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Links 1 through 10 of 167 by Simon Phipps tagged abuse

Saving this for next time I hear a movie studio explaining how they are making a loss becuase of "piracy".

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Surely there has to come a point where policy makers say "hang on, if this copyright violation stuff you're comparing to kidnapping and murder is so important, how come you keep making record profits?"

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"This is very serious. We feel the BPI may have deliberately misled politicians and Ofcom when discussing how useful their evidence really is."

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"I wondered what government official in what dark alley dreamed up this groping to protect the public?"

At some point our elected representatives will get a clue and say on our behalf that it's time for the security theatre to end and for the spiralling abuse of ordinary people has become a barrier to the freedom to travel. Sadly that time hasn't come yet and we'll continue to hear how arbitrary jobsworth-quality privacy invasion without reasonable cause is "for our own safety".

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Just when you thought the abuse of customers and prospective customers of media products couldn't get worse, this proposal for debt collectors to be deployed to collect money with menaces before any legal judgement is obtained comes along. Where are our legislators? Are they ignorant of the abuse, misinformed or corrupt? I can't see a fourth explanation.

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This is a very worrying development that looks like an abuse of power. It's extending the law surely beyond where it was ever intended by lawmakers and then being supported by courts. One of these cases will need to make its way to the Supreme Counrt. There's just as worrying a trend in the UK, of police using massively heavy photographic activity against the public while unjustly restricting photography by the publoc.

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Alex Brown discovers that the faith he has been consistently and publicly placing in the goodwill of Microsoft around their OOXML specification has been betrayed. Most of us are not even slightly surprised, I'm afraid.

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"The U.S. position for the moment appears closer to 'take it or leave it' with the bet that many ACTA partners will see little political alternative but to take it." -- I agree that's likely to be what the US "negotiators" think, but they surely have to take seriously the threat posed by the vote this week in Europe, which could mean not one country but a whole bloc refusing to ratify the treaty. The ACTA strategy relies on a fait accomplis that no nation can afford to refuse; having 26 nations refuse calls the bluff on that strategy.

US citizens: Is this really what you want done in your name? Do your representatives know how you feel about it?

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Excellent paper from the EFF provides us with the lessons of history as the UK considers implementing similar bad legislation. It's not so much the primary objectives of the law that are the problem (although those are pretty obnoxious). It's the fact that, through careless drafting (or rather drafting with the assistance of the wrong lobbyists), a whole range of loopholes are created which lead to unintended consequences like censorship, anticompetitive litigation and early monopolisation. This really is a document I want my representatives to read.

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The finest possible visual aid for why we can't rely on automatic means to "filter" content. Lessig, as the world's leading authority on "fair use", is assumed guilty until he declares - and perhaps proves - himself innocent.

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