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As ISPs Prepare to Police Web Piracy, Questions of Efficacy and Motive Remain
2012-03-17 05:15:53

Jedidiah Becker for RedOrbit.com Depending on whether or not you use peer-to-peer networks for file sharing, you may or may not remember a brief battery of blogosphere fireworks last summer after a handful of major internet service providers (ISPs) announced that they had reached an agreement with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). According to that deal - euphemistically dubbed the “Memorandum of Understanding”...

2011-07-08 08:50:00

A partnership announced Thursday between some of the country's top Internet service providers and big entertainment companies pledges to step up efforts to protect the rights of copyright owners, a move first reported by CNET last month. The partnership includes Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Recording Industry of America (RIAA), and others. The coalition of entertainment companies, guilds, ISPs and...

2011-04-13 07:11:13

An online privacy 'Bill of Rights' was introduced Tuesday by US Senators John Kerry and John McCain that looks to bring balance between protecting personal information on the Web and the needs of businesses to conduct e-commerce. They said bipartisan legislation would require companies gathering data to allow consumers to "opt-out" of having personal info collected. "Protecting Americans' personal, private information is vital to making the Information Age everything it should be," said...

2010-09-22 11:16:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Access (accessnow.org), the new global digital rights network, which emerged out of the 2009 Iranian election, is committing to building a new, one million person strong Global Movement for Digital Freedom. Access aims to allow citizens across the globe can engage freely in an integrated online world, enjoying their right to actively participate and share in an open Internet. Through the provision of the world's first humanitarian digital...

2009-05-28 08:30:00

New technology has already helped catch pedophiles in Europe LOS ANGELES, May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nexicon (Pink Sheets: NXCO), a developer of next generation digital media protection and intelligence solutions, announced today that it has partnered with Univer-$ale to co-develop and market Nexicon's MARC(TM) technology platform that tracks and monetizes illegal uploads and downloads on the Internet. Nexicon and Univer-$ale co-developed DigitalRanger-Law Enforcement specifically...

2009-01-28 07:00:00

Shareholder Resolutions Filed by Members of Open MIC Internet Project; Group Includes New York City Pension Funds and Socially Responsible Investment Firms NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of a coalition of investors have filed shareholder resolutions with 10 publicly-held U.S. providers of Internet access, urging corporate boards to report on the impact of the companies' Internet network management practices on public expectations of freedom of expression and privacy. The...

2008-11-01 03:00:00

The French Senate has approved a three strikes law for Internet users who download copyrighted entertainment without paying for it. The legislation must also be approved by the lower house of parliament, the EU Observer reported. The goal is to force people now engaged in electronic piracy of movies, music and video games to use legal sources like iTunes. The "graduated response" would start with an e-mail warning. Those who persist would get a letter by snail mail. Internet service...

2008-10-02 15:00:26

The Digital Freedom Campaign, a broad-based coalition dedicated to defending the rights of artists, consumers and innovators in the Digital Age, today announced its partnership with Free Press, a national, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting universal access to communications. Free Press will join a growing, national call for an open and diverse Internet, one that prohibits corporate interests from controlling users' online experience. "Free Press, as a true leader in protecting...

2008-07-03 16:00:00

A U.S. court has ruled that google must divulge the viewing habits of every user who has ever watched any video on YouTube. A "set-back to privacy rights" is what digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called the ruling. Google's legal battle with Viacom over allegations of copyright infringement is what has sparked the ruling. Viacom will be handed a viewing log which contains the log-in ID of users, the computer IP address (online identifier) and video clip details....

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