Can media piracy be stopped?
Media piracy is rampant in emerging economies. A new study looks at how it can be controlled.
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Ironically, the report itself is distributed under a Consumer’s Dilemma license, which “shifts the developing-world consumer’s dilemma onto other geographies and income brackets.” So if you live in a rich country, you pay more, and if you are unfortunate enough to be in the business of enforcing copyrights on media, your price is a cool $2,000. The warning at the bottom of the page reads:Skip to next paragraph
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Non-compliance with this license (or with appropriate fair use/fair dealing exceptions and limitations) is an act of piracy, subject to prosecution under applicable national law. For US residents, this includes criminal prosecution under the No Electronic Theft (NET) Act, punishable by up to three years in prison (for a first offense) and $250,000 in fines per act of infringement.
For those who must have it for free anyway, you probably know where to look.
Today CNET published this timely gem, White House wants new copyright law crackdown. It seems the Feds are concerned about falling behind, and they want to get in on this new-fangled “streaming” thingy:
The White House today proposed sweeping revisions to U.S. copyright law, including making “illegal streaming” of audio or video a federal felony and allowing FBI agents to wiretap suspected infringers.In a 20-page white paper (PDF), the Obama administration called on the U.S. Congress to fix “deficiencies that could hinder enforcement” of intellectual property laws.
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