Monthly Archives: January 2013


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RIANZ – Downloading P2P Software Proof of Wrongdoing

By Drew Wilson The day after New Zealand saw its first conviction under the so-called “three strikes law”, the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) went on the airwaves to discuss the development. Managing director Chris Caddick said in a radio interview that the very act of downloading a file-sharing program in an and […]


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First File-Sharer Convicted Under New Zealand Three Strikes Law

By Drew Wilson New Zealand is the latest in a growing list of countries convicting alleged copyright infringers over so-called three strikes laws. The accused denies involvement in every single accusation, but received a fine under the now tested law. Earlier this month, we reported that the New Zealand three strikes law was going to […]


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Reports – Russia Gearing Up for New Piracy Crackdown

By Drew Wilson News is surfacing that the Russian Ministry of Culture is gearing up for a new offensive against Internet piracy. According to both Russian and French reports, if a website owner receives a complaint of copyright infringing material, then the owner has 24 hours to remove it or face a fine. One of […]


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Editorial: Why We Are a Long Way From Using Anonymous P2P Networks

By Drew Wilson Every few years, the idea of using anonymous networks pops up in discussion from time to time. Often, this is the result of some event such as the RIAA suing users en-masse or ISPs throttling certain protocols. The latest prediction comes from a a posting on Slashdot in which the author says […]


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Could the Recent German Court Ruling Affect CETA and TPP?

By Drew Wilson Last week, a German court ruled that Internet access is “essential” for every day life. If someone’s access is disrupted, they are entitled to compensation. While it may sound mildly interesting on the surface, there’s the fact that current trade agreements being negotiated could allow rightsholders to disconnect users after repeated infringement. […]


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Anti-Circumvention Laws Struck Down in Columbia

By Drew Wilson On the back of the news we broke earlier about a study on anti-circumvention laws, news has arrived that those kinds of anti-circumvention laws have been struck down in the constitutional court of Columbia. It’s part of many trade agreements including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement […]


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Report – CETA Weeks Away from Completion

By Drew Wilson One of the, according to activists, threats to the Internet is apparently nearing completion. CETA (Comprehensive economic and Trade Agreement) is reportedly weeks away from being finalized. While the text has mostly remained secret, leaked information revealed that it contains anti-circumvention language and a copyright term extension. There’s even the possibility of […]



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New Study: Anti-Circumvention Laws Excessively Favours Rightsholders

By Drew Wilson One of the issues brought up by activists in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was that included anti-circumvention language. Now, activists have new evidence to back them up. A recently published study says that copy protection laws are excessively favoring the content industry. Anti-circumvention laws are already a fact of life in the […]