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A new paper to be published in the upcoming issue of Marketing Science shows that removing DRM from music leads to a decrease in piracy. Or phrased differently, DRM appears to be an incentive for people to pirate music instead of buying it. The researchers from Rice and Duke University used analytical modelling to come to this seemingly common sense conclusion.
DRM only hurts legitimate customers.
The Australian Law Reform Commission's (ALRC) review suggests filtering of specific "refused classification" material (aka prohibited), indicating Conroy's filter needs some clarification. Meanwhile, police accidentally censor Google, Facebook and 8,000 other sites.
Twitter announces they will begin self-censoring tweets from the middle east. 71% of US citizens beleive censorship is a bigger problem than piracy. European Union signs the ACTA agreement.
Ludnam warns that data retention is still on the cards while Julia Gillard happy to extradite Aussies to America for copyright breaches if push comes to shove.
Ludnam labels the secret anti-piracy meetings "offensive" as end users are ignored. FileServe joins a growing list of file sharing services shutting in response to the MegaUpload arrest.
Polish Government sites get DDOS'd as Government announce plans to sign ACTA agreement. Using Michael Jackson to show a practical example of SOPA
Anonymous attacks Attacks DOJ and others over Megaupload Shutdown. Scott Ludnam warn of the effects of cybercrime laws, noting they tend to expand into much larger forms of surveillance and can be difficult or impossible to repeal
MPAA calls Wikipedia's SOPA protest "an abuse of power". Hollywood studio chiefs have a dummy spit over Obama's stand on Internet piracy and refuse to donate further to his campaign. Scott Ludlam, the only person in Australian Parliament with a grasp of technology, requests the Government to support the anti-SOPA movement.
All the Companies Supporting SOPA, the Awful Internet Censorship Law—and How to Contact Them
Aussie ISPs iiNet, Internode and Primus have expressed interest in implementing the limited Interpol Internet filtering scheme promulgated by the Australian Federal Police while British ISP Sky has complied with court orders to block Newzbin 2.
The Swiss Government declares that downloading of movies and music will stay LEGAL! Here's to common sense in Government!
Copyright organisation which made those annoying "You wouldn't steal a handbag" anti-piracy ads on DVDs have been caught pirating the music for it!
Australian ISPs unveil the result of secret discussions which have been going on for months. Copyright infringement notices will be sent directly to end users to help "educate" them on their crimes. Meanwhile, a European court rules that ISPs CANNOT be forced to filter Peer to Peer websites.
With the news a flurry with the whole SOPA Bill, a couple of things flying under the radar are: Movie Rights Group shutting down and the Government delaying some Freedom of Information requests regarding: the voluntary Internet filtering scheme, statistics provided by Telstra with respect to its implementation of the trial, and information regarding a controversial meeting the Attorney-General’s Department has held behind closed doors with representatives from the ISP and content industries over online copyright infringement.
Now with big online companies such as eBay, Google, Mozilla and Twitter joining the fight against Internet censorship, I wonder if it will gain much traction now it's getting more attention.
UK court ordered BT to use its Cleanfeed technology - used to block access to child pornography web sites - to prevent its customers accessing the NewzBin2 web site that offers access to pirated movies
Exetel Chief Executive John Linton says he will try to make the process of fetching customer information as difficult as possible for snoopy the Movie Rights Group.
The Great Firewall of America, PROTECT IP, has been renamed to E-PARASITES Act and it's vague terminlogy expanded to cover even more sites and even more vague "infringements"
ISPs taking part of the voluntary filter do not actually have to collect statistics on how many hits are made on banned sites. Who's watching the watchmen?
Three days later, the Government has quietly removed the streamlining process from the documents.
Australian Federal Government suggests an idea of allowing copyright organisations access to private details of ISP customers through a "streamlined" process where they can request information on anyone they deemed to be pirating media.
Four of the UK's biggest ISPs have chosen to made porn sites "opt-in" only. VeriSign on the other hand is requesting authority to close down any .com website if a Government body or lobbyist group requests it, WITHOUT court order.
Wikileaks exposes AFACT/MPAA as they continue to bully Australian ISP iiNet into caving to copyright pressure, even though they are well aware that the aging business model is no longer adequate. NZ Labour Party now promises to remove the 3-strike account termination law a day before the elections. They were the morons that passed it through back in 2009.
British MP now going for an internet kill switch for social media! Australia finally gets an R18+ game rating! It took more than a decade of Michael Atkinson, lobbying and waiting. Would you expect the internet filter to be any different?
Australian Government affirms they are still considering data retention. Anti-Piracy lawyers accuse blind man of downloading porn.
