Computer law

  1. @MIDEM: BPI: 'U.K. Government Will Pass Anti-Piracy Bill'

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britain’s Digital Economy Bill will be passed before the General Election despite a shortage of parliamentary time, according to U.K. labels body the BPI. “We’re doing everything we can to convince [U.K. Prime Minister] Gordon Brown he doesn’t nee ...

  2. Verizon Boots Pirates From Network

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The veil covering the highly secretive negotiations between the music industry and ISPs over how to handle online piracy was lifted slightly today with Verizon now admitting to operating a graduated response program. In an interview with CNET , Ve ...

  3. BPI Hits Back At ISP Piracy Cost Claims

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. trade body the BPI claims that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are exaggerating the cost of measures to tackle piracy. The government's Digital Economy Bill, currently being debated in Parliament, would oblige ISPs to detect and notify ...

  4. RIAA To FCC: Don't Block Anti-Piracy Efforts

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST The RIAA today (Jan. 14) filed comments to the FCC encouraging the regulatory body to keep any Net Neutrality rules it may be considering flexible enough to allow for the enforcement of anti-piracy measures. January 15 is the deadline for submitti ...

  5. U.K. Ministers Water Down Copyright Powers

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. ministers have granted a concession in the Digital Economy Bill, which in its original form would have provided "reserve powers" to introduce legislation to clamp down on any future technology that could enable copyright infringemen ...

  6. DC Court: FCC May Not Have Net Neutrality Authority

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The issue of net neutrality is expected to take up a good deal of debate in 2010, and the first salvos of the year have already been fired. During a Friday hearing, judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia questioned whethe ...

  7. Merge Record Labels and ISPs?

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST What if the majors merged with ISPs? It is a question posted at the MIDEM blog by French music industry blogger Hugo Amsellem. Easy answer: disaster. For starters, there is no single music company that can merge with a single ISP. Each country has ...

  8. Report: Google/Viacom Case Set For Ruling

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Viacom's $1 billion copyright lawsuit case against YouTube is reportedly heading towards a ruling. According to All Things Digital, three years after the case started both parties have requested a meeting with the federal court judge to discu ...

  9. Business Matters: Consumer Confidence Up, Jamendo Out Of Money?

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global consumer confidence inched up in Q4 2009, according to Nielsen. Opinions, however, were quite varied. Eight of the ten most confident ma ...

  10. Torrent Site isoHunt Loses Court Battle

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST British Columbia-based torrent site isoHunt has been handed a huge blow, having lost a summary judgment in a California court battle with the Motion Picture Association of America. isoHunt, which is run by Richmond, BC-resident Gary Fung, had argu ...

  11. Spanish Biz Appeals To Govt On Piracy Plan

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain's cultural sector has published an open letter to prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, asking him not to change his mind on the so-called anti-downloads law which is part of broader legislation still being drawn up. A full sessi ...

  12. U.K. Internet Firms Rail Against Digital Bill

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Several high-profile internet companies, including Google, eBay, Facebook and Yahoo! Europe, have sent an open letter to Britain's Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, opposing new legislation which they say risks harming t ...

  13. U.K. Biz Welcomes Publication Of Anti-Piracy Measures

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has welcomed the publication of the Digital Economy Bill, which includes measures to tackle illegal file-sharing. For now, the focus is on warning letters to deter file-sharing. But the Bill also includes three-strikes prov ...

  14. U.K. Govt Confirms Digital Legislation

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government has confirmed its intention to introduce a Digital Economy Bill, expected to include three-strikes measures that would lead to suspension of Internet access for repeat copyright infringers. The bill "to ensure the communic ...

  15. Business Matters: Hastings, ACTA, SoundExchange

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Retailer Hastings posted a net loss of about $3.7 million in Q3 2009 ending October 31. The company's loss through the first ten months of ...

  16. Business Matters: Qtrax, EMI, MySpace Music, Grand Ole Opry

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Qtrax is reported to have hired CLSA, a brokerage firm, to help it raise an additional $50 million . The company, the creator of an ad-supporte ...

