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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.

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Who posts things first

July 10, 2007

Wired talks about how Prince is giving away his new album with a Sunday newspaper in the UK: 

As with blogging and so many other things digital, music distribution could become a competition to see who posts things first. In a sense, music distribution would no longer be about space — it would be about time.

More bands and labels are likely to explore the idea of squeezing extra value out of their music by selling off the right to be first, as traditional sources of revenue continue to dry up.

In the world of piracy many of the early seeds of content are motivated by the kudos of who posts things first and, as with many things piracy, the writer is predicting this trend to move into the legitimate distribution world.

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

Lucky and Flo

June 20, 2007

Haven’t got much time today so here’s a crazy story about dogs, Lucky and Flo, trained to sniff out pirate optical discs. I had to double check this wasn’t posted on April 1st!

lucky and flo

Blur’s drummer purveyed doom

June 18, 2007

Too bad Blur’s drummer Dave Rowntree was in a band and not working for the major labels as he knew how bad it was going to be ten years ago. According to an article on The Register citing the Out-law podcast Dave said:

“I told my own label EMI this five years ago, I said down with them and said that one of the major labels was going to go bust because of this, and they said ‘it’s all in hand’,”.

Anti-piracy flag waving

June 5, 2007

This photo is from 2005 but I hadn’t seen it before. It shows a helicopter waving an anti-piracy flag in the sky above London. I wonder how much the stunt cost and how much piracy was consequently averted, or reported?

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.