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MPAA: Linking college funding, piracy is 'perfectly legitimate' - by Anne Broache

Posted On: Wed, 2007-11-21 08:30 by TheBaldingOne

What's wrong with Congress being a little stingy about doling out taxpayer dollars to universities if they let peer-to-peer file-sharing pirates run amok on campus networks?

Not a thing, says the Motion Picture Association of America's top lawyer in the nation's capital.

On the heels of a House of Representatives committee's passage of a higher-education funding bill that includes new antipiracy obligations for universities that participate in federal financial aid programs, MPAA Washington general counsel Fritz Attaway suggested it's reasonable to condition federal education funding on copyright enforcement efforts.

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Overly-broad copyright law has made USA a "nation of infringers" - by Nate Anderson

Posted On: Tue, 2007-11-20 08:30 by TheBaldingOne

How many copyright violations does an average user commit in a single day? John Tehranian, a law professor at the University of Utah, calculates in a new paper that he rings up $12.45 million in liability (PDF) over the course of an average day. The gap between what the law allows and what social norms permit is so great now that "we are, technically speaking, a nation of infringers."

Tehranian's paper points out just how pervasive copyright has become in our lives. Simply checking one's e-mail and including the full text in response could be a violation of copyright. So could a tattoo on Tehranian's shoulder of Captain Caveman—and potential damages escalate when Tehranian takes off his shirt at the university pool and engages in public performance of an unauthorized copyrighted work.

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Piracy isn’t THAT bad and they know it - by Martin

Posted On: Wed, 2007-11-14 08:46 by TheBaldingOne

I received a very pleasant mail today. My inbox is usually full of stupid cease & desist messages from various antipiracy organizations, but it’s mails like this one which make you happy. It’s good to see that some people realize that internet piracy isn’t just evil…

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Eric D. Wilkinson and I am the producer of a small independent film called “Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth” (our review).

I am sending you this email after realizing that our website has had nearly 23,000 hits in the last 12 days, much of it coming from your website. In addition, our trailer, both on the www.manfromearth.com site and other sites like YouTube, MySpace and AOL has been watched nearly 20,000 times AND what’s most impressive is our ranking on IMDb went from being the 11,235th most popular movie, to the 5th most popular movie in 2 weeks (we are also the #1 independent film on IMDb & the #1 science fiction film on IMDb). How did this all happen? Two words: Torrent / File Sharing sites (well, four words and a slash).

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Infringement in perspective: major movie bust fine dwarfed by RIAA tab - by Eric Bangeman

Posted On: Wed, 2007-11-14 08:33 by TheBaldingOne

If a woman found to have shared 24 songs over KaZaA was ordered to pay $9,250 for each track, what do you think an appropriate fine for uploading the first copy of The Simpsons Movie to the Internet? According to an Australian magistrate, AUS$1,000, or about US$890.

Jose Duarte, a 21-year-old resident of Sydney, was fined that amount after he pleaded guilty to a single count of distributing copyrighted material earlier today. Duarte was arrested in August after an international investigation spearheaded by Fox, which released the movie, fingered him as the first person to have uploaded The Simpsons Movie.

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Pirates, Or Merely Devoted Fans? - by Stan Schroeder

Posted On: Tue, 2007-11-13 08:43 by TheBaldingOne

A study conducted on 2000 Canadians has shown that most people download songs off the Internet simply because they want to try-before-buy or because they were unable to find this music in their local stores. Yet, the recording industry is playing deaf, dumb and blind, endlessly trying to prove that sharing, by its very nature, is bad.

The two researchers at the University of London that conducted the study for the Canadian Government estimated that the effect of one additional P2P download per month is actually an increase in music purchasing by 0.44 CDs per year.

In other words, P2P sharing (or pirating, however you want to put it) increases music sales.

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Report favors minor changes to EU copyright tax - by Huw Jones

Posted On: Fri, 2007-11-09 08:40 by TheBaldingOne

A European Union copyright tax on MP3 players and blank CDs to compensate authors generates benefits and needs only tweaking rather than fundamental reform, a report for an industry body said on Thursday.

EU Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy was forced to abandon his proposal to reform the levy that varies enormously across the 20 EU states that apply it. Britain and Ireland have no levy at all.

The tax at import level is often passed on to consumers and raised 560 million euros ($819.7 million) in 2005.

Last year's retreat came after then French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin intervened to say McCreevy's initiative would threaten Europe's cultural heritage.

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Copyright law scuppers fan film - by Mark Ward

Posted On: Thu, 2007-11-08 13:43 by TheBaldingOne

A copyright row means that one of the most ambitious fan films ever made may never be shown before an audience.

Four years in the planning Damnatus, made by German fans of the Warhammer 40,000 game, cost more than 10,000 euros, took months to film, employs 11 principal actors, dozens of extras and sophisticated post-production special effects. Now finished the film runs to 110 minutes.

But Huan Vu, director and producer of the movie, said Damnatus' creators have now given up trying to get the film in front of an audience.

Nottingham-based Games Workshop created Warhammer 40,000 - a science fiction wargame which revolves around battles fought between factions and races that populate the universe in the 41st century. It is an outgrowth of the Warhammer tabletop game created by Games Workshop in 1983.

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Senators want Justice Department to sue P2P pirates - by Declan McCullagh

Posted On: Thu, 2007-11-08 11:45 by TheBaldingOne

American peer-to-peer users worried about being sued into oblivion by the recording industry may soon have a much bigger concern: facing off against the U.S. Department of Justice.

Two senators, a Democrat and a Republican, introduced a bill on Wednesday that would unleash the world's largest law firm on Internet pirates. It would authorize the Justice Department to file civil lawsuits against people engaged in peer-to-peer copyright infringement--with the proceeds going to the company or person who owns the copyright.

"This legislation is a simple bill that would give the Department of Justice the authority to prosecute copyright violations as civil wrongs," Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said during a hearing on Wednesday. Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, is a co-sponsor.

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Ripples in the Music Industry, Part 2: The Sound of the Future - By Walaika Haskins

Posted On: Wed, 2007-11-07 08:30 by TheBaldingOne

"[New artists] can get their music recorded. They can get it distributed and there are mechanisms in place most importantly for the user to discover it," said analyst Mike Goodman. "The market needs to emerge more for artists to record and distribute directly without the intervention of a record label. And as that market begins to emerge more then you're going to start to see entrepreneurs say here is that

As the Internet and digital technologies continue to play an ever-increasing role on the business side of the music industry, big-name recording artists have begun to turn their backs on their labels and opt instead to strike out on their own.

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How Big Media's Copyright Campaigns Threaten Internet Free Expression - by Cory Doctorow

Posted On: Tue, 2007-11-06 08:47 by TheBaldingOne

Big media companies' efforts to extend copyright are hurting creators' abilities to find audiences for their work, argues cyber-rights activist Cory Doctorow.

When people talk about "creator's rights," they usually mean copyright, but copyright is just a side dish for creators: The most important right we have is the right to free expression. And these two rights are always in tension.

Take Viacom's claims against YouTube. The entertainment giant says that YouTube has been profiting from the fact that YouTube users upload clips from Viacom shows, and it demands that YouTube take steps to prevent this from happening in the future. YouTube actually offered to do something very like this: It invited Viacom and other rights holders to send them all the clips they wanted kept offline, and promised to programatically detect these clips and interdict them.

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