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The Digital Economy Act 2010

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posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 02:56 PM
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Excellent stuff, i read that on techradar or somewhere like that, really should have posted about it. Yes the scam is becoming more common, nasty bit of software and a variation on the "you have a virus" alert.

There are also letters being posted en masse in the UK from a legal firm threatening to sue anyone who is suspected of illegal downloading. They have accused many innocent people as the letters just go on the IP address. Certain people have been injecting random IP's into the swarms of various trackers to give people plausible deniability.

If you are the victim of one of these letters, do not ignore it. You can find the correct way to respond, including the template for a letter at the below web address.

beingthreatened.yolasite.com...


beingthreatened.com has been established to collate all the relevant information regarding the letters of claim sent out by Davenport Lyons and ACS:Law. The advice and information on this site are for the falsely accused only. We do not condone piracy, and we respect the right of the copyright holders to get compensation when their property is misappropriated.




posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 03:10 PM
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There's still FilesTube, Rapidshare, Mediafire, Megaupload and others. A good site to stay informed is Zeropaid, they have regular emails too. Slashdot and the UK's The Register (el reg) are good for latest developments and commentary.



posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 03:14 PM
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I am aware of all of that but the law firm apparently has thousands of IP addresses and is still sending out letters, many of them to perfectly innocent people, so i just thought it's good to provide people with a website that is dedicated to fighting this law firm.


The register is brilliant btw, i read it daily



posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 04:05 PM
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To supplement the scam I posted about earlier, here is a recent article I found (not sure who this source is), but it is good information about the scam. It was the ICCP foundation's software that I have seen first-hand...it is a nasty application and hard to remove.

Be careful downloading torrents!

Copyright Scareware

[edit on 30-4-2010 by CDippa]



posted on May, 2 2010 @ 06:26 PM
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...aaand here we go:

Australia to sign global treaty to fight cybercrime

So the UK lays the precedent and before the ink is even dry, all of a sudden Australia decides to fall in line like the good little colonial lapdog.

From the article:



“That issue and the real-time collection of communications data for foreign law enforcement purposes will probably be considered as an amendment to the Extradition and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, which is currently out for public comment,” he said.
“The other requirement is a preservation regime to allow the authorities to compel a carrier (ISPs) to hold onto information so it just doesn't disappear into the ether.”
The Cybercrime Convention has been under consideration by the Rudd Government since early 2008, after originally being canvassed in 2001.
Electronic Frontiers Australia spokesman Geordie Guy said the announcement had come “completely out of the blue”. “This matter has been around for years and now, out of nowhere, the government has agreed to sign up,” he said. “We weren't consulted, and we're unaware that anybody's input was sought.


So basically the government will from this point allow overseas interests to spy on Australian citizen's internet use in real time.

I guess we just have to get used to the idea of using the web like a public place and never assume privacy anymore.


I dunno, there are definately some sick ****s out there on the web and this will give a lot more power to law enforcement to catch them. But i guess what it comes down to is the age old question of who is going to police the police? and make sure this extra power is only used for the right reasons. I mean, ultimate power doesn't corrupt...







...does it?



posted on May, 2 2010 @ 06:34 PM
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Originally posted by Funk bunyip

I dunno, there are definately some sick ****s out there on the web and this will give a lot more power to law enforcement to catch them. But i guess what it comes down to is the age old question of who is going to police the police? and make sure this extra power is only used for the right reasons. I mean, ultimate power doesn't corrupt...


...does it?


Thing is it won't help the government catch the dangerous people becuase anyone doing dangerous things will more than likely seek to cover their tracks. There are perfectly legitimate reasons to disguise your identity online of course but the people breaking the laws will always try and protect themselves.

This is more about tracking the average citizen who is politically active. Maybe they post something online which annoys the government, shows an abuse of power, this person can then be tracked down and threatened if need be. From that point on they might learn to protect their identity online or maybe they will just be quiet.

