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A BIT EXTREME IMO :

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A LANDMARK ruling down under means that if people link to a page with copyrighted material they could be sued for piracy.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, an Aussie Federal Court upheld a ruling against Stephen Cooper, who ran a site called pp3s4free.net for providing a search engine to enable the illegal downloading of music MP3s.

Also in the dock was his ISP, E-Talk, which had made no efforts to take the site down after it was requested to do so. The court decided that it was making money off the site by running advertisements.

Sabiene Heindl, general manager of Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) said the decision meant that anyone who stuck a link on MySpace or on their bogs could now expect a knock on the door from its briefs.
Rest here :http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=36473
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Luckily this is in Australia. Not too much impact.
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Don't we have a few Australian members?
    
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Australia is the least tech-friendly country in the world.
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Wouldn't ads on websites count as links to copyrighted material?

This is starting to get out of hand, its not like we don't have enough issues in the world today, just leave us alone

If you think about it, its sad to think of what mankind could have accomplished if we had not fought wars against our brothers. We might have had technology now 50 or more years ago if we hadn't had wars... its just sad...
    
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Lol, there go torrents...
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Wouldn't ads on websites count as links to copyrighted material?

This is starting to get out of hand, its not like we don't have enough issues in the world today, just leave us alone
um...no. Seeing as companies pay to put up ads - I would have to assume that the hosting websites have permission

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Lol, there go torrents...
Torrents are already illegal to host in most countries - which is why most torrent sites are based in Sweden. Swedish law does not make providing a way to get to copyrighted material illegal
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um...no. Seeing as companies pay to put up ads - I would have to assume that the hosting websites have permission



Torrents are already illegal to host in most countries - which is why most torrent sites are based in Sweden. Swedish law does not make providing a way to get to copyrighted material illegal
Lol @ the Sweden comment. I'm not sure in Denmark , but they aren't too tight IIRC.
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I hope this doesnt happen here. TO extreme.
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Sabiene Heindl, general manager of Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) said the decision meant that anyone who stuck a link on MySpace or on their bogs could now expect a knock on the door from its briefs.
LOL!

Seriously, this is crazy... How can they police this? A court ruling is one thing, making practical use of the precedent is another. People don't like money taken away from public services, neither do they like extra taxes, so where is the money coming from to fund the anti-piracy-link police?

The people who makes these rulings clearly don't understand how the internet works. There are billions of web pages, perhaps millions of billions of links, even if you only went after the Aussie ones, it's a mammoth task...

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