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Raynic X The Premier League has secured a court order to help tackle rights-infringing video streams of football matches via Kodi set-top boxes. The order gives the league the means to have computer servers used to power the streams blocked.Until now, it could only go after individual video streams which were relatively easy to re-establish at different links.

There have been several arrests of people selling set-top boxes pre-installed with both Kodi software and additional third-party add-ons that make it possible to watch copyright-infringing film and TV streams.

According to a recent survey commissioned by the security firm Irdeto, Kodi boxes are particularly prevalent in the UK.

It reported that 11% of Brits that admitted to watching pirated streams in a survey said they did so via a Kodi box. Doing so is not thought to be illegal. Derbyshire County Council trading standards officers recently explained:

Accessing premium paid-for content without a subscription is considered by the industry as unlawful access, although streaming something online, rather than downloading a file, is likely to be exempt from copyright laws,

That might seem a surprising position for an enforcement department to take, but support for it comes from an authoritative quarter. The European Commission doesn’t believe that consumers who watch pirate streams are infringing. From the user’s perspective they equate streaming to watching, which is legitimate. The European Commission gave its view during the hearing of an important case currently before Europe’s highest court involving the Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, which wrote in its summary of the hearing:

The case concerns the sale of a mediaplayer on which the trader has loaded add-ons that link to evidently illegal websites that link to content. For a user such a player is plug & play . This king of pre-programmed player usually are offered with slogans like never pay again for the newest films and series and completely legal, downloading from illegal sources is prohibited but streaming is allowed . In summary the pre-judicial questions concern whether the seller of such a mediaplayer infringes copyright and whether streaming from an illegal source is legitimate use.

It has also been reported that the UK government is considering new laws against streaming pirated content, but discussions are at an early stage

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bafta logoThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) has adopted new diversity rules for films qualifying for consideration for awards.In order to compete for the awards, productions will, from 2019, have to demonstrate that they have made effort to boost diversity in two of the four following areas:

  • On screen representation, themes and narratives
  • Project leadership and creative practitioners
  • Industry access and opportunities
  • Opportunities for diversity in audience development

BAFTA added.

Under-represented groups in the film industry include people from minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people, women and LGBT. It also includes people from lower socio-economic groups.

In certain categories productions based or set outside London can also count towards achieving the standards.

Film4 and BBC films have already agreed to adopt the standards.

Spiked logoOffsite Comment: The Sky is Falling

31st December 2016 See  article from spiked-online.com by Christian Butler

A number of articles about BAFTA’s new rules single out Skyfall, the 2012 James Bond film, as an example of a previous winner that wouldn’t be nominated under the new guidelines.

Offsite Video Comment: Diversity: Do as we tell you – and be diverse

the britisher video31st December 2016 See video from YouTube by the Britisher

The Britisher wonders whether the rules will restrict the BBC from producing programmes in settings where a diverse cast would be a distraction, think Jane Austen or King Arthu.r

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iwan balaAn art exhibition featuring cartoons of Theresa May sitting on the toilet and Boris Johnson breaking wind is facing calls to be censored over claims the work is crude and pornographic .The free exhibition entitled Dyma Gariad (Fel y Moroedd) ( Here is a Love [Deep as Oceans] ) opened recently at Penarth Pier Pavilion.

Anthony Ernest, a Penarth town councillor, whinged:

Constituents have come to me expressing their concerns over the quality of the exhibition and whether it is suitable for the wider audience which includes children, and indeed adults. I have to say, I agree with them. More than £1m of public funding has gone into the Pavilion, so its artwork should be suitable for the wider community.

I think public art should be interesting, and even provocative… BUT …art of this nature, which is downright crude and pornographic, just isn’t acceptable.

But artist Iwan Bala says his work is a direct response to the recent political madness of the Brexit vote and election of Donald Trump — and that art is bound to offend some people.

The exhibition will be open to the public until November 30.

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European Court of JusticeThe European Court of Justice has ruled that Westminster Council was overcharging sex shops for licences, infringing on EU rules designed to promote service activities.The long-running case was brought by Simply Pleasure and others against Westminster city council, which charged nearly £30,000 for a one-year licence. This sum was made up of £2,700 for administration whilst the rest was used to fund the detection and prosecution of unauthorised sex shops or activities.

The sex shops had earlier won a victory in a UK judicial review, but Westminster decided to fight the decision, principally over the issue of whether it could charge the full fee at the time of application.

British judges then asked the EU court whether this was consistent with the EU services directive.

The EU court said the cost of making an application should not exceed the cost of the administration process, saying the aim of the services directive was to facilitate access to service activities.

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gary linekerGary Lineker is in talks with Walkers crisps trying to get them to withdraw their advertising from the Sun over the newspaper’s politically incorrect anti-refugee stories.

The BBC presenter, who has fronted Walkers’ adverts for 21 years, this week gave his backing to a campaign to persuade companies not to advertise in newspapers that are responsible for what he calls divisive hate campaigns .

And, when asked by a Daily Mail journalist whether he would be speaking to Walkers about withdrawing its adverts, he replied: [I] already have.

