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Re: [News] [SOT] MAFIAA Resorts to Extortion to Hopelessly Revive Dead Biz Model         

Group: comp.os.linux.advocacy · Group Profile
Author: Roy Schestowitz
Date: Aug 5, 2008 16:45

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____/ Homer on Tuesday 05 August 2008 12:39 : \____
> Verily I say unto thee, that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>> US cuts funding to universities
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | MAFIAA starts education protection racket
>> |
>> | SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES in the 'Land of the Free' will lose
>> | funding unless they become copyright cops for the film and
>> | music industry.
>> `----
> This should only be surprising to anyone who is naive enough to think
> that America is still a democracy, rather than a corporate oligarchy.
> The cultural ideology that started out as "freedom" and "opportunity"
> has devolved into fascism and exploitation. The best advice to anyone
> who still values their freedom is; get out while you can. Soon the US
> will make China look positively humanitarian by comparison.

DRM is a good example of looting one's country and staying out of jail, with
the assistance of lobbyists, pet charities and the likes of them.

DRM is like a crime. It's an illegal arrangement where several companies scheme
to take coordinated action to elevate profits at the consumers' expense. It's
just like price-fixing. It's corruption, and those involved could and should
be in jail. Microsoft is just part of these public conspiracies that have Web
pages and secret meetings that leak out.

They make it impossible to sell art, turning the model to one of renting and
sabotaging a medium like BitTorrent, which is used for many legitimate things
and cannot be replaced (the idea of just using nearby nodes to exchange
information is now a crime and owned by the MAFIAA, by their own pretentious
declaration, admittedly-bogus 'studies', and corruptible congress persons).

No wonder Lessig quit to fight political corruption while Google's copyrights
czar deleted 800 blog posts and closed his blog out of frustration the other

This is not some fan-fight like "Mac vs. PC". This is freedom against
corruption and evil [2-end].

[1] End of the Blog

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| I have decided to end the blog, after doing around 800 postings over about 4
| years.
| [...]
| 2. The Current State of Copyright Law is too depressing
| This leads me to my final reason for closing the blog which is independent of
| the first reason: my fear that the blog was becoming too negative in tone. I
| regard myself as a centrist. I believe very much that in proper doses
| copyright is essential for certain classes of works, especially commercial
| movies, commercial sound recordings, and commercial books, the core copyright
| industries. I accept that the level of proper doses will vary from person to
| person and that my recommended dose may be lower (or higher) than others. But
| in my view, and that of my cherished brother Sir Hugh Laddie, we are well
| past the healthy dose stage and into the serious illness stage. Much like the
| U.S. economy, things are getting worse, not better. Copyright law has
| abandoned its reason for being: to encourage learning and the creation of new
| works. Instead, its principal functions now are to preserve existing failed
| business models, to suppress new business models and technologies, and to
| obtain, if possible, enormous windfall profits from activity that not only
| causes no harm, but which is beneficial to copyright owners. Like
| Humpty-Dumpty, the copyright law we used to know can never be put back
| together again: multilateral and trade agreements have ensured that, and
| quite deliberately.

[2] Extension of sound recordings and performers’ rights: an issue of fairness

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| In setting up the rationalist background of his title, Professor Bently noted
| that the 2004 EC Staff Working Paper, the Gowers Report, and the
| EC-commissioned IVIR report had all approached the question rationally, with
| evidence-based and economic reasoning. Each had come out against extension.

Term Extension “will damage Commission’s reputation”, top legal advisers tell

,----[ Quote ]
| Today, the leading European centres for intellectual property research have
| released a joint letter to EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso,
| enclosing an impact assessment detailing the far reaching and negative
| effects of the proposal to extend the term of copyright in sound recordings.
| [...] “This Copyright Extension Directive, proposed by Commissioner Mccreevy,
| is likely to damage seriously the reputation of the Commission..."

Blizzard Wants Copyright Laws Changed

,----[ Quote ]
| Cheating is bad, but does cheating infringe on a video game publisher’s
| copyright? World of Warcraft-maker Blizzard, a subsidiary of Vivendi, is
| trying to argue in court that it does. If this argument succeeds, it could
| change the way all software copyrights operate in the eyes of the law.

BT to cut off file-sharing customers

,----[ Quote ]
| This follows a similar move by Virgin, which earlier this year joined forces
| with the BPI on an 'education campaign' aimed at those sharing copyrighted
| files.
| [...]
| ISPs have been under pressure from the government to work with the music
| industry in targeting illegal file sharers this year. Ministers have even
| threatened to introduce anti-filesharing legislation if a solution is not
| reached.

