sábado, 31 de mayo de 2008

Internet Hub is closed down in Chile

Recently the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Chile informed through its website the following news:

“IFPI Chile, with the support of Chilean police investigators, was able to identify and shut down a major Direct Connect Hub called ‘Metal Hub’. The hub was dedicated to the illegal distribution of music files, including full albums, and videos. One of the requirements for members to participate in the hub was that each user should have at least 1 GB of music files to share. IFPI Chile estimates the hub was operating with enough capacity from their participants to host up to 1.8 million songs.

Local internet and physical anti-piracy teams worked together to identify the hub’s location and owner. The hub owner and the ISP he was using received “cease and desist” letters informing them of the copyright infringements that resulted from their activity. With the advantage of having the identity and location of the operator revealed, the hub was down three days after these notifications were sent. The action was part of IFPI’s regional strategy to shut down all P2P servers in Latin America. There are currently other hubs under investigation in Chile.”

This is good news bearing in mind that the Chilean Government, almost one year ago, filed a new bill to modify the copyright law in response to criticism from the US administration. This bill aims to answer the queries from the US and update exceptions to copyright and copyright limitations. This bill is also important for strengthening the enforcement of copyright law in Chile.

The piracy of copyrighted works (i.e. books, CDs, software and films) is a huge hindrance that costs the entertainment industry and the Chilean government millions of dollars. The industry is doomed unless it takes drastic action, which is an extremely serious matter for a country that has signed a number of free-trade agreements with developed economies.

We can understand now why the new law implementing Chile’s obligations under its Free Trade Agreement with the US is likely to be enacted within approximately the next 3 months. It not only increases penalties for copyright violators but also sets forth precise provisions relating to the digital revolution, a subject not addressed before.

The fact that Chile has been blacklisted by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) regarding this matter is a very serious situation given the fact that the entertainment sector is among the most promising industries in our country.

Fore more information on this issue, please do no hesitate to contact Juan Cristóbal Guzman, email: jcguzman@az.cl

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