The Fast Paced Development Of Technology And The Challenges This Presents To The Legal System

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The process of law making is notoriously long and drawn out, with Bills taking months or even years to pass into to law. In the realms of computer crime, where technology develops apace, this sometimes means that the law is left flagging dangerously behind.

An area where law particularly struggles to keep up with technology is in the prevention of breach of copyright by illegal distribution of intellectual property via the internet. For example, copyright law has struggled to keep up with the advent of peer-to-peer file sharing technology, so that downloading music illegally (‘digital piracy’) has become a commonplace activity for as many as seven million internet users in Britain. In January 2009, The Times newspaper reported that the government’s latest plans to combat internet pirates failed when a consensus could not be found between internet service providers (ISPs) and the music industry as to how to deal with them.

A key problem is where to draw the line between a teenager who downloads a handful of songs from their bedroom, and a server owner who uploads and distributes tens of thousands of pirated tracks and pieces of software. This may sound simple, but with hard drive capacity and internet bandwidth increasing all the time, the average teenager in their bedroom could easily possess thousands of illegal tracks without considering themselves a criminal. So by the time the lines are drawn, technology has moved on.

Another issue yet to be ironed out by the legal system is one of culpability. For example, in the case of illegal file sharing, it is not clear who should be prosecuted: the person who downloads the file, the person who uploads it to the internet, or indeed the software provider or internet service provider (ISP) who facilitated the transfer. In 2008, Britain’s six largest ISPs sent out warning letters to file sharers, but as this was not followed up by prosecutions, its effectiveness as a deterrent were minimal.

As computer criminals become more adept at covering their tracks, policing computer crime has also become increasingly difficult. Many crimes are now committed in the digital world and so there are often no physical leads available for the police to follow. This is where computer forensics comes in. Computer forensics is the analysis of electronic devices in order to produce legal evidence of a crime or unauthorised action. When a person is suspected of committing a crime, computer forensic analysts can scour the suspect’s computer for evidence such as deleted files, internet browsing histories or chat logs.

In response to the need for such investigations, the Association of Chief Police Officers has put guidelines in place to ensure that good practice is adhered to when collecting digital information for the purpose of law enforcement. The ACPO guidelines require computer evidence to be collected by qualified experts who keep an auditable trail of all work done. If this is not adhered to, any evidence recovered may be deemed inadmissible.

As technology progresses, it is likely that guidelines for the recovery of computer based evidence will need to be continually revisited to ensure they remain up-to-date, but there can be little doubt that computer forensics will play a key role in assisting the legal system in its race to keep up with the lightning pace of technological development.

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PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet on Vimeo by Fight for the Future
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PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting "creativity". The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is "dedicated to copyright infringement."

The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.

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Downloading Punjabi Songs from The Internet – Is It Legal?

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If you enjoy listening to the latest Hindi and Punjabi songs on your cellphone or any other mobile device then you would definitely want to download a whole lot of these songs from the internet. There are plenty of sites that offer a number of Punjabi and Hindi songs for download and these sites are also very easy to use. You can find a large number of old and new Punjabi songs as well as Bollywood tunes on these sites. However you do need to consider whether every Punjabi songs download you do is legal so that you do not break any laws inadvertently.

Piracy is a major problem being faced by the entertainment industry. The people responsible for producing Bollywood songs and other musical works including religious and traditional tunes do not get paid for their efforts on account of this piracy. Every time a person does a Hindi songs download from a site that has acquired it illegally then he or she is depriving the singer and music producer of money whilst also supporting illegal activity. If you are interested in listening to songs online legally then you should do a few things to ensure that you stay on the right side of the law.

For one, make sure that you select a site that only features songs that are already in the public domain. This ensures that there is no chance of any copyright violations. Further, you should patronize a website that offers songs for the purpose of promotion or testing. You’ll be surprised to find out that there are quite a few sites that offer these songs. However, you do have to remember to delete the content you download within 24 hours of doing so. If you really enjoy a song then you should buy it from an authorized source so that you can keep it for as long as you require. In fact, perfectly legal sites always encourage you to buy songs from the correct source.

The best sites that offer songs for free download make sure that they update their content very frequently, using songs from legal sources. It is a good idea to look for one such site so that you can enjoy as much music as you want. Be sure to check that the downloadable content is of the best possible quality so that you have an enjoyable experience listening to them.

The people responsible for producing Bollywood songs and other musical works including religious and traditional tunes do not get paid for their efforts on account of this piracy.

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“What is happening is a reversal of history. Artists can no longer sell the products of their genius because the internet supplies it virtually for free. What can be sold is that genius in the flesh.”

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Legal Movie Download: Are Your Movie Downloads Legal and Safe?

