It is a big popular newspaper and they thought 'hey why don't we give our readers the possibility to set up a blog at our site" and so was done. They went to the lawyers, the marketing people and the IT people and that was it, the blogs.dhnet.be were born. They thought.
Because if no cat is watching the house, the mouse will come out and take it over.
After finding the site http://stopfake.christianlouboutin.com I thought, well what would the situation be in Belgium ?
It seems that those blogs (in english spamlanguage) were especially set up to be high in the search engine (Google site:be and louboutin shoes)
and link to sites like
http://www.christianlouboutinshoes99.com/ and a few others
but what do you read on the about us of this site (in bad english)
"If you are a person paying attention to brand name and want genuine products only, please go to the official site, but if your attention is focused on substantial benefit, you will enjoy a great shopping journey on our website. We can offer you the same quality, certification, warranty, accessories of Christian Louboutin as the official site but with much lower price. We have the back prop, the factory efficiently and steadfastly supporting the producing of our commodities .The factory occupies a floor space of 1.75 square kilometers in China, equipped with ample modern facilities and intelligent talents. Every product from our factory has gone through extremely strict test. Never Let the unqualified products get into the market is our aim. Either from the soft ware or the hard ware, our factory can be acclaimed top one in China. And after several decades of effort, we have gained an unshakably prestigious fame, which have left the other competitors far away behind. http://www.christianlouboutinshoes99.com/-ezp-8.html "
In fact they are quite honest about it.
Close it down and check your blogs more often if you don't want to have legal problems one day with your service provider or a legal department.
what is also curious to see that there are plenty of sites that have in their comments (who needs them ?) references to fake "louboutin shoes" How to check your site google site:.yoursite.xx louboutin viagra porn movie warez
Sabam is a small Belgian company that collects money from the users of videos and music to pay some money to the authors. As anyone or anything collecting money, they are only interested in getting more and as anyone who thinks he has rights to something (surely if it is money) it is never enough.
As music and video are just becoming a permanent part of our environment and are being used as such (hear, download, get bored, throw away) and are being added as tastemakers to other products (hamburgers) or services (ISP such as Belgacom) the value (or the perception of value) has been going downhill. It is difficult to explain that once you have bought the cd or video that afterwards you can't just use it anywhere or copy it to all your other environments (ipod, computer, cdr and I forget a bunch). Music is nowadays just so universal and permanent that it has lost its artistic value. Off course the musicians are artists, but people are paying lost more to see them playing live (like artists) than they are willing to pay each time they are playing one of their songs. And as music has become universal it is being played everywhere (on your website through streaming or on a social site through linking and on any party and event you can imagine).
So sabam had decided to get some bucks from youtube/google (the Belgian newseditors got some for linking so why shouldn't they try ?) but Youtube said they were already paying the recordcompanies. Why should they pay now a company that collects authorsrights (something else than userrights they pay to the company which pays only a small part of that to the artists themselves).
But Youtube just did what they also did when they had a complaint. THey just dropped the Belgian music videos from their site - as they are obliged to do by US law. Now Sabam may try to get them to justice and get the sums they think they should get through an Belgian Judge.
It can be the Icarus flight of Sabam because now there is an online backslash growing against SABAM. First online http://www.ramsabam.be Let now see what will happen on the political front.
Artists should get enough money but users should be able to use the music they are purchasing. Secondly I don't understand that a disc that is more than 10 years old and on which the marketing and production costs have been paid already a 100 times still costs as much as one of last year. The pricing of music follows no logical economic model and this makes it difficult to find a popular base for their case. Even more if you are actively pursuing to let music schools pay for the use of partitions, kindergartens to pay for playing children music (it is public) and makes it hardly possible for all kinds of public and non-commercial organisations and institutions (like schools and scouts) to organise a dance because the sums to pay to SABAM are far too high.
If artists want to be paid and loved by society, they should be part of society and if they are part of society than society will take care of them because there will be a popular base for supporting the artists.
You will find them more and more, payments for downloads of films or software. Illegal downloads, but the sites sometimes say that it is legal, just as if they have already paid the copyrights....
