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EU: End IP based geoblocking, use passport based geoblocking

The European Union has a press release, in which they say fee based online services will have to abandon IP-based access limitations:

The new rules will remove these restrictions for all new subscriptions and also for those purchased before the rules enter into force, thus enabling EU citizens to access this online content while temporarily abroad in another EU country on holiday, for studies or for business.

That will not remove the ability to establish licensing deals with units smaller than all of the EU, though. The IP-based geoblocks are instead being replaced with other blocks.

The agreed legislation will allow online content service providers to take “reasonable and proportionate measures” to verify the EU country of residence of the subscriber. A closed list of permitted verification methods includes checks on electronic identification, payment details, public tax information, postal address details or IP address checks. Service providers will be required to inform customers of the verification methods used and take appropriate security measures to protect their data.

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Berlin Judge asks: Is the German Ancillary Copyright even legal?

Germany has Ancillary Copyright (“Leistungsschutzrecht“), but it does not work. Currently the organisation trying to cash in on it, VG Media, is suing Google, and the case is being heard at the Landgericht Berlin.

Die Zeit reports that Judge Peter Scholz is asking if the German Ancillary Copyright is formally invalid, because by construction it might have been that the Euorpean Union would have had to be formally notified before it became law.

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Netflix vs. IP v6

Netflix detects a tunnel

So in order to view Netflix, your network connection must be direct and not via a proxy or VPN tunnel.

Netflix, being somewhat modern, also advertises IP v6 services and AAAA DNS records so that your computer can find them.

On the other hand, many providers do not offer IP v6 natively, and hence require that customers who want non-legacy internet get it via – right – a network tunnel.

Which triggers the Netflix error message shown above.

Netflix knows that, but offers little support besides “Don’t use a tunnel, then”. Haha. So this article explains how to unfuck Networking for a local Linux or a Chromecast to make Netflix work again. Even if that just means to force it to fall back to l;egacy Internet instead.

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Journalismus fördern (german)

(Article about German things is in German) Chat so:
H> Verzeih, aber eine Brainstorming-Frage. Welchen Journalismus/Aktivismus will man unterstützen?
H> #PressOn scheint mir eine sinnvolle Aktion zu sein. Eine amerikanische Zeitung will ich nicht abonnieren, außerdem sind die dortigen Bürger schon selbst gut dabei.
H> Frage ist, welche Zeitung im Sinne der guten Sache hierzulande “systemrelevant” ist. Spiegel, c’t und Guardian abonniere ich bereits. Hamburger Abendblatt habe ich als einzige Regionalzeitung, die nervt aber. Einzelne Podcaster kriegen kleine Summen.
H> Als Alternativ-Aktivismus bin ich bei CCC, Netzpolitik, digiges, GFF mit Spenden dabei.Wie siehst Du das? Es sieht ja so aus, dass flattr oder andere Micropayment-Systeme gescheitert sind.
H> Und die Leute verstehen jetzt, dass sie die für ihre Zwecke relevanten Journalisten/Aktivisten direkt fördern müssen.

Isotopp> Netzpol, digiges habich auch, c’t hab ich aufgegeben, weil die nix so richtig rein online machen und ich kein Papier mehr brauche, ditto Linuxmag. Direkte Förderung – hatte Krautreporter, das war so mittel sinnvoll, weiß den derzeitigen Status nicht,
habe Golem Abo, die machen tolle Arbeit, das auch verlängert.

Isotopp> Es fehlt ein Mechanismus “statt Flattr” und “besser planbar”.

Was meint Ihr?

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Seized pacemaker data used to indict arsonist

Image: LukeBam06

According to NetworkWorld, a man in Ohio with an implanted Pacemaker, was indicted as an arsonist, based on data seized by the Police from his device.

»[T]he cops wanted to know “Compton’s heart rate, pacer demand and cardiac rhythms before, during and after the fire.”« reports a local station, WLWT5.

Another news outlet reports »“A cardiologist who reviewed that data determined ‘it is highly improbable Mr. Compton would have been able to collect, pack and remove the number of items from the house, exit his bedroom window and carry numerous large and heavy items to the front of his residence during the short period of time he has indicated due to his medical conditions.’”« The retrieved data helped to indict Comption, who also had gasoline on various pieces of his clothing.

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Copyright Alert System ended

An article in Variety on the failed “Copyright Alert System”: “Internet Service Providers, Studios and Record Labels Call It Quits on Copyright Alert System“.

“Copyright Alerty System” is the name of the US “three strikes” implementation, “in which consumers received “copyright alerts” when they viewed peer-to-peer pirated content”. The system apparently does not work the way the MPAA intended – especially the repeat offenders are not being deterred by the warning mails they receive, and ISPs are not terminating contracts of said repeat offenders due to fear of liability lawsuits.

Also, the system works on P2P file shared content only, and this is no longer a relevant distribution mechanism.

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