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First off today, a recently leaked diplomatic cable by Wikileaks revealed that the United States offered to help New Zealand write its recent copyright legislation, which has brought a “3 Strikes” system to the country. According to the cable, the U.S. offered help based on its 10-year history with implementing and enforcing the DMCA. This isn’t the first time the U.S. took interest in New Zealand copyright, in 2005 the U.S. government proposed to work with New Zealand on a joint task force to combat piracy.
Next up today, Michael Robertson, the founder of MP3.com a cyberlocker site being sued by the record labels, has given a behind-the-scenes look at the demands the record labels are trying to place on such lockers. Those demands include verifying purchase of uploaded MP3s via a receipt, limiting uploading to one computer and more. This look gives us a glimpse at what Amazon may well be dealing with as it faces a likely lawsuit from the record labels over its recently-launched Cloud Player service.
Finally today, a recent article in TorrentFreak kicked off a debate as to whether Bittorrent and other file sharing was being hurt by the rapid growth of Netflix. Ars Technica looked into the question, asking two different companies that track Internet traffic what their numbers were showing and got two very different answers. Arbor Network showed a steep drop-off in P2P activities over the past year, some of it likely also displaced by piracy on cyberlocker sites, but Sandvine showed a small increase in P2P over the last year along with an explosive increase in “Real Time Entertainment”, the category of traffic that includes Netflix. This shows how difficult it is to determine how much piracy is growing or shrinking, especially when other forms of piracy are thrown into the mix.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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