copyrights - Page 4

  • #deepnet how to remove Fairplay from Apple


    Requiem is a program that removes Apple's DRM (called FairPlay) from songs, videos, and books purchased via iTunes, so they can be played on non-Apple-approved devices like a SlimServer or Linux box. The DRM removal is a lossless process - it is merely decrypting the file, not decoding and reencoding it.
    Requiem must be run on a computer that is currently authorized to play the DRM'd music. Requiem 2.x also requires an iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad capable of playing the file you want to deDRM.

    HDCP stripper is firmware for an NeTV which strips the HDCP DRM off of an HDMI connection.


    every DRM will be stripped or bypassed some time and is just a solution to limit the volume of hacks and to make it as difficult as possible - but a DRM is only really usable if the conditions are so that they don't limit too much the users in their Personal Digital Networks of laptops, smartphones and tablets and PC and backups on harddrives

  • you should know US law (and no other) if your servers or data are on US based servers

    The DOJ, in its response to the motion to dismiss, argued that "Megaupload's business took place in, profited from, and injured copyright holders" in the U.S. for more than six years. The company had more than 500 servers located in Virginia, where the charges originated, and the company filed a civil lawsuit against a record label in California court in December 2011, the DOJ said.

    "To dismiss the Superseding Indictment against Defendant Megaupload -- whose business model is not based on traditional goods and services delivered through brick-and-mortar stores but instead on online intellectual property piracy -- because the company has purposefully avoided establishing an office in the United States would be unprecedented and unjust," the DOJ's lawyers wrote. "It would also reward Defendant Megaupload, whose business was dedicated to criminal copyright violations, ... for having consistently taken steps to evade detection in the United States."

    Not clear if that is extendable to US based companies who have server in other parts of the world....

    If this is upheld it will be a milestone and it makes clear that this case is becoming the most important one.

    and if this is clear for the US, what about any other local law in any other country your servers or data may be based ?

    Another reason for Belgian companies and institutions to keep their data in Belgium. At least here you know the law.

  • Edx free online MIT and Harvard courses : free the knowledge, diffuse the knowledge, increase the knowledge

    EdX is a joint partnership between The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to offer online learning to millions of people around the world. EdX will offer Harvard and MIT classes online for free. Through this partnership, the institutions aim to extend their collective reach to build a global community of online learners and to improve education for everyone.


    MIT’s Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Anant Agarwal serves as the first president of edX, and Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith leads faculty in developing courses. Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can facilitate teaching—both on-campus and online.

    They were already the pioneers of the first free open courses - in which you only had to pay if you wanted exams and help and a diploma. There is no way that everybody who deserves to go to Harvard or MIT in the world can ever go to Harvard or the MIT and even if those courses are in no way a full replacement as being in the same room as the professor (even if you would have conferencing and all that stuff) it would never be the same as the discussions you could have in person.

    THis is going a step further.

    A logical next step.

    But just as we have learned in history, the diffiusion of information and knowledge is essential and maybe even

  • what the copyright police looks alike during the Olympics

    Almost 300 so-called 'brand police' are trawling the country, entering the shops and offices of those suspected of contravening restrictions relating to the mention of the Olympics by non-official partners. 


    The enforcers of these restrictions, wearing purple t-shirts and caps have the right to enter shops and offices and can issue fines of up to £20,000.


    Restrictions include the use of words such as "gold", "silver", "bronze", "summer" or "London" and using the iconic rings, or colours of the Games. 



    Advertising close to Olympic sites (within 200 metres) is banned. Unless you already own a shop, or food outlet in the area in which case your window can remain as it always is. However, long-standing businesses cannot have Olympics promotions, or be seen to exploit the Games for their business.
  • belgium blocks piratebay haha no way

    as easy as it is

    block this one and I have another 20 around that one

    if you want to play cat and mouse

    you have to be sure that you have the power to catch all the mouse

    because mouses like to breed because they like each other so much :)

    I really don't have to say the f word, don't I

  • Kim Dotcom from mega-upload is twittering and making it known

    this guy knows a few things or has people doing the research for him

    and he has some things to say or to tweet

    so his twitteraccount is rather interesting to follow

    for example that he donated 20K dollars to Wikileaks

  • help with this European ISP netneutrality report

    This is a list of all reported cases of Net Neutrality violations by our users. Please note that we do not validate the accuracy of these reports before they are published on this list, but rather rely on confirmations and supporting evidence offered by users. If you are subjected to one of the listed restrictions, please confirm it. Cases that are not considered violations of Net Neutrality under our guidelines will be removed or not be validated.

    so become a volunteer and report the tuning down of some parts of  the net by your ISP

  • Will Kommissar DeGucht retire after his ACTa waterloo ?

