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Are the Net Police Coming for You?

On now, but also on I-Player - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rl4dl

Are the Net Police Coming For You? A report on the likely consequences of a proposed law aimed at combating on-line piracy. Jo Whiley investigates - and finds that if it is passed, millions of broadband users who illegally download music, films and TV shows could lose their access to the web. Presented by Jeremy Vine




More info here Passage of Digital Economy Bill raises concerns over UK democracy

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If anyone is concerned, Might be an idea to get your downloads in before Big Brother acts nastier. Not that I'm condoning free downloads of course. ;)

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I meant to watch this. I'll have to have a look on the iPlayer. Cheers for the reminder. :thumb:



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I watched it and it disgusted me. Record companies are down on profits so in come the goverment to track individuals. Jesus you would think they would put the ridiculous amount of money they are planning to spend on this on maybe dealing with people who download child porn rather than music.

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What the record companies fail to mention as well is that they earn a vast amount of their revenue not through record sales but through performing rights royalties. In fact for those who have a stake in the copyright of the song then the performing Rights royalties are the lion's share of the income. This is why songwriters regularly have to give away some points on their copyright royalties in order to get their song put on the pop star who can't write songs album. It's the old 50% of something is better than 100% of nothing argument

Now whereas back in the 1970s for example their were few radio and TV stations and lots of record sales, these days there are zillions of radio and TV stations and fewer record sales.

But really file sharing has been going on ever since consumers could record music. All the kids at my school in the 1970s were sharing cassette copies. As soon as CD burners were available peeps shared CD copies. Now people share downloads.

All the record companies will do is alienate the public and people will just find ways of sharing music that circumvent the IP spying.

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Please would you keep us up to date with this Smeggy?



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The record companies won't do nowt, there's just too much file sharing for them to cope with. Nothing a USB Data Stick and some Ripping / Burning software couldn't cure.

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French pirates 'dodge' tough laws



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Some forms of piracy are on the rise in France despite the passing of a tough anti-piracy law, suggests a study.

In late 2009, France adopted a "three-strikes law" which means persistent pirates can be thrown offline.

A small-scale study shows that some French people are changing their habits and getting pirated music and movies from sources not covered by the law.

Overall, found the study, illegal behaviour has increased by 3% since the law was passed.

The anti-piracy legislation was passed in October 2009 and means that those suspected of sharing pirated material online, such as movies and music, will be warned to stop or face action.

Persistent pirates who ignore the warnings will be cut off for up to a year if a panel of judges backs a call for disconnection. Alternatively, pirates can be fined or given a prison sentence.

Despite being passed in October, the law is not yet being enforced.

A preliminary study of more than 2,000 net users in Brittany by researchers Sylvain Dejean, Thierry Penard and Raphael Suire from the Marsouin unit at the University of Rennes suggests many people have changed their behaviour following the passing of the law.

The Hadopi law, named after the agency set up to police net connections, only covers piracy committed by file-sharing systems. In response, suggests the study, pirates have turned to streaming services and download sites use of which is not covered by the legislation.

The study showed that use of peer-to-peer (P2P) or file-sharing services fell among those questioned 17.1% to 14.6% since October. By contrast, the use of sites and services not covered by the Hadopi law grew by 27% over the same period.

Download services are relatively straight-forward to police as they tend to use centralised servers but, said the report, it was also seeing greater use of virtual servers and closed forums to swap pirated material.

The survey also pointed out that the vast majority of net users, 70%, do not engage in any piracy at all. However, half of those who said they were regular buyers of digital content also said they pirated material too. Article Source

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