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Regulatory body issues first report aimed at curbing the streaming and downloading of copyrighted content.

PARIS: Already home to some of the strictest anti-piracy laws for users, France’s Internet Authority (HADOPI) has  issued a new report examining ways to curb usage of streaming and direct download sites.

Looking to stop piracy at the source, the report suggests a combination of techniques including site blocking or domain seizures if operators do not comply.

The authority suggests the implementation of content recognition by site owners, including digital fingerprinting technology. These systems could be used to remove content upon the request of copyright holders, similar to YouTube or DailyMotion, or restrict user access based on location.

If site operators are unwilling to add these mechanisms or if illegal content reappears on the site, the report suggests initial steps such as search engine de-listings. If sites fail to comply with the warnings, HADOPI suggests it could also resort to involving the the courts in order to seize or permanently block the domains.

The agency would also seek to target the finances of any sites subject to the copyright alerts, taking steps to block PayPal accounts, the use of credit cards and third party advertising. Again looking to the courts, HADOPI suggests that if financial partners refused to cooperate, it would seek legal action.

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The HADOPI report will be reviewed further before the agency decides on any action.


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The conglomerate will book proceeds of $445 million in its current quarter for the sale of its Sony City Osaki building, following a similar deal for its U.S. headquarters.

TOKYO – Sony will book proceeds of $445 million (41 billion yen) for the current financial quarter after the sale of its Sony City Osaki office building in central Tokyo, the company said Thursday.

The electronics and entertainment giant sold the 25-story building to a Japanese property fund and institutional investor for $1.2 billion (111.1 billion yen) but will stay in the premises under a lease — an arrangement similar to the company’s recent sale of its New York headquarters.

The building currently houses approximately 5,000 employees, including the company’s crucial, but loss-making, TV division. Plans to sell the building, the second-largest of its properties in Japan after its HQ, were announced last month.

Also last month, Sony sold off part of its stake in internet medical-services company M3 to Deutsche Securities.

Sony has also been investing: it became the largest shareholder in Olympus Corp last week after increasing its stake in the troubled camera and medical equipment maker to 11.5 percent.

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Sony shares have risen more than 50 percent since December when they hit a multi-decade low.



Listening limited to 40 hours per month via mobile devices

Pandora Begins Limiting Free Service

Pandora, the music streaming service, will begin to restrict its formerly unlimited free services, as The New York Times reports. Starting this week, users who use the free version of Pandora on mobile devices will now have access only to 40 hours of free music per month.

The changes come due to increasing royalty costs that Pandora is required to pay each time a song is streamed on the service, according to a blog post by Pandora’s founder Tim Westergren. Though only fractions of cents per play, those costs have risen 25% over the past three years and will increase an additional 16% over the next two years, according to Westergren.

But as The Times points out, also contributing to Pandora’s decision are advertising rates and revenues, which are lower for mobile apps than the desktop service, which will remain free and unlimited. Read more here:

If you hit the limit, you can either listen on the computer rather than your phone, pay 99 cents for unlimited listening for the rest of the month, or opt into Pandora’s paid service, which costs $36 per year for unlimited, ad-free music.

Thom Yorke laces up his dancing shoes for yet another music video, in the form of Atoms For Peace’s “Ingenue”. However, unlike the video for “Lotus Flower”, Thom has a partner this go-around and together they pull off some pretty memorable moves.

“Ingenue” is off Atoms For Peace’s full-length debut, Amok, which is out now via XL Recordings. Read more at

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