UK Lets The Recording Industry Decide What Websites To Censor

from the incredible dept

Having already kicked down the internet censorship door by ordering that ISPs block access to The Pirate Bay, the UK's High Court has expanded the list of sites to block based on complaints from BPI about which sites it believes are responsible for piracy. And, so, just like that, those in the UK will find Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy blocked. I don't know anything about these three sites. So, for all I know, they could be horrible, horrible actors in all of this, but even so, having a court order them completely blocked from access based on statements from BPI -- a commercial party who clearly would have a bias against upstart, disruptive competitors -- seems crazy. Again, take a look at the history of the entertainment industry attacking every single new type of distribution technology. And now the UK High Court is allowing them to do this to the level of flat out censoring sites.


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    silverscarcat (profile), Feb 28th, 2013 @ 3:03pm

    So...

    Can we finally use this to rid ourselves of copyright as it is nothing but censorship?

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Feb 28th, 2013 @ 3:05pm

    Re: So...

    At least how it's being used.

     

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    Atkray (profile), Feb 28th, 2013 @ 3:12pm

    Re: Re: So...

    No, you had it correct the first time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 3:12pm

    Re: Re: So...

    Understand the meaning of the following phrase:

    Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.

    This has completely different meanings between Perceptional Property industries and the general public.

     

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    jameshogg (profile), Feb 28th, 2013 @ 3:15pm

    First it'll be torrent sites. Next it'll be VPNs, TOR and even Encryption.

    And just like that, Copyright lobbyists end up supporting the blocking of technologies that are vital to opposition movements that go against fascist and totalitarian movements across the world.

    "How dare you revolt against your dictators - don't you know we have our OWN terrorists and Commies to fight?"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 3:18pm

    Re: So...

    Copyright by definition has to be censorship. It removes the ability to say or do something. Though technically, I guess it's the enforcement of copyright (stopping someone from doing, saying, expressing something) that's the real censorship. To that extent you would think courts would be very careful in allowing enforcement. However it seems the opposite is the case.

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Feb 28th, 2013 @ 3:22pm

    Proxy turned on = block circumvented. Job done and lots of money wasted on bollocks.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 3:22pm

    Re: Re: So...

    And anyone who thinks copyright is about "protecting the artists" is flat out ignorant of the effects of protecting the artists. If you're willing censor the entire public for the benefit of 1 person (unless it's a very very very very very limitied censoring) you don't deserve the very very very very very little I'm willing to offer.

     

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    Duke (profile), Feb 28th, 2013 @ 3:23pm

    For those interested the full judgment is here: EMI Records Ltd & Ors v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd & Ors [2013] EWHC 379 (Ch)

    The law is a bit worrying (I haven't read it in that much detail but I think it goes slightly further than previous ones) - the main concern is that, again, there was no hearing, no defence, no cross-examination of evidence etc.. Without seeing the witness statements I can't be sure, but I think the judge just accepted everything the BPI had to say at face value.

    That's not justice - not in an adversarial court system.

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Feb 28th, 2013 @ 3:24pm

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    End of VPNs and encryption = end of just about every private business and government department on the planet. That will bring economic hardship on a scale never seen before, and that will bring massive civil unrest and even revolution.

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Feb 28th, 2013 @ 3:25pm

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    It's not justice, it's corporate protectionism.

     

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    PopeyeLePoteaux, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 3:28pm

    Re: I doubt that

    Given that many filesharing networks use ad-hoc encryption between members and onion routing, what you are actually proposing is to render it illegal to have administrative rights over your own computer.

    China has tried this and had to give up. The US tried also. Banning encryption or making it hard/impossible to use proxies/VPN is possible ONLY if a new standard is implemented globally where no person can be allowed to be administrator on their own computer.

    Even trying is highly likely to remove every business relying on VPN's, cloud services and proxies from the market. Https has to go as well so say fare-thee-well to any service using encrypted login. Banks, amazon, online franchises, personal cloud storage, etc.

