Saturday, July 5, 2008

So you think you're immune?

If you've heard about the proposed EU law against file-sharing, and haven't done anything about it because you think it doesn't apply to you, think again. You don't have to be one of those hardcore torrent junkies who downloads pirated movies or has gigabytes of mp3s to get caught by this one.

If any of the following apply to you, then you are at risk.
  1. You watch machinima
  2. You use YouTube
  3. You listen to podcasts or Internet radio
The way the legislation is worded, it covers downloading any content that infringes IP. So all those video clips, game-based machinima, and mashups, are officially Bad and could get you banned from the Net. Even cover versions of songs could be illegal.

Here's an exercise for the reader. Click here to see Hayseed Dixie performing Queen's Fat Bottomed Girls live in concert. Is that legal? Fact is, I don't know, and neither do you. Clicking that link may be illegal.

And it doesn't have to be you doing it. It's your IP address they track. So if you share a house, run a business, or have a wi-fi network that could be hacked, it's you that gets hit.

Still sitting around?

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