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Superstorm Sandy Delays Implementation of Copyright Alert System

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TorrentFreak reports that the Copyright Alert System, which some big Internet service providers were planning to implement Wednesday, is on hold. The system has been delayed due to adverse conditions following Superstorm Sandy, which threw a hugely destructive wrench into the works for many utilities and ISPs.

The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) is behind the system. CCI’s Executive Director, Jill Lesser, wrote a blog post explaining the delay, which read in part: Read More

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ISPs Set to Take ‘Mitigating Measures’ to Protect Copyrights

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Some of the largest Internet service providers (ISPs) in the country are set to take steps aimed at stopping illegal downloads.

The penalties can result in the repeat offenders losing their Internet access, though providers say it doesn’t have to go that far.

Wired names the participants and describes the series of measures, called the Copyright Alert System, that will be used to clamp down on illegal sharers: Read More

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Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales Tells the US To Stop Extraditing 24-Year-Old Geek

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In the two years since U.S. customs and immigration officials came knocking on his dorm room door, Richard O’Dwyer has become something of a representative figure in the fight between Hollywood heavyweights and the Internet.

But a new ally has stepped foward to support the “unlikely poster boy for a culture war.” Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has decided to intervene on Mr. O’Dwyer’s behalf, launching a campaign on Change.org this weekend to stop the U.S. from extraditing him on copyright allegations. Read More

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Charity Asked to Pay for Linking to Newspaper Website

(Illustration by David Saracino / New York Observer.)

Earlier this month, an Irish newspaper licensing body sent a cease and desist letter to a domestic violence charity for the crime of linking to a newspaper article without paying a license fee.

In the letter, Newspaper Licensing Irish Limited (come and get us!), which has a contract with 16 national newspapers and 90 regional publications, writes that “a licence is required to link directly to an online article even without uploading any of the content directly onto your own website.” Read More

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Blow for BitTorrent Lawsuits: New York Judge Rules an IP Address Is Not a Person

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Earlier this week, New York Magistrate Judge Gary Brown issued a landmark ruling in one of the many mass-BitTorrent lawsuits for copyright infringement, calling the lawsuit a “waste of judicial resources” for insufficient evidence to identify copyright infringers, reports TorrentFreak.

The copyright holders were launching their claims with just an IP address. The copyright holders use that IP address ask the courts for a subpoena, which they then use to ask Internet service providers to hand over personal details about alleged offenders.  Read More

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This 92-Year-Old WWII Vet is Hollywood’s Most Reviled Bootlegger

This 92-Year-Old WWII Vet is Hollywood's Most Reviled Bootlegger

When we think of bootleggers, most of us conjure images of shadowy Megaupload fanatics, or the shady characters lining Canal Street with their suitcases full of misspelled DVDs. Probably the absolute last person to come to mind would be a 92-year-old Jewish WWII vet from Long Island, but that’s what makes this story in today’s New York Times so spectacular.

For the last handful of years, Hyman Strachman has been bootlegging popular Hollywood films and sending them off free of charge to American troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the troops interviewed for the story, Mr. Strachman, known lovingly as “Big Hy,” has become somewhat of a folk hero to the thousands of soldiers who see the films he sends as a necessary link to back home. Read More