    So, I don't think that could happen, although they will keep trying to find a way to acomplish something like that, but for now, it is impossible IMO.

     

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    ralph, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 3:34pm

    Re: Re:

    I agree with you. VPN service is here to stay; there really isn't going to be a practical way to get rid of it. It's used all over the place, all over the world.

    I do think that filehosts are increasingly under serious siege(DMCA takedowns, removal of payment processors and so forth) and the wave of the future will be Bittorrent in conjunction with VPN service or a proxy.

    People will have to become a little more computer literate, but when then happens I expect Chris Dodd's head will explode.

    I'm looking forward to that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 3:37pm

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    If they want concentration camps and death sentences for pirates, they'll get them if they squeal like the pigs they are long and loudly enough.

    Remember: today's human rights violations are tomorrow's standard procedures.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 4:25pm

    I don't know anything about these three sites.

    LOL

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 4:25pm

    As far as I know Kickass Torrents is what the name says.

    It is a blast, one of the best torrent sites out there, specially with that wild wild west/buggy nights look.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 4:27pm

    Re: Re: Re: So...

    When has copyright enforcement actually resulted in stolen money being given to the artists?

    - RIAA lawsuits: confirmed to be reused in the lawsuit machine
    - Blank media levy: nothing more than giving everyone else a "you must be a pirate tax"
    - PROs: can't be arsed to pay most of the artists, and can't be bothered to actually find the artists they pay either
    - Megaupload takedown: Jonathan Coulton confirmed no money trickled down
    - Pirate Bay lawsuit: IFPI confirmed artists would not be seeing money stolen by the Pirate Bay

    Copyright enforcement isn't about returning money to starving artists because that was never its purpose. Anyone who whines about needing it to support starving artists is bullshitting, because that has never happened.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 4:28pm

    Re: Re:

    Just like everything else, big businesses will have exceptions that don't apply to your average public because they have more money and thus more freedom.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 4:40pm

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    What's so funny?

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 4:40pm

    Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    SURELY none of you are downloading any copyrighted content from them? ... Looks to me like tacit admission that you ARE, or at least wish to be. And all this talk of hiding with VPNs! You keep letting the cat out of the bag.

    Look, censorship surely involves some sort of speech, NOT links to stolen content. Those link are evidence of criminal intent. -- Don't bother protesting that you read political tracts you get off The Pirate Bay: no one believes you any more; nor that there's tons of free legal content on torrents while ignoring the mega-tons of infringing material, it's just lying by omission.

    You pirates are mis-appropriating fine old concepts and dragging them through the muck with your mania to download for free what someone else created and wants you to pay for. That's why I can't stay with you on these items.



    Take a loopy tour of Techdirt.com! You always end up at same place!
    http://techdirt.com/
    Where Mike sez: uploader + file host + links site + downloader = perfectly "legal" symbiotic piracy.

     

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    Adrian Lopez, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 4:45pm

    Content Blocking

    No ISP should ever be forced to block any website, whether foreign or domestic. If you can prove a website is illegal and it's hosted in your country, go ahead and shut it down. If it's not in your country, look for a legal and ethical remedy within that country or leave it alone.

    The Internet should connect us, not divide us.

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Feb 28th, 2013 @ 4:45pm

    Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Um, because I have downloaded Linux .iso files and other open source software from these and similar sites. That is perfectly legal activity. There are many open source developers and independent content creators, as well as their users and fans, who are going to be seriously inconvenienced by this. These are the ONLY people who suffer from these blocks.

    Why are you such a moron?

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 4:49pm

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    @ "VPN service is here to stay; there really isn't going to be a practical way to get rid of it. It's used all over the place, all over the world."

    It is, BUT NOT allowed by ISPs for residences! Read your "Terms Of Service"; I'd bet half a red ripe apple that for a residence you're technically forbidden to operate any server or service of such kind. And in any case, the "agreement" is totally up to their discretion.

