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Understanding Anti-Piracy Enforcement. Above all else, right at the start, I will reiterate one thing – I AM NOT A LAWYER. None of what is said is legal advice, nor should it be used as any basis for defense. If you feel the need for legal advice, then get competent legal advice. This is a point most strongly emphasized by the Jammie Thomas trial, where she had legal advice, but it was NOT competent in the subject.

Finally, for the most part, this will be referring to US laws, as that’s where the majority of lawsuits occur. The first thing to remember is, there is nothing on the net that you know of, that anti-piracy organizations don’t. No protocol, or secret piece of software, that you know of but which shouldn’t be talked about ‘in case they get to hear of it’. The one thing most people seem to fail to understand, is that there are no magic solutions. There are some common misunderstandings about anti-piracy activities that seem to be pervasive.

Cases involving torrents are rare, as yet. This is especially common. Magazine | Getting inside a downloader's head. This advert was made in the US for global reversioning The Digital Britain report advocates the latest step in the war against illegal downloaders, requiring ISPs to write them notification letters and monitor persistent offenders. But what of the other side of the fight against piracy, the effort to win hearts and minds? If you've watched a DVD in the past five years, you may well have seen an advert that sticks in your mind. Cartoonishly raucous music plays as a girl sits in her bedroom downloading a film. "You wouldn't steal a car" a caption flashes as a leather jacketed man interferes with a black Mercedes in a side street. "You wouldn't steal a handbag" flashes another caption. For the duration you may be jabbing the skip button on your remote.

Perhaps you leave to make a cup of tea until it's finished, perhaps you stay and really soak it in. Knock-off Nigel is a more recent advert Browse on YouTube and you'll see the advert has been parodied many times over. PosterGuideFinal. Anti-pirating ad music stolen › Dr Karl's Great Moments In Science (ABC Science) Dr Karl › Dr Karl's Great Moments In Science You wouldn't steal a movie, so why would you put stolen music on an anti-piracy ad?

Dr Karl investigates a curious case of copyright theft. By Karl S. Kruszelnicki If you have bought or rented a movie on a DVD sometime in the last few years, you would have had to sit through the compulsory anti-piracy video at the beginning. You know, the one with the urgent death-metal-thrash techno music in the background, and the words on the screen telling you that you wouldn't steal a car, or a handbag, or a television, or a movie. It then goes on to tell you that: "downloading pirated movies is stealing" and furthermore that "stealing is against the law" and finishes off with the bleak message that "piracy is a crime". But here's an interesting question. Protection of literary property probably began in Great Britain in 1710, with the so-called "British Statute of Queen Anne". Most countries have a music royalty collection agency.

So Mr. . ^ to top. French filesharers to be banned from flying? By Joe McNamee A proposed European Directive threatens the ability of French filesharers to use airlines. The problem is a new attempt to adopt a Directive on the collection and storage of “passenger name record” (PNR) data. The European Commission’s plan is for air travellers’ data to be used for profiling individuals, to guess if they are involved in “terrorist offences and serious online crime”. A “serious crime” is defined as punishable by imprisonment for a “maximum period of at least three years”. In France, filesharing (like manslaughter and death threats) can be punished by a period of up to three years in prison, and so falls under the Directive’s definition of “serious crime”. In the European Parliament, the parliamentarian in charge, British MEP Timothy Kirkhope, has tabled an amendment to the Commission’s text, saying that it should be possible to compare the PNR databases against other “relevant” databases.

So, where does this leave the French filesharers? USA: Six-Strikes-Verwarnungen erfolglos. Washington, D. C. – Die Six-Strikes-Verwarnungen in den USA zeigen nicht die gewünschte Wirkung, wie interne Papiere des amerikanischen Filmverbandes MPAA belegen. Die Copyright-Verletzungen gehen demnach seit der Einführung des Six-Strikes-Modells vor zwei Jahren nicht zurück.

