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Media police assault takes down legit video website

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| BitTorrent watchdog MediaDefender is once again taking heat after it was 
| accused of launching a pernicious attack that brought down a web-based 
| distributor of legal video.  
| Jim Louderback, chief executive of Revision3, said in this blog post that the 
| FBI is investigating the assault, which at points flooded his site with more 
| than 8,000 SYN packets a second. The attack, which lasted through the 
| Memorial Day weekend in the US, was enough to bring down the company's public 
| facing website, its RSS server and its internal email system.    
| The packets began appearing on Saturday and were directed at port 20000, 
| which happens to be the entry point for a BitTorrent tracking server 
| Revision3 uses to distribute videos it has the legal rights to make 
| available. They came primarily from machines that brazenly bore 
| MediaDefender's IP address and didn't let up until sometime on Tuesday.    
| "Revision3 suffered measurable harm to its business due to that flood of 
| packets, as the attacks on our legitimate and legal Torrent Tracking server 
| spilled over into our entire internet infrastructure," Louderback 
| wrote. "Thus we were unable to serve videos and advertising through much of 
| the weekend."    


In Revision3 DOS outage, has Hollywood gone too far?

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| A company that legitimately distributes its video programming via 
| peer-to-peer is shut down for three days last weekend after being pummeled 
| with traffic. The likely culprit: a company paid by the major movie studios 
| and record labels to fight piracy. What's wrong with this picture?   
| It was Memorial Day weekend and Revision3 was scrambling to get its Web TV 
| network back up. Its servers were being bombarded with so much traffic, they 
| were shut down in what is known as a denial-of-service outage. That meant no 
| Diggnation or Tekzilla--popular Web shows for a generation of tech-savvy 
| consumers who get their news and entertainment from the Internet instead of 
| TV.      


How long before they intercept Linux ISOs? Creative Commons stuff? They are
above the law. They buys laws. They are crooks. In suits.


International copyright talks seek BitTorrent-killer laws

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| ACTA might also seek to reanimate the corpse of DRM software by proposing
| legal "remedies against circumvention of technological protection measures
| used by copyright owners and the trafficking of circumvention devices".


The Struggles of France's Three Strikes Law

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| As 2008 began, the international music industry was proudly predicting the
| dawning of a new age of co-operation between rightsholders, Internet
| companies and governments. The dynamic new President of France, Nicolas
| Sarkozy, together with Denis Olivennes, the head of France's largest consumer
| electronics and media retailer, had announced a new policy of "graduated
| response" for the French Net. Users accused of repeated copyright
| infringement online would be first warned, then suspended from the online
| world, and finally banned for a year if they did not tow the line. Music
| industry representatives heralded it as a model that should be imitated
| across the globe: in IFPI's 2008 report, its CEO John Kennedy said this was
| the year that "ISP responsibility" for protecting the music industry "becomes
| a reality".
| Six months on from the original Olivennes report, with growing objections
| across Europe, collapsing support for Sarkozy's administration at home, and
| still no "three strikes" law on any statute books, the entertainment industry
| is getting a little antsy. Last week, the French RIAA, le Syndicat national
| de l'édition phonographique (SNEP), announced a deadline to Sarkozy's
| ministers.



Sarkozy’s broadband tax plan snagged by Eurocrats

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| THE EU COMMISSION has warned that France’s quest for universal internet
| access would be hampered by a presidential proposal to tax broadband usage.  
| The plan is to supplement the licence fee for public broadcast television and
| radio which has a funding shortfall due to the decision to abolish
| advertising in order to 'raise standards'.  
| Speaking in Paris this week, EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding,
| condemned President Sarkozy’s proposal arguing it contradicted his own
| ambition to make broadband available to all French people.  


Sarkozy intervenes in France to revert the OOXML position

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| Confidential sources say that President Sarkozy has intervened himself in the
| French position on Microsoft OOXML, asking members of the committee to revert
| their position, and support an abstention. Our sources say he was approached
| by a lobbyist during his 3-days trip in England. The intervention has been
| made on Friday.    


Europe rejects plan to criminalize file-sharing

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| France's so-called Oliviennes strategy to combat copyright abuse includes
| a "three strikes and you are out" approach: offenders lose the right to an
| Internet account after being caught sharing copyright-protected music over
| the Internet for a third time.  


Sweden Rejects Sarkozy’s War on File Sharing

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| French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to disconnect European file sharers
| from the Internet. The idea is already in the process of being realized in
| France, and will according to Sarkozy be a step toward “a civilized Internet”
| where ISPs watch the information that their customers exchange.  


RIAA, MPAA urge pro-copyright vows from presidential candidates

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| One question, for instance, asks: "How would you promote the progress of
| science and creativity, as enumerated in the U.S. Constitution, by upholding
| and strengthening copyright law and preventing its diminishment?"  


France set to experience a revolution in public broadcast television

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| French president Nicolas Sarkozy wants to ban advertising on public
| television and replace the income stream with a tax on mobile phones and
| Internet accounts. "Our national television must provide quality and access
| to culture; it must not be shaped solely by commercial considerations," said
| Sarkozy in Paris on Tuesday.    

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