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Why Telstra plans to slow you down to fight online piracy

Telstra says it will trial slowing down its users at peak periods to discourage the use of peer-to-peer software. But will it cut piracy or just piss off its customers?

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Swan the appeaser

Crikey readers have their say.

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When the Dotcom bubble burst, my (legal) Megauploads vanished

@rupertmurdoch┬áNo excuses for phone hacking. No argument. No excuses either for copyright stealing, but plenty of ignorant argument! There are no excuses for copyright “stealing” — nor are there excuses for falling for the fallacy of┬áinvincible ignorance. A New Zealand judge denied bail to Kim Dotcom earlier this week, the founder of cyberlocker Megaupload. This means that […]

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The Independent | LINKS|

Vale LimeWire: US disconnects another file-sharing site

Popular file-sharing website LimeWire, which attracts around 50 million users, has gone to that big copyright infringing server in the sky. A New York judge has sealed its fate, pushing the site into the same online cemetery as Napster and Kazaa.

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PaidContent | LINKS|

Music is now worth less

Time to face it: the internet has forever changed the perceived value of music, and consumers just aren’t going pay for it any more. The music industry must either start learning this new tune, or resort to begging.

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iiTrial: ISPs not responsible for users’ copyright infringement

A landmark ruling in Australia’s Federal Court today has cleared internet service provider iiNet from responsibility for its users’ illegal file sharing.

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Boing Boing | EUROPE|

UK plans to create Internet Piracy General with power to appoint militias, create laws

A UK government source claims a new Bill will give the Secretary of State unprecedented powers to pass laws on online piracy without debate and confer investigative and enforcement powers to record labels and movie studios, giving them access to personal information and files.

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Forbes | ONLINE|

The biggest websites you’ve never heard of

Forget Facebook: Megavideo.com, Megaupload.com and Megarotic.com are the real heavyweights of the online world, proving piracy and porn are still the hottest commodities on the internet.

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UK’s Channel 4: File-sharing is here to stay. Embrace it.

Today’s “internet native” generation are never going to give up sharing and downloading things illegally over the internet, says an editor from the UK’s Channel 4. Attempting to lock up content will always fail: the future of the media is “spreadable and shareable”.

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BBC | BOOKS|

Arrr! Prepare ye landlubbers for book piracy

With the arrival of the Kindle around the world, the publishing industry is preparing for an onslaught of black-market e-books, as people share them illegally online. Will it be the mp3 wars all over again?

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Washington Post | UNITED STATES|

File-sharing leaks classified White House docs online

Some very sensitive US government data is now online due to inadvertent peer-to-peer file-sharing: the location of America’s weapons grade nuclear fuel, the First Lady’s safe house, the government’s witness list and more.

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The Guardian | MUSIC|

I’m being sued for millions for sharing mp3s

Joel Tenebaum faces up to $4.5m in fines for illegally downloading mp3s, but he’s refusing to “cave” to the music industry and its army of lawyers. He explains how sharing a few Nirvana tracks online has led to a multi-million dollar David vs Goliath battle.

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Slate | BOOKS|

Pirated e-books: publishers only have themselves to blame

Book publishers are putting the pressure on Amazon to jack up the prices on their e-book titles, but once they stop being a bargain, it will only be a matter of time before people start sharing them illegally like mp3s, says Jack Shafer

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Torrent Freak | ONLINE|

Court rules Pirate Bay trial not biased

An appeal for a retrial of the Pirate Bay trial on the grounds that the original judge was too biased has been quashed by the Swedish Appeal Court.

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CNET | ONLINE|

Pirate Bay judge accused of bias

The judge who found file sharing site Pirate Bay guilty of copyright breach has been accused of bias, after revelations that he is a member of several pro-copyright groups.

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Epicenter | MUSIC|

Why file sharing will save music and movies

Pirate Bay may have lost, but P2P is still the future of distributing movies and music.

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Financial Times | ONLINE|

Download pirates sunk by convictions

After a colourful high-profile trial, file-sharing website Pirate Bay have been found guilty of copyright infringement in a Swedish Court.

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