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What Happened with Copyright in UK

What Happened with Copyright in UK

Added: Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
It seems that the current year may set a precedent in the eternal battle between copyright owners and file-sharers. The matter is that a couple of events, both involving BT, the country’s largest Internet service provider, have set some new rules for the industry. First of all, BT failed to challenge the country’s copyright legislation (Digital Economy Act), and secondly, in the Newzbin2 case the ISP was forced to block access to the site in question because of the infringed content it contained.

The aim of the UK copyright legislation is actually to stop digital piracy by giving copyright owners the power necessary to prosecute suspected pirates without lots of proof, for example, simply having their IP addresses. However, this has become quite difficult to get, because most of the pirates use services like proxies and VPN, which allow them to circumvent the restrictions.

The UK legislation reads that if an IP address leads to a certain individual, then the person in question will be notified by e-mail, thus starting the “three-strikes” process. Then, if the user, after being notified, goes on with unauthorized downloading, his or her online account will be terminated. Despite the fact that UK largest ISPs BT and TalkTalk challenged the legislation by invoking the European laws, they still failed. Up to date, the greatest failure of BT is the Newzbin2 case, involving 20th Century Fox that had gathered forces against the ISP and forced it to block access to Newzbin2.

The application granted injunctions against ISPs that had known that their subscribers profited from their services by downloading unauthorized content. BT appealed to this on many grounds, insisting that it was just an intermediary and shouldn’t have been demanded to control traffic. However, the court rejected ISP’s appeals and ordered it to block access to the website. This has set a disturbing precedent, because copyright owners now have the means to order any broadband provider to block access to suspected pirate sites.

Right after Newzbin2 case, the Government announced that they didn’t intend to introduce the Digital Economy Act measures allowing the blocking of sites and that copyright owners should attend their own solutions in the courts. Nevertheless, the precedent was already set and copyright owners may take advantage out of it, because it is a quicker and more effective method.

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Date:  Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2011-10-12 16:43:57)
bigp avatarits sad now you get told what to do with what you pay for on the internet

posted by Blocked (2011-10-12 21:14:25)
mrblue00 avatarIts a bit hazy on what will happen to the copyright laws here now its up in arms ! one has to take into account you are told by sony u may copy ur music onto a playstaion this is a direct violation of copyright in the uk as it stands as your not allowed to copy media to another media yet companies want you to break the law one min and the next they tell u on the other hand ur been ilegal in laymens terms when you copy one track from ur cd to ur mp3 u have infact broken the copyright laws yet the big guns want you to buy their mp3s its been a long time comming i get the feeling the tories are thinking of fighting back and telling those tossing giants in the usa to go jump because you cannot one one hand sell a customer a product that is CLEARY MARK for copyright infringment then sue the ass of internet providers and the people for transfering the media from one place to another as one mp said it should only become an ilegal things should a person try and sell it for money gain ! so ineffect he summed it by simply saying their really isnt anything wrong with media sharing just the fact some indiduals wish to make people pay to share it and its those sites like mgeaupload that wish u to pay to use an exclusive button to obtain media media that doesnt belong to u

posted by Blocked (2011-10-13 00:46:16)
No avatarCan't censor anything! use anonymous proxies and set yoru DNS servers to non-uk and if necessary non-US servers. Your ISP can suspect as much as they like but can't then prove anything. Notify your ISP if you share your IP amongst your family or with others. they can't touch you then either. UP Freedom, DOWN to HEll with mega-rich sickos, who make big enough fortunes as it is!

posted by (2011-10-15 12:41:01)
No avatarMrblue, with respect, if that is the way it is in the UK, then that sucks...your description is not the way it is in reality in the USA. The issue at hand is personal use vs public distribution. If you copy media from one platform to another that you personally own, no violation has occured. You are quite right though when you say making money off others people intellectual properties is illegal...and appropriatly so!
It is proper, and the right of whoever has the prowess, to work hard and develop new technology, programs, media products, etc, to make money off what they create. File sharing abrogates that right. We do it anyway, and have since we made our gf/bf's a mix tape. The so called tossing giants in the USA, have no standing in a UK court, so it is ya'll's leadership and courts that are breaking balls on your side of the pond.

posted by Blocked (2011-10-16 19:20:52)
No avatarIt is still a criminal offence to hold a program that you have not bought outright on vhs video tape I.E. a recorded film for more than 30 days in the United Kingdom the point mr blue makes is the usa is(now) forcing uk isp into courts i think what he was trying to say is the United States is now saying its not just the end user in violation its the isp aswell as they too have been carrying the media its for these reasons British Telecom went to court to clarify these matters it has nothing to do with polotics really tho only the United States been bullish with blaming every country but its own for the increase in such sites like these it wasnt the Uk goverment that forced British .Telecom Ltd in the courts was it no not really it was the Usa and its bullying lawers i agree with you both fair and valid points ... it is also a criminal offence to record any media from the radio to tape recorders .. shows how outdated it is ., As silly as this may sound but as we all can agree Nanny state is here now big brother is watching you so whats next we stop our children sharing pencils and pens at school because its stopping a compnay from a sale.. Or a bar of Candy even! because even a Candy can have intellectual property in its ingredients wrapper ( One a different note) It is going to be intresting to see the show thats going to be aired somtime early (next year ) in the UK Showing that United States Companys have been operating in Europe gambling gaming sites as the money is directly going into the Usa that has been allowing under 16 year old Uk citizens play betting games and win money on pay sites ! That is in direct violation of the United Kingdoms Gambling act and they know it lets see how the lawyers like it thrown back over the Pond Crime is Crime after all no matter what form it takes
My true take on opyright law is simple and universal Take me to court or others to court who (choose) to be ilegal not a counrty or a service provider , perhaps i would have more respect shoud the music artist who work their guts out with passion got more of the cut not just 50 pence off an album that is costing the end user between £14 to £17 a go

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