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[News] Copyright Cartel Attacks with Lawyers, DRM Tries to Sneak in Also

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‘New’ Anti-Piracy Lawyers Chase UK File-Sharers

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| Over the last couple of years everyone has got used to hearing about UK 
| lawyers Davenport Lyons and their campaigns against those it accuses of 
| illicit file-sharing. Now everyone will have to get used to a new player - 
| they’re called ACS Law and the similarities to Davenport are raising more 
| than a few eyebrows.    


Is Lala's DRM a new way to lock up music?

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| Robertson--the controversial founder of MP3.com, Linspire, and 
| MP3tunes.com--has accused Lala of attempting to transfer control of its 
| users' music to the recording labels.  
| Robertson claimed last month on his personal blog that Lala had developed 
| an "insidious new plot" to entice its users to upload music to the company's 
| servers and then trap the music there by embedding digital rights management 
| into the servers. This would enable Lala and the big music labels to exercise 
| greater control over the tunes. He compared Lala's plan with a "roach motel," 
| where songs check in but they can't check out.      



EU tells music and film industry to sod off

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| The EU assembly voted 407 to 57 to throw out a compromise reached by EU
| governments that would have allowed France to cut off Internet access to
| people accused of downloading illegal copies of movies or music.


European Parliament dirty trick on Internet vote

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| A key new amendment  enshrining the operator's right to block Internet
| content will not be voted on. It is tucked into the "compromise" document,
| which will be voted as a block.This appears to be a breach of procedure and
| should be seriously questioned.


Biden to MPAA: you'll like Obama's pick for copyright czar

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| The Obama administration's stance on copyright enforcement has already
| attracted an open letter in which a variety of public advocacy groups voiced
| concerns that there seemed to be a bias towards content owners in the initial
| round of appointments. Those worries are unlikely to go away any time soon,
| if this week's events are any indication. The Motion Picture Association of
| America came to town, armed with lobbyists and figures that suggest it
| functions as a one-industry, nationwide job stimulus, and it heard exactly
| what it was looking for from Vice President Biden.


Joe Biden promises a blank check to the entertainment cartel

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| VP Joe Biden stood up in front of a bunch of Hollywood execs and promised to
| appoint a copyright czar, and furthermore, that this would be the "right"
| person to protect their interests. I would have voted Dem in the last
| election, if I got a vote, but make no mistakes: the Dems are the party of
| stupid copyright laws.


Administration Lobbyist Ban Not Doing What It's Supposed To Do

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| We've already seen how the Justice Department is, for example, being filled
| with lawyers who regularly worked with the RIAA, MPAA and BSA -- three of the
| biggest copyright lobbying organizations, and those individuals have wasted
| no time in expressing their desire to continue pushing those industry's
| viewpoints in their new positions.


RIAA Brief Attacks Free Software Foundation

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| In their proposed response, the RIAA lawyers personally attacked The Free
| Software Foundation, Ray Beckerman (NewYorkCountryLawyer), and NYCL's
| blog, 'Recording Industry vs. The People'. The 9-page response (PDF) — 4
| pages longer than the document to which it was responding — termed the FSF an
| organization 'dedicated to eliminating restrictions on copying,
| redistribution, and modifying computer programs', and accused the FSF of
| having an 'open and virulent bias against copyrights' and 'blatant bias'
| against the record companies.


Copyright debate heats up over Obama appointments

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| The president has, in fact, filled out some high-level Justice Department
| positions with lawyers favored by the copyright industry, including attorneys
| who have represented the Recording Industry Association of America and the
| Business Software Alliance. The signatories of the April 2 letter said the
| Justice Department's intervention last month in favor of a record label in a
| file-sharing case heightens their concern.


Biden promises 'right person' as new U.S. copyright czar

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| "It's pure theft, stolen from the artists and quite frankly from the American
| people as consequence of loss of jobs and as a consequence of loss of
| income," Biden said, according to a White House pool report.


MPAA reaches out to lawmakers

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| The occasion: the second biennial summit sponsored by the industry's chief
| lobbying arm, the Motion Picture Assn. of America.


I got you, babe

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| Obama is whistling the music industry's tune


Obama Taps 5th RIAA Lawyer to Justice Dept.

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| President Barack Obama is tapping another RIAA attorney into the Justice
| Department.
| Monday's naming of Ian Gershengorn, to become the department's deputy
| assistant attorney of the Civil Division, comes more than a week after nearly
| two-dozen public interest groups, trade pacts and library coalitions urged
| the new president to quit filling his administration with lawyers plucked
| from the Recording Industry Association of America.
| The move makes it five RIAA lawyers Obama has appointed to the Justice
| Department.


Obama administration sides with RIAA in P2P suit

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| The Obama administration has sided with the recording industry in a copyright
| lawsuit against an alleged peer-to-peer pirate, a move that echoes arguments
| previously made by the Bush administration.


Obama Sides With RIAA, Supports $150,000 Fine per Music Track


U.S. Sides with RIAA in Filesharing Case


Obama Administration Claims Copyright Treaty Involves State Secrets?!?

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| When the Obama administration took over, there was a public stance that this
| administration was going to be more transparent -- especially with regards to
| things like Freedom of Information Act requests. The nonprofit group
| Knowledge Ecology International took that to heart and filed an FOIA request
| to get more info on ACTA. The US Trade Representative's Office responded
| denying the request, saying that the information was "classified in the
| interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958." This is a
| treaty about changing copyright law, not sending missiles somewhere. To claim
| that it's a national security matter is just downright scary. As KEI points
| out, the text of the documents requested have been available to tons of
| people, including more than 30 governments around the world and lobbyists
| from the entertainment industry, pharma industry and publishing industry.


Obama names Doerr, Phillips to economic board

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| Two Silicon Valley leaders have been appointed by President Obama to a
| 16-person committee that's charged with offering economic advice during what
| has become an unusually sharp and deep recession.
| John Doerr, the billionaire venture capitalist at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield
| & Byers, is one. Doerr was involved in funding companies including Google,
| Amazon.com, Sun Microsystems, and Cypress Semiconductor; he currently serves
| on the board of companies including Amazon and Google and has recently turned
| his attention to green tech.
| Charles Phillips, the president of Oracle, is another. Phillips became
| president in May 2003 and previously was with Morgan Stanley's Institutional
| Securities Division. He's a Linux aficionado and said in 2005: "On demand is
| the future of software for many years to come and we are building it on
| Linux."

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