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Music sales dip as digital surges - By BBC News

Posted On: Fri, 2006-10-13 20:11 by TheBaldingOne

Piracy and competition for consumers lead to a 4% drop in global music sales, the industry has said.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said total music sales in the first half of 2006 fell to $13.7bn (£7.4bn).

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Technology 'can beat film piracy' - By Ian Youngs

Posted On: Fri, 2006-10-13 20:01 by TheBaldingOne

New technology is the key to beating movie piracy, the UK film minister has told industry executives.

Making films available on demand as soon as they are released at cinemas could help stop fans watching illegal copies, Shaun Woodward said.

"The real answer is in the technology," he told the BBC News website, citing the success of legal music downloads.

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Parallel federal political world of environment and copyright - By Michael Geist

Posted On: Fri, 2006-10-13 06:31 by TheBaldingOne

The environment has emerged as a mainstream political issue, and copyright is showing similar signs.

As the Conservatives prepare to roll out their policy plan for the environment, there is little doubt that environmental concerns have emerged as a major political issue. With polls consistently confirming public concern with environmental sustainability, each of Canada's major political parties is anxious to be known as the most environmentally friendly.

The focus on environmental issues is a relatively new phenomenon. A generation ago, if the environment was considered at all, it was viewed as a niche issue too complex to matter to the average voter. The complexity of environmental issues has not changed–most Canadians would be hard-pressed to explain carbon emissions, the details of climate change, or the substance of the Kyoto agreement–yet the essence of environmental policy as clean air, clean water, and sustainable natural resources is clearly understood.

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Music is in the air as schools join forces with record companies

Posted On: Thu, 2006-10-12 21:27 by TheBaldingOne

Schools across the Amber Valley have been signed up to take part in My Music – a new music initiative from the record industry and government.

The initiative designed to improve teenagers' music listening skills involves 1.3 million secondary school pupils, representing 2,000 schools across England, and 2500 record stores.

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YouTube, "GooTube", and Copyright

Posted On: Wed, 2006-10-11 16:03 by Bo Leuf

Speculation is that Google's $1.65bn acquisition of YouTube could result in a lawsuit-frenzy by copyright holders. An established capital-strong owner like Google is an enticing target for the more aggressive IP-lawyers, far more so than a vc-upstart. Nobody disputes the fact that a lot of copyright-infringing material is available on YouTube. Question is, will the attempts by Google to offer licensing deals be enough and in time to avert such a threat.

Interesting would be if this position, in addition to Google's stance on book scanning and other copyright-controversial projects, makes Google a potential supporter or backer of copyright reform.

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Disruptive Technology

Posted On: Mon, 2006-10-02 18:45 by Bo Leuf

Disruptive Technology: Effects of Technology Regulation on Democracy — a PhD dissertation by Mathias Klang, defended 2 Oct 2006

"By studying the attempts to regulate the disruptive effects of Internet technology and the consequences of these regulatory attempts on the IT-based participatory democracy this work shows that the regulation of technology is the regulation of democracy."

See thesis website for further links, including the complete PDF (the first PhD thesis in Sweden to be licensed under a Creative Commons licens).

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Swedish appeals court reverses filesharing conviction

Posted On: Mon, 2006-10-02 11:47 by Bo Leuf

In an important decision, a Swedish appeals court today reversed a lower court conviction for filesharing from last year. The case was the first in a trial series brought to court by the Swedish anti-piracy group (APB), and it concerned a man in Västerås accused of making a Swedish film available on a p2p client on his computer.

The appeals court found the technical evidence of IP-tracking and APB-screenshots insufficient proof of identification. It is a landmark decision in that under current law, file-sharing is not a severe enough crime to warrant home search and physical seizure of suspected computer equipment, which might otherwise provide better evidence. The lower court decision, now reversed, had been for a fine of SEK 16,000.

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Swedish pirates plan pan-European electoral assault

Posted On: Mon, 2006-10-02 05:28 by infinite_emma

The leader of the pro-filesharing Swedish Pirate Party is co-ordinating a pan-European electoral assault for 2009's European Elections. Rick Falvinge told OUT-LAW Radio that it would be the first ever political platform that stretched across Europe. Sweden is the home of the Pirate Party, but examples have since sprung up all over Europe. It is these which Falvinge hopes to unite in time for elections to the European Parliament in June 2009.

Read more at The Register

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Official PP liaisons requested from each Pirate Party

Posted On: Mon, 2006-10-02 04:46 by infinite_emma

This list needs to be fleshed out by representatives from all nations, in order to make it easier to get in touch with each pirate party. Once a person is selected or have volonteered to be a representative from their country, register at the forum and send infinite_emma a PM.

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Opinions and ideas

Posted On: Sun, 2006-10-01 18:58 by Gustav Nipe

If you have any opinions on the site and its content please feel free to post them in the forum

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