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Record Label Sponsors BitTorrent Site isoHunt

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| At a time when BitTorrent sites are increasingly at odds with the music 
| industry and file-sharing continues to flourish despite legal action, new 
| thinking is called for. Instead of joining the conflict with BitTorrent 
| sites, Honor Roll Music has decided to sponsor isoHunt instead, one of the 
| leading torrent search engines.    


The Pirate Bay Torrents Listing on the MPAA Website

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| A white-hat hacker going by the nickname of Vektor has located several 
| cross-site scripting vulnerabilities in the website of the Motion Picture 
| Association of America (MPAA). In order to prove the existence of the flaws 
| in a humorous manner, he decided to inject a "Thank you" page with a rogue 
| IFrame, which loads the website of MPAA's most current arch-enemy, the 
| world's biggest torrent tracker, The Pirate Bay.     


Warner Music to Warner Music: You are pirates!

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| Over on the Sire Records web site, they have a big page full of music videos 
| from all their artists... Except that if you actually click on any of them to 
| play, they've *all* been taken down for copyright infringment... by Warner 
| Music Group, Sire's parent company.   



Political Hypocrisy: French President Sued for Copyright Infringement

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| This may very well become the most ironic stories of 2009 in the copyright
| debate. The CBC is reporting that French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been
| sued by an independent band for copyright infringement.


Is Nicholas Sarkozy One Strike Towards Losing His Internet Connection?

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| The latest is that French President, Nicholas Sarkozy, a big supporter of
| setting up a three strikes law in France, is being accused of violating
| copyright law himself.


France's anti-piracy fight 'too costly'

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| France's telcos are protesting the huge price of the Gallic government's
| anti-piracy crackdown.
| A draft law that goes before France's lower house, the National Assembly,
| next Wednesday requires local Internet service providers to contact
| onlinepirates by email and suspend repeat offenders' Internet connection.


Eircom to block Pirate Bay

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| In a letter sent to ISPs across the country last week, the Irish Recorded
| Music Association (IRMA) disclosed the deal and warned others to follow suit
| or face legal action.


Irish ISP Eircom in 'three strike' filesharer crackdown

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| Eircom had argued it was under no obligation to monitor the content of
| traffic over its network.
| The music labels originally wanted the court to order Eircom to install
| software from a US firm to detect copyrighted music files sent over its
| network. The ISP objected, saying the software could breach its customer's
| privacy.
| Instead, Eircom settled for the increasingly-familiar
| three-strikes "graduated response" program. The first time a subscriber's IP
| is detected infringing copyright, a warning is sent out. The second time, the
| subscriber is cautioned that they will be disconnected. Number three is the
| big disconnect.


ISP Capitulates to IFPI, Agrees to Disconnect Pirates

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| Up until today, the ‘Big Four’ record labels were taking legal action against
| Ireland’s biggest ISP, Eircom, in order to force it to employ filtering
| technology to stop online pirates. The case has been aborted as Eircom, at
| the behest of the music industry, has agreed to start disconnecting those
| accused of illicit file-sharing.


French Net black-out against "graduated response"

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| Opposing the stubborn and ridiculous will of the French governement to
| disconnect whole families from the Internet without real proof or trial, La
| Quadrature du Net issues a call to all freedom-cherishing citizens to
| a "black-out" of their sites, blogs, profiles, avatars,... As has been done
| in New Zealand, the only other country with France where the "graduated
| response" would have been imposed by law, and was finally pushed back: to
| protest against this stupid law and its "white list" of authorized websites,
| the French Web must act and dress in black.


Music industry's Irish ISP shakedown letter leaked

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| An internet hosting company has published a copy of the nasty-gram Ireland's
| music industry lawyers bulk-mailed to that country's internet service
| providers, demanding they begin blocking access to any website accused of
| piracy or else.


Music Executive Ridiculed at Pirate Bay Trial

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| Laughter filled The Pirate Bay trial here Wednesday when John Kennedy, the
| chief executive of the International Federation of Phonographic Industries,
| testified that people would have purchased every music track they got free
| file sharing.
| Kennedy answered an affirmative "Yes" to Pirate Bay defense attorneys when
| asked whether that was true. Bursting laughter could be heard from the audio
| room beside the courtroom where the trial's sound was being broadcast.


UK government stole website theme

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| NUMBER 10, the UK Prime Minister's website, is apparently built using a
| design it nicked.


My Keynote At Mesh: Growing Communities And Adding True Scarcities

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| A bunch of folks have been asking for video from my keynote talk at the
| excellent Mesh Conference, and here it is (and if you really want to download
| it, there's an iTunes link as well). It's also embedded below if you click
| through. The whole thing is an hour, but split into four separate videos. The
| first two are my presentation and the second two are the Q&A that followed:


Songwriter Claims He Was Exploited By Google... But A Few Seconds Of Logical
Thinking Disproves That

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| Yup. No one would be talking about Waterman or his song at all in the absence
| of YouTube and the rickrolling phenomenon. The only "exploiting" being done
| is now, by Waterman, because he got totally lucky in that a bunch of internet
| jokesters happened to pick his song (mainly for how bad it is) to use as part
| of an internet joke. He deserves to get paid for that? It could have just as
| easily been any other ridiculous pop hit in the 80s. And, if it had been,
| then no one would be talking or caring about Waterman at all.


German Collections Society Trying To Collect For Performances It Has No Rights

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| The various music collections societies always like to present themselves as
| being there "for the artists." When we write about ASCAP in the US or PRS in
| the UK, we often get angry emails from supporters of those groups (or
| individuals who work for them) insisting that what they do is all to support
| the artist, and we should go pick on the record labels or something instead.
| Yet, that's misleading. These organizations always seem to keep looking to
| expand their collections duties, often at the expense of any other business
| model. Take, for example, what's happening in Germany, with its collection
| society, GEMA (which is separately battling YouTube over music videos). You
| see, like so many of these collections societies, GEMA works on the principle
| of "guilty until proven innocent." We've seen this with ASCAP and BMI as
| well -- where they insist that anyone who plays live music has to prove that
| none of it is covered by the collections society.

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