A FOIA request by Chr
revealed that Obama administration officials, including Copyright Czar Victoria Espinel, Biden’s deputy chief of staff Alan Hoffman, and criminal prosecutor Lanny Breuer, negotiated the deal
between ISPs and copyright holders to punish subscribers
whose IP addresses participated in copyright infringement. [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.
Vans Stevenson, senior lobbyist for MPAA
(the Motion Picture Association of America), was the last to revise a letter California State Attorney General Bill Lockyer is to distribute to other attorney generals. Lockyer is the president of the National Association of Attorneys General. - is your government owned? Lockyer receives thousands in campaign contributions from MPAA, RIAA, and '[via: The Register]..corporate and private donations from the major studios, including The Paramount Pictures Group, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Warner Bros PAC, AOL Time Warner. Senior executives, such as Alan Horn and Howard Welinsky, respectively CEO and senior VP at Warner Brothers..
." Adam Eisgrau of P2P United said that "the draft attributed to the attorney general's office contains many significant factual errors, eyebrow-raising metadata, and articulates a very broad expansion in several important respects of product liability and consumer protection law that would have enormous effects..' It's in The NY Times
has the original document
"Movies: They're worth it!"
In a move to educate those darn thieving kids and their evil P2P file-sharing networks which are used to trade ripped movies, the MPAA has launched a public service campaign
to explain, in layman's terms, why violating their copyrights is wrong. …Yes, these are the same people who have just brought us an entire summer of bloated sequels, shameless celebrity vehicles and uninspired hack-work. Respect!
Verizon Must Reveal Internet Song Swapper
In a recent discussion
of the Supreme Court's decision to protect the rights of the individual from the greed and sloth of the many I warned that the RIAA and MPAA, comically inept though the media paints them, would soon have things their way. This link is to a news report about an important step in their fight for individual rights.
Ever downloaded an episode of a tv show through gnutella or other P2P means? The MPAA may be on the lookout for you
= headaches for MPAA
. Of course the SPA
can't be too pleased about filenavigator either. I've checked and the DivX of Castaway is on the net already.