February 21, 2007

Heading Down A Troubling Road [3:39 pm]

Been raised before, but a path that’s still getting consideration: Virtual child porn may be a crime in Netherlands - pdf

Virtual enactments of child pornography may be a crime under Dutch law if it encourages child abuse, the public prosecutor said on Wednesday.

In the virtual world of Second Life, a popular Internet destination, everyone aged under 18 is supposed to be limited to a “teen grid.”

[...] In the adult section, some users participate in “age play,” in which adult users can create child-like characters and have virtual sex that would be illegal in the real world.

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Another Test of Safe Harbors [3:34 pm]

A new copyright battlefield: Veoh Networks

One of the last places you might expect to find copyright violations is on a Web site backed by Time Warner and former Disney CEO Michael Eisner.

Nonetheless, Veoh Networks CEO Dmitry Shapiro acknowledges that only a week after the company’s official debut, Veoh.com is host to a wide range of unauthorized and full-length copies of popular programs. But Shapiro says it’s not his upstart video company’s fault: Blame the people who are posting the material.

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Speaking of Operating at the Point of a Gun … [7:48 am]

AP: Music companies targeting colleges - pdf

Cracking down on college students, the music industry is sending thousands more complaints to top universities this school year than it did last year as it targets music illegally downloaded over campus computer networks.

A few schools, including Ohio and Purdue universities, already have received more than 1,000 complaints accusing individual students since last fall — significant increases over the past school year. For students who are caught, punishments vary from e-mail warnings to semester-long suspensions from classes.

The trade group for the largest music labels, the Recording Industry Association of America, identified at the request of The Associated Press the 25 universities that received the most copyright complaints it sent so far this school year. The trade group long has pressured schools to act more aggressively against online pirates on campus.

[...] The top five schools are Ohio, Purdue, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Tennessee and the University of South Carolina. The RIAA complained about almost 15,000 students at those 25 universities, nearly triple the number for the previous school year.

“They’re trying to make a statement,” said Randall Hall, who polices computers at Michigan State University, seventh on the list with 753 complaints. Michigan State received 432 such complaints in December alone, when students only attended classes for half the month.

Also the WaPo’s variant - pdf

Later: Ars Technica has the list:

  1. Ohio University - 1,287

  2. Purdue University - 1,068
  3. University of Nebraska at Lincoln - 1,002
  4. University of Tennessee at Knoxville - 959
  5. University of South Carolina - 914
  6. University of Massachusetts at Amherst - 897
  7. Michigan State University - 753
  8. Howard University - 572
  9. North Carolina State University - 550
  10. University of Wisconsin at Madison - 513
  11. University of South Florida - 490
  12. Syracuse University - 488
  13. Northern Illinois University - 487
  14. University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire - 473
  15. Boston University - 470
  16. Northern Michigan University - 457
  17. Kent State University - 424
  18. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - 400
  19. University of Texas at Austin - 371
  20. North Dakota State University - 360
  21. Indiana University - 353
  22. Western Kentucky University - 353
  23. Seton Hall University - 338
  24. Arizona State University - 336
  25. Marshall University - 331

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