However, a Walkers spokesperson suggested the company was unlikely to agree to Lineker’s request. A spokesman said:

We have a very successful partnership with Gary Lineker and we will continue to do so. Our advertising approach is not determined by the editorial stances of individual newspapers.

Lego builds PC walls to keep Daily Mail readers out

See  article from bbc.com

angry legoLego has announced its promotional giveaways with the Daily Mail have ended – amid a campaign to stop firms advertising with some newspapers over what it calls divisive coverage of migrants.

The firm regularly gives away free toys via the paper, but said there would be no more in the foreseeable future .

A campaign gorup Stop Funding Hate has lobbied firms to stop advertising with some newspapers. The group, formed in the summer, has criticised several national newspapers for portraying migrants in overwhelmingly negative terms . It has urged companies including John Lewis, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer to stop advertising with the Daily Mail, the Sun and Daily Express.

Responding to a tweet from Stop Funding Hate, Lego confirmed its promotional agreement with the Mail had ended. Lego told the BBC it spends:

A lot of time listening to what children have to say. And when parents and grandparents take the time to let us know how they feel, we always listen just as carefully.

The Mail is the UK’s second most-read daily newspaper and boasts almost 15m readers a day online.

Comment: A message to the politically correct, Gary Lineker and Lego

13th November  2016. See  article from theguardian.com

nickcohenMeanwhile Nick Cohen, writing in the Guardian, has a far more constructive idea, rather than censoring, banning, bullying,  or sneering at working class people, why not do something a bit more positive, like trying to do something to help them make a good living. Cohen advises the ‘progressive’ left to consider compromise:

But before you become self-righteous you must accept that the dominant faction on the western left uses language just as suggestive of collective punishment when they talk about their own white working class. Imagine how it must feel for a worker in Bruce Springsteen’s Youngstown to hear college-educated liberals condemn white privilege when he has a shit job and a miserable life. Or Google the number of times straight white males are denounced by public-school educated women in the liberal media and think how that sounds to an ex-miner coughing his guts up in a Yorkshire council flat.

Emotionally, as well as rationally, they sense the left, or at least the left they see and hear, is no longer their friend. They are men and women who could be argued with, if the middle classes were willing to treat them decently. You might change their minds. You might even find that they could change yours.

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daily mail speaking for englandPolitically correct campaigners have started a petition calling for British Airways to stop offering its passengers a copy of the Daily Mail. The censorship campaign is being backed by Alastair Campbell. The petition states:

It is ironic that our national carrier gives out a paper which is so xenophobic and critical of most things that are not home grown.

What must many of the overseas visitors think of some of the anti-european and other headlines that they read when flying into the UK.

All British Airways is doing is keeping up the sales levels of a newspaper that could not be objective if it tried to be and one that then has the hypocrisy to question the integrity of the BBC.

The paper has been attacked by commentators in recent weeks following its coverage of the Calais ‘child’ refugee story and for criticising the judges who ruled that parliament should override the will of the people.

Alastair Campbell tweeted his support for the ban:

If you are offered a Daily Mail on a plane today, just rip it up. Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret)

Campbell claimed that Virgin boss Richard Branson supports his campaign to rid Virgin Atlantic flights of the Mail , but those who run his airline day to day insist the passengers want it . He also spoke of the frustration of watching readers enjoying the newspaper:

I want to take them by the neck – indeed, sometimes I do take them by the eyeball, and I ask: ‘Why are you reading that shit? It’s a national poison. Take some heroin or something.’

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sex work libdems The LibDems have published a discussion paper to debate policy on the decriminalisation of sex work. It will be debated at the up coming party conference and beyond. The paper also touches on the subject of the legality of porn:

In addition to public discussions of the legalities surrounding prostitution, there has also been an increase in concerns related to access to pornography, the types of pornography available, and the oversexualisation of culture as a whole. The Conservative government has pushed to implement a porn filter which would require UK internet users to input a credit card number before accessing otherwise free porn hosted outside the UK. This is designed to prevent children from corning across porn by accident, although data supporting this aim is weak. Liberal Democrat conference has previously voted heavily against implementing a porn filter — this group agrees with the position of conference on this issue.

Similarly, relatively recent laws on extreme porn and video on demand services have led to some pornographic websites, particularly those featuring consensual BDSM scenes, being shut down.

A number of high profile oases prosecuted under extreme porn laws have tailed to result in conviction – for instance, R v Walsh [2012] where a man had video and images of acts he himself had performed, and R v Holland [2010] a man who had been sent a WhatsApp pornographic video purporting to be of a tiger and a woman engaged in a sex act but which turned out to be a man dressed as a tiger – a fact that was only uncovered in the courtroom. These laws not only cover scenes where so damage was caused, but also hentai and anime pornography where no real people are involved at all.

The paper then suggests questions for discussion:

  • What role (if any) do you think the state should play in regulating pornography That is made by consenting adults?

  • Should there be limits placed on the sexual behaviour of consenting pornography actors when this does not result in permanent harm?

  • Do you support a porn fitter – a filter on websites accessed from the UK that would require users to enter a credit card number to prove they are aged over 18 before being able to access pornography?

  • Has can the internet be made safer for those for whom pomography is not intended?