Before music clips it was not easy to find hard to find music that was a bit out of the ordinary. But with millions of music clips available now there are ways to get the soundpart of the file and so millions of songs are becoming available that before were not available and so it has become a great time to change your records by downloads (and keep these files out of P2P systems and stock your records somewhere as proof).
It is in any case a scandal that the music industry asks as more money for downloads than for collection cd's (100 songs for 5 Euro's with Itunes I have 5 of them). There are smarter ways to make money from old stuff and make legal downloads just as easy as paying for films online with our digital tv.
For the first time in nearly twenty years the Belgian Football championship will be decided by direct matches between the two big and good clubs (Anderlecht and Standard) and it will also be the last time probably (as from next time also the number of goals will be taken into account (and Anderlecht would have been champion). But as these matches weren't in any tv rightscontract anybody could propose a sum for these rights and the winner was a Belgian frenchspeaking paytv channel that paid 1.2 million euro's for these two matches (and maybe three if it is still undecided and we go to Paris ?). This is nearly double the price the other channels were willing to pay.
But the problem was that all the cafés had Belgacom TV (because it has the right for the Belgian national football championship) and not all were willing to buy another decoder from Telenet, their rival to be able to offer the matches. So for the fans in Flanders who didn't have Telenet at home there were not many possibilities. Some went to the rsca.be forum to find cafés or other places to look at the match but others were explaining how to get P2PTV.
P2P TV get the streams of tv channels and redistributes it on the internet with a software in which every client becomes receiver and resender.
http://www.tugalive.com is an index of channels and shows them online and an index of software that you may need to get those tv channels
http://www.balkansport.info/ is another index but you may have to pay for some channels
http://www.myp2p.eu/ with also a list of sport and the necessary software
http://www.sopcast.com seems to be a very popular product because it has different possibilities (client, server, webplayer, toolbar and so on)
so is this the breakthrough for online P2PTV ? and tv streamripping ?
If they make mistakes like this by excluding so many people from matches that are so important, it will. And if they don't find a way so you can still pay to see that match on your tv even if you are client at another digitaltv company, than people will do it for free. And afterwards you will hear all the complaining that people are watching for free on the net while they have paid so much for the rights and so on....
For the moment it is nearly impossible to clear your copyrights obligations across Europe if you are an European broadcaster or mediacompany. Each country has its own monopolized Copyrightlicence imposing authority and each of those countries have different prices and rules and procedures which makes it a totally impossible task to manage if those companies want to stay at the right side of the law across Europe. The European Commission has understood the situation and has taken a decision that will revolutionize the European copyrightlicensing marketplace. Every organisation can compete in all the other European countries for marketshare and no artist or copyright owner can be obliged to stay with the national organisation (but probably no one can afford to stay national or not to enter in some kind of network or cooperation with other agencies).
The Commission's decision recognises the valuable role of collecting societies and does not challenge the existence of the reciprocal representation agreements. It does, however, prohibit certain aspects of those agreements as well as concerted practices among collecting societies.
In particular the decision requires the 24 EEA-based collecting societies which are members of CISAC to no longer apply:
- the membership clause, currently applied by 23 collecting societies, that prevents an author from choosing or moving to another collecting society.
- territorial restrictions that prevent a collecting society from offering licences to commercial users outside their domestic territory. These territorial restrictions include an exclusivity clause, currently contained in the contracts of 17 EEA collecting societies, by which a collecting society authorises another collecting society to administer its repertoire on a given territory on an exclusive basis and a concerted practice among all collecting societies resulting in a strict segmentation of the market on a national basis. The effect for a commercial user such as RTL or Music Choice that wants to offer a pan-European media service is that it cannot receive a licence which covers several Member States, but has to negotiate with each individual national collecting society.
The decision will allow collecting societies to compete on the quality of their services and on the level of their administrative costs (which are deducted from the money collected before it is passed on to the author). It will thus provide incentives to collecting societies to improve their efficiency. source
But this will only be a solution if this doesn't lead to a splintering of the market which would result in an even more confusing and paperproducing mosaic of rightholders. Imagine the work a transnational media would have to do just to try to pay all the rights to all the artists in all of the countries they are distributed. This won't work if their is no European database which indicates for each artist the right copyright office according to the country. This doesn't seem too difficult.