    It's now down to crunch time, kids! All the hardware and software is in place, and the new policies are being rolled out. Exciting days ahead, your chance to be a pioneer and find out where the arrows come from, and how many. So get hot on firing up those VPNs!

    By the way, yet again, for those hard-of-understanding: I'm only describing facts that I believe true. (And details of VPNs are irrelevant.) I'm a little sympathetic to your freedom concerns, but since most of you for instance don't view Google as giant privacy-destroying monster, then all I can do is throw up my hands at your blindness.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 4:57pm

    Re:

    Your forgot the important part, without those technologies there is no Apple store, iTunes, Netflix, banking, micro transactions, virtual currencies or the like.

    Just to underscore the importance of those techs to commerce here are a few examples of the use of it.

    The next world currency may not be the Dollar but a virtual currency. Everyone has front role seat at the rise of virtual currencies.

    M&C SAATCHI TECH BULETTIN: THE RISE OF THE VIRTUAL CURRENCY

    Tech2:
    EA to build microtransaction systems in all of its future games

    I want to see who will build a microtransaction system without encryption, secure channels(aka VPN) and how suscessfull they will be.

    The Verge: Bitcoin value reaches new all-time high against the dollar, continuing upward trend

    IEEE Spectrum: Bitcoin-Central Is Now The World's First Bitcoin Bank...Kind Of

    FinExtra: Royal Canadian Mint unveils MintChip virtual currency; launches development competition

    This is a race to fill the vaccuum for a common currency in a global connected world.
    Companies, governments and cyberpunks nerds are all racing to see who gains the public trust first.
    The stakes are high, the winner gets to control everything for the next century.

    Freeware Genius: Secure your online identity and personal info, with OneID
    Double authentication using encryption and VPN for secure access.

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 4:58pm

    Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    @"Zakida Paul (profile), Feb 28th, 2013 @ 4:45pm

    Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?
    Um, because I have downloaded Linux .iso files and other open source software from these and similar sites. That is perfectly legal activity. There are many open source developers and independent content creators, as well as their users and fans, who are going to be seriously inconvenienced by this. These are the ONLY people who suffer from these blocks.

    Why are you such a moron?
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    You missed my request up there to not bother with boilerplate:
    Don't bother protesting that you read political tracts you get off The Pirate Bay: no one believes you any more; nor that there's tons of free legal content on torrents while ignoring the mega-tons of infringing material, it's just lying by omission.

    With yours, I've read those lies a thousand times here now. Congratulations, you win the dummy prize.

    You'll presumably be able to continue "perfectly legal activity" of torrenting Linux and so on. They'll surely actually check the first ones they make examples of to be copyrighted content. You have no worries. Rest easy tonight, wrapped warm and cozy in the arms of Morpheus with your guilt-less conscience.

    It's just the FEW RARE pirates, can't be more than a couple dozen in the US, who should worry, I guess.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 4:59pm

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    The only way you and the copyright enforcements will stop piracy is to shutdown the whole internet and I sure bet you and the copyright enforcement brigade will gladly shoot everyone dead who doesn't comply with shutting the internet down for you lol

     

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    Adrian Lopez, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 5:05pm

    Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Look, censorship surely involves some sort of speech, NOT links to stolen content.

    1. Unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted content is not the same as stolen content. Stealing content is something to the effect of taking an original manuscript. Reproducing content without permission is just infringement.

    2. Links are speech. Some forms of speech are illegal, but it's a pretty high bar. I propose that websites like the Pirate Bay do not meet the bar for illegality. Copyright infringement is not a serious enough offense to make such links illegal. Focus on the content, not the links.

     

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    PopeyeLePoteaux, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 5:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    "You'll presumably be able to continue "perfectly legal activity" of torrenting Linux and so on."

    Awwwww, how cute! You are implying that either torrenting Linux or torrenting alone is or must be illegal.