Europe rejects plan to criminalize file-sharing

,----[ Quote ]
| France's so-called Oliviennes strategy to combat copyright abuse includes
| a "three strikes and you are out" approach: offenders lose the right to an
| Internet account after being caught sharing copyright-protected music over
| the Internet for a third time.

Sweden Rejects Sarkozy’s War on File Sharing

,----[ Quote ]
| French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to disconnect European file sharers
| from the Internet. The idea is already in the process of being realized in
| France, and will according to Sarkozy be a step toward “a civilized Internet”
| where ISPs watch the information that their customers exchange.

Big Brother: Sarkozy calls for it, his government does it.

,----[ Quote ]
| "I want to see everything and know everything." - Nicolas Sarkozy, 2006, on
| video-surveillance
| La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) has seen the draft "Trust Online”
| Charter (FR) that the Ministry of the Interior is asking ISPs to sign by June
| 10th. The text confirms La Quadrature’s worst fears. Under the pretext of
| protecting users, the French government is attempting to put in place an
| all-encompassing Internet monitoring and filtering system. It seeks to avoid
| the usual processes of law-making, in order to impose disproportionate
| obligations on the ISPs – obligations which violate fundamental rights and
| which are contrary to the ethos of the Internet environment.

The New Perverted Reverse Value Theory of Copyright

,----[ Quote ]
| What this means to me is not that consumers have captured value that belongs
| to the industry, but rather that consumers have long been deprived of the
| value of their money, and are finally beginning to get something close to the
| true value of the product being sold. It is that market reality that scares
| the you-know-what out of the MBG, and that forced it to turn to a consultant
| to come up with a theory to sell to government policy makers as an example of
| the sky is falling from yet another effort to blame consumers for the
| industry’s own shortcomings. The proposed solution by MBG is an attempt to
| obtain a government-mandated subsidy by consumers of an industry that is
| finally being forced to give consumers what they want. There is no value for
| policy makers in mandating such an undeserved subsidy. And, as a policy
| matter, the theory on which it is based, namely that every unauthorized use
| by consumers is the misappropriation of value properly owned by copyright
| owners, has no limit; it applies to book reviews, news stories, quotations,
| parodies, the first sale doctrine, and a limitless term of protection (note
| the connection between the value theory and the concurrent effort at term
| extension for sound recordings in the UK and Europe). Even Blackstone’s view
| of property as the sole, despotic dominion of the owner never reached this
| far.                  

ISPs demand record biz pays up if cut-off P2P users sue

,----[ Quote ]
| ISPs are calling on the record industry to put its money where its mouth is
| on illegal file-sharing, by underwriting the cost of lawsuits brought by
| people who are wrongly accused of downloading or uploading music.
| [...]
| It's the latest public detail from long-running private negotiations that
| have hit mainstream media headlines today. The lobbying campaign to have
|                                                ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| government force ISPs to disconnect persistent illegal file-sharers scored a
| victory with a leak to The Times. The draft government document says: "We
| will move to legislate to require internet service providers to take action
| on illegal file-sharing."

Policing internet 'not ISP's job'

,----[ Quote ]
| The head of one of Britain's biggest internet providers has criticised the
| music industry for demanding that he act against pirates.
| [...]
| BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones said that the music industry
| has been fighting a losing battle to prevent people from swapping songs for
| nothing on the internet.
| Mr Dunstone, whose TalkTalk broadband is Britain's third biggest internet
| provider, said the demands are unreasonable and unworkable.

RIAA, MPAA: Be Careful what you Wish For

,----[ Quote ]
| Schemes are being hatched to make it harder and harder to download
| copyrighted material across the internet.  Seems they will be just as
| successful as the method to stop people recording CDs to tape in the “old
| days.”  And just as ludicrous.  

The concerns of copyright reform

,----[ Quote ]
| The Canadian legislation, which could be introduced as early as next week, is
| expected to use the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) as a model.
| [...]
| Stoddart notes that if "DRM technologies only controlled copying and use of
| content, our Office would have few concerns".
| However, those same technologies can be used to collect personal information
| about computer users that is "transmitted back to the copyright owner or
| content provider, without the consent or knowledge of the user".

Lessig: Required Reading: the next 10 years

,----[ Quote ]
| Yet governments continue to push ahead with this idiot idea -- both Britain
| and Japan for example are considering extending existing terms. Why?
| The answer is a kind of corruption of the political process. Or better,
| a "corruption" of the political process. I don't mean corruption in the
| simple sense of bribery. I mean "corruption" in the sense that the
| system is so queered by the influence of money that it can't even get
| an issue as simple and clear as term extension right.

