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September 29, 2010

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Kay Tie

"If the politicians and their parties would even look at the negative consequences from these legislative bombs for issues like freedom of speech,expression and privacy or even innovation, even just starting to question it would be start."

Huw is right. I must be insane. Because I agree with Huw above. Beep beep!

D.G.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/09/28/councillor-who-twittered-on-scientology-cleared-of-wrongdoing-91466-27359840/

Happy news - turns out councillors are allowed to have opinions, and voice them too.

HuwOS

"Beginning of the end for the outdated media distribution model?"


Well more like the beginning of the end for fully legal and lawful blackmail of individuals.

But if it could get some political attention, then perhaps the various governments would not be so willing to pass utterly unbalanced legislation written by the publishing industries, like the DEA, ACTA or as envisaged in the Gallo report.

Politicians in general have failed to scrutinise or even question the validity of any of the claims made by the industries which they have then used to push for draconian and completely unacceptable legislation
If the politicians and their parties would even look at the negative consequences from these legislative bombs for issues like freedom of speech,expression and privacy or even innovation, even just starting to question it would be start.


plashing vole

Only one suspect? I'd have thought it could be Cameron and Fox acting in concert to protect traditional Tory interests and shift the cuts to the domestic sphere, Fox alone, or the armed services (who think that Defence ministers should be their puppets) - they've been leaking like sieves to the rightwing press, no doubt with the connivance of their friends in the arms trade.

DG

BBC have picked it up too

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11434809

Looks like they've finally got enough rope to hang themselves with. Beginning of the end for the outdated media distribution model?

HuwOS

Such a pity that you have little interest in the really big UK news this week Paul.
I know, I know, its nice you have a new leader and all but there are other things going on, other than opinion polls which, lets face it don't matter a hill of beans unless an election is in the near future.


ACS:LAW may well have fatally damaged the legal blackmail system that they and others have been running for the last two years.

The ISPs who have assisted them are becoming more and more exposed to their part in breaches of the DPA and despite the moderately large amount of money that both the ISPs and the various law firms involved have made, if justice follows they may find the entire abuse of the Norwich Pharmacal Orders that they have been involved in could well be the worst mistake that any of them could have made.

Even before the Anonymous DDOS attacks (not hacking btw) which took down their websites and people discovered the emails stored unsecured on their webserver, judges were already beginning (they have been very slow) to question the intentions behind the applications,
Chief Master Weingarten in particular who very recently queried another law firm looking for involved in the same business
"I can't understand why in these thousands -- hundreds of thousands -- [of letters sent out] no-one has been sued."
http://torrentfreak.com/judge-warns-of-end-to-file-sharing-cash-demands-100922

Data so far suggests that the shakedown letters these companies have been allowed to send out, get payments from about 10% of those targeted. But while those paying out are in the minority it has still meant hundreds of thousands of pounds for the law firms and the isps colluding with them.

(I accuse the ISPs of colluding as no order has been made against one large ISP, despite their size, apparently because they have always stated that they would challenge any attempt to get such an order.
The isps whose customers have been targeted have never chosen to challenge them at all, without challenge the judges have had no option but to grant them and it seems clear that these law firms were after the "easy pickings" and the isps felt no duty of care to their customers and quite liked the extra, free money it generated for them)


Well okay, perhaps it is only of interest to some, but it ought to be of interest to all as this is one more break in the dam.

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