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After many and many debates, Norway sees its new anti-piracy law coming into force. For file-sharing fans this means that the measures against their downloading habits are getting much tougher and for admins it means that at least some of their websites are likely to get blocked by the ISPs.
Since former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden ignited debates by leaking top secret data concerning the monitoring and surveillance practices of the US and British governments – privacy and internet freedom have become the central focus of media worldwide.
The harmful effects of illegal file-sharing have become the perfect justification for monitoring and what forms it will further take in the future some can guess, other can mathematically point to as part of a larger plan.
Returning now to the Norway’s anti-piracy law – the country’s internet users will be from now on subjected to monitoring by copyright holders in the name of intellectual property protection.
The new legislation allows copyright holders to request the government’s permission to scan file-sharing websites for illegal downloading activities. Furthermore, under the new law, harvested IP addresses can be linked to real-life identities through court ruling and the assistance of ISPs.
The ISPs will have, of course, a major role in the enforcement of the new law - legal requests will have them block file-sharing websites. Already many voices point to Telenor as the first ISP to receive such a request against the resilient Pirate Bay.
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BitTorrent’s efforts to wash away the association between the company’s name and illegal downloading (read more in our post) continues with a new partnership. The company that gave us file-sharing clients uTorrent and BitTorrent has teamed up with alternative rock group Pixies. The band’s new single was released online as a torrent download. Titled BagBoy, this single marks the first new material that the group has put out over the last ten years.
In order to grab the single via BitTorrent, you are asked for your email address. As expected for many of you, file-sharing freaks out there, the single doesn’t come on its own, being included in a Bittorrent bundle which means you’ll also get other stuff as well. This other stuff is Where Is My Mind Coachella 2004 live set (includes 20 tracks).
BitTorrent’s partnerships with artists, aspiring or consecrated, is becoming quite a regular thing. Last month the company teamed up with hip-hop legends Public Enemy to launch the group’s new music and support a remixing contest.
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The admin of three file-sharing websites was given more than a year and a half in prison by a court in Valencia for linking to unauthorized digital content
The sites in question were www.divxonline.info, www.estrenosonline.es and www.seriesonlines.es, and the charges that led to the conviction pointed to making movies and other copyright protected files available for streaming over the internet without consent from the rights owners.
While a few years back, Spain seemed to be very tolerant towards non-commercial illegal file-sharing, over the past year its measures against online piracy have toughened considerably.
The case followed a complaint by EGEDA (an organization that manages the rights of audiovisual producers), and the lobby group was quite satisfied with the court’s sentence against the admin – one year, seven months and 15 days of jail, along with a period of 21 months of inactivity.
“The importance of the sentence lies in that it supports the idea that providing links to protected works constitutes an unauthorized act of public communication and that responsibility is not exonerated once the accused is made aware of the illicit procedure, regardless of whether the links were provided by the administrator of third parties.” (EGEDA)
Richard Atkinson, head of the Anti-Piracy department at Adobe, believes that instead of blaming pirates for doing what they do, a way to make them paying customers must be found. As such, the popular company is cooking up a plan, and they’re not the only ones to do so.
This year’s Anti-Piracy and Content Protection Summit came with a rather astonishing surprise. David Kaplan, who is leading the Anti-Piracy Operations section at Warner Bros, made public the studio’s intention to reconsider its position on piracy and pirates. In other words, WB realized that piracy is actually acting as an agent for consumers’ needs. With that in mind, Warner Bros started to adjust its marketing plan in order to drive people towards legal content. Also, WB considers that right-holders could help by giving consumers exactly what they want and when they want it. We’ve already spoken about why people are more likely to go and pirate content instead of buying it, and it seems that the industry is finally getting the point.
The same idea is in Adobe’s mind.
“The strategy and concept of moving from traditional ‘enforcement-led anti piracy’ to a ‘business-focused pirate-to-pay conversion program’ is a BIG change, needing changes to operational elements as well as cultural elements,” Atkinson said.
“Everyone is tired of the entire concept and term ‘Anti-Piracy’, even the term ‘Content Protection’ too. It feels like an ongoing war that has been going on for 20+ years… with the same old good-guy vs bad-guy battles,” he continued.
He went on by saying that while online piracy is a problem not to be ignored, the solution to it lies in the hands of exactly those businesses who are trying to fight against it.
“The core fundamental aspect is not necessarily technology… it is UNDERSTANDING what is really going on. In my years working in this space, I have consistently found that very few people actually have FACTS about what is going on,” Atkinson believes.
“Once you have the facts, then it will change your beliefs and your actions,” he added.
Adobe is now taking a new approach by shifting their focus from boxed products to cloud-based subscriptions. To that end, the software company had already launched Creative Cloud, a solution to better the prices of Adobe Photoshop and several other products.
“I do not think people who pirate our software do it because they are bad people, or because they like to steal things. I just think that they decided that they can not afford it,” David Wadhwani working for Adobe said when Creative Cloud was launched.
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After filing appeal to a 2009 court order forcing Joel Tenenbaum to pay $22.500 for each of the 30 songs he shared, the outcome is not surprising at all: he still needs to pay up.
The First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that Tenenbaum’s penalty must be carried out. Tenenbaum appealed the 2009 court order, arguing that the penalty is unconstitutional; as such, he asked for a either a retrial or for the award to be reduced via common law remittitur.
Despite his arguments, the court of appeals said that…
“Tenenbaum carried on his activities for years in spite of numerous warnings, he made thousands of songs available illegally, and he denied responsibility during discovery”.
“Much of this behavior was exactly what Congress was trying to deter when it amended the Copyright Act. Therefore, we do not hesitate to conclude that an award of $22,500 per song, an amount representing 15% of the maximum award for willful violations and less than the maximum award for non-willful violations, comports with due process,” the court continued.
Tenenbaum then explained to the court that he’s emptied the labels’ pockets with only $450, the overall price of the 30 albums.
“But this argument asks us to disregard the deterrent effect of statutory damages, the inherent difficulty in proving damages in a copyright suit, and Sony’s evidence of the harm that it suffered from conduct such as Tenenbaum’s,” the court said.
It seems that one of the longest copyright lawsuits is drawing to an end. Just like it did for the “file-sharing mom”case.
Read the court’s ruling in full here.