    Jackass of the millenium award goes to you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 5:09pm

    Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Dude artists are pillaging the public domain and trying to exclude the public from using it, so fuck you.

     

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    RadialSkid (profile), Feb 28th, 2013 @ 5:10pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    You'll presumably be able to continue "perfectly legal activity" of torrenting Linux and so on.

    Unless the slimeballs in the "entertainment" industry shut down all the torrent programs and trackers, of course.

    They'll surely actually check the first ones they make examples of to be copyrighted content.

    Considering the industry has labeled public domain material and even official releases of copyrighted material to be "infringing," then I think it's safe to say they won't check a damn thing. This is the primary problem.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 5:11pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    After 20 years trying to stop pirates you still want to try harder?

    Come on baby, light my fire!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 5:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Correction:

    The only sure way to stop ONLINE piracy is to shutdown the internet which may prove to be unhealthy for the MAFIAA since digital is what is saving the recording industry right now.

    Nobody will go back to buying CD's, it is a dead format like Vinyl or cassette tapes.

    People may whoever do what I did, instead of throwing out the computer HDD buy a $5 dollar enclosure for it and make it a handheld pirate device, which you can lend to friends and family full of content.

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Feb 28th, 2013 @ 5:22pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Punish the innocent for the sins of the guilty, eh? You do realise that pirates will still pirate, right? Or are you too much of a moron to realise that? The only people who suffer from censorship are the innocent.

    Look at Kim Dotcom, he had a service, Megaupload, which was taken down. What did that case accomplish? Massive publicity for him and his new service, and the tide of public opinion in his favour. Who lost out? Those who had their legitimate files stored on his old service.

    You are right about one thing, I have a completely guilt less conscience because I do not pirate. In fact, I probably spend more on music, books, DVDs than you do. Take your bullshit somewhere else.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 5:24pm

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    It is, BUT NOT allowed by ISPs for residences! Read your "Terms Of Service"; I'd bet half a red ripe apple that for a residence you're technically forbidden to operate any server or service of such kind. And in any case, the "agreement" is totally up to their discretion.

    If I'm not mistaken, ISP rules against VPNs only concern hosting them rather than using them. They don't want businesses paying residential rates for something they can sell as a more expensive, business-class service.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 6:16pm

    Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Because while I'm not from the US, I know the RIAA and their in-bred cousins over the world are very, very keen on copying off each other's draconian copyright enforcement regimes.

    I also know that when it comes to nabbing the right people for alleged copyright infringement, they have the accuracy of a blind person trying to shoot the large side of a barnhouse. I wouldn't trust any initiative they came up with. I trust these jerks about as far as I could throw them, with all four of my limbs chopped off.

    The industry lost the war since they tried to criminalise home taping, and look how that turned out. Not only do you not find the inaccuracy and irresponsibility of punishments disturbing, you keep going on with your anti-corporate rants while completely ignoring the horrors inflicted by the RIAA.

    Go fuck yourself, or get your buddies at the RIAA to do it for you, just like they do for artists.

     

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    richard (profile), Feb 28th, 2013 @ 6:21pm

    imagine that copy write is ruining peoples company's and lives when are we going to do away with the barbaric copy write system the media industry is one of the many industries that have to much control in our governments

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 6:39pm

    Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Name a public domain example that copyright prevented you from using.

    You losers are stale. You just repeat the same stupid lies and piracy-rationalizations about copyright length, etc when everyone knows yoo're greedy and you pirate to get recently released movies and music. Seriously, just shut your pieholes already. Nobody, anywhere, believes any of your idiotic bullshit.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 7:14pm

    "If you can block that site, you can block these sites!"
    Expect this event to be repeated ad nauseum. They'll never be satisfied; they'll never stop. Eventually they'll be submitting tens of thousands of URLs a day to be blocked, and complaining that they aren't able to submit hundreds of thousands.

