it?

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| When the poorly thought out strategies 
| for dealing with online copyright 
| infringement started to take effect, I 
| said at the time that we would see a 
| migration towards Usenet.  I am aware of 
| whats called the âfirst rule of Usenetâ 
| which is not to talk about Usenet, but 
| since I have no interests in infringing 
| copyright by downloading such material 
| and my Usenet interest is mainly 
| comp.os.linux.advocacy, I really donât 
| have a problem breaking that âruleâ.  I 
| expect what passes today as âthe sceneâ 
| will have words about that.
| [...]
| I would suggest that people put the IPkat 
| out for the night and realize this 
| problem is far too deep routed for any 
| one (or collection) of court victories to 
| change.


COLA is actually one of the few groups that are still active.

The Copyright Cartel is disconnecting servers (see below)


Filesharing laws to hit websites and newsgroups too

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| The government is planning to award itself
| powers to change copyright law almost at
| will, in expectation that new anti-peer-to-
| peer laws will drive infringement to other
| services such as Rapidshare and newsgroups.
| The measure, which is the most severe
| contained in the Digital Economy Bill
| published today, will be interpreted as a
| major victory for rights holder
| organisations. It will grant the Business
| Secretary Lord Mandelson and his successors
| undprecedented control over civil
| enforcement of copyright.


AT&T Quits Free Usenet Access July 15th

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| Caves to demands that it âprotect its customers from child pornographyâ even
| though discontinuing free service will do little to fight the problem since
| pedophiles will simply switch to third party premium Usenet services.


RIAA Wastes Little Time Trying To Extend Interpretation Of Usenet.com Victory

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| Last week we wrote about the RIAA's victory against Usenet.com, noting that
| it really wasn't that big a deal precedent-wise, given the rather specific
| circumstances involved in the case. Specifically, the company Usenet.com
| clearly destroyed evidence, which pretty much doomed the case, and on top of
| that engaged in activity that was egregious in terms of making it quite clear
| that it encouraged illegal activity through the use of its service. But, of
| course, the RIAA and its friends (as per usual) are having a field day
| claiming this is a big deal.


RIAA triumphs in Usenet copyright case

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| The Recording Industry Association of America has prevailed in its copyright
| fight against Usenet.com, according to court documents.
| In a decision that hands the RIAA an overwhelming victory, U.S. District
| Judge Harold Baer of the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of the
| music industry on all its main theories: that Usenet.com is guilty of direct,
| contributory, and vicarious infringement. In addition, and perhaps most
| important for future cases, Baer said that Usenet.com can't claim protection
| under the Sony Betamax decision. That ruling says companies can't be held
| liable for contributory infringement if the device they create is "capable of
| significant non-infringing uses."


Three Strikes Rejected In Spain

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| It seems like the recording industry's grand plan to get ISPs to be their
| copyright police isn't getting very far. Consumer and legal backlash around
| the world seems to have stopped it cold. The latest is in Spain, where the
| entire concept of a three strikes regime has been taken off the table.


Usenet Community Takes Anti-Piracy Group to Court

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| A Usenet discussion community is taking notorious anti-piracy outfit BREIN to
| court. BREIN, which has taken action against many Usenet and BitTorrent sites
| including Demonoid and Mininova, has declared the activities of FTD illegal.
| Angered by these claims, FTD is now taking BREIN to court to force it to eat
| its words.


A Modest Proposal: Three-Strikes for Print

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| Yesterday the French parliament adopted a proposal to create
| a "three-strikes" system that would kick people off the Internet if they are
| accused of copyright infringement three times.


Pirate Bay Judge Accused Of Conflict In Another Case As Well

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| So now they've turned up another recent case (article in Swedish, here's the
| Google translation), this time involving BMW, where the judge appears to have
| been connected to the lawyers representing BMW as well.


Pirate Bay Judge Accused of Bias, Calls for a Retrial

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| One of the biggest cases in file-sharing history ended last week with The
| Pirate Bay Four sentenced to huge fines and jail time. Today it is revealed
| that far from being impartial, the judge in the case is a member of
| pro-copyright groups - along with Henrik PontÃn, Monique Wadsted and Peter
| Danowsky. There are loud calls for a retrial.


Comcast to shut down free Usenet access

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| Comcast is just the latest of the large ISPs to buckle under to MAFIAA
| pressure from the music and movie cartels, but that doesn't mean that they
| deserve to get away with this.


Usenet: Not Dead Yet

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| Over the last few years, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
| and other organizations looking to eliminate the illegal swapping of digital
| media files have attacked the problem through the courts, publicity
| campaigns, and other means.



Comcast, NetZero latest providers to bow to Cuomo's Usenet campaign

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| But in reality, Cuomo's pressure tactics have misfired. They led Time Warner
| Cable to pull the plug on some 100,000 Usenet discussion groups, including
| such hotbeds of illicit content as talk.politics and
| misc.activism.progressive. Verizon Communications deleted such unlawful
| discussion groups as us.military, ny.politics, alt.society.labor-unions, and
| alt.politics.democrats. AT&T and Time Warner Cable have taken similar steps.


Verizon offers details of Usenet deletion: alt.* groups, others gone

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| Cuomo claimed that his office found child porn on 88 newsgroups--out of
| roughly 100,000 newsgroups that exist. In a press release, he took credit for
| the companies' blunderbuss-style newsgroup removal by saying: "We are
| attacking this problem by working with Internet service providers...I commend
| the companies that have stepped up today to embrace a new standard of
| responsibility, which should serve as a model for the entire industry."
| [...]
| What this means in practice is that, thanks to the New York state attorney
| general, Verizon customers will lose out on innocent discussions. Verizon is
| retaining only eight newsgroup hierarchies, even though over 1,000
| hierarchies exist.


Usenet Villified In NY Deal With ISPs

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| Time Warner Cable will turn off all newsgroup access, while Sprint plans to
| cut access to the whole alt.* segment. Verizon may follow Sprint's example.
| Blocking all newsgroups does appear to be a broad approach to a problem
| involving a minority of such groups. As with the Internet in general, not
| everything in Usenet poses a threat. But no one wants to be tainted with even
| a suggestion of being soft on child porn, hence the rush to apply censorship
| with a sweeping axe rather than a skillfully-wielded scalpel.

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