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The Pirate Bay survives UK proxy shutdown with the help of foreign Pirate parties

Auto Dealers Complain That Tesla Stores Are Illegal... Despite Not Actually Selling Anything

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Another day, another story of stupid protectionist regulations getting in the way of anyone trying to be innovative. This time, it's about Tesla, the well known electric car company based out here in California. Apparently, various states have set up ridiculous protectionist laws that say it's illegal for automakers to...
Auto Dealers Complain That Tesla Stores Are Illegal... Despite Not Actually Selling Anything

How Multilateral Free Trade Agreements Are Bypassing Democratic Decision-Making Around The World

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One of the most worrying aspects of ACTA -- which began life as a "simple" treaty about combatting counterfeit goods -- was how it morphed into a new approach to global policy making. This had two key aspects. First, the treaty would be negotiated in secret, with minimal input...
How Multilateral Free Trade Agreements Are Bypassing Democratic Decision-Making Around The World

President Obama Discusses Three Strikes Anti-Piracy Law

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For years the entertainment industry has been lobbying for tougher measures against online piracy. In France this has resulted in the implementation of a ‘three strikes and you’re offline’ regime and many other countries are considering similar measures. Thus far the United States Government has kept relatively quiet on this...
President Obama Discusses Three Strikes Anti-Piracy Law

A brief guide to tech lobbyists in Europe

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In the last few years, lobbying by web giants like Google and Facebook has increased dramatically on both sides of the Atlantic. As noted by the Financial Times, Facebook’s spending in Washington trebled in 2012 — and similar expansion has also been seen in Europe. That’s no surprise, perhaps: with...
A brief guide to tech lobbyists in Europe
And you wonder why the Valley disdains Washington

Dear USTR: Want Other Countries To Sign Your Trade Agreements? Stop Letting Hollywood Write Them

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With more and more countries in the EU backing away from signing ACTA, and even the EU Parliament's president speaking out against it, it's raising serious questions about the ability to get the EU signed on to ACTA. Harold Feld, over at Public Knowledge, has published something of an open...
Dear USTR: Want Other Countries To Sign Your Trade Agreements? Stop Letting Hollywood Write Them

Google News Business Model Under Global Siege

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Google and other search companies are under siege in various nations from news publishers and their lobbyists trying to establish more control over content. New laws and industry association walk-outs are challenging aggregators' ability to display excerpts of news stories within search results, which could have far-reaching effects. Google's Three-Front...
Google News Business Model Under Global Siege
AT&T, have you no shame?

Tell The USTR To Stop Being A Pawn Of Hollywood Lobbyists

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Every year, the USTR puts out its infamously laughable Special 301 report (as I've pointed out in the past, I've seen people in the ideologically-aligned US Copyright Office mock the Special 301 report openly -- showing that even those who support it know that it's ridiculous). The way it works...
Tell The USTR To Stop Being A Pawn Of Hollywood Lobbyists

Both Republicans And Democrats Considering Supporting Basic Internet Freedom Principles With New Platforms

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There's been an awful lot of important talk about internet freedom and its importance this year. It's certainly permeated the political sphere. But is it a national political agenda item? We'll see. The Republican National Convention kicks off in a couple weeks, followed a few weeks after that by the...
Both Republicans And Democrats Considering Supporting Basic Internet Freedom Principles With New Platforms

Economist Notices That The US Is Getting Buried Under Costly, Useless Over-Regulation

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The US is often talked about as a major supporter of the "free market," but as we've seen over and over again what we have is really crony capitalism, with lots of efforts being made to protect certain industries through regulation. This hasn't gone unnoticed. The Economist has an article...
Economist Notices That The US Is Getting Buried Under Costly, Useless Over-Regulation

No, A New SOPA Is Not Likely, But There's Still Plenty Of Damage That Can Be Done

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This isn't surprising, as we've been hearing the same thing for a while now, but those in Congress still remember the SOPA/PIPA protests and have no desire to go through that process again. Thus, don't expect a new SOPA/PIPA to show up in Congress any time soon. The article even...
No, A New SOPA Is Not Likely, But There's Still Plenty Of Damage That Can Be Done

How the Big Tech Companies Are Selling You Out

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In the months leading up to the passage of CISPA, Google, AT&T and dozens of other companies unleashed a small army of lobbyists on the White House, Congress and the Senate. The crusade was just a fraction of the $32 million that the tech industry - which is fast becoming...
How the Big Tech Companies Are Selling You Out

Florida Debates UAV Ban

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"Drones are fine to kill terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but they shouldn't be hovering in the sky, monitoring Floridians--That's not something we believe is an appropriate role for government," says Sen. Joe Negron. Florida's state Senate is close to passing legislation that would ban Floridians from using UAVs...
Florida Debates UAV Ban

Digits Live Show: Verizon’s Tangled Web

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Verizon’s Tangled Web: As Verizon Communications pushes for more cable-television and high-speed Internet subscribers, a new competitor is emerging: its own subsidiary, Verizon Wireless. Thomas Catan has details on The News Hub. Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom vs RapidShare’s Schmid: In contrast to Megaupload’s flashy owner, Kim Dotcom, RapidShare’s Christian Schmid kept...
Digits Live Show: Verizon’s Tangled Web

