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ZookZ is back already

We've covered the saga of Antiguan startup Zookz in the last couple of weeks: it launched as an unlimited MP3 download service with no licences, claiming that a World Trade Organization ruling allowed it to flout US copyrights.
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Forget three strikes: UK ISP goes for one strike. Then repents.

There was a bit of a hoo-ha at the end of last week around UK ISP Karoo, which is based in Hull. It emerged that it was suspending the broadband connections of users following a single notification from a copyright owner,...
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Kiwi shadow minister suggests broadband copyright tax

Clare Curran, New Zealand's shadow minister for information and communications technology, has suggested "introducing a licensing fee attached to internet service provider (ISP) connections" to battle online piracy.
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Court rules for GEMA against Rapidshare file-hosting service

German collecting society GEMA has emerged victorious from its court battle against file-hosting service Rapidshare, with the court ruling that Rapidshare is responsible for ensuring that a list of 5,000 copyrighted music...
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Stockholm District Court defends Pirate Bay judge

The appeal against the recent Pirate Bay trial verdict is underway, with the alleged bias of the judge in the case one of the key issues.
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Seven million Brits are downloading illegally, claims report

New research from the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property (SABIP) claims that around seven million UK consumers are downloading content illegally, getting free access to material worth as much as £120 billion...
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Pirate Bay trial goes from farce to… even bigger farce

Okay, so there's concern about whether the judge in the recent Pirate Bay trial was biased due to his membership of two copyright protection industry bodies. So a new judge - Ulrika Ihrfelt - was appointed to investigate...
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Virgin Media planning My Stuff music locker service

A couple of the Music Ally team are Virgin Media customers, and we just got letters talking about some of the telco's new services - which seemingly include a cloud-based music storage service called My Stuff, which also...
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UK government starts consultation on digital rights agency

The UK government has kicked off the consultation process into its plans for a rights agency to combat illegal online file-sharing, inviting artists, copyright holders and consumer groups to give their views on how it should...
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Senate expands Justice Department copyright enforcement powers

The US Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008, which gives the Justice Dept. authority to prosecute civil copyright cases, expands seizure powers in civil copyright...
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Democrat VP nominee Joe Biden’s copyright views get probed

The US Democrats have kicked off their convention in Denver, just after presidential candidate Barack Obama announced that his VP running mate would be Joe Biden.CNET has been doing some digging into Biden’s voting...
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New Zealand gets liberal new copyright reform bill

Big news in New Zealand, where a new copyright reform bill has taken a liberal approach towards anti-circumvention. The bill allows consumers to bypass DRM if their intended use is legitimate – for example time-shifting...