Wer in den USA illegal urheberrechtlich geschützte Musik, Filme, Bücher oder Software über Peer-To-Peer-Dienste herunterlädt, wird in sechs Stufen verwarnt: Bei den ersten beiden Verstößen wird der Inhaber des Internetanschlusses gewarnt, dass er gerade via Bittorrent Urheberrecht verletzt. Beim dritten und vierten Mal muss der Nutzer diesen Hinweis mit einem Klick bestätigen. Beim fünften und sechsten Versuch ergreift der Internetprovider Maßnahmen und drosselt beispielsweise die Netzgeschwindigkeit. Das Six-Strikes-Modell stoppt also im besten Falle Gelegenheitsnutzer und Unwissende, nicht jedoch das Gros der Urheberrechtsverletzer, die sich sowieso per VPN davor schützen, erkannt zu werden. Urheberrecht: Frankreich soll HADOPI abschaffen, Three Strikes "l. Paris - Der französischen Regierung wurde empfohlen, die HADOPI-Behörde zu schließen, das Three-Strikes-System jedoch in "Light"-Version beizubehalten, berichtet "Torrent Freak".

User, die urheberrechtlich geschützte Inhalte illegal herunterladen, sollen mithilfe eines automatisierten Systems eine 60 Euro Strafe erhalten – allerdings, und deswegen ist es nach wie vor ein de facto Three-Strikes-System, erst nach zwei Verwarnungen. Der Vorschlag stammt von einer neun-köpfigen Expertenrunde, angeführt von Pierre Lescure, die dem Präsidenten François Hollande einen 700-seitigen Report zur Förderung des heimischen Entertainment-Geschäfts lieferte. Die aktuelle Kulturministerin Aurélie Filippetti hatte Lescure, ehemaliger CEO des TV-Senders Canal+, nach ihrer Amtseinführung um eine entsprechende Untersuchung gebeten. Seit dem Inkrafttreten des Gesetzes am 1. Der 700-seitige Bericht der Expertenrunde enthält 75 Vorschläge an Präsident Hollande.

EU Proposal Bans Netflix-Style Geo Blocking and Restrictions. The European Commission has officially presented its plan to abolish geo-blocking and filtering restrictions across EU member states. The new proposal requires online services to allow users to access their accounts all across Europe, even in countries where it's officially not available yet. Netflix subscribers across Europe all have access to a different library of films and videos. The same is true for users of many other streaming services such as BBC iPlayer, Amazon Instant Video and HBO Go. This means that paying customers are often unable to use their accounts, or with restrictions, when traveling to other European countries.

These geo-blocking practices have been a thorn in the side of the European Commission who today published a concrete proposal requiring streaming services to ban them. The proposal, which is the first in EU’s broader copyright reform, requires online services to remove geo-blocking in Europe. “We want to ensure the portability of content across borders. The social media rights and user generated content guide by Chute. Is watching TV for free on the Internet legal? Yes and no. Depending on how you are watching TV on the Internet determines if it is legal or not. Often (but not always), the easiest method of determining if the content is legal or not is if the content you are viewing contains advertisements or a sponsor. The producers of the content cannot afford to release their content without some type of sponsorship.

If you are downloading or watching TV without commercials or sponsorship, it may be illegal. Note: If you are downloading or viewing illegal content, it can be a security risk since many of the sites hosting the content are supported by malware. Where are places on the Internet that I can watch TV for free and legally? Hulu - The number one location for finding full and legal TV shows, trailers, and some movies for US visitors.

Popular illegal methods of watching TV shows Bittorrents - Downloading a TV show through a bittorrent is often illegal. Other non-free solutions Hardware devices that support Internet TV programs.

International European Parliament passes strong net neutrality law, along with major roaming reforms. European fans of the open internet can breathe a sigh of relief: the European parliament has passed a major package of telecoms law reform, complete with amendments that properly define and protect net neutrality. The amendments (PDF) were introduced by the Socialist, Liberal, Green and Left blocs in the European Parliament after the final committee to tweak the package – the industry committee – left in a bunch of loopholes that would have allowed telcos to start classifying web services of their choice as “specialized services” that they can treat differently. It’s a good thing the net neutrality argument didn’t sink the whole package, as it also includes new laws to eliminate roaming fees within Europe, creating a truly single market for telecoms services.

Now the whole package gets passed through to the next Parliament (elections are coming up in May), then the representatives of European countries for final approval. Nitty-gritty And Amendment 236 hammered that point home:

Lawsuits International Copyright Basics | RightsDirect. - Global copyright - Different types of rights - When copyright protection begins - Exceptions and limitations - International copyright treaties - Fair dealing and fair use - Copyright regulations in Europe - Obtaining permission to use a copyrighted work - What is protected by copyright? - Duration of copyright - Copyright and licensing information sources - Public domain Global copyright Copyright is a creation of law in each country, and therefore there is no such thing as an international copyright law. Top of Page When copyright protection begins One of the basic principles of the Berne Convention is that of “automatic protection”, which means that copyright protection exists automatically from the time a qualifying work is fixed in a tangible medium (such as paper, film or a silicon chip).

