Archive for the ‘BPI’ category

Anti-piracy trade bodies

November 30, 2007

The FT reports on rumours that EMI’s new owners might cut back on trade body funding (such as BPI, IFPI, RIAA). Whilst the cutting back on the RIAA may look sensible given EMI’s appalling performance in the US and the RIAA’s hapless performance in dealing with piracy in the US EMI need to consider that they are dealing with a global problem.

Trade bodies can give their members useful economies of scale not available to individual members. In something like the fight against content piracy most companies share the same targets.

Guy Hands wants EMI to be a 360 degree music company (or something ) but at the moment he has only recorded music and publishing. If he turns his back on the united method of fighting online piracy he further risks one of his core asset types before he has grown other revenue streams. Dangerous.

OiNK

October 23, 2007

Whilst shutting down The Pirate Bay is so far eluding the content owners the music industry has just reported a success against one of the most notorious private Bit Torrent sites – OiNK. The press release from the IFPI says that UK and Dutch police carried out raids and a male was arrested in the UK. You can bet this raid is an important one since OiNK prides itself on getting high-quality, clean copies of pre-release albums for release to the internet and is therefore high up in the food chain of pre-release piracy.

European ISP updates

July 13, 2007

The ruling against Tiscali in Belgium provoked comment in the Guardian where one of Jupiter’s analysts Ian Fogg was named as believing that ISPs have a bigger problem with video-sharing because of the bandwidth involved, which is interesting since all of the public action against ISPs seems to be coming from the music industry.

Also in response to the Belgian case, the UK Internet Service Providers Association spoke out against the ruling, saying that “ISPs shouldn’t be set up to play judge and jury”. Despite the quote from telecoms lawyer Danny Preiskel that “we are a way away from reaching a similar decision in the U.K. in imposing such liability” there is clearly appetite within the policital parties for ISPs taking some responsibility, as mentioned by David Cameron at his BPI speech.  I would expect to see some ISPs in the UK voluntarily disconnecting copyright infringers (at least repeat infringers) by the end of the year, thereby avoiding litigious pressure from media owners.

Meanwhile, also on the subject of European ISPs, Slyck reports that BREIN successfully petitioned a Belgian Court to force Leaseweb, a Dutch ISP, to hand over the details of the owner of Bit Torrent index Demonoid,

Leaseweb signed a cease-and-desist undertaking which stipulates that it
will keep Demonoid offline under penalty of 50.000 Euro per day. In
addition Leaseweb supllied the name, adress and bankdetails of their client
to BREIN. 

Demonoid disappeared from Netherlands and popped up again hosted in Canada.

So, as we wrote back in February, ISPs, as gateways to the internet, are fast becoming a target for content owners looking to curb digital piracy. We’ll be focusing more on this area as we drop some of the endless news of the ‘Warners Sues Imeem’ / ‘ Warners Drops Suit Aginst Imeem’ kind.

David Cameron speech at BPI AGM

July 6, 2007

Link to pdf of the full speech here.

Key points according to BPI:

  • extension of the term of copyright from 50 years to 70 years for sound recordings as “good for musicians and consumers too”.
  •  illegal downloads were “clear and visible internet traffic” and “could be blocked by ISPs”.

  •  Cameron emphasised that “copyright theft has to be treated like other theft” and pledged that the Conservatives would enforce laws more strongly so that perpetrators are brought to book. He added that the Conservatives would work with industry to “get the message out that piracy and illegal filesharing is wrong

Tackling music piracy in the workplace

July 3, 2007

The BPI is investigating allegations of music copyright infringment at Honeywell through a file-sharing network on the company network.

 The Guardian reports the Honeywell spokesperson as saying: 

“Similar to the recording industry, Honeywell vigorously protects its vast portfolio of intellectual property from others attempting to capitalise on their value and the strength of the Honeywell brand. We will continue to fully cooperate with investigators and the BPI.”

This kind of activity must be rife. Companies had this going on back in 2000 in the early days of Napster – think how much more widespread it must be now. There are also now companies offering to track down companies hosting such activity, most of whom are probably oblivious to what employees are doing. 

Oh, and Allofmp3.com is down. But Russia, well the same company Media Services, spawns more sites just the same – Mp3sparks. I wonder how long it will take for payment mechanisms to be removed…

BPI gets huge damages win

May 30, 2007

Billboard reports that the BPI won its case (that we blogged about in february) against CD Wow for parallel importing with a damages award of more than £41m.