  17. EU Says Internet Access Can Be Restricted

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The EU has agreed that a user's Internet access may be restricted, if necessary and proportionate, only after a fair and impartial procedure including the right to be heard. It replaces an amendment that had been voted through the European Pa ...

  18. U.K. Music Biz Reacts To Three-Strikes Pledge

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A combination of fierce criticism and welcome support was the mixed response from the U.K. music and digital industry following proposals outlined today (Oct.28) by U.K. cabinet minister Lord Mandelson to tackle unlawful P2P file-sharing. Mandelso ...

  19. Business Matters: Lord Mandelson, EFF, Apple

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Lord Mandelson , the British Business Secretary, will forge ahead with his legislative measures to cut off the Internet connections of illegal ...

  20. U.K. Cabinet Minister Promises P2P Legislation

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lord Mandelson, U.K. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has promised legislation to tackle unlawful P2P file-sharing. Speaking today (Oct. 28) at "c&binet forum" -- a three-day business and creative industry conf ...

  21. UK Report Guides Debate On Govt Anti-Piracy Role

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The All Party Parliamentary Communications Group apComms , a group created to provide discussion between the communications industry and British Parliamentarians, released a report on Thursday that is the culmination of an inquiry into what role g ...

  22. U.K. Committee Opposes Cutting Off File-Sharers

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the U.K. government has been consulting on technical measures including suspension of Internet accounts for file-sharers, a parliamentary committee has issued a report that blames the music industry for much of the file-sharing problem and o ...

  23. Business Matters: Live Nation/Ticketmaster, Net Neutrality, Garth Brooks

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Major concessions would be needed for the Justice Department to approve a merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation , sources have told the Wall Street Journal. The report offered no details or guesses on which concessions could be made. One possi ...

  24. Judge Dismisses UMG Suit Against Veoh

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has lost a bid to hold online video streaming site Veoh accountable for users who post copyrighted material to the service. A Los Angeles court awarded a summary judgment to Veoh, ruling that the company’s activities fall und ...

  25. Retailers, Trade Unions Demand Action On Piracy

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and a coalition of trade unions and rights holders has increased the pressure on the U.K. government to tackle illegal file-sharing. Paul Quirk, newly elected chairman of ERA, told the association ...

  26. U.K. Minister Defends Internet Suspension In MPAA Speech

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. intellectual property minister David Lammy has defended the government's revised proposal to include suspension of Internet accounts as an option to tackle illegal file-sharing, while calling on industry to help develop new services. Lam ...

  27. Opinion: New Services Or Legal Action, Which Comes First?

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Attacking piracy through new legal measures and balancing the field for content creators - those are the recurring themes in a letter to The Times from Lord Peter Mandelson, U.K. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills , and a lette ...

  28. U.K. Govt Beefs Up P2P Proposals

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has beefed up its consultation document on tackling unlawful file-sharing to include measures that would allow for the suspension of Internet access for persistent offenders. In June the Digital Britain report proposed that reg ...

  29. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Audible Magic, Miley Cyrus, Marty Bandier

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The largest ISP in Sweden has been told by a Swedish district court to block access to the Pirate Bay , according to numerous reports on Monday ...

  30. French Anti-Piracy Sanctions Delayed

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French music business has expressed its disappointment after the National Assembly president's decision to postpone until September the vote on the sanctions side of the Creation and Internet law. The decision is down to the lack of time ...

  31. Report: UK Reduces Anti-Piracy Goals

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a letter leaked to the Times , UK Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw indicated the government has reduced its goal for a 70% reduction in digital piracy in two to three years. That two- to three-year span, according to Bradshaw, started with the te ...

  32. Biz Reacts To Digital Britain

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Despite a pledge in the Digital Britain report to ultimately oblige Internet Service Providers to employ technical measures against copyright infringers if there is no "significant" reduction in illegal file-sharing, the music industry s ...

  33. No 'Three-Strikes' In Digital Britain

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has proposed obliging Internet Service Providers to implement technical measures as a way of reducing illegal P2P file-sharing - but only as a last resort if notification letters to copyright infringers fail to achieve results. ...

  34. Web Piracy Law Back On NZ Agenda

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The first draft of New Zealand's revised copyright legislation will be ready for analysis next month. In March, the government ordered a rewrite of a contentious new clause in the Copyright Act, which would have required Internet service prov ...

