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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Towards Norway Legislation

Towards Norway Legislation  

© Nirupam Banerjee, India

Neither the TORRENT group can be touched by the contemporary legislation, nor the 'Fair Use' policy of the Copyright Law can be withdrawn.

It's a tough situation indeed. Brought about by Technology of the Internet coupled with Innovation (on the part of the E-pirates). There's a trend of DRM protection for e-Books. For examples: Amazon & the Traditional Publishers in the West, still use it. It's called Digital Rights Management.

Unlike the paper books which can be simply scanned & uploaded page by page by the Torrential Pirates (the path requiring a routine job)—the eBook piracy requires ongoing technical knowledge. This is where the Western Publishers as well as the Amazon etc, rely. Although there's a widespread propaganda in the Internet that ANY e-Book can be cracked by the Pirates. In other words, these bloggers & commentators etc continuously opine that DRM is meaningless.  

Quite recently I heard even my website designer saying:

 <<Long Live e-Piracy! They are invincible, etc, etc.>> 

I asked back: 

<<What if someone launches the eBook in the Cloud concept of the Internet?>> 

He instantly answered: 

<<Even cloud is not safe either. It may be hard for the amateur pirates. But any top tech-savvy person (like me) can crack it.>>

I continued: 

The reply came:

<<I can take screenshot (& then print it out or copy-paste, operations that are just not allowed in the cloud).>>

I don't believe that the cloud-screenshots would be a comfortable substitute for an eBook (it could be perhaps biologically straining for the human EYE, also leading to headaches in the long run). The cloud is, in fact, one of the best technical defences in the modern world against the modern book-piracy. For example, an E-book Startup in Spain is floating the eBooks in a cloud-based website, and that too, in turn, subscription-based.

Justo Hidalgo, a founder of the Startup, opines:

Everytime the Publishers set the so-called DRM (a software to lock the eBook from print, copy-paste, email, etc, etc, etc) and then allow it to be downloaded only to the persons paying them—the Pirates take this up both as an Intellectual Challenge and also as a Duel against "Their Enemy" (the Publishers). 

He also opines that E-pirates are actually Book-lovers. 
And he suggests it is better to engage them in a positive way.

But a person supposedly from Australia (as indicated in the comments section, under an Article by Justo Hidalgo translated in English) went on counter-opining:

<<The Pirates actually want to break the system.>> 

Justo Hidalgo & his Madrid-based Startup's approach (to E-piracy) is rather TECHNICAL-based & COMMERCIAL-based. He is hiding things in the Cloud and perhaps encourages the Pirates to become good people through joining his site as members or simulating his new commercial model, to earn money.  

But there's a 3RD dimension missing! Why not the Innovation to happen also in the...


This would also satisfy that seeming Australian, who couldn't just fully agree with this Spaniard.

So let's next move to Oslo, the place of the Norwegian Legislative Assembly, where further NEW ideas—transcending the Technology as well as Commerce—are now already Semi-finalized (May, 2013). And the experts forecast it is most certainly to be Finalized in the next meeting of the Parliament...♦  

Why exactly the Norway Legislation needs INNOVATION

Why exactly 
the Norway Legislation needs 

                   © Nirupam Banerjee, India
Perhaps the most fierce concept of Modern Book-piracy is to form a GROUP & connect to a NETWORK (e.g. ISP + Google + Ad Companies + PayPal). 

The group carries out a series of TORRENTIAL rain style quite small but relentless downloads (with each member copying a tiny portion like a drop of rain e.g. say max 1% of the Book size,so that the 'Fair Use' clause of the Copyright Law is always obeyed). Finally there's a coordinator in the group, just joining all the downloads. And the 'Torrential Rain' sweeps away the Terrain of the Intellectual Property.

This is why it's called TORRENT style piracy.

If the Producer (Publisher/Writer) accuses in the Court, the Lawyer of the E-pirates will say:

<< Even the Coordinator hasn't done anything illegal, let alone the others in the Group who personally always downloaded within 1%, which is allowed in the Copyright Legislation still running from the last century.>>

If the Copyright Holder (e.g. Original Publisher) still says: 

<< No. He's rather the leader of the Gang. He's a criminal." 

The Lawyer (of the Pirates) will then announce:

"What is the definition of Criminal, Hon'ble Justice? 
Don't let them use this violent word here & there."

And then the Lawyer can essentially finish off the ARGUMENT with:

"Your Honour!
The Coordinator under 'question' actually JUST links. (He/she is not even aware of 'the contents' of EACH of those 1% size Book/Music/Movie files) 
The Coordinator just links to the OTHER download links;-)

So..., so our Website is absolutely LEGAL:-)"

And the Pirates shall come out with not even a drop of punishment.

So the New Legislation from NORWAY (May 2013) has to be INNOVATIVE............