Smorgasbord of new year stories

Two weeks out of the office and I come back to a backlog of bits and pieces top draw your attention to.

 The FT reports that YouTube has missed the deadline for implementing its content identification technology. Could lead to run-ins with the content industry. I wonder what the contractual penalties for missing the deadline were?

The Italian anti-piracy email newsletter reported that a Ukranian trying to break into the local Mafia-run counterfeit CD market was shot dead.

An Engadget article suggesting AACS DRM has been cracked. But there is some speculation as to whether the crack works or is only partially effective.

A teenager in Norway is being charged with illegally file-shjaring copyrighted material over the internet. The boy in question was running a DC hub.

IFPI reports that BREIN were granted judgement against ISP KPN who unlawfully refused to disconnect a BitTorrent site whose activities were obviously unlawful. The court ruled that DutchTorrent should be disconnected and the individual operatingeth site should be identified. This suggests that the Netherlands’ days as a relatively safe haven are numbered.

The AsiaTimes talks about how Fox and MGM are trying to fight movie piracy in China by reducing windowing so DVDs come out simultaneous with cinematic release, working with local distributors and targetting the shops who mainly sell illegal but are open to legit product. One of the key points is that they are not waiting for the Chinese government to solve the problem for them.

I don’t know how seriously to take this but Apple are being sued by a Californian saying that iTunes music files should play on other devices and that Apple had not pointed out clearly that the tracks were proprietary.

Blockbuster video closes its last store in Peru and blames piracy.

Not exactly piracy-related but tangentially interesting this article in Business Week on P2P Advertising.

JASRAC are labelling the response from YouTube founders “unsatisfactory”.

News.com on how the DRM wall is crumbling in digital music

NPD survey shows P2P downloading of movies is 5 to 1 with legit alternatives.

Oh, and the major labels are suing Allofmp3.com

Phew! On with the year ahead then…

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