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Sep 06 2010

European “Three Strikes” Initiatives Move Beyond Concept and Become Law

Published by admin at 1:07 pm under Regulations

Over the last year, we’ve been following the recent trends in Europe regarding “three strikes” legislation, where end-users may be subject to sanction by their ISPs for repeated acts of copyright infringement.  Following passage of the first such law in France last fall, the United Kingdom followed suit in early 2010 with passage of the Digital Economy Act.  While it is too early to say with certainty whether the laws will achieve their stated goal of deterring and ultimately reducing infringement, the debate surrounding these laws and early experience under their enforcement schemes provides insight into whether or not “deputizing” ISPs to police piracy will become more prevalent or whether yet another approach will need to be devised to protect content owners. Continue Reading »

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Oct 31 2009

Three Strikes and You’re…OUTTTT! (Of French Cyberspace)

Published by admin at 9:43 am under Regulations

On October 22nd, France’s highest court approved the “three strike law”, which will deny Internet access to those people that illegally copy music and movies and are deemed repeat copyright infringers.  The bill, known as Haute Autorité pour la Diffusion des Oeuvres et la Protection des droits sur Internet (High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet), authorizes the French courts to terminate an individual’s Internet access and impose a fine of up to EU 300,000 ($415,000) or two years in a French prison. The French law calls for the establishment of a new agency, which will issue warning notices to Internet users accused of piracy or infringing activity – such warnings will be sent out up to three times before fines and/or harsher penalties are imposed. Continue Reading »

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Apr 16 2009

Pirates Walking the Plank? – Entertainment Industry Awaits P2P Trial Verdict

Published by admin at 1:29 pm under Music

UPDATE (4/14/09, 12:14 pm):  The court found the Pirate Bay defendants guilty and sentenced them to 1 year in prison and ordered them to pay $3.6 million in damages to several record labels. Tomorrow a Swedish court is expected to announce it’s ruling in a criminal case that has been closely watched by nearly everyone with a stake-financial or otherwise-in the free-wheeling world of P2P file swapping.  At its core, the ruling will determine whether the operators of the Pirate Bay, the popular torrent johnnydeppgeoffreyrushsearch and indexing site, are guilty of violating Sweden’s copyright law.  A conviction-which many observers expect-could lead to imprisonment and a possible fine, as well as a shut-down of the site.  However, despite the potential immediate impact on the Pirate Bay and its operators, the broader implications of a guilty verdict, including whether or not it will serve as a deterrent against unauthorized file-sharing, are a little less certain. Continue Reading »

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Oct 17 2008

President Signs Pro-IP Act

Published by admin at 11:30 am under Regulations

On Monday, President Bush signed what some are calling a controversial law entitled The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 or “Pro-IP Act”.  The Pro-IP Act is designed to increase protection of intellectual property by imposing harsher criminal penalties for intellectual property piracy and counterfeiting, including expanding the ability of the government to permanently seize goods and creating an Intellectual Property enforcement officer or “czar”, a new cabinet position whose sole job is to increase intellectual property enforcement.

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