It's pretty appalling how low our society has sunk if you aren't even allowed to talk about your 2nd Amendment rights in public anymore.
He runs a webcomic and made a couple of strips about what happened. Welcome to the new America."
What is the best way to handle this kind of scripting in Windows? Perl on Windows? Windows Scripting? Powershell? Something I haven't even heard of? Are there any "must have" books out there for this?"
"As from the start of business Monday 14th May 2007, there will be a change to the way we process international payments.
What's the background?
The USA Government requires that all international transfers processed through the USA be provided with all the transfer details. As all SWIFT payments worldwide are processed through the USA, any SWIFT transfer requested by you will have the full transfer details disclosed to the USA Government. This also applies to TIPANET payments that are sent to the USA.
The Data Protection Authority in Belgium has ruled that this is a breach of the Data Protection Directive and so the sender of the money must be made aware of this and be given the option not to proceed with the transfer if they are not in agreement to this sharing.
What does this mean to me?
If you ask us to send a SWIFT payment to anywhere in the world or a TIPANET payment to the USA, you will need to agree to a declaration about how the transfer details could be used.
We'll need you to agree to the declaration each time you ask us to do a SWIFT payment to anywhere in the world or a TIPANET payment to the USA. Unfortunately, we can't process your request in these circumstances without your agreement to the declaration.
TIPANET payments to other parts of the world and euroCHAPS are not affected by this change.
What does the declaration say?
Below is the declaration that we'll need you to agree to each time you request a SWIFT payment to anywhere in the world or a TIPANET payment to the USA:
'In order to make this payment, personal information relating to the individuals involved in the transfer may be processed for the purposes of:
a) Complying with applicable laws, including without limitation anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism laws and regulations,
b) Fighting crime and terrorism,
And disclosure to any Government entity, regulatory authority or to any person we reasonably think necessary for these purposes. This may mean that personal information will be transferred outside the EEA to countries, which do not provide the same level of data protection as the UK.
I agree to the above: Yes/No? (Delete as appropriate)'
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Here's a transcript of the eMail sent:
Dear Pandora listener,
Today we have some extremely disappointing news to share with you. Due to international licensing constraints, we are deeply, deeply sorry to say that we must begin proactively preventing access to Pandora's streaming service for most countries outside of the U.S.
It is difficult to convey just how disappointing this is for us. Our vision remains to eventually make Pandora a truly global service, but for the time being, we can no longer continue as we have been. As a small company, the best chance we have of realizing our dream of Pandora all around the world is to grow as the licensing landscape allows.
We show your IP address is '84.xx.xx.xx', which indicates you are listening from Germany. If you believe you are seeing this by mistake, we offer our sincere apologies and ask that you please reply to this email.
Delivery of Pandora is based on proper licensing from the people who created the music — we have always believed in honoring the guidelines as determined by legislators and regulators, artists and songwriters, and the labels and publishers they work with. In the U.S. there is a federal statute that provides this license for all the music streamed on Pandora. Unfortunately, there is no equivalent license outside the U.S. and there is no global licensing organization to enable us to legitimately offer Pandora around the world. Other than in the U.K., we have not yet been able to make significant progress in our efforts to obtain a sufficient number of international licenses at terms that would enable us to run a viable business. The volume of listening on Pandora makes it a very expensive service to run. Streaming costs are very high, and since our inception, we have been making publishing and performance royalty payments for every song we play.
Until now, we have not been able to tell where a listener is based, relying only on zip code information provided upon registration. We are now able to recognize a listener's country of origin based on the IP address from which they are accessing the service. Consequently, on May 3rd, we will begin blocking access to Pandora to listeners from your country. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative.
We will be posting updates on our blog regarding our ongoing effort to launch in other countries, so please stay in touch. We will keep a record of your existing stations and bookmarked artists and songs, so that when we are able to launch in your country, they will be waiting for you. We deeply share your sense of disappointment and greatly appreciate your understanding. "
The new service comes in response to the increasing number of bundles being marketed by the UK's broadband providers and also a recent research report from Ofcom* that found bundling to now be the second most important factor influencing a user choice of ISP.
In what's regarded as a 'first' within the comparison market, Britons can search by postcode for broadband only packages or for a range of bundles that contain combinations of broadband, landline phone, digital television and mobile.
Users have the option to sort their search results by their preferred purchase criteria that includes broadband speed, monthly download limit, contract period, cost per month or first year cost. Users can then find a package or bundle that best fits their requirements.
Steve Tattersall, of Broadband Internet UK said today:
"With the media dominated by marketing messages promoting the latest broadband, phone and TV bundles, finding the right deal for broadband buyers can be frustrating and time consuming as they trawl the net comparing supplier after supplier. This service aims to make the process of comparing the latest broadband, phone & TV bundles available from the UK's leading broadband providers quicker and simpler. Users can find the right broadband bundle for them that is available in their area, rather than wasting time searching site after site."
Steve continues, "Users can also keep up to date with all the latest broadband deals and industry developments in our broadband news section, get further information on each ISP with our impartial broadband provider reviews and use our range of broadband buyers guides if they're new to broadband or switching provider. Web 2.0 initiatives such as user generated comments and reviews on providers and their bundles are also planned."
* Research published by Ofcom in April 2007
Steve Tattersall — PR Contact
+ 44 (0) 7941 462812
Broadband Internet UK (www.broadbandinternetuk.com)
Broadband Internet UK (www.broadbandinternetuk.com) is one of the UK's leading guides to high speed internet access. The site specialises in offering the UK consumer free online self-help guides, together with postcode search & comparison tools that aid people's decision making when choosing either a stand alone broadband package or a bundle that may include combinations of broadband, landline telephone, digital television and mobile. It is part of Web Offer Marketing Ltd; an independent, privately owned company based in the UK."
The European Parliament has just voted to pass the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED2) without substantive amendment, despite growing public opposition from across the European Union. The final vote of 374 to 278 with 17 abstentions points to a margin of Parliamentary support that has been narrowing ever since the Directive left subcommittee. While we are disappointed that IPRED2 was not defeated at this stage, we can see clearly the impact of the efforts of the over 8,000 Europeans who've taken action against the Directive. We were told by the two largest political parties that they felt that the Directive had not been given enough time to be properly discussed, and that our campaign had definitely contributed to the discussion.
The fight now moves to the Council of the European Union, where it will be considered by representatives of the national governments of all EU Member States. Several states have started to mount resistance to IPRED2 in recent weeks, with the UK and Holland leading the charge. Europeans worried about their right to innovate, and their ability to live under clear, fair criminal laws must now turn to their own national governments to ensure that IPRED2 doesn't set a terrible precedent for copyright law, and the EU legal process. If the Council disagrees with EuroParl's action — which we believe is in reach — IPRED2 would be returned for a second reading. We will be tracking these developments and providing opportunities to act at CopyCrime.eu.