Public Submissions to U.S. Special 301 IP report ends February 7

Public Submissions to U.S. Special 301 IP report ends February 7

When Intellectual Property protection was pushed into trade rules, the U.S. created a unilateral policy of enforcement. Every year the U.S. Trade Representatives rate every country’s level of Intellectual Property protection, such as creating law to punish file sharing or making sure the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) gets its money.

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The End of Net Neutrality and Why it is Not Surprising

The End of Net Neutrality and Why it is Not Surprising

Lately Net Neutrality in the U.S. may have finally hit a wall as the D.C. Ciruit Court of Appeals struck down the FCC’s (Federal Communications Commission) ability to enforce anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules on ISPs. The internet rightfully expressed its fear and anxiety that ISPs will now exploit this chance to increase profits by throttling speed of websites that do not pay, or even throttling […]

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La Fin de la Neutralité du Net n’est pas une Surprise

La Fin de la Neutralité du Net n’est pas une Surprise

Récemment la neutralité du net aux États-Unis pourrait avoir finalement rencontré un mur avec la décision de la Cour d’appel fédérale de Washington d’abolir la capacité de la Federal Communications Commission (FCC) à faire respecter les règles antidiscriminatoires et d’antiblocage aux FAI. Le réseau a légitimement exprimé sa crainte et son anxiété sur le fait que les FAI ne manqueront pas d’exploiter cette opportunité d’augmenter […]

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Record Labels = $4.5 Billion / Pirates = $0. Not True At All

Record Labels = $4.5 Billion / Pirates = $0. Not True At All

The debate of piracy can be a fairly complex topic. With numerous actors and issues involved, arguments can quite easily obscure the truth in favor of fallacies and simplifications.

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The Plutocracy of Copyright Holders

The Plutocracy of Copyright Holders

The analogy that attacking piracy is a game of whac-a-mole appears to be quite a good one. Any effects to reduce piracy will be countered with new means of circumvention—if you hit a mole it reappears somewhere else.

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Study Finds File Sharing Helps Small Films

Study Finds File Sharing Helps Small Films

Within the debate of the ‘rights’ of copyright versus our privacy and freedom lies another debate examining whether file sharing is even a danger to the industries. The MPAA offers an undoubting “yes”, forming the basis for its endless takedown requests and attacks. Some scholars agree with the MPAA’s sentiments, while others do not.

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Ethics of File Sharing – The Shallowness of Most Accusations

Ethics of File Sharing – The Shallowness of Most Accusations

Those who are open to others about their file sharing are keenly aware of the criticisms that are thrown at us, many times without much thought. Some of the more emotional accusations even equate us with pirates, a term that was easily adopted as a symbol of freedom and liberation from a monopolistic, elite royalty.

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Digital Goods as a Public Good

Digital Goods as a Public Good

The Pirate Parties have an obvious lineage from The Pirate Bay and other forms of digital piracy, but bootlegging and sharing of media has been going on for decades. What is it then that has changed with the advent of digital media? Why has the concern of piracy become a political one? The answer lies in media digitization, and thus transformation, into a public good. […]

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What is the TPP? (The Big Brother of ACTA Explained)

What is the TPP? (The Big Brother of ACTA Explained)

Currently under negotiations is an expansion of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership, a Pacific orientated trade agreement composed of Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore. Eight additional prospectives have joined negotiations for membership, which would expand the agreement to Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the United States, Vietnam, and possibly Japan. As suggested by proponents, once finished the Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP) will have implemented liberalized […]

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