In an attempt to make itself less desirable to copyright infringers, starting November 27, RapidShare will begin capping non-paying users
at 1 gigabyte of outbound downloads per day. (Paying users will have 30 gigabytes.) Meanwhile, controversial Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is planning a January debut for his new Mega
service - which plans to insure itself against litigation by having all hosted material encrypted by the uploader's browser before transmission.
The High Court has handed down its decision
in the case of Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v iiNet Ltd
; full text of judgment
; some analysis
), finding 5-0 that ISP iiNet did not authorise its users to infringe the copyrights of members of the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT
) by making films available over BitTorrent. [more inside]
Swedish "Pirate" MEP Christian Engström
has announced that today or tomorrow Europe will be voting on extending copyrights for recorded music from 50 years to 95 years
Recently, Engström and Dutch liberal party D66 MEP Marietje Schaake have submitted a formal question
to the European Commission on the conflict of interest arising from their appointment of Maria Martin-Prat
. Martin-Prat has spent years directing 'global legal policy' for IFPI
, the global recording industry's London-based trade group, but will now be overseeing IPRED
and the ongoing ACTA
On the other side of the pond, Judge Beryl Howell has overturned restrictions established by lower courts on the issuing mass subpoenas to ISPs
during her first week on the U.S. D.C. District Court
, known results
). Beryl Howell was recently employed as an RIAA lobbyist and Executive Managing Director and General Counsel at the pirate chasing company Stroz Friedberg.
Regrettably the Newzbin website has to close as a result of the legal action against us.
Once the premier Usenet indexing site and the inventor of the NZB
file format, Newzbin has officially closed its doors
a court battle
against several Hollywood studios. Gossip suggests that Newzbin is in dire financial straights. [more inside]
The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO-IP) Act
has added a whole other dimension to the term "copyright infringement." Sponsored by the US entertainment industry, it allows seizure of assets before
the accused is found guilty and the creation of a new executive branch led by an "Intellectual Property Czar" who would report directly to the President on IP crimes--similar to the Drug Czar of the War on Drugs. Financial penalties for copyright crimes have increased dramatically. More information here
, and a summary of critiques here.
Is this a useful addition to the War On Copyright Infringement or just more bureaucratic red tape
) is a vast photo- and art-blog - so vast it can be a little overwhelming, so here are some places to dive in: 3D baked goods
, food sculptures
, sprouting keyboards
, bookish figures
, more wire warriors
, surreal prints
, miniature architecture
, wall-painting architecture
, facial archetypes from the Soviet Union
, a grotesque alphabet book
and other freakish critters
, old bicycle cards
, a porcelain zodiac
bridge to nowhere, итд
Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2005.
In a speech
given on November 10th, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales introduced proposed legislation
[pdf] that would go one step further in criminalizing copyright infringement. The RIAA thinks its a good idea
Mickey Mouse Meets the Air Pirates Funnies.
on the ensuing legal fracas was previously discussed on Metafilter here
, but now you can read the whole first issue as Dan O'Neill
intended it. See also the Communique
. Via BoingBoing
How to win friends and influence people!
Metallica goes after Seattle ISP for copyright infringement.
I got this link from a pal-has anyone else heard about it?