    The Europarl is watchful of anything that resembles ACTA and gave the European Commission the bitchslap of its life in the rejection of ACTA. If the Commission tried anything like that today and again, like with this CETA thing, they’d be a) acting in bad faith, and b) asking for the political bitchslap of their lives squared – possibly up to and including being fired by Parliament. (A resignation of the responsible Commissioner, Karel de Gucht, was hinted at during the ACTA proceedings – and Parliament is going to regard another attempt at doing the same thing with an utter lack of humor.)

    it would be doubtful that he would have any doubts and probably he still believes that he was right and all the others were wrong and if he really believes this and continues to believe this, it will be the start of his own undoing.

    Adapt to the times because the times won't adapt to you.

  • the cost of sending copyrightinfringement letters is not for the ISP's in the UK

    this is the proposal (and you can be sure that the rightholders will lobby against it)

    "The regulator has also detailed who will pay for the policing, appeals, and letters. Essentially, rightsholders will pay the most—they'll bear all the costs incurred by Ofcom, the majority of the costs from the appeals body, and 75 percent of the money spent by the ISP.


    Rightsholders will get a discount for reporting in bulk, though. If a copyright holder sends 70,000 reports a month they'll pay £17 ($26.50) for each report. If they send 175,000, the reports will only cost £7.20 ($11.24) each.


    Ofcom will now open a month-long consultation period, which closes on July 26, 2012. Subject to further review by the European Commission, the revised code will then be laid in Parliament around the end of 2012

    In fact this means that rightholders will have to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in each campaign and that they will have to be sure that it will have a financial effect (which isn't the case untill now, people have moved forward to new services or have moved back to copying offline material or each other disks).

    Laying the financial cost with the rightholders means also that they will eventually get their money back through court (which may take years) and even if they win they will have to be sure that the convicted people will have the resources to pay it and without a popular backslash that will eventually cost them even more money and goodwill).

    Let's make the count, say that you send 1000 reports to people who have downloaded illegally your film. This will cost you 17.000 pounds or around 20.000 Euro's. (this scheme will mean that the policy will be mostly used against highprofile downloaders). Without the legal costs they will have to get at least 20.000 Euro's out of court and take that they can eventually get successfully 100 people to court about this and take that each courtcase cost them take 20.000 euro's (if they standardize everything as much as possible), this means they will have to convince each time a judge to convict the person of courtcosts 20.000 euro plus 2000 euro mailingcosts + the copyright loss (mostly calculated in the thousands instead of hundreds) so take 30.000 Euro.

    Imagine now a kid of 15 who is on the downloadlist and his mother didn't know and the father is out of work and the kid has problems at school and the baby is sick and you expect a judge to convict this family for tens of thousands of euro's because he downloaded some films ? What happened to alternative punishment ?

    What this scheme is saying to the sector in fact is 'go after the illegal businesses and the hosters'

    Take for example a junior clerk you pay 2000 euro a month to send DMCA letters based upon results that some software delivers every day and in which the DMCA contact addresses are already incorporated. Let's say he takes down 10 important downloadfiles for your film every day which otherwise would have been downloaded tens of thousands times (we are speaking about 2500 to 3000 links a month). In the meantime users looking for these illegal files get frustrated and end up paying for it at your own VOD service or some online VOD service that pays you, if it is not too expensive. Ideally it should be incorporated by the ISP as a new service (surely for older films that you don't see on tv anymore).

    Sounds more efficient to me - and less PR problems.

  • after Acta-defeat, international copyrightnegotiations are changing their tune

    Monday began yet another negotiating round for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, this time in San Diego. To the amazement of everyone, the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced on July 3 it would now include a provision in the intellectual property (IP) chapter recognizing the importance of "limitations and exceptions" to copyright and embracing the international 3-part test for what constitutes suitable limitations and exceptions. (For those not familiar with this term of art, "limitations and exceptions" are things like Fair Use and First Sale Doctrine in the United States. As the name implies, limitations and exceptions to copyright limit the rights of the copyright holder and create exceptions to the general rule against copying without permission.)


