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Canadian bill targets illegal downloads, unlocking iphones, more

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328w ago - According to the Canadian Press, the "Federal government is expected to introduce legislation Thursday that will seek to make it easier to prosecute individuals who download copyrighted material from the Internet."

Experts say that Canada has finally given in to pressure from the U.S government to crackdown on illegal filesharing with provisions including: A $500 fine for each illegal file shared online, making it illegal to unlock cellphones or copy music from protected CDs to iPods, forbidding the right to copy "time shifted" shows onto personal video recorders if flagged by broadcasters.

To quote: Although it is currently unclear how the copyright bill will be enforced, observers have said enforcement could be aided if Canada signs on to the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, to be tabled next month at the G8 summit in Japan.

The agreement, which was recently published on a Web site known for disseminating leaked documents, would require Internet service providers to police the content that travels over its network.

According to the four-page document, ISPs could required to filter pirated digital files and reveal the identities of customers suspected of infringing on copyrighted material.
 

Mr. Modchips Nets 1 million, Gets Convicted

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361w ago - Neil Stanley Higgs of Bristol, who set up his mod-chip operations in 2002, is said to have pocketed turnover in excess of £1 million from his illegal business dealings.

39 year-old Higgs was found guilty of 26 offences: three counts of advertising, supplying and selling modification chips designed to enable people to play illegally copied games on their consoles, 12 counts of possessing 19 chipped games consoles and another 11 counts of possessing Executor modchips for Microsoft consoles, as well as Viper GC chips for Nintendo systems. He was cleared of a further four counts of possessing chipped consoles.

Seized consoles and emails on the computers at Higgs' flat were used as evidence against him in court. Higgs argued that all 19 of the chipped consoles found in his possession were owned by friends and family, but this line of defense was dismissed by Judge Carole Hagen.

Higgs was tracked down by Bristol City Council's Trading Standards after Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) investigators found illegal chips and modification equipment being sold through his website at www.mrmodchips.com and www.mrmodchips.co.uk.

"This case today sets a major precedent which marks a milestone in the fight against piracy, protecting the games industry's...
 

Anti file-sharing laws considered

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361w ago - The UK government could legislate to crack down on illegal file-sharers, a senior politician has told the BBC's iPM programme. Lord Triesman, the parliamentary Under Secretary for Innovation, Universities and Skills, said intellectual property theft would not be tolerated.

"If we can't get voluntary arrangements we will legislate," he said. The comments could prove controversial with privacy advocates and internet service providers.

Lord Triesman called on internet service providers to take a "more activist role" in the problem of illegal file-sharing.
 

SupremeFactory/Divineo Raided; 10,000 Products seized!

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361w ago - After the recent ICE raids back in early August, several mod-chip resellers ended up closing shop and/or selling off on eBay and similar auction sites.

Today, we now have confirmation of a remaining manufacturer and distributer of illegal circumvention devices being raided, namely Divineo (retail division) and SupremeFactory (wholesale division). Documents found at the raid site connected SupremeFactory Limited to French company Divineo SARL. Divineo SARL and its principal, Max Louarn, have also been named in the legal action initiated by Nintendo.

Just over a year ago, Max was busted after a federal court judge found that they had violated the DMCA by selling mod-chips for consoles. The defendants were accused by Sony of trafficking in mod-chips as well as the application HD Loader, which allows owners of the PlayStation 2 console to rip and store PS2 games on a hard drive attached to the system.

Unfortunately for Max, his history of cybercrime dates back to 1994 when he was caught stealing thousands of telephone calling card numbers...
 
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