  35. Briefs: Jammie Thomas Case, Imeem, Pirate Bay

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In the Jammie Thomas file-sharing case, the judge will allow evidence collected by MediaSentry and barred Thomas from using fair use as a defense. Fair use is an affirmative defense, meaning there is acknowledgement of the facts of a plaintiff& ...

  36. IFPI Still Backing 'Three-Strikes' Schemes

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy tells Billboard.biz that "three-strikes" schemes to tackle illegal file-sharing are still a solution, despite the French legal ruling against a key element of the country's proposed system. Kennedy ...

  37. French 'Three-Strikes' Scheme Curtailed

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT France's Creation and Internet law has been watered down after the country's Constitutional Council ruled against a key element that would have allowed an independent administrative authority to cut off copyright infringers' broadba ...

  38. Spanish Protest Against P2P Restrictions

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hundreds of Internet users protested outside the culture ministry in Madrid to put further pressure on the government not to limit Internet "freedoms," such as unrestricted P2P file-sharing, nor to consider punitive measures against Inte ...

  39. European Parliament Votes For Web Freedom

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament has again voted in favor of the freedom of Internet users, stating that telco subscribers' access cannot be restricted without a legal court ruling. The vote in Strasbourg appears to challenge measures such as France&# ...

  40. Business Briefs: Nokia, Live Nation, Barry Diller

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Nokia's VP of Music in the UK says the company is "happy" with Comes With Music 's rollout and added the company has learned a lot from the experience (such as the impact an out-of-date handset can have on a service's u ...

  41. Taiwan Passes Three-Strikes Piracy Law

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's legislature has passed an amendment to the island's copyright act aimed at discouraging digital copyright infringement over peer-to-peer networks and increasing the responsibility of ISPs. Based on the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court de ...

  42. BPI Responds To Rights Agency Proposal

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI has submitted its response to the government's consultation ahead of the publication of the "Digital Britain" report in early summer. The BPI agrees with the interim report proposal on a code of practise that ...

  43. French Govt Wins Web Piracy Vote

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French National Assembly has voted to adopt the central clause in the anti-piracy 'Creation and Internet Law,' which would allow a state body to cut off copyright infringers' broadband access after two warnings were issued. The ...

  44. Morning Briefs: EMI Signs Lottery Deal, Borders' Fiscal Results, Ticket Scalping Laws and More

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - To lure younger people to buy lottery tickets - known in some parts as the idiot tax - EMI and Pollard Banknote Ltd. will team up to offer prizes of music downloads from the entire EMI catalog. At least EMI gets full wholesale cost for each down ...

  45. Updated: ISPs Discuss Anti-Piracy Initiatives

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet service providers AT&T and Comcast outlined their efforts to work with the music industry to combat online piracy during a panel session at the Leadership Music Digital Summit in Nashville this week. Contrary to earlier reports, neith ...

  46. New Zealand Govt Withdraws Copyright Law

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The New Zealand music industry is putting a brave face on a government cave-in on new legislation that would have required Internet service providers to terminate the accounts of repeat copyright offenders. In a bitter blow for content owners, the ...

  47. U.K. Govt Warns Biz On File-Sharing

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has begun consultation on a proposed digital rights agency to encourage legitimate online entertainment services and reduce piracy, while warning that it will consider far-reaching legislation to tackle P2P activity if the biz ...

  48. French Assembly Debates Web Piracy Law

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Debates on the 'Creation and Internet' draft law have started in the French Assembly. The draft law would introduce a three-strike scheme, under which infringers could ultimately see their Internet access cut. The text, adopted by the Fr ...

  49. New Zealand Set For Web Piracy Mediator

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST New Zealand content owners and Internet service providers are close to an agreement in principle on a voluntary code of conduct covering the implementation of new copyright legislation. An independent mediation service is being touted as the solut ...

  50. Biz Reacts To Digital Britain Report

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has reacted to the proposals contained in the interim Digital Britain report, with labels trade body the BPI describing the measures as a "step forward" but not enough to tackle online piracy. The report, publishe ...

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