    Anyway, it's only a matter of time before political dissent gets targeted, so anyone in the UK who doesn't want 100% of their available online news to be veneration of their glorious leaders might want to start looking into getting a VPN.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 7:15pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Sherlock Holmes.

    Can you please go now?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 7:17pm

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    Even that is stupid, how can one create a secure connection?

    We are all criminals then :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 7:18pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Then stop whining about how piracy hurts independent artists, because clearly nobody pirates from them.

    Hell, whatever money "stolen" from artists isn't even given back to them. This much has always been the case. If you're so concerned about how artists are "ripped off" why aren't you giving the money back to them?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 7:27pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Here is an example of the public domain being pilfered by bastards.

    If we consider the original copyright rules(i.e. 14 years where only educational papers and books were allowed protection) you get a long list of works that should have been in the public domain for all to use.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_in_film

    Godzilla should be public domain, Armageddon should be public domain, Lethal Weapon, Dr. Dolittle, Bug's Life, Deep Impact, instead the public have been robbed of the use of those works.

    Here is another list of what should be in the public domain.

    http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/1998

    Where Harry Porter would be entering the public domain and people would be able to start drawing and use those in schools without fearing the copyright police SWATing the premises.

    You robbed everyone and now you have the bold face to call others thieves?

    LoL

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 7:28pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Mickey Mouse - Stolen from the Public Domain by retroactively extending copyright terms

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 7:30pm

    Re: Content Blocking

    "No ISP should ever be forced to block any website"

    In fact the opposite should apply, ISPs should be legally required to not block any websites and while the problem has yet to occur, GPS mapping software should be legally obliged to not exclude particular roads or parts of towns or cities.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 7:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Want to see the impact in schools of copyright BS?

    Ask if any schools is going to start any speech with "I have a dream". Not in this lifetime anyways.

    Copycreeps actually made it illegal to give children color pencils to draw, because you know if they draw some Disney crap the responsible for that incredible selfish act(i.e. giving a child a pencil to draw) incentivized those childrens to break the law and steal from ARTISTS.

    Why do people need to get permission to copy their own photographs from the person who took those?
    You can't even make a poster of your wedding or birthday if you wanted to,

    How about all the lifes ruined by copycrap Jamie Thomas Rasset was one of thousands of people.

    Now you creeps want others to foot the bill to protect your crap?

    Go find a real job bum.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 7:37pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Why are you financing true terrorists?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 7:44pm

    One day ARTISTS will have to compromise with PIRATES, because they are not going away, not now, not ever.

    A artists without pirates is and artist without fans.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 7:51pm

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    An artist without pirates is an artist without a crowd.

     

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    special-interesting (profile), Feb 28th, 2013 @ 8:59pm

    The UK has developed a wonderful culture of freedom of thought (what is thinking anyway) that propelled them to succeed though/during a time of crises of (such as) WW1 and WW2.

    To discard that heritage of greatness is beyond me. (like wow I'm appalled)

    For a nation (UK) that at one time controlled the entire world, and lost it because of commercial stupidity, (slavery and colonialism) how do they give up to commercial pressure?

    Is this a flag of (special interest) surrender?

    P.S. The comments were great! (and I mean really great with references included.)


    post note: Micky Mouse was trademarked (another abuse of trademark law) thus removing the character from culture. (what loss to our (American and also UK) GDP and world PR is that?)

    change of topic but this is still on topic kind of thing.

    The UK has made great inroads to a democratic society. Why give all that up now?

    Copyright is the most abused legislation inexistent. Please strike it down immediately.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 9:49pm

    Copyright apparently is only good to create scams.

    Youtube copyright trolls are claiming copyright on everything they can knowing that they don't own anything.

    The likes of John Steele plague countries threatening everyone they can certain in the fact that only a few would fight back.

    DMCA's are used to cripple competitors, censor speech.

