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Submission + - Britain to decriminalise file sharing. (

Tmackiller writes: From;
"The British government has decriminalised online video game, music and movie piracy, scrapping fuller punishment plans after branding them unworkable.
Starting in 2015, persistent file-sharers will be sent four warning letters explaining their actions are illegal, but if the notes are ignored no further action will be taken.
The scheme, named the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP), is the result of years of talks between ISPs, British politicians and the movie and music industries.
The UK’s biggest providers – BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky – have all signed up to VCAP, and smaller ISPs are expected to follow suit.
VCAP replaces planned anti-piracy measures that included cutting users’ internet connections and creating a database of file-sharers.
Geoff Taylor, chief executive of music trade body the BPI, said VCAP was about “persuading the persuadable, such as parents who do not know what is going on with their net connection.”
He added: “VCAP is not about denying access to the internet. It’s about changing attitudes and raising awareness so people can make the right choice.”
Officials will still work to close and stem funding to file-sharing sites, but the news appears to mean that the British authorities have abandoned legal enforcement of online media piracy.
Figures recently published by Ofcom said that nearly a quarter of all UK downlaods were of pirated content."
My question is, will this result in more private lawsuits against file sharers by the companies involved?

Comment Re:I'm not an anti sharing nazi... (Score 1) 214

This does happen, but quite obvously it's a lot harder to do as you need the reputation of a critic and if you're caught you won't be sent any more films to reveiw, but I see your point. Also, these films have a REALLY annoying text strip every 10 mins saying something like "Property of [blahblah studios]"

Comment Re:I'm not an anti sharing nazi... (Score 2) 214

That's true, and I'll admit I hardly ever buy films, but I'm not going to try and justify that what I do "isn't that bad because it hardly affects anyone". I just thought it was an interesting point to make that if someone didn't enjoy a pirated film [and the quality was something to do with that] that they might be put off from buying it or seeing it on the big screen. I think that a lot of people would like to agree with the article because it makes them feel better.

Comment Re:I'm not an anti sharing nazi... (Score 0) 214

I was looking at it from an "intellectual property" point of view, I'm not talking about remakes. I have recently run into this in my job where someone copied one of our products almost exactly, but with poorer quality materials that don't work as well, and I think this could damage the reputation of our product. In this I think there's fair game for me to make the comparison to a Xx0CAMRIPxX with shitty sound and people coughing all the way through compared to seeing a film in the cinema. It is essentially the same, but nowhere near as good as the original, and I think that could put someone off buying the film at a later date.

Submission + - HackingTeam Mobile Malware, Infrastructure Uncovered (

msm1267 writes: Controversial spyware commercially developed by Italy’s HackingTeam and sold to governments and law enforcement for the purpose of surveillance, has a global command and control infrastructure and for the first time, security experts have insight into how its mobile malware components work.

Collaborating teams of researchers from Kaspersky Lab and Citizen Lab at the Monk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto today reported on their findings during an event in London. The breadth of the command infrastructure supporting HackingTeam’s Remote Control System (RCS) is extensive, with 326 servers outed in more than 40 countries; the report also provides the first details on the inner workings of the RCS mobile components for Apple iOS and Android devices.

Submission + - Oculus Rift a Hit With Kids, Research Shows (

Electro_UK writes: Virtual reality (VR) is currently being geared towards older audiences due to the lack of currently available consumer products and a focus on perfecting the technology. However titles such as Lucky's Tale are starting to show the first signs of potential for VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift to be used with children. Now a new report has stated that the device is indeed popular with younger audiences, suggesting that it has just as much of a future with children as it does adults.

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