Microsoft take-down requests – needs its own house in order first?

By now its common knowledge that Google has released publically, figures on the takedown requests it has recieved from copyright holders and their affiliates.  Microsoft figured heavily in this release which is what I wish to look at a little closer and maybe offer some alternative reasoning to the requests themselves. Firstly, this article is…

CRAMER PELMONT – 2 day u-turn? and what of the others?

The ongoing battle against alleged unlawful file sharing continues as its reported that Cramer & Pelmont were the “new kids on the block” in the world of what has been dubbed speculative invoicing or were they?  Cramer & Pelmont seem to have the record for the quickest u-turn and whilst they were reportedly not going…

No court order for Gallant Macmillan today!

Filtering through the internet is news that Gallant Macmillan did not walk away from the High Court today with an order for demanding names of IP addresses from BTplc and instead the matter has been adjourned to a later date (whilst the court examines more closely the concerns) .  As reported in the Guardian BTplc said:…

Piracy Bill – Has Ed Vaizey actually considered this issue at all?

The Telegraph is reporting today on how the Digital Economy Act will be met in order to tackle online piracy or copyright infrigement.  You can read the Telegraphs article here. People may remember that its proposed that alleged infringers of copyright are sent a number of warning letters before sanctions and eventually a ban is…

NewsBytes – Tuesday 24th August 2010

The 360 for at least another 5 years Microsoft is reported to have announced that the 360 is going to be around for the next five years, making it 10 years old before it will allegedly be replaced (if at all)  I reported at the time the Kinect was announced (and have been quoted as…

REVIEW: Amiga Demo’s Volume 1 (DVD-5)

Here is one DVD you can share and distribute without fear of a threatening letter coming through your door about copyright infringement.  Before reading the rest of this article, if you have no idea what the Demoscene is, then you should read this first. Those of you old enough to remember the Commodore Amiga range…

ACS:Law – Back in the news again!

or/ ACS: Law – “Slyck fought the law and er….the Slyck won”? Whilst I promote a copyright infringement free computing experience (as in FOSS), its often a good talking point for Openbytes.  Certainly many of the technologies involved are FOSS packages so I feel justified for that reason alone to report on this news. It…

Davenport & Lyons/ACS Law to get their very own warning letter?

In news that will certainly make for happy reading for some, its being reported that the SRA has sent two Davenport & Lyons Solicitors to a disciplinary tribunal allegedly following complaints from letters sent demanding payment (or court action) for infringement of copyright via file sharing. The SRA is reportedly not stopping there and its…

If they are doing it, so can we? – RIAA v File sharers (again)

Or/ Do it our way or not at all? With the Digital Economy Bill causing debate whenever its mentioned, piracy/file sharing/copyright infringement (whatever you want to call it) is always at the top of the list.   Over on Torrentfreak, they are reporting that the RIAA has released a statement regarding piracy and the Haiti…

Microsoft and Google to appear in court?

and maybe proof that as far as Microsoft is concerned the dictionary definition of Bing has never been more apt? Yes, its another file sharing topic! Its being reported today that Microsoft and Google are both being sued by Blue Destiny Records over facilitating and enabling copyright material on their service.  In my previous coverage…

Digital Economy Bill – My interpretation

Over the last few months Ive covered many topics on piracy.  Ive tried to suggest possible alternatives although from what Ive seen the argument falls into two distinct categories, those who wish to legislate with other the top and unnecessarily complex rules/operating polices/legislation and those on the other side of the argument who seem to…