    WTF is wrong with people these days can't they see what monopolies do, have it been that long that everyone forgot what shitty piece of crap is to grant a monopoly to anyone?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 10:27pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    " They'll surely actually check the first ones they make examples of to be copyrighted content. "

    This must be a joke, right? Given their history of bogus takedown requests I don't see how this can be anything else.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 11:27pm

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    He seems to be under the delusion that Mike is like him.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2013 @ 11:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Snow White. Mickey Mouse, Nosferatu.

    There's three.

    Not to mention works such as Casablanca, which are in the grey area of not being sure if the paperwork was filed properly.

    Oh, and my personal favorite, Happy Birthday.

     

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    martyburns (profile), Mar 1st, 2013 @ 1:30am

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    You'll presumably be able to continue "perfectly legal activity" of torrenting Linux and so on. They'll surely actually check the first ones they make examples of to be copyrighted content....

    ...wait..wait.wait..

    Didn't you say yesterday that they'll be harassing people simply for downloading large volumes of data?

     

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    PaulT (profile), Mar 1st, 2013 @ 1:41am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "It is, BUT NOT allowed by ISPs for residences! "

    So, you're saying that every teleworker on the planet is working illegally? That my VPN to work when I'm on call is breaking the law or my ISP contract?

    Yet again, you're clueless and full of shit, and every "solution" you insist upon is actually massively damaging to the global economy. I know your **AA gods don't care about that, but sooner or later you're going to support something that does real damage to an industry bigger than them - and despite their claims, there's many that are.

    "facts that I believe true"

    Maybe if you stopped attacking everyone who knows how things really work, those "facts" would be corrected. As it is, you're attacking fantasies again.

     

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    martyburns (profile), Mar 1st, 2013 @ 1:42am

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    and lost it because of commercial stupidity, (slavery and colonialism)

    Umm.. What?!? By abolishing slavery and expanding via colonialism?!? Are you suggesting they should have kept the slave trade and not expanded their empire to ensure commercial success?

     

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    PaulT (profile), Mar 1st, 2013 @ 1:57am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Not to forget the times they've ordered takedowns of their *own* content from their *own* sites! Yes, that's the kind of flawless system I want to leave controlling the web /s

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Mar 1st, 2013 @ 1:57am

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    Artists are already starting to compromise with pirates through pay-what-you-want offerings, crowd funding, social media and giving away a song or two to generate buzz ahead of a new album release.

    I think you meant that the INDUSTRY (by that I mean RIAA/BPI etc) will have to one day compromise with pirates.

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Mar 1st, 2013 @ 1:58am

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    The UK is importing too much stupidity from the US.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Mar 1st, 2013 @ 2:01am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Yep, that certainly looks like the moron who supports getting people kicked off the web for downloading lots of games from Steam and streaming too many movies off Netflix because their download ratio "looked wrong".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 1st, 2013 @ 2:07am

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    Unless you work for a government entity.....because if anyone deserves security and privacy, its that good old government

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 1st, 2013 @ 2:08am

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    Oh, and big corporations, cant forget about those fine upstanding entities now

     

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    PaulT (profile), Mar 1st, 2013 @ 2:10am

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    "Name a public domain example that copyright prevented you from using."

    Every work released in the last century that had extended copyright applied to it - millions of works that would now be in the public domain under the copyright regime in force at the time they were created but are still copyrighted due to the Bono act and other idiocy. Many of which are listed here: http://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/, but that is far from complete.

    Every work that's currently orphaned due to copyright being applied to it, but is unable to be released commercially because nobody knows who owns the copyright.

    Need me to go on? No, probably not, you're such an idiotic whiny little child who has to attack everyone who disagrees with his strawmen, you probably didn't read this far.

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Mar 1st, 2013 @ 2:10am

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    "You just repeat the same stupid lies and piracy-rationalizations about copyright length"

    Star Trek's creator is dead, he died during the making of Next Generation before I was born.

    That was over 30 years ago.

    The only Star Trek that came out after his death that WASN'T thought up by Roddenberry (he left notes all over his attic) was the movie that retconned everything other than Archer out of existence.

