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gift to "Big Content"

2008-09-12 13:30:11.537505+00 by meuon 2 comments

Ars Article about additions to the now approved "Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights of 2008" that create more copyright enforcement, including some apparently overbearing search and seizure powers.

It's worries about privacy that have ISP's routing the internet around the USA.

Make me want to setup a bittorrent server.. or at least donate some more money to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

[ related topics: Privacy Free Speech Current Events Civil Liberties Net Culture Currency Copyright/Trademark ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-13 17:56:16.241253+00 by: m

Donating more money to the EFF is always a good idea. They are improving their legal skills, and winning some important cases.

The other avenue to take is of course using FOSS when possible, and boycotting those organizations which spend more effort in creating new copyright "law", than in producing useful intellectual property. I don't infringe on copyright, but I haven't purchased an RIAA member CD new since 1999, or gone to an MPAA member movie in 16 years.

I am glad that the RIAA failed in its attempt to legislate a 6% gross receipts tax on used CD sellers, or I wouldn't buy used CDs either. Fortunately most of my musical interests are in 9-17th Century pop and Baroque, and if I have three different transcriptions of a Bach piece, I can survive without a fourth. Though I did know a collector who had (at last count) 17 different versions of Beethoven's 9th. He was not even an amateur musician, and did not live in an area where he could hear many different playings of symphonic music, so that seemed a bit obsessional to me. But then a life without obsession is a life that is not worth living.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-14 14:09:11.691393+00 by: m

It may just be that the Feds are only catching up with the State and Local law enforcement on these issues. It appears to be a felony to unlawfully use unidentified sound or audiovisual recordings in Park Forest, Il. And who knows where else.