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Entertainment industry wants to tap into anti-terrorism directives

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20051126-5629.html

In December, the EU parliament is expected to vote to extend data retention requirements in the EU from 3 months to a maximum of one year in an effort to combat terrorism. Currently companies in the telecommunication and internet access industries are required to keep detailed data on communications for at least three months so that law enforcement can examine these records if they're needed. Call data must include the names, numbers, and address of the callers, start and end time of the call, and SIM card information in the case of mobile usage. ISPs must keep log-on and log-off times, IP addresses, email headers, sites visited, and billing information. Member states such as Britain would like to see this period extended to an entire year, and it looks as though passage of the directive is likely (curiously, the law has little support in the UK itself, but politicians hope to get it through the back door by making it EU law).

However, in a move that is becoming increasingly common, an industry group representing content giants such as Sony BMG, Disney, Time Warner, and EMI, would like to see this data opened up for use in less serious situations, such as, oh, say, copyright infringement? The Creative and Media Business Alliance (CMBA) believes that it is fundamentally wrong to limit these tools to fighting terrorism.

All of this may seem like an over-reaction, but opponents are quick to point out that the EU is also considering additional legislation that would greatly elevate copyright infringement to the level of a criminal offence in the EU. The Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive 2 (IPRED2) contains language that would criminalize all copyright infringement done for commercial gain, or even "attempting, aiding or abetting and inciting such infringement." Here again we meet the slippery slope of what constitutes aiding and abetting.

Privacy advocates also say that giving this kind of access to commercial concerns as opposed to legitimate government security concerns is like asking for abuse. Armed with this kind of data, it would be very easy for companies to profile individuals, including the sites they visit, who they e-mail, and how much time they spend online.

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yeah that would be good SPAMMERS

but not they are intrested in catching people who download movies and stuff like that

also good to catch people with child porn and stuff like that

leave the people who download mp3 movies and software alone please :)

seems like a lot of data too me to hold for 1year

but HD are cheap this days but they take up space that is the problem

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