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Government

Submission + - Hardware vendors sue Dutch government over copyright levies (itworld.com)

concealment writes: "Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Dell and Imation are suing the Dutch government over new levies on hard disks, smartphones, tablets and MP3 players that are meant to compensate the music and movie industries for losses caused by home copying.

"The companies now hold the State liable for all damages caused by the levies," the hardware vendors said in a joint news release on Wednesday. Trade association FIAR Consumer Electronics, which has as members companies such as Samsung, Sharp, Sony and LG, is also a party to the litigation. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the District Court of The Hague."

Piracy

Submission + - How RapidShare Plans To Avoid MegaUpload's Fate (readwrite.com)

concealment writes: "On November 27, RapidShare will start putting a tight cap on outbound downloads for its free users. Paid members will still have 30 gigabytes in outbound downloads per day, but everybody else will be capped at one gigabyte. The change is expected to further deter pirates from using RapidShare to distribute copyright material on a large scale."
Your Rights Online

Submission + - Megaupload Is Dead. Long Live Mega! (wired.com)

concealment writes: "What Mega and Megaupload do have in common is that they are both one-click, subscriber-based cloud platforms that allow customers to upload, store, access, and share large files. Dotcom, and his Mega partner Mathias Ortmann say the difference is that now those files will first be one-click-encrypted right in a client’s browser, using the so-called Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm. The user is then provided with a second unique key for that file’s decryption."
Piracy

Submission + - New Jersey using file sharing lawsuits to extort users (northjersey.com) 1

concealment writes: After a lull of several years, 44 lawsuits have been filed in the state’s federal courthouses over the past 18 months against more than 15,000 “John Doe” defendants who, initially, are identified only by Internet addresses that stretch from Fort Lee to Honolulu. ollection of users who engaged in the illegal uploading and downloading of a copyrighted work over the Internet using the BitTorrent protocol.

“The plaintiffs seemingly have no interest in actually litigating the cases, but rather simply have used the court and its subpoena powers to obtain sufficient information to shake down the John Does,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown wrote in May, citing evidence of harassing calls to one defendant demanding $2,900 to end the litigation.

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