Mon Nov 07, 2011 17:30
Website blocking: back with a vengeance
Film lobby pushes for blocks
but most films not sold online
Film and music companies are again demanding Pirate Bay and other websites are blocked and censored over copyright claims without taking them to court. Discussions with minister Ed Vaizey and ISPs continue: but he has no evidence at all showing if this is a good or bad idea, as the government admitted to ORG this month.
Meanwhile, we know that the same film companies pushing for website blocks are being painfully slow to open the market themselves.
There is a huge lack of films to rent or purchase online, ORG has shown in our latest research into the digital film market - especially for British films. For example, excluding iTunes, only 27% of the BAFTA award winners are available online, and only 29% for the best British films. The price of downloads is still higher than the price of DVDs.
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The right to take the mick
Copyright badly needs updating - the law still bans you from putting songs from your CDs onto an iPod. And copyright claims can be used to force campaigners and comedians to censor "parody" websites. ORG Executive Director, Jim Killock, gave evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry last Tuesday to explain that this needs to change.
If you make parodies and have suffered problems with copyright law, or if you want to make parodies of copyrighted work, please get in touch by emailing our campaigner Peter Bradwell.
Opt-out blocking of adult material will endanger children
Some government ministers are arguing for default Internet filtering to block "adult" material, with users forced to "opt-in" to gain full access. ORG Advisory Council member, Andy Phippen, gave evidence at Claire Perry MP's inquiry to explain that default blocks will wrongly persuade parents that their children are safe - and put their children in real danger.
Default blocks would become a convenient way of pushing more "default" censorship onto UK citizens, such as are being proposed under anti-terrorism strategies. ORG, Heather Brooke, Evgeny Morozov and anti-censorship campaign groups wrote to William Hague to say that his fine words about Internet freedom at his international conference this week are being disregarded by many other government ministers.
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There have never been so many bad ideas being pushed by people who think they can solve social problems with censorship. We need your help - as members and volunteers. We need to show the strength of public opinion opposing regressive controls on who can view what websites. Please volunteer today.
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Volunteers meeting, London
Come and meet the ORG team and talk about our censorship campaign on Monday 21st Nov.
Brussels Hackathon Jim Killock will be helping judge the best net neutrality and anti-censorship hack projects on Thursday
Oxford Internet Institute: Anonmyisation and Privacy – ORG will be speaking at their Westminster event on 7 December
Westminster Forum, Next steps for protecting children online: Andy Phippen will be speaking on 26 January
Thank you Bytemark!
Hosting company Bytemark is giving ORG £3,000 worth of annual hosting! We'd like to thank them for their generosity.
Public data should be public
ORG helped co-ordinate an overwhelming public response to an official consultation, demanding the release of core government reference data, like maps and weather information. We believe the public needs this information to make sense of and innovate with other government data.
Data Protection and online ad profiling
ORG has been to meetings with EU officials to complain about UK's poor privacy record, and now wants to investigate our data rights with ad profiling companies. Email us if you want to help.
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I am aelfred by the way some may know me from the pirate bay the majority will not I have a low up speed so I will not make a lot of torrents. But when I do no malware no fakes. So kind of a hi guys . Ich Nalle Feylome fytness tyrme (and not one foots length shall I flee). English Pirate.