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Online copyright infringement reforms announced

Government gives industry last chance to agree industry code before imposing one and will introduce injunctions to block access to 3rd party websites

What the EU Commissioner said on the Internet and Downloading

Commissioner Reding, the EU’s Commissioner for information society and media, has attracted a degree of attention planning an overhaul of internet downloading rules. Her comments were part of a wide ranging speech on what the EU is doing and will be doing about broadband, access and …. So, what did she actually say? After identifying access to digital content as the first of 4 priority issues, Ms Reding said: 1. My first and.. Read More

The Internet Wars (copyright campaign) come to ISPs down under

The big movie studios have brought proceedings against iiNet, one of the larger (in a non-Bigpond sort of way) ISPs seeking to impose liability on the ISP for infringing downloading by its subscribers. The Application is here (pdf) and the Statement of Claim is here (pdf). Various analyses: Nic Suzor has a detailed view here Kim Weatherall here Australian PC Mag here The Film Industry outlines its position here IPRoo carries a quote from the.. Read More

Jammie Thomas wins – sort of?

Ms Thomas, a single mother of two, is was the first person successfully prosecuted to a substantive trial by the RIAA in the USA for copyright infringement by P2P file “sharing” – using KaZaa, she downloaded and “shared” 24 copies of protected sound recordings. The jury awarded RIAA statutory damages of US$220,000 by the jury (or $9,250 per song file downloaded). Well, (pending the appeal), it’s all coming unstuck – a bit.  The trial judge,.. Read More