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French Anti-Piracy Law Decreased Music Consumption Variety, Research Suggests

News Newly published research shows that the French anti-piracy law Hadopi has had a positive effect on digital music sales. This effect decreased over time but remained relatively stable for bigger artists. The same data further suggests that people’s music consumption became less varied during the same period. According to the researcher, the discovery element […]

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Law Council of Australia Warns Data Retention Regime Could Affect Pirates

As part of a review into Australia’s mandatory data retention regime, a submission by the Law Society of Australia warns that pirates could be affected due to loopholes in the legislation. Any move to criminalize file-sharing in future, for example, could leave Internet users’ entire download histories open to exposure. Retention of telecommunications metadata is […]

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Japan Abandons Tough Anti-Downloading Copyright Law

Japan’s government has decided to not to proceed with its controversial anti-piracy law. The proposals would have rendered the downloading of all copyrighted content illegal while criminalizing offenders with jail sentences of up to two years. The reforms will now go back to the drawing board. Distribution and uploading of copyrighted content without an appropriate […]