MegaUpload is currently being portrayed by the MPAA and RIAA as one of the world’s leading rogue sites. But top music stars including P Diddy, Will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg and Kanye West disagree and are giving the site their full support in a brand new song
. TorrentFreak caught up with the elusive founder of MegaUpload, Kim Dotcom
, who shrugged off “this rogue nonsense” and told us he wants content owners to get paid. “It works like an ad blocker but instead of blocking ads we show ads coming from Megaclick, our ad network,
” says Kim. “This way we will generate enough ad revenue to provide free premium services and licensed content so that our users can have it for free.
The U.S. House of Representatives has drafted
their version of Senator Leahy's
Protect IP Act, renaming
the bill the E-Parasites Act
. Among other changes discussed prev
, the bill now makes
internet service providers and websites liable for activities of their users that infringe upon copyrights, effectively overturning parts of the 13-year-old Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
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]
Senator Leahy's Protect IP Act
would require that U.S. ISPs impose an 'internet death penalty' upon domain after merely a preliminary injunction from a U.S. court that suspects the site of being 'dedicated to infringing activities', even if the domain's owner had never been notified and was not subject to U.S. jurisdiction. There is concern that the legislation would fragment the DNS system and facilitate DNS spoofing
by obstructing DNSSEC
). There is also an open letter
opposing the bill signed by 108 Law Professors who study intellectual property law. [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.
The International Intellectual Property Alliance, an umbrella group for organisations including the MPAA and RIAA, has requested with the US Trade Representative to consider countries like Indonesia, Brazil and India for its “Special 301 watchlist” because they use open source software.
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A new trojan
is on the loose. It doesn't install any harmful adware/spyware, but does block both mininova
and the Pirate Bay
, president of the MPAA
, and John Perry Barlow
, Greatful Dead
lyricist and co-founder of the EFF
, debate movie piracy in this interview
(RealVideo) on the BBC's "Click
Hong Kong court jails man
for creating and posting torrents.
LokiTorrent was a popular spot to get movies
and they even put up a fight
against the recent crackdown, raising thousands in a legal defense fund. Today, it seems the MPAA won, forcing the owner to shut down. That's understandable and I'm not surprised, but they've gone a bit further than I expected, turning the site into a big scary ad against filesharing and warning that you're next. Even worse, the old owner is turning the logs over
to the MPAA, for them to go after folks.
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
"I aim to close every kind of hole in the dike I can find on piracy,"
and with those words, MPAA demon Jack Valenti banned
all DVD and VHS screeners of this years Oscar nominated films. File under "Throwing the baby out with the bathwater." Next up: Valenti plans to remove everyone's eyeballs with a rusty spoon.
"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!
Jack Valenti (head of the Motion Picture Association of America) has been quoted numerous times recently, saying "A 12-year-old, with a click of a mouse, can send a movie hurtling to all of the five continents
". A graduate researcher
at MIT set to test out the accuracy of the soundbite
, with interesting results.
Movie piracy 'like terrorism'
The drive to protect movie copyright needed to be "as concentrated an international event as the war on terrorism", according to Star Wars producer Rick McCallum.
= 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.
And now, here's something we hope you'll really like...
Californian David Simon decided that It Would Be Nice If you could use the Internet like your VCR. The MPAA and the Studios disagreed.
Is this guy crazy?
Or crazy like a fox?