And just like that, the copyright industry lost everything they’d fought for

It was just an idea posted in a random financial forum, but people saw the implications immediately. The Bitcoin-BCH financial network brings with it an uncensorable Twitter-like microblogging, called Memo. Once somebody realized this can also be used for magnet links, the copyright industry’s despicable repression game was at the beginning of its inevitable end. … Continue reading “And just like that, the copyright industry lost everything they’d fought for”

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Crazy new Swedish bill makes sharing music and TV as bad a “crime” as manslaughter (yes, really)

A new crazy bill in front of the Swedish parliament makes ordinary sharing of TV, music, and movies as severe a “crime” as some types of homicide. The Swedish IT industry and net community is in shock and disbelief, while the copyright industry lobbyists are cheering. A new bill has been tabled in Sweden that … Continue reading “Crazy new Swedish bill makes sharing music and TV as bad a “crime” as manslaughter (yes, really)”

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France, Spain, Portugal pushing new bill that considers file-sharing a more serious crime than terrorism and child exploitation

France, Spain, and Portugal are now arguing that people sharing music and movies together is a more serious threat to society than terroristic mass murder or child exploitation. This becomes apparent when looking at leaked position papers regarding the ongoing revision of European copyright law. Statewatch leaked the documents first, followed by Julia Reda in … Continue reading “France, Spain, Portugal pushing new bill that considers file-sharing a more serious crime than terrorism and child exploitation”

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  • Aug 29, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • BitTorrent, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Is this the key to foiling phishing attacks? Spoiler alert: probably

As readers of this blog know, VPNs are a great way to protect your privacy and security. But they address only some of the online threats we all face every day. Another important class of problems are caused by attacks that lead to accounts being taken over, identities being appropriated, data theft and financial losses. … Continue reading “Is this the key to foiling phishing attacks? Spoiler alert: probably”

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  • Jun 15, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • BitTorrent, Copyright, News, Privacy,

EU’s top court says The Pirate Bay can be blocked, because it knowingly links to unauthorized copyright material

A long-running legal battle between Dutch ISPs and the local anti-piracy organization BREIN over blocking The Pirate Bay has concluded with a ruling in favor of BREIN. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said yesterday The Pirate Bay could be blocked because:   “Making available and managing an online platform for sharing … Continue reading “EU’s top court says The Pirate Bay can be blocked, because it knowingly links to unauthorized copyright material”

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Finnish Market Court cracks down hard on copyright trolls in new ruling

A Finnish ruling appears to end the era of copyright trolls in the country. This follows a ruling in Norway, which although a different case, had the same effect in outcome. Is the era of speculative extortion from unscrupulous law firms coming to a slow and deservedly painful end? The Finnish Market Court made a … Continue reading “Finnish Market Court cracks down hard on copyright trolls in new ruling”

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  • Jun 2, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • BitTorrent, Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

As America’s FCC tries to dismantle NN, French authorities back net neutrality in France

In sharp and deliberate contrast to America’s bullheaded rush into destroying net neutrality protections, net neutrality in France is alive and well. French internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms have 9 months to comply with ARCEP’s new pro-net neutrality position – which includes explicit directions not to block or throttle p2p or VPN traffic. The … Continue reading “As America’s FCC tries to dismantle NN, French authorities back net neutrality in France”

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European Supreme Court’s pirate streaming ruling reiterates need for Analog Equivalent Rights

This week, there was yet another ruling against video streaming that goes at odds with public perception of justice. This follows last month’s ruling in the European Supreme Court (the ECJ) which stated that people receiving a pirate stream are breaking the law. If our parents or grandparents had seen these rulings, applied to analog … Continue reading “European Supreme Court’s pirate streaming ruling reiterates need for Analog Equivalent Rights”

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  • Feb 14, 2017
  • Rick Falkvinge
  • BitTorrent, Governments, Net Neutrality,

Swedish Court orders web censorship of Pirate Bay; idea of ISP tit-for-tat against copyright industry plaintiffs floated everywhere

In a first, a Swedish court has ordered censorship of The Pirate Bay in a case of copyright industry vs. an ISP. While cases like this have been common in the past decade in several European countries, the Swedish community is in shock that a court has actually ordered censorship to take place to protect … Continue reading “Swedish Court orders web censorship of Pirate Bay; idea of ISP tit-for-tat against copyright industry plaintiffs floated everywhere”

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More on the European Supreme Court’s hyperlink ruling and why reactions are all over the map

Reactions have been all over the map about the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the legality of hyperlinks to infringing material. Some outlets despair that links can be illegal, others rejoice that links to infringements can be legal. The legal landscape is complex and there are many underlying issues – not the least … Continue reading “More on the European Supreme Court’s hyperlink ruling and why reactions are all over the map”

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