An Economist Questions Intellectual Monopolies

,----[ Quote ]
| Copyrights and patents are government granted monopolies. They have their
| origins in the feudal guild system, not the free market economics of Smith
| and Ricardo. In fact, at the end of the 19th century, Switzerland and the
| Netherlands actually eliminated patent and copyright protection, with the
| intent of promoting free market competition. In spite of their feudal legacy,
| and their obvious status as forms of protectionism, few economists ever
| question the merits of the patent and copyright systems.      

Chief RIAA Litigator Named Colorado Judge -- UPDATE

,----[ Quote ]
| The Pirate Party of the United States took a different position. "Being the
| lead counsel in a multi-year campaign of extortion, pretexting, and sham
| litigation should not be rewarded with a seat in any court, except perhaps as
| a defendant," said the party's chairman, Andrew Norton.

Counterclaims for extortion, conspiracy, trespass, consumer fraud & abuse,
abuse of process upheld in Atlantic v. Boyer

,----[ Quote ]
| The counterclaims are for civil conspiracy, extortion, illegal
| investigations, computer fraud, trespass, deception, and abuse of process.

Dancing tot's mom faces setback in YouTube-Prince case

,----[ Quote ]
| EFF had asked for a ruling that the 30-second snippet did not violate
| copyright law; Fogel concluded it was unnecessary because "Universal has
| indicated it had and presently has no intention of ever asserting an
| infringement action directly against Lenz based on the 'Let's Go Crazy'
| video."    

Does She Look Like a Music Pirate?

,----[ Quote ]
| Andersen is going after the recording industry under conspiracy laws. She
| argues the Recording Industry Association of America, the industry's trade
| group, and its affiliates worked together on a broad campaign to intimidate
| people into making financial payoffs. The defendants "secretly met and
| conspired" to develop a "litigation enterprise" with the ultimate goal of
| preserving the major record companies' control over the music business.
| Andersen is requesting class action status for her case, seeking at least $5
| million in compensation for the class      
| [...]
| From her apartment outside Portland, Andersen remains involved in the broader
| case. She collects files on her suit and tracks other disputes with the RIAA
| online. One recent winter day, she sipped a Diet Pepsi and watched Tazz jump
| from the couch and settle on the floor. "You have to find some positive in
| stuff, too," she says. "For whatever reason, I have been given a unique
| opportunity to fight this. I feel a responsibility in a way and want to help
| others. That pushes me along."      

Music boss: we were wrong to go to war with consumers

,----[ Quote ]
| The boss of Warner Music has made a rare public confession that the music
| industry has to take some of the blame for the rise of p2p file sharing.

Defendant: RIAA abusing courts to shore up "failing business model"

,----[ Quote ]
| After the lawsuit was filed, Njuguna said she boxed up the PC reportedly used
| for infringement and purchased a new one. She then filed a series of
| counterclaims to the RIAA's lawsuit in an attempt to have the lawsuit
| dismissed and her name cleared. One of those accuses the record labels of
| failing to negotiate in good faith.    
| [...]
| Njugana also accuses the RIAA of engaging in deceptive and unfair trade
| practices, arguing that the record labels have demonstrated repeated behavior
| that has an "adverse effect on the public interest." She also cites former
| RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen's lawsuit (which seeks class-action status) as
| evidence that, unless the courts step in at some point, the RIAA will
| continue its campaign.    

The RIAA will come to regret its court win

,----[ Quote ]
| And, he told his blog readers: "If [the industry tries to] keep up the
| strategy of 'you need us badly and therefore we make the rules' you will lose
| the artists, their managers... and the audience. Another 12 months for this
| Radiohead experiment to become the default approach. Get engaged or get
| outmoded. And do it soon."    

Mom Sues Universal Music for DMCA Abuse

,----[ Quote ]
| The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit today against Universal
| Music Publishing Group (UMPG), asking a federal court to protect the fair use
| and free speech rights of a mother who posted a short video of her toddler
| son dancing to a Prince song on the Internet.  

RIAA, MPAA urge pro-copyright vows from presidential candidates

,----[ Quote ]
| One question, for instance, asks: "How would you promote the progress of
| science and creativity, as enumerated in the U.S. Constitution, by upholding
| and strengthening copyright law and preventing its diminishment?"  

- --
~~ Best of wishes

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