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The Telecom Digest for May 7, 2015
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|Date: Tue, 5 May 2015 09:34:26 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Video Piracy Battle Enters Latest Round: Mobile Apps Message-ID: <00A36981-D701-463E-8090-F98F5A80905B@roscom.com> With the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, live streaming from mobile apps was just one of the new piracy headaches facing media companies. The method used by thousands of people to watch unauthorized broadcasts of Saturday night's big boxing match might have been new, but to longtime media executives, who have led one battle against piracy after another, it was the same old story. Technology and its acolytes always find a way to make their content free. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/technology/with-boxing-match-video- piracy-battle-enters-latest-round-mobile-apps.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** I believe that those whom want to steal things will always find a way to do it, and that the costs of such thefts will always be born by consumers, and that there's little to be done about it. However, when the drumbeat starts and I read about the "immense" losses suffered by media clonglomerates which have the power to get laws passed, I get scared. I'm afraid that the men whom are trying to prevent potential buyers from getting their content "for free" will be willing to make unholy alliances - with the FBI and NSA and all the other TLA's that want to snoop on my phone calls and your cellphone's picture files and our congressmen's dalliances and Angela Merkel's voice mails - deals to give an ever-more-paranoid Uncle Sam backdoors into every cellphone and computer and tablet. Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Wed, 6 May 2015 09:12:10 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Microsoft wants Verizon to ID suspected Windows pirates Message-ID: <20150506131209.GA10184@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Computerworld by Gregg Keizer Microsoft last week asked a federal court to let it serve a subpoena on Verizon to force the Internet provider to identify those behind a two-year scheme that allegedly activated hundreds of copies of Windows 7 illegally. According to documents filed with a U.S. District Court in Seattle last week, the IP address 126.96.36.199 was the source of the Windows 7 product activations. But unless Verizon hands over the subscriber name or names for that address, Microsoft will not be able to find the alleged criminals. http://www.computerworld.com/article/2918419/microsoft-windows/microsoft-wants-verizon-to-hand-over-names-of-suspected-windows-pirates.html -or- http://goo.gl/mQn2mm -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)|
|Date: Thu, 07 May 2015 09:15:26 +1000 From: David Clayton <dc33box-usenet2@NOSPAM.yahoo.com.au> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Microsoft wants Verizon to ID suspected Windows pirates Message-ID: <pan.2015.05.06.23.15.23.5577@NOSPAM.yahoo.com.au> On Wed, 06 May 2015 09:12:10 -0400, Bill Horne wrote: > Computerworld > > by Gregg Keizer > > Microsoft last week asked a federal court to let it serve a subpoena on > Verizon to force the Internet provider to identify those behind a two-year > scheme that allegedly activated hundreds of copies of Windows 7 illegally. > > According to documents filed with a U.S. District Court in Seattle last > week, the IP address 188.8.131.52 was the source of the Windows 7 product > activations. But unless Verizon hands over the subscriber name or names > for that address, Microsoft will not be able to find the alleged > criminals. In Australia a court case recently decided (on appeal) that ISPs are now required to give details of their customers to a Hollywood movie copyright holder so demand notices could be sent out for compensation for illegally downloading the movie "Dallas Buyers Club". They had the IP addresses of torrent stream destinations, now they will get the customer details associated with those IP addresses. The floodgates in Australia are now open for anyone with some sort of copyright claim to obtain all sorts of data. - - Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have. ***** Moderator's Note ***** I'm of two minds on this issue. On the one hand, I sympathize with the pirates: digital Zorros carving virtual "Z" marks in the uniforms of the establishment. On the other, the fact that nobody is entitled to be entertained. I would tell them all "Get a life and a library card", and leave it at that: the pictures are better in books anyway. "... and as to him preferring wine to port, I scarecly believed it!" We've lost something in the digital age, and I'm not sure what it is, let alone how to mourn it's passing. Slick, professional moving pictures have their place, but I'm not so sure that their place should be as opinion shapers and arbiters of culture. Lately, it seems to me that every TV show and movie comes with a political and social agenda attached: "Madam Secretary" is an obvious gift to Hillary Clinton's campaign, just as "Red Dawn" was Hollywood's thank-you note to Ronald Reagan. In part, I blame myself, or more properly, my generation: we grew up with and believed the Hollywood image of a tall white guy who always knows what to do and always sees that justice is done and never, ever, has second thoughts or hesitation. Now, it seems, Hollywood is concerned that the media mentality of "millenials" (whatever that means) has slid toward enjoying the same old myths without paying for the privilege. I'd say that they brought it on themselves, but I doubt they'd get the joke. Bill Horne Moderator|
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