The long-running court case between P2P file-sharing service LimeWire and a handful of record labels has concluded, resulting in a bill of $105 million worth of damages to be paid by LimeWire. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing…
Seven-million people in the UK use illegal downloads – apparently costing the economy tens of billions of pound according to government advisors.
Researcher found that 1.3 million people use one file sharing site per weekday, which compared to the size of the population hardly seems like an epidemic.
The Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property (SABIP) warned it may be hard to change attitudes – although some say it’s not attitudes that need to change but the industry who still charge a disproportionate amount for digital copies.0000
The government says work must be done internationally to tackle the problem.
Intellectual Property Minister, (a whole minister – is that really necessary?) David Lammy said the report put into context the impact illegal downloads had on copyright industries and the UK economy as a whole.
“This is not an issue confined by national boundaries and I am sure that other [EU] member states and their copyright industries will find this report of use in the development of policy,” added Mr Lammy.
An alliance (or “greedy-hoard”) of nine UK bodies representing the creative industries joined trades unions to call on the government to force internet service providers to cut off persistent illegal file-sharers. And everyone knows, if there is one sector you don’t want to piss off it’s the creative industries – imagine a strike, no Doctors, no Eastenders, no Holby, no One Show, imagine the chaos. Imagine the silence. Bliss.
ISPs have gallantly shirked any responsibility reiterating that it isn’t their job to police the internet.
What this all goes to show is that the government and people doing the government’s research still fundamentally don’t understand downloading.
They aren’t costing the economy tens of billions of pounds, that is nothing but propaganda and scaremongering. Using the flagging economy as a weapon to turn the screw on kids who’s downloaded the latest version of Photoshop CS4 so they can put the head of the kid that bullies them at school on a camel seems frankly, a bit much.
What these researchers are suggesting is that downloaders would buy movie, song or program they’ve torrented, P2Pd or USBd, and thats just not the case. They’d do without.
And maybe the government have realized now isn’t exactly the best time for MPs to be sounding off about freeloading: Because filling in a claims form and taking public money to clean your moat is, undeniably, far more devious, than downloading Space Cowboys.
Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland and Tommy Lee Jones – in space! Amazing.
Users of LimeWire and eDonkey listen up and listen up good.
There’s a new piece of malware in town and, although not the most harmful code in the West, it sure is getting around. In just seven days this as yet unnamed irritant has hit over half a million computers…
Here’s news for any budding psychopaths out there. Multiple murderer, cult leader, convict and all round good guy Charles Manson has released another album.
“Hurray!” I hear you cry, but wait, you haven’t heard the best bit yet. It’s free to download and what’s more you can give it to your friends. It’s all completely legal under a Creative Commons license
That’s an official offence in the UK, y’know: ‘Massive Online Thievery’. Well, it should be. Usually it’s the sort of phrase used by the music industry to describe what happens on P2P file-sharing services like Limewire, but in this case, I’m talking about a bloke using Limewire to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from fellow users.