PRO IP Bill Slammed By Bloggers

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| The priorities of the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for
| Intellectual Property ("PRO IP") Act of 2007 have been criticized on several
| points.

AP CEO Declares War On Internet

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| Fair use remains the topic that never seems to come up in the discussion of
| using content others have created. Doctrines of fair use allow for "any
| copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and 'transformative'
| purpose such as to comment upon, criticize or parody a copyrighted work,"
| according to Stanford University's Copyright & Fair Use Center.


Overly-broad copyright law has made USA a "nation of infringers"

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| Tehranian's paper points out just how pervasive copyright has become in our
| lives. Simply checking one's e-mail and including the full text in response
| could be a violation of copyright. ¬*

Anti-Piracy Outfit Pirates TorrentFreak

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| The infamous Dutch anti-piracy organization BREIN has infringed
| TorrentFreak’s copyright and blatantly copied a quote from one of our
| articles without attributing the source. TorrentFreak is thus considering
| legal action against these copy/paste pirates, where they may face a fine of
| up to $975,000 and several years in prison. ¬* ¬*

Mom Sues Universal Music for DMCA Abuse

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| The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit today against Universal
| Music Publishing Group (UMPG), asking a federal court to protect the fair use
| and free speech rights of a mother who posted a short video of her toddler
| son dancing to a Prince song on the Internet. ¬*

The RIAA will come to regret its court win

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| And, he told his blog readers: "If [the industry tries to] keep up the
| strategy of 'you need us badly and therefore we make the rules' you will lose
| the artists, their managers... and the audience. Another 12 months for this
| Radiohead experiment to become the default approach. Get engaged or get
| outmoded. And do it soon." ¬* ¬*

Does open source (and free) software reduce your pirating? 61% say yes

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| Over 12 months go I asked my readers whether open source software reduces
| your pirating and the result was very half-and-half. Well, this year I've
| asked the same question again and the results have shifted. ¬*

Microsoft Happy with the Evolution of Windows Vista Piracy

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| But the truth is that Microsoft is happy with the way Windows Vista
| piracy is evolving. Is there a catch to this? No. The fact of the
| matter is that Windows Vista has delivered a heavy blow to
| software counterfeiters. The reason for this is the new Windows
| Genuine Advantage security mechanism integrated into the
| operating system.
| You may not notice this on the surface. On the surface, the
| Internet is crawling with Windows Vista cracks, hacks and
| workarounds. On the surface, every Windows Vista edition has
| been cracked and is available for download via peer-to-peer
| networks. But this is not the true extent of Windows Vista piracy.

Governments Must Reject Gates' $3 Bid to Addict Next Billion PC Users

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| "Microsoft's strategy of getting developing nations hooked on its
| software was clearly outlined by Bill Gates almost a decade ago," said
| Con Zymaris, CEO of long-standing open source firm Cybersource.
| Specifically, Bill Gates, citing China as an example, said:
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| ¬* "Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but
| ¬* people don't pay for the software," he said. "Someday they will, though.
| ¬* As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.
| ¬* They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to
| ¬* collect sometime in the next decade."[1]

Why the illegal market determines the success of your software
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| Vista however was marketed as being harder, better, faster, stronger
| and more importantly - nigh uncrackable. Which proved a problem
| because it made uptake noticably slower than that for XP. However,
| things might have changed now because some awfully clever people
| managed to crack Vista (apparently). This might have caused a
| shift in demographics because users are now potentially able to
| sample the "delights" of Vista without paying massively
| inflated prices.

Chinese attitude on buying Vista

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| I've mentioned above,the price of Vista is higher than RMB2000 (about
| USD257) may not shake users in developed countries, but do you know it
| is equal to the average monthly salary in China's economic center
| Shanghai!So please take this fact into consideration before
| criticize our behavior of buying pirate softwares.
| recent survey of public opinion from China's portal NetEase shows that 81%
| of netizens think Microsoft is forcing them to use pirate Vista...

Why Piracy Hurts Open Source

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| "...John looks at this from a different direction. He shows you why
| software piracy hurts Open Source software--the free stuff you are using."

Microsoft seals its Windows and opens the door to Linux

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| Now comes the really interesting question. With Vista's activation
| technology, Microsoft has the power to stamp out piracy everywhere. But
| will it choose to do so everywhere? After all, if folks in China or
| Thailand or Ethiopia have to pay for Vista, they won't be able to run
| it because they won't be able to afford the licence fee. In which case
| they may finally wake up to the attractions of free software such as
| Linux - and it's easy to imagine what that will do to Microsoft's
| plans for world domination.
| It's a delicious prospect: Microsoft impaling itself on the horns
| of a dilemma it has created for itself. Roll on Thursday.