Following a UN report condemning laws that require ISPs to disconnect households accused of copyright infringement, the Australian record industry lobby has declared that it does not support the practice anymore.
Speaking with SMH, MIPI general manager Sabiene Heindl, today said that while MIPI supports "mitigation measures" for dealing with persistent illegal file-sharers, "such measures would not include termination of Internet accounts."
Heindl's statement represents quite a turnaround for the recording industry. MIPI has dozens of member labels on board - including the all-important EMI, Universal, Warner and Sony - and although delivered in Australia, it would be difficult to see how the Big Four could pursue different anti-piracy strategies in major markets elsewhere.
Karyn Temple Claggett is the new Associate Register of Copyright and Director of Policy & International Affairs for the Copyright Office. Her previous gig was litigating for the RIAA, shutting down technologies like Grokster, which had widespread, non-infringing uses (the standard in the law since the Betamax Supreme Court decision in 1982). Last night the […]
The UK Pirate Party abandoned its fight against the BPI — Britain’s answer to the RIAA — over its proxy for reaching The Pirate Bay, which is blocked by court order in the UK. The Party’s executive had been personally threatened with legal action by the BPI and couldn’t afford to risk home and family […]
A 30-page document containing the master anti-piracy strategy for IFPI (the umbrella group for all the record labels’ national associations, like the RIAA and BPI) has leaked. The document, written by IFPI chief anti-piracy officer Mo Ali, has gotten into the hands of TorrentFreak. TorrentFreak’s Enigmax summarizes the document in some detail: Dealing with Internet […]
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