    Original Star Trek, Next Gen, DS9, Voyager and even Enterprise were originally notes that Roddenberry wrote up.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 1st, 2013 @ 2:24am

    the judges in the UK are as bias against file sharing under orders from the Government. they get plenty of funding from the entertainment industries and have plenty of 'friends' in those industries too. what is so shameful is that, not only were there no witnesses to question the 'evidence' from the BPI, there was no contesting from the ISPs either. basically, this is a knock-on effect from the ICE and DoJ practices in the USA. we all know how shit scared the UK is of upsetting that 'special relationship' between the two nations. as usual, the only losers are the public because if BPI thinks for 1 second that there will be a sudden and continuous surge to the high street stores or to their own web sites for downloading material, they can forget it! never gonna happen!! such a shame that the UK court system appears to now be as fucked up as the USA, where nothing is more important than giving the entertainment industries carte blanche for any actions against anyone it feels like and evidence is a non-requirement!! i read where one UK politician refused to even question any figures put out by the BPI when asked to do so by one of his constituents. he simply repeated the figures without contesting them and any thought that they may be inflated for obvious reasons. what a wanker! typical, but still a wanker!!

     

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    Ninja (profile), Mar 1st, 2013 @ 2:27am

    We all saw this coming and none of us will be surprised when they block legitimate sites just because BPI doesn't like them. Are we taking bets on when it's gonna happen?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 1st, 2013 @ 3:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Did... did you just quote The Tick? Now I know you're just a troll looking for the reaction.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 1st, 2013 @ 3:21am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Micro SD cards are easier to post and carry.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 1st, 2013 @ 3:27am

    Re: Re: Why does this blocking concern anyone here?

    Blocking cheap/free distribution for self published artists is a bonus, it eliminates som of the competition.
    /S(maybe)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 1st, 2013 @ 4:37am

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    Don't see an end, but watch licensing coming soon.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 1st, 2013 @ 5:12am

    Rumblefish - series of unfortunate errors

    It clearly is a series of unfortunate errors ... made by those who enable this sort of villainy. This one story exemplifies the haphazard approach to what is being called copyright enforcement.


    Rumblefish CEO: Claiming Copyright On Your Incidental Recordings Of Birds Was Merely A Series Of Unfortunate Errors
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120227/13044117890/rumblefish-ceo-claiming-copyright-your -incidental-recordings-birds-was-merely-series-unfortunate-errors.shtml


    YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music
    http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/02/26/2141246/youtube-identifies-birdsong-as-copyrighted-mus ic

     

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    The Real Michael, Mar 1st, 2013 @ 5:18am

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    They'd better be careful what they decide to do as every society has a breaking point. People will only stand for so much abuse before they revolt. The fascists who wish to act the part of tyrannical rulers are going to be in for one rude awakening.

     

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    The Real Michael, Mar 1st, 2013 @ 5:21am

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    Eventually they'll go after proxy websites as well, claiming something akin to 'aiding and abetting in the theft of intellectual property.'

     

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    Scary Devil Monastery (profile), Mar 1st, 2013 @ 6:50am

    Re:

    Well, when you can circumvent the blockage as easily as just installing Opera browser and enabling turbo, sane people would give the job up as bad.

    Which leads me to my own theory on the sanity of what I've come to call the "First Church of Copyright".

     

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    aikiwolfie (profile), Mar 2nd, 2013 @ 10:13am

    I think it's best to find out before commenting just what these sites are/were up to.

     

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    special-interesting (profile), Mar 2nd, 2013 @ 9:20pm

    Re:

    You point out fascinating conflicts of interest. Specifically the interests of Empire and individual human decency (want to say 'Rights' but its more basic than that) which are not equivalent.

    The USA has been a belligerent animal as of late. Please be understanding as we work it out. Greatness is not achieved through bureaucracy (our current theme).

    Hope. (unspecified hope)

     

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