By Stephen C. Webster Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:14 EDT If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider (ISP) has been watching, and they’re coming for you. Specifically, they’re coming for you on Sunday, July 1. That’s the date when the nation’s largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users’ bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials.
The MPAA has submitted a new list of “notorious websites” to the Office of the US Trade Representative, sites that are all in danger of becoming the target of planned U.S. legislation. The list contains the most-visited torrent sites including The Pirate Bay, file-hosting and linking sites such as MegaUpload, and Russia’s Facebook equivalent, VKontakte. Interestingly, file-hosting service RapidShare is absent from the filing.
When the Supreme Court decided Bilski , we lamented that the “ Court regrettably failed to provide guidance in the future about business method patents .” Now we are faced with the result of that failure: a string of cases that leaves us scratching our heads and wondering what, if anything, Bilski meant.
There's been a lot of attention lately to the massive problems with the patent system.
29 July 2011 Last updated at 06:14 ET Spotify launched its service in the US in mid-July
5 July 2011 Last updated at 15:21 GMT Ways to stop websites illegally streaming sports matches should be investigated, said Ed Vaizey Websites hosting pirated material could be blocked in the UK if the US introduces a similar system, according to culture minister Ed Vaizey.
"I just arrived at the Tuileries for the #eG8, already a hoot. Unfounded smugness to rival the World Economic Forum."
Piracy is not all that bad for musicians.
The Son of ACTA
The New Zealand government has outraged internet users by rushing through a new anti-P2P copyright bill under cover of an emergency session of Parliament. Parliament had been called to deal with the country's Christchurch earthquake. During the session, it also pushed through its file-sharing bill under an "urgency" motion.
IMSLP, the largest public domain music library on the Internet, has just suffered a damaging attack on the site’s infrastructure.
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4 February 2011 Last updated at 11:59 ET The withdrawal of MediaCAT and ACS: Law follows a highly unusual court case
Over the last year a handful of lawyers have sued well over one hundred thousand alleged BitTorrent users in the United States. Usually, when these lawyers respond to the press, if they even choose to do so at all, we are given only generic comments. Until now.