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As some readers know, one of this Kat's research interests is in the ins and outs of digital copyright. Accordingly, she has been keenly following the judicial review application by British Telecommunications Plc and TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc to test the compatibility of the new online infringement of copyright provisions of the Digital Economy Act 2010 ('the DEA 2010') and the draft Copyright (Initial Obligations) (Sharing of Costs) Order 2011 ('the draft Costs Order') against a number of EU directives. In April 2011, Kenneth Parker J largely disallowed BT's and TalkTalk's multifaceted challenge (see Katpost here ).
Government urged to introduce Digital Economy Act anti-file-shar
Two internet service providers have launched a court challenge to the copyright enforcement provisions of the Digital Economy Act 2010, while OFCOM has now closed its consultation on the Initial Obligations Code.
DDoS against UK IPO
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) decides to refer Andrew Crossley of ACS Law to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) following complaints over the firm’s practice of sending ‘bullying’ letters to people it accused of illegal file-sharing.
A friend of mine works in Tech Support for BT. He gets a lot of consumer support calls for broadband. This brief transcript is of one of his calls recently: Customer: I can’t get my wireless to work Tech Support: Is your wireless light on the hub holding colour or not?
The Dark Lord of the Sith never rests So, what many suspected has come to pass, our deepest fears confirmed and one of the worst possible texts adopted. The Digital Economy Bill has gone through the wash-up process in the very last day of this Parliament. I am expecting others to go into the detail of what is actually in the Bill soon enough, this morning I feel neither the inclination nor the will to go through the document. However, just browsing through the online version of the Bill, it seems like the final text is not up yet, as it still contains clause 43 on orphan works, which I believe was dropped last night. What I want to comment on is something deeper, and perhaps more important in the long run than that arising from the letter of the law.
Last night the UK Government rammed through the controversial Digital Economy Bill after its third reading and just two hours debate.
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http://torrentfreak.com/how-file-sharers-will-bypass-uks-anti-piracy-act-100412/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Torrentfreak+%28Torrentfreak%29&utm_content=Google+Reader In this paper, TorrentFreak expose the many ways for file sharer to bypass the anti-piracy Act. As said, “The problem with using technology to fight technology is that it’s only a matter of time before the latter catches up with the former.” I am not encouraging illegal file-sharing but this article is a good demonstration of how the Digital Economy Bill is unable to reach it’s goal and will cost big investments for everyone, from the ISPs to each of us.
Two weeks ago I joined about 200 people standing outside Parliament demanding that the controversial Digital Economy Bill get a democratically fair debate rather than rushed into law without scrutiny during the pre-election process known as the Wash Up . The Digital Economy Bill has been drafted largely by corporate content providers attempting to protect their industrial business models and includes measures to disconnect alleged copyright infringers without any judicial oversight. Other impacts include forcing open wifi providers, such as cafes, bars, libraries, etc, to close their networks or face crippling penalties if someone downloads copyrighted material. The Bill also gives unprecedented powers to the Government and State to block and censor websites it (or big business) doesn’t like and take over domain names where it sees fit . In short, the Bill will make the UK’s Internet less free than China ‘s and stifle innovation, creativity and economic growth .
It's finally out in the open: Months after activists began calling for a draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to be made public, and weeks after one leaked , the dozens of governments negotiating this multilateral trade deal ended their absurd effort to keep it a secret. And now that I've read that 39-page PDF published by the European Union this morning (it has yet to appear didn't appear until later on the Office of the United States Trade Representative's site ), I don't like ACTA much more than I did back in November . This proposed agreement is what I thought it was : an intellectual-property land grab that would cement some of the uglier aspects of American law, export those provisions to other countries, possibly import even worse provisions back into the U.S. and, in the bargain, spawn a new and largely redundant international bureaucracy.
Thursday 15 April 2010 by Catherine Baksi Fear of adverse publicity has prompted a law firm to stop taking on cases against individuals for alleged copyright infringement through illegal downloading of material. Regional firm Tilly Bailey Irvine is one of three firms that have been subject to complaints by members of the public and consumer group Which? over the manner in which they have pursued cases of alleged illegal file-sharing on behalf of their clients. The firm, along with London firms Davenport Lyons and ACS: Law, is currently under investigation by the SRA following complaints about alleged misconduct.
Three things in life are unavoidable: death, taxes and the entertainment industry. Death is not nice. Taxes are unfair. And the entertainment industry is not nice, unfair, and evil.
China's internet filter, dubbed the 'Great Firewall', is frequently the subject of discussion, and a source of scorn directed at the nation's Communist government. But when it comes to defending itself against Great Firewall censorship criticisms, China might soon suggest that its critics look at another country: the UK. That's because the controversial Digital Economy Bill passed in the House of Commons last night, 189 to 47. And it gives the British government the wonderful ability to filter sites off the internet too.
It’s been a few days since the controversial Digital Economy Bill got the final approval from Parliament, now it only needs Royal Assent to become law. Despite a concerted and impressive online lobbying campaign , it seems that party politics was more important than Twitter outcry. But now the dust has settled the time has come to give the bill and all its last minute amendments some scrutiny.
Who voted NO?