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So you want to use the Internet to get some freebie Hollywood blockbusters? Perhaps you are doing some research because your friends are doing it. Or perhaps you’ve developed an addiction to the free stuff already and have downloaded a few. You may want to pause and think about it some, regardless of whether you’ve downloaded a few or not. A good deal of what gets on the web today was uploaded illegally and is breaching copyright law. In theory, a person is breaking the law and can be prosecuted when downloading or viewing this material.

Due to the epidemic proportions of on line theft of copyrighted movies, organizations like MPAA are getting ever more aggressive in their efforts to fight it. The possibility of being sued is ever present every time someone engages in illegal downloads. The likelihood of getting caught will increase as enforcement gets intensified over time.

Often, some nasty surprises such as viruses, mal ware, spy ware, or unwanted pornography can be bundled up with illegal movie downloads. It is not that uncommon to have your computer destroyed by a virus or having sensitive personal information released and exploited. This is not exaggeration, particularly if you are getting your downloads from peer-to-peer (p2p) networks.

On p2p networks, getting a file full of advertisements instead of your movie can occur quite frequently. Before you can get access to the actual movie download they might require that you jump through a variety of hoops. This may involve subscribing with your email address to endless advertising promotions.

The war against piracy of copyrighted material has been stepped up by the film and music industries. Anti-piracy measures such as criminal prosecution and loss of Internet access may become the norm as the Internet wild west days come to a close. A good deal of progress has been made in p2p anti-piracy enforcement in Europe.

Download memberships only have legal movies and are free of viruses, worms, spy ware and mal ware. By contrast, the true risk to the health of your PC are the free movies from questionable sources. You never know what sort unpleasant surprise is in store for you when you engage in p2p file sharing or download unknown media players.

In order to furnish movies and films for legal download by their customers, the legitimate on line download memberships are cooperating with the major studios. The hazards that accompany illegal movie downloads can be avoided and some peace of mind can be attained. Preserve the integrity of your bank account, your computer and your privacy by taking advantage of legal movie download memberships.

Check out my review of two of the best known legal movie download sites. One has a large movie choice because of it’s connections with the big Hollywood heavy hitters. The other doesn’t. If you’re looking to download legal movies , read this review.

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NOTE: After experiencing the day of protest about SOPA/PIP it is clear that the action could better be called a Web Blackout rather than a Strike.

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Use Only Legal Music Downloads – Say No To Piracy

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When it comes to music downloads, there are unlimited number of options available today. Online music stores, entertainment website and the online music sharing sites are the most preferred one’s for music download. However, the music download options are very limited when considering the legal issues. Though downloading music from illegal sources often goes un-noticed, there are several other things to be considered. Consider the effort and money involved in creating a music album. Downloading pirated music is a huge pull back for the artists. Hence it is necessary to download music from legal sources. Internet surfers have a misconception that legal music downloads can be accomplished only by downloading from online music stores. The true fact is that there are many other sources in the Internet where you can get non-pirated free music downloads. Just keep reading on the article to know how to download music for free, legally.

The online music sharing websites are the places were you can download free unlimited music legally. Many people around the globe think that downloading music from online music sharing websites is an act of piracy. This thinking is completely wrong. As the online music sharing websites are bound to the Voluntary Collective Licensing of Music Files it is completely legal to download music from the online music sharing websites. As the name indicates, the online music sharing websites are basically used friends share music to your friends and other people. Hence you won’t be struck with the legal issues while downloading online music.

According the reliable news source, CNET news, “A new twist on file sharing is holding out the promise of allowing millions of people to share their song collections online, at no cost–and without legal risk”. With the advancements of piracy security measures in the Internet, the online music sharing websites safeguard unauthorized downloads. The copyrights of music are greatly honored on online music sharing websites. Moreover, you are allowed to share music though these online music sharing website only if you have purchased the rights to do so. Hence the artists and the users both get benefited.

These terms and conditions not only apply for online music but also for online videos. There are many online video sharing sites where you can download high quality videos for free. Downloading videos form these online video sharing websites is also completely legal. You will be well aware of the fact that downloading music and videos and music from the file sharing websites is completely legal in the United States. However, in some countries like Canada, the use of online music sharing websites and video sites are not appreciated.

Whatever the source you download the videos and music from, it is always good to make sure that they are not pirated copies. It is not good for the artist and also will result in the imprisonment of the user. Hence always look for legal sources like online music sharing websites and online video sharing websites.

Being a fan of Madonna’s unique music, the author used to download many songs of Madonna . He downloads the music for free through the online music sharing websites called PlanetClubs. He also gets the videos of Madonna from this unique online video site . He also recommends PlanteClubs to stream live videos of the best clubs in New York.

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet on Vimeo by Fight for the Future
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Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! – www.fightforthefuture.org/pipa

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting "creativity". The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is "dedicated to copyright infringement."

The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.

Watch this video on Vimeo. Video created by Fight for the Future.

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