File-sharing Brits come under fire from Ministry of Sound

Gerald Lynch Digital Music, Intellectual Property, Tech Digest news Leave a Comment

UK dance music label Ministry of Sound have issued letters to thousands of UK based file-sharers, demanding compensation for copyright theft, or else have the accused face further legal action. As many as 2,000 people are thought to have been…

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Sky guarantee free broadband up to 20Mbps

Gerald Lynch Broadband, Internet, Tech Digest news 3 Comments

Sky have today announced plans to offer free 20Mbps broadband as part of its free Sky Everyday Lite package. If your line can handle 20Mbps speeds that's exactly what you'll be getting. To be eligible for the service you need…

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Warner Brothers looking for 'anti piracy intern' or 'cyber grass'

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The war on copyright infringers has just stepped up another notch. Global entertainment giant Warner Brothers have placed an advert for a £17,000-a-year job at their London headquarters for an "Anti-Piracy Intern". The job will involve scouring message boards, issuing…

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BT slams government's plans to tackle illegal file sharers

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Dealing with online piracy has often been a bone of contention between operators and the government, but since the plans laid out in the Digital Economy Bill were announced, disagreements has stepped up a notch. Now BT's chief executive Ian…

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New Zealand's approach to file-sharing – "guilt upon accusation"

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The heavy-handed scaremongering and litigation being handed out by the entertainment industries in the UK and North America is one thing, but New Zealand seems to be taking an even-more-hysterical approach to the problem of filesharing.

From the end of February, Section 92 of the Copyright Amendment Act will come into force. This act assumes that any individual simply accused of sharing copyrighted works on the Internet is guilty. The punishment? Disconnection from the internet.

Scary, huh? Well, if you live in New Zealand, the Creative Freedom Foundation have got a “Not In My Name” petition for you to sign. If you’re not a New Zealander, then just thank your lucky stars that your politicians, for the moment, retain some sense.

Creative Freedom Foundation (via Torrentfreak)

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