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Re: Legal news stories and other items of interest

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:10 pm
by ProgRocker
RIAA to end file-sharing suits in U.S.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,470039,00.html

I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming. After beating up 35,000 people, maybe they finally get it. Looks like the remedies from now on will be to alert the ISP, with the ISP telling the user to stop.

Have a toast to this good news!

Cheers.

Re: Legal news stories and other items of interest

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:20 pm
by battye
That's a nice Christmas present from the RIAA! Could it be that the RIAA's reign of terror is over?

It was out of control for the RIAA surely, the lawsuits weren't deterring people. They had to wake up sooner or later that the internet is the new medium for transferring digital media. What they need to do is promote services like iTunes (which is my primary source for music now probably), and make them cheaper so more people adopt them.

Make it cheap and easy to use, and people will flock to it. I think a lot of people would be happy to pay a small fee for music - $30 for a CD is stupid, even $18 (which is becoming more and more common in Australia) is over the top... but it is evidence of the industry taking steps in the right direction.

Re: Legal news stories and other items of interest

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 5:48 pm
by ProgRocker
I think there are two driving factors in the decision. One, that the RIAA is finding their litigation carpet-bombing to be counter-productive, and two, that it's easier for them to shift the burden of enforcement to the ISPs. The RIAA will still be hiring research companies to monitor P2P traffic. Except now they will merely dispatch letters to the ISPs rather than go the settlement/litigation route. The costs to the RIAA are much lower this way, and the ISP has to do the dirty work. I think this decision was purely economic, and not a mea culpa by the record industry.

How this plays out to the P2P user who gets busted depends on the reaction of their ISP. The consequences could range from a warning notice from the ISP saying "knock it off," to BW throttling, all the way up to termination of the account. Still, a lot less painful than having to fork over a couple grand.

In any case, a nice holiday surprise.

Cheers.

Re: Legal news stories and other items of interest

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:04 pm
by battye
Australian Internet Filter Will Target BitTorrent Traffic
http://torrentfreak.com/australian-inte ... nt-081222/

I think there is a general feeling that this has been hyped up, but it will be interesting to follow this story in the new year.

Re: Legal news stories and other items of interest

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:28 pm
by ProgRocker
Harvard Law prof and group of students take on the RIAA.

This article should illustrate what can be accomplished by a few bright students pursuing the right cause: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news ... untlet.ars

It also doesn't hurt that this case is going before a judge who "gets it." Tech-savvy judges are a rare animal.

Cheers.

Verdict in Jammie Thomas file-sharing retrial.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:00 pm
by ProgRocker
This just in...

http://tinyurl.com/nyphua

I don't have any details yet on the case and what went wrong. But Thomas went from suffering a 200K damage award against her in the first trial, to 1.92 million in damages in this one. About $80,000 for each song she allegedly shared. We'll have to wait and see what happens on appeal.

Cheers.

Re: Legal news stories and other items of interest

PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:10 am
by battye
Following on from the story on Jammie Thomas:

Seven Crimes That Will Get You a Smaller Fine than File-Sharing: http://www.prefixmag.com/news/seven-cri ... han/32033/

Thinking about file-sharing? Don't. You'll get fined, and crime doesn't pay (unless you rob banks and/or armored cars, then it pays very well). Take it from Jammie Thomas, who was fined $2 million for downloading 24 songs, or anyone else who tried to fight the RIAA.

Re: Legal news stories and other items of interest

PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 2:04 pm
by battye
Japanese Labels Reach Settlement With File-Sharers

http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_ ... 1860b59733

... Since March 2004, over 12,200,000 warnings have been sent out to those using WinMX to violate copyright. The WinMX software employed to upload files without rights holders' permission is a peer-to-peer file-sharing program authored by Frontcode Technologies.


I thought this was interesting, as I never thought it affected anyone using WinMX.

Re: Legal news stories and other items of interest

PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:03 pm
by Rat
A group within the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has filed 20000 lawsuits against American bittorrent users for either supplying or downloading copyrighted materials. Another 30 000 lawsuits will be filed this week. The suits are being filed by the US Copyright Group which represents several small film making companies. The group used a german firm, Guardaley IT to track the spread of 5 recent films (considered generally to be box office flops) across the bittorrent system. Guardaley IT specializes in tracking network file transfers. The films in question are:
1. Steam Experiment
2. Far Cry
3. Uncross the stars
4. Gray Man
5. Call of the Wild (3D)
Those summoned to court will be able to pay a fee in order to have the case dropped.

More here (Polish) and here (English).

Re: Legal news stories and other items of interest

PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 8:16 pm
by p2p-sharing-rules

Re: Legal news stories and other items of interest

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:20 pm
by tunebud
Google Declares Progress Against Piracy as it Seeks Media Partners Via: Read Write Web
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/go ... t_seek.php
"We are not your enemy and we want to help," Schmidt told the crowd at the Edinburgh Television Festival. Not coincidentally, the company announced the day before that Google TV would soon be launching in Europe, starting with the UK.


IMOP : Yeah right filtering (Big Brother) my search is not a hostile tactic [-X

Re: Legal news stories and other items of interest

PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:05 am
by tunebud
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Re: Legal news stories and other items of interest

PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:15 pm
by Rat
tunebud wrote:..


mmm.. well put. I guess no news is good news and, given that there's no news here we should just accept it as good news.
Actually, for those that use twitter, there's always news on this topic. In fact, there's so much of it that it would be pretty hard to keep up with it here. I guess we could put in a little effort and post some of it though, eh?

Re: Legal news stories and other items of interest

PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:38 pm
by Rat

Re: Legal news stories and other items of interest

PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:02 pm
by tunebud
I had a post but my phone didn't copy the link. When I did the edit it wouldn't deleat the post and I had to add something hence the .. post.

Anyway it was about a vote upcoming in the U. S. on online piracy. It is being backed by major players like Google.

It was in my newsfeed the day of that mixed up post. I think from ReadWriteWeb.com. The bill is coined S.O.A.P. .