Monopolies and Startups

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Christina wrote a post yesterday that got me thinking. It's not quite like working together but when a former colleague blogs, you get a bit of that "in the halls" thing that makes working in a group so great. Fortunately, Charlie, Andrew, and Eric all blog too. Christina makes this...
Monopolies and Startups

FTC Chairman: Google Settlement Was a Win for Consumers, Not Search Giant

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The Federal Trade Commission’s decision not to pursue antitrust charges against Google raised a lot of eyebrows when it was handed down, and continues to do so today. But according to FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz, critics who feel the company was let off the hook are mistaken. He maintains the...
FTC Chairman: Google Settlement Was a Win for Consumers, Not Search Giant

Two thirds of Madi cyber espionage targets based in Israel

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Security experts discover 62% of the approximately 800 victims of malware campaign have been based in IsraelNearly two thirds of the government officials, lobbyists and other victims of the cyber espionage campaign dubbed Madi were based in Israel, security experts have discovered.An investigation by the security firm Symantec, published on...
Two thirds of Madi cyber espionage targets based in Israel

USTR Claims TPP Has 'Unprecedented' Transparency, But It Won't Reveal The Details Unless You're A Big Industry Lobbyist

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You would think that after the response to SOPA as well as the ongoing (and growing) movement against ACTA, that the USTR would heed some of the warning signs, and stop pushing trade agreements negotiated in secret with the help of Hollywood. But, that's just not how the USTR works,...
USTR Claims TPP Has 'Unprecedented' Transparency, But It Won't Reveal The Details Unless You're A Big Industry Lobbyist

Samsung, Google, Microsoft play politics

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Tech companies are playing a power grab and increasingly turning to lobbyists for a competitive edge. Several developments this week show that being adept at politics can be just as effective in gaining ground on rivals as making better products or pressing patent lawsuits. South Korea-based Samsung, which has...
Samsung, Google, Microsoft play politics

Dan Bull Talks About Trying To Reach The Charts While Giving Away His Music

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Earlier this week, we wrote about Dan Bull's new song and new experiment: could he release a track via The Pirate Bay for free... and still get it onto the music charts? We talked to Dan to see how the process has been so far, and discussed a few other...
Dan Bull Talks About Trying To Reach The Charts While Giving Away His Music

US Government Still Leaning On Europe To Dilute Data Protection Reform Proposals

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The U.S. government is continuing to lobby Brussels to water down plans to reform privacy legislation. The European Union’s executive and legislative bodies are in the process of reforming the region’s data protection rules — a long overdue wrangle since current legislation dates back to 1995, when Facebook was not even...
US Government Still Leaning On Europe To Dilute Data Protection Reform Proposals

Republican Study Committee fires staffer who wrote memo urging copyright reform

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Well, this will teach people not to defy well-funded lobbying cartels. Ars Technica reports that Derek Khanna, a staffer for the Republican Study Committee, has been fired for writing a memo that urged reform of America’s copyright laws and thus angered powerful lobbies such as the Recording Industry Association of America...
Republican Study Committee fires staffer who wrote memo urging copyright reform

Hacking Society: It's Time To Measure The Unmeasurable

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I was lucky enough to attend a small gathering of great thinkers put together by Union Square Ventures earlier this week for an event they called Hacking Society -- which was designed to be a one day open conversation on the economics and power of networks, and how to use...
Hacking Society: It's Time To Measure The Unmeasurable

Chamber Of Commerce Lies Again: Attributes Millions Of Jobs To IP Laws Based On Flimsy Correlation

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Remember how we were just talking about Senator Chris Coons, and the fact that maybe (just maybe) he was realizing that pushing for ridiculously over-aggressive "anti-piracy" laws without understanding the details was a bad idea? Yeah, apparently that lesson didn't sink in very well. On Wednesday, Coons appeared at an...
Chamber Of Commerce Lies Again: Attributes Millions Of Jobs To IP Laws Based On Flimsy Correlation

Infographic: Celebrating Internet Freedom Day & The Anniversary Of The SOPA/PIPA Protests

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It's January 18th, 2013, and that's a day worthy of note: the one year anniversary of the widespread protests against SOPA and PIPA. Not only did the massive reaction from the internet community succeed in stopping these dangerous bills that would have curtailed free speech and innovation online, the protests...
Infographic: Celebrating Internet Freedom Day & The Anniversary Of The SOPA/PIPA Protests

Your Cynicism About Lobbyists Only Help The Lobbyists Win

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Last month, I posted the letter I helped put together from a bunch of entrepreneurs to the US's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, as a part of the open comment period on the most effective forms of copyright enforcement. One of the most frustrating responses I heard was "it...
Your Cynicism About Lobbyists Only Help The Lobbyists Win

World starts to tune out America’s moronic copyright ‘watch list’

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In a rite of spring, US trade officials have released a “priority watch list” for copyright that places nations like Canada alongside the likes of China, Russia and Pakistan. The annual exercise is supposed to trigger a flurry of “time to get tough on copyright” editorials in the countries that...
World starts to tune out America’s moronic copyright ‘watch list’

JACK ABRAMOFF: Hell Yes Washington Is Corrupt -- It's Legalized Bribery!

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The impact of money on politics in the United States is a hotly debated topic these days as tens of millions of dollars flow freely into the presidential election as a result of the Citizen United decision handed down by the Supreme Court. The high court's ruling allows individuals...
JACK ABRAMOFF: Hell Yes Washington Is Corrupt -- It's Legalized Bribery!
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