International copyright treaties Several international treaties encourage reasonably coherent protection of copyright from country to country. Copyright regulations in Europe Duration of copyright.

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Confirmed: Comcast and Netflix have signed a paid peering agreement. Comcast has agreed to a transit and interconnection agreement with Netflix, as Gigaom first reported on Friday afternoon. While it’s not disclosing the terms of the agreement, Netflix is paying Comcast to connect its network directly to Comcast’s network. Comcast released the following statement: Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) today announced a mutually beneficial interconnection agreement that will provide Comcast’s U.S. broadband customers with a high-quality Netflix video experience for years to come. Working collaboratively over many months, the companies have established a more direct connection between Netflix and Comcast, similar to other networks, that’s already delivering an even better user experience to consumers, while also allowing for future growth in Netflix traffic. Netflix receives no preferential network treatment under the multi-year agreement, terms of which are not being disclosed.

Intellectual property (TRIPS) - agreement text - contents. Starving Artist. You can read the details in the above Times article, but essentially the film and record industries (mostly the film industry) have orchestrated a school-to-school tour to "educate" 5th through 9th graders about the evils of file trading. A program designed to reach 900,000 students that is offspring of those ancient industrial films regularly parodied on the Simpsons (smokestacks are your friends kids). One of the key activities of this program - and what caught my eye - was a game called 'Starving Artist' where students come up with an idea for a record album, cover art, and lyrics.

After this exercise is completed a volunteer teacher drops the supposed bombshell, that the album is already available for download for free. From the Times article "According to the lesson, the volunteer would then "ask them how they felt when they realized that their work was stolen and that they would not get anything for their efforts. " This fact has become very clear to the music buying public.

Overview | Teaching Copyright. As today's tech-savvy teens become increasingly involved with technology and the Internet for learning, work, civic engagement, and entertainment, it is vital to ensure that they understand their legal rights and responsibilities under copyright law and also how the law affects creativity and innovation. This curriculum is designed to give teachers a comprehensive set of tools to educate students about copyright while incorporating activities that exercise a variety of learning skills.

Lesson topics include: the history of copyright law; the relationship between copyright and innovation; fair use and its relationship to remix culture; peer-to-peer file sharing; and the interests of the stakeholders that ultimately affect how copyright is interpreted by copyright owners, consumers, courts, lawmakers, and technology innovators. Unit Goals Educate students about copyright law, including the concepts of fair use, free speech, and the public domain. Objectives for Students Assessment. When Copyright Goes Bad | For centuries, copyright law has existed to protect creative production whilst promoting public access. But the digital age is challenging this balance and fundamentally changing the nature of the way we produce, access and distribute content. Suddenly, copyright rules no longer do what they are supposed to do. They have gone bad. This is a film about how copyright has become one of the most important consumer issues of the digital age; why corporate lobbying risks criminalising the actions of hundreds of thousands of people; and what the future holds for the fight for fairer copyright laws.

When Copyright Goes Bad is an introduction to the renegotiation of copyright and is for anyone interested in how copyright is affecting consumers. Fred Von Lohmann - Electronic Frontier Foundation; Michael Geist - University of Ottawa Law School; Jim Killock - Open Rights Group; and Hank Shocklee - Co-founder of Public Enemy Quotes from When Copyright Goes Bad Watch in Français | Español. World Internet Project. The Policy Laundering Project. Back>> Introduction: The Problem of Policy Laundering A new challenge has emerged in the democratic battle to preserve civil liberties in the United States and around the world. This challenge is what has been dubbed policy laundering the use of foreign and international forums as an indirect means of pushing policies that could never win direct approval through the regular domestic political process.

In a rapidly globalizing world, this technique is becoming a central means by which the United States (and other nations) seek to overcome civil liberties objections to privacy-invading policies. Just as money laundering describes the cycling of illegitimate funds through outside institutions in order to enter them into legitimate circulation, so does policy laundering involve the cycling of policies that lack political legitimacy through outside intuitions in order to enter them into circulation despite their lack of acceptance.

Cybercrime Treaty The push for a global ID Airline passenger data. Treaties and Contracting Parties: WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) Copyright Scofflaws Beware: ISPs to Begin Monitoring Illicit File Sharing | Threat Level. “Six Strikes”Copyright Alert System Costs Millions.


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