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Nobody was shocked when the Secretary of State for Business announced three strikes. There could be a lot more than that by the end of the winter. As it turned out, though, he wasn’t talking about industrial action: Lord Mandelson was resurrecting the proposal to cut off your access to the Internet if you’re accused of infringing copyright. Like privatising the Royal Mail, he probably doesn’t see why this is controversial. continue
Microsoft has weighed in to the Google Books debate, filing a brief in its capacity as a publisher (of books, not software) in the class action suit that seeks to give Google the right to digitise every book in America. It wants the case thrown out, and it’s right.
So Stephen Fry has admitted to downloading the series finale of House over BitTorrent because it was quicker than finding a legal copy. Lord Stephen of Twitter made his confession during July’s iTunes Festival, where he criticised the entertainment business for suing file sharers, saying that ‘making an example of ordinary people is the stupidest thing the record industry can do’. The industry appears to agree, because it’s stopped doing it, just as the British government – trying to appease the industry’s previous stance – proposes formalising the process. The currently favoured alternative, threatening to cut off users’ connections if they’re deemed to be sharing files illegally, has just been ruled unconstitutional in France, the country most gung-ho about implementing it. It’s all getting harder to follow than an episode of House. continue
Apple has finally removed the DRM from its entire iTunes Store music catalogue. Copy protection has been the one serious bugbear with iTunes: it’s easy to buy and organise music, but whenever you swap it between Macs or to a different iPod, you risk a snippy alert saying some tracks aren’t authorised to play on that device. Well, no more. continue