Tuesday, December 19, 2006

I live in a mental backwater

I understand the sentiment, but I'm furious at the shortsightedness and implications.

"A court ruling has given the recording industry the green light to go after individuals who link to material from their websites, blogs or MySpace pages that is protected by copyright.

A full bench of the Federal Court yesterday upheld an earlier ruling that Stephen Cooper, the operator of mp3s4free.net, as well as the internet service provider that hosted the website, were guilty of authorising copyright infringement because they provided a search engine through which a user could illegally download MP3 files.

The website did not directly host any copyright-protected music, but the court held that simply providing links to the material effectively authorised copyright infringement."

I've just linked to the Sydney Morning Herald, which I'm pretty sure is copyrighted to Fairfax Digital.

"Ms Sabiene Heindl, general manager of Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI), said similar action could be taken against individuals who, like mp3s4free, used the internet to link to copyright-protected material."

Come and get me.

Full judgement here.

Oops, I just did it again! When will I learn?

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