It's like wikileaks, some really important things would never have been exposed if it were not for anonymity, with that gone you suppress information very quickly.



posted on May, 2 2010 @ 06:44 PM
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Thing is it won't help the government catch the dangerous people becuase anyone doing dangerous things will more than likely seek to cover their tracks. There are perfectly legitimate reasons to disguise your identity online of course but the people breaking the laws will always try and protect themselves. This is more about tracking the average citizen who is politically active. Maybe they post something online which annoys the government, shows an abuse of power, this person can then be tracked down and threatened if need be. From that point on they might learn to protect their identity online or maybe they will just be quiet. It's like wikileaks, some really important things would never have been exposed if it were not for anonymity, with that gone you suppress information very quickly.


Exactly. They act like it is a righteous cause but the bottom line is they are just protecting their own interests and the wallets of their corperate masters.



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 01:20 AM
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Originally posted by Funk bunyip
Exactly. They act like it is a righteous cause but the bottom line is they are just protecting their own interests and the wallets of their corperate masters.


The anti-piracy people have always been fighting a losing battle, hardly making a dent. When records were around piracy was more difficult because people would need specialised equipment, it still went on but at a smaller scale. Then cassettes came along and everyone had the ability to copy stuff easily. At the time people claimed it was the death of the record industry! They saw a drastic drop in vinyl sales but tapes balanced it out.

People were recording off of the radio. I know when i was 12 i couldn't afford to buy stuff so like many people at that age i sat in front of my stero listening to the top 40, trying my best to stop recording before the DJ came on and interrupted the music lol.

Then cd's came along and once they really took off the tapes sales dropped, at the same time however people were copying cd's and once again we were told it was the death of the industry. They tried using encryption and other methods to stop people copying cd's, but it didn't work. They calimed to be losing millions and yet the record industry survived.

Then along came the internet and broadband. File sharing became common, people shared music and once again we are being told that the music industry is doomed. This time however it may very well be true, but not because of piracy.

No instead the industry may be doomed for two reasons.

1. Their slow acceptance of the technology. If they moved with the times they could use services like spotify and if they dropped the price of tracks and didn't use draconian DRM stuff then itunes would simply explode while piracy dropped.

2. It used to be that if you wanted to be famous you needed a record company. Now with the internet you don't, just stick your stuff online and if it gets popular you can make money. Of course most people get head hunted by companies and sign up, but in the end they don't need it. This is what scares the big companies, they are losing their monopoly.



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 02:44 AM
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People were recording off of the radio. I know when i was 12 i couldn't afford to buy stuff so like many people at that age i sat in front of my stero listening to the top 40, trying my best to stop recording before the DJ came on and interrupted the music lol.


hehehe.. i think we all did!




No instead the industry may be doomed for two reasons.


The music industry may be doomed and i hope it is. The artists will never die. Perhaps it will be a catalyst for a new renaissance, without the fat greedy corporate whores who profit from the talent of others. Artists make approx $1- $2 per album. Who's interests are anti-piracy laws really protecting?

(swearing)






I met a boy wearing Vans
501s
and a dope Beastie t
nipple rings
and new tattoos that claimed that he
Was OGT, Back in '92,
From the first EP
And in between
sips of Coke
He told me that he thought we were sellin' out,
Layin' down,
Suckin' up to the man
Well now I've got some advice for you,
little buddy
Before you point the finger you should know that I'm the man,
And if I'm the man, then you're the man, and he's the man as well so you can point that f***in' finger up your ass.
All you know about me is what I've sold you, Dumb f***
I sold out long before you ever even heard my name
I sold my soul to make a record,
Dip s**t,
And you bought one.
So I've got some advice for you, little buddy
Before you point your finger you should know that I'm the man,
If I'm the f***in' man, then you're the f***in' man as well
So you can point that f***in' finger up your ass.
All you know about me is what I've sold you, Dumb f***
I sold out long before you ever even heard my name
I sold my soul to make a record,
Dip s**t,
And you bought one.
All you read and wear or see and hear on TV Is a product,
Begging for your fatass dirty dollar
So...Shut up and
Buy my new record
Send more money
F*** you, buddy.....
F*** you, buddy.....


I think they summed it up pretty well




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