Australian Privacy Foundation has warned that the Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 has the potential to invade the rights of individuals and grants additional access to information by a range of agencies. The Greens have flagged concerns about the Federal Government's changes to cyber security laws, saying they could be used by foreign governments to "crack down" on political dissidents in Australia. All the while, Optus announces that it has begun filtering the Interpol list while Telstra calls for more time to set up the mandatory data retention systems.
Government denies yesterday's claims that filtering will be done by NBN Co, insisting that it'd still be done by ISPs
NBN Co hints that web filtering is possible under the Government controlled ISP backend while ACMA is quietly working away on adding more items onto the internet blacklist. The filter momentum is still rolling forward, wasting tax payer's money.
IIA declares that ISPs won't implement a copyright protection scheme if they are not compensated. Vodafone may follow Telstra and Optus and implement the Interpol filter list. There is a gap in public viewpoint which is either strongly opposing or supporting the internet filter. Lastly, the Australian Primus CEO suddenly quits. Who wants to bet on whether this is related to the internet filtering policy?
NZ FACT forced to pay NZ$25 per copyright infringement notice each ISP has to deliver to the end user.
Michael Wyres: “Once you start on the path of censorship, and the mechanisms are in place, freedom of speech and democracy take a hit. Bit by bit, the powers that be will identify more and more content as worthy of “protecting” us from, and one day it will go too far - and it will be much harder to rectify than it was to implement. I cannot and will not be a party to that, and that is why I left Telstra.”
Internode releases a press release stating they will not voluntarily filter the internet unless there was a law requiring them to do so
Optus confirms their "voluntary" filter is to begin by the end of the month, even though the Optus filter can be bypassed by a change of DNS settings
Australia's largest telco, Telstra, proposes to voluntarily filter using the Interpol blacklist. However, it is not voluntary for their customers.
Australian data retention laws are now limited to "persons suspected of committing serious crimes".
Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety release interim report which state they oppose and will not endorse the policy.
Australian Parliament sucks up to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime by passing a legislation that requires telcos/ISPs to retain customer traffic data
The Australian Government cuts funding for a program to subsidise filtering costs for ISPs due to "lack of interest" but still refuses to stop wasting money on the incredibly unpopular internet filter... despite lack of interest
A committee made up of two Labor, two Liberal, one Nationals and one Greens senator attacked the Attorney-General's Department's "narrow" consultations and failure to engage with the broader community or public interest and civil liberties organisations regarding the internet data retention scheme. This should slow down some progress of their stupid schemes for a while.
A sigh of releif as the Attorney-General's Department releases details stating that the highly unpopular data retention scheme will be targeted on "specific individuals who were being investigated for a serious crime". In other news, sneaky Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has barely managed to slip his NBN Companies bill through the Senate this morning, dodging bullets from Greens Senator Scott Ludlam and the Coalition.
Australian censors ban LA Zombie from screening at Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Director makes a public speech and screens it anyway. Police raid home, threaten to confiscate DVDs and computers. Court threaten 2 years jail time and a $28,600 fine but allow for a $750 donation escape route
Conroy is happy for an R18+ rating for video games but denies plans for an Australian internet kill-switch. Bit early for April Fools. Christian lobby FamilyVoice Australia is already pushing for some scope creep on the unimplemented Internet filter.
Egypt shuts itself off from the internet for politically motivated reasons. What's to stop the Australian government from doing so once they have the internet filter and centralised NBN in place?
Twitter states their position on censorship and freedom of speech - they're not going to censor anything.
Information on the NBN, Australia's biggest infrastructure project worth $43billion, is not being released as the Labor government has exempt it from the Freedom of Information laws.
More details about the OzLog revealed. Data possibly stored for up to 10 years. Lundam tries to talk common sense into the Senate and Pilgrim calls for an inquiry about the data retention scheme.
Conroy assults Turnbull with slander while attempting to dominate the parliamentary process by proposing a "no conscience vote" on the filter debate
Labor also wants to censor mobile phone apps and games while the Greens offer alternatives to the net filter
Liberals/Coalition finally confirm their stance regarding the filter; to fight it! Conroy asks for explanation.
Federal Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, denies censoring the web monitoring documents was his fault.
Government releases consultation papers on web logging data retention. 90% of the document is censored...
Net filters shelved till after elections. Telstra, Optus and iPrimus announce they are filtering web content.
No surprise as Gillard backs filter, claiming Conroy will do his best to get the policy into shape. Of course, that will be AFTER the election.
Obama kill switch approved by Senate, Pakistan blocks Google/Yahoo/Youtube, Oz IT industry wants Lundy as Communications Minister and Greens Senator pushes for privacy inquiry into #OzLog