    It is difficult to convey to people who don’t routinely deal with USTR and the copyright maximalists that dominate trade negotiations just how stunning a turn around this is, given the fairly well-established limitations and exceptions in US law and the fact that—as USTR acknowledged in its announcement—the three-part test for what constitutes suitable limitations and exceptions is already well-established and incorporated into international law. Indeed, given all this, the incredible thing is that this is, as USTR acknowledges, the first time USTR has included any explicit reference to limitations and exceptions. In addition, as my colleague Rashmi Rangnath points out over at the Public Knowledge blog, while this is a positive step for USTR, we have not seen the new draft TPP text, so the actual implementation of these principles in the TPP draft could still be a major step backward from existing US law.


    Let me use an analogy to explain why this is, nevertheless, a big deal. For USTR to publicly embrace limitations and exceptions as "an important part of the copyright ecosystem" is the equivalent of The Pope saying: "in some cases, birth control is a good thing because it allows married couples to have sex without procreation, deepening their emotional bond with one another."

    You need to unblock a huge stone to become an avalanche. The only question now is how to keep it going before it is stopped.

  • Was mega-upload brought down on orders of the White House

    According to Dotcom the Mega case was discussed June last year in a meeting in the West Wing of the White House.


    “After we received information from an insider we scanned the White House visitor logs for all meetings of Chris Dodd and studio bosses with Joe Biden and Obama. They are publicly available on the White House website,” Dotcom told us.


    “It is interesting that a man by the name of Mike Ellis of MPA Asia, an extradition expert and former superintendent of the Hong Kong police, was also at a meeting with Dodd, all studio bosses and Joe Biden. The same Mike Ellis met with the Minister of Justice Simon Power in New Zealand.”


    An overview of the visitors that were present at this meeting is listed below.


    Barry Meyer – CEO Warner Bros Entertainment, Brad Grey – CEO Paramount Pictures, Michael Ellis -Managing Director MPA Asia Pacific, Chris Dodd – CEO MPAA, Jeff Blake – Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Ronald Meyer – President Universal Studios, Michael O’Leary – MPAA Senior Executive Vice President for Global Policy and External Affairs, Robert Regan – (?) and Rich Ross – Chairman of Walt Disney Studios at the time.


    The meeting



    The information above does indeed suggest that the Megaupload case was discussed at the highest political levels last year. Noteworthy is also the MPAA’s lobbying disclosure statement of last year which includes money spent on lobbying the office of Vice President Joe Biden.

  • Flanders government want to give drastic rights to the tv stations

    The regions are in Belgium responsable for the organisation of the local media, including tv. The biggest battle in the tv world for the moment are the one between the TV stations (and their owners) and the digital distributors (Belgacom and Telenet). TV stations are now discovering that if you are a smart viewer you can skip the ads in the films and the programs for max an hour if you pauze the program for an hour (and do something else or record it). You have to pay a few euro's a month for that (even if when the digital tv needed political support it was presented as something that was an automatic feature). This is not as radical as the battle in the US some years ago about technical devices that could just let you skip the ads as if they were never been there - but the tv stations are seeing in the research that the digital viewers are just skipping the ads - for which they are asking (too much) money.

    So they have pressured the local politicians (the more local the politicial decisionmakers, the easier to pressure them) to do something about it.

    And so they have come up with something really radical that could have unforeseen and radical consequences. The TV stations are by law the only and total owners of the tv signal and any change to it is an infringement on their copyright.

    in flemish  "De omroepen worden voortaan als 'eigenaar' aangeduid in het hele televisieaanbod. Derden mogen aan die 'signaalintegriteit' niet raken, door erin te knippen en plakken, door op het scherm ook andere zaken te tonen, behalve mits nadrukkelijke toestemming van de omroepen",

    Imagine what this would do with digital reproduction on the net and so on.

    Instead of complaining, they should make better tv that is worth to watch, something the US tv stations have understood lately. And it is still better to cut a film twice an hour with a few ads everybody will accept than 4 times with a lot of ads that are making the film boring to watch (and push you to go online).

  • (Full decision) Australian judge dismisses FBI search warrants and closure of Mega-upload

    On Thursday, High Court Judge Justice Helen Winkelmann found the warrants used in the seizure of property from Dotcom's mansion near Auckland were illegal and that moves by the FBI to copy data from Dotcom's computer and take it offshore were also unlawful.


    "The warrants did not adequately describe the offences to which they related," Winkelmann said in her ruling. "Indeed they fell well short of that. They were general warrants, and as such, are

    The full decision

    Mega Warrants

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    you know that blacklisting exists ?

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