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+ - US Government Domain Seizures Failing Miserably->

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ktetch-pirate writes "Operation In Our Sites, a US Government led domain seizure action to deal with piracy, is pretty much a failure. TorrentFreak has examined a significant number of sites that have gone on pretty much unhindered, despite the seizures. Already some questions have been asked about the constitutionality of the seizures, and the evidence used as justification, but it seems the end results weren't as good as boasted either."
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The Courts

+ - Rapidshare Fined $34 Million and Ordered to Filter 1

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A Cow (666) writes "TorrentFreak reports that the Regional Court in Hamburg, Germany, has ruled that file-hosting service Rapidshare must proactively filter certain content. Music industry outfit GEMA asked the court to ban Rapidshare from making 5,000 tracks from its catalogue available on the Internet. The court obliged and fined Rapidshare $34 million."
The Courts

+ - eBay vs L'Oreal Through a BitTorrent Prism

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ACow (666) writes "In a recent court battle, among other things L'Oreal argued that eBay could prevent the sale of counterfeit items through its site and was therefore jointly liable for offenses committed by its users. The UK High Court disagreed and ruled in eBay's favor. TorrentFreak points out that here are some interesting parallels between this case, and the upcoming court case of the BitTorrent site Mininova against the entertainment industry."
The Internet

+ - Wolfram Alpha No Longer In Beta

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nandemoari writes "Wolfram Alpha, the online "computational knowledge engine" was recently launched. The site, which has been in testing for a few weeks but is now fully operational, is the work of British physicist Stephen Wolfram. He's best known for developing the argument that the wider universe runs on logical rules, just like the language of computer programs. The major difference with Wolfram Alpha is that it does not work by taking a search term and trying to find websites that may be relevant. Instead, its goal is to use data, both from the Internet and from otherwise publicly unavailable sources, to give a specific answer to a question. It's reported that the service uses trillions of pieces of data from credible sources."
Linux Business

+ - Aussie prisoners escape lock-in with Ubuntu PCs-> 1

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bfire (666) writes "Prisoners at two jails in Australia have implemented a centrally managed and distributed desktop environment that runs on the Ubuntu OS. Desktops boot from a central server but everything executes in local resources. The desktops are assigned to 'realms', such as a cell block wing, and each realm has a system image (with the Ubuntu OS and all necessary applications) that loads onto the PC at boot and can't be modified. The makers hope the Prison PC could eventually provide a single, centrally-managed device to replace a PC, TV, DVD player and stereo in individual cells. They also hope prison authorities will elect to stream online radio, IP and free-to-air TV, on-demand video such as for education, and even minority religious content using the system in the future. The system is already gaining international interest because it also means that custodians could deny or revoke rights to use parts of it, without having to go to the cell and forcibly remove the kit as punishment."
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The Media

Cory Doctorow Calls Death To Music, Movies, Print 336

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from the low-hanging-fruit dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow depicts an unfortunate near-future for a handful of media industries being transformed or killed by the Internet. Predicting a large-scale transformation of the music, movie, book, and newspaper industry, Doctorow says, 'The Internet chews up media and spits them out again. Sometimes they get more robust. Sometimes they get more profitable. Sometimes they die.' While the Internet has the potential to help the dying book industry, for example, Doctorow predicts the 'imminent collapse' of the American newspaper industry because advertisers are uninterested in spending money on the remaining offline readership, such as senior citizens, who prove less valuable."

+ - P2P Researchers Fear BitTorrent Meltdown

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A Cow (666) writes "TorrentFreak reports that the Tribler P2P team at Delft University of Technology has shown that BitTorrent is more vulnerable to a global collapse than anyone has ever predicted. By collecting statistics of a sample of 283,032 torrents with 52,634,797 connected peers, they found that over 50% of all torrents were tracked by The Pirate Bay. One of the researchers commented "If The Pirate Bay goes down the load will automatically shift to others. This is because most of the Pirate Bay swarms also include other trackers. When Pirate Bay goes down it would overload others until they fall also. Meaning even more stress and further casualties. This is likely to end in a BitTorrent meltdown.""

+ - Obama's Cyber Czare Pick a Good One->

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An anonymous reader writes "Obama has named Melissa Hathaway as cyber security czar and some, at least, in IT are thinking this will lead to better mix of public and private sector cooperation when it comes to countering terrorism. I hope so. We'll see, of course, but anything has got to be better than the Bush/Chaney team at getting people to work together."
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+ - Economy Profits From File-Sharing

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A Cow (666) writes "TorrentFreak reports that a government commisioned study in The Netherlands concludes that file-sharing has a positive effect on the economy — both on the long and short term. The 142 page report looks into the economic and cultural consequences of file-sharing on the music, movie and games industries. The researchers estimate the positive effect on the Dutch economy to be around 100 million euros a year. While it is recognized that the entertainment industry suffers some losses, these don't outweigh the positive effects of file-sharing."

+ - UK TV/movie luvvies want UK ISPs to control access->

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neuron2neuron writes "Torrentfreak is carrying an analysis of a letter written by 116 British film and television Directors, Producers and Writers. The letter, published in the The Times, is demanding ISPs start controlling what customers access. In particular they want downloads of TV shows and movies stopped, and if the ISPs won't do it voluntarily, the government should force them."
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