Otto Vasken and P2P

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Peppermint Jam Records Gmbh. Remember this name. A fine of 330 Euro could be arriving at your home from its lawyer, Otto Mahlknecht di Bolzano, called Otto Vasken. Otto is a natural phenomenon. He has already sent out 3,636 letters to Italian citizens who have used their PCs to share Peppermint music apparently without any intention to make money. 3,636 multiplied by 330 euro makes 1,199,880 euro, a great package.
Who wants others to be able to hear a song on their PC can use P2P software like BitTorrent and eMule. The piece can then be listened to by anyone who connects up. If Iíve bought the track, itís on my PC and I want to make it available to whoever visits me, why canít I do that?
Does it damage the publishing company? But the artistes are already destroying them. They already sell on the Internet on their own without intermediaries at low prices. Sometimes they give stuff away.
To scrape out the Italians, Peppermint has made use of Logistep. This company has ďdone a test download of the tracks and has checked the hash value of the fileĒ, words of its director Schneider. I donít know whether these downloads and hash are violations of privacy. Iím putting the question to the Authority.
Anyone who wants to, can ask Peppermint directly (email).
The IP address of the 3,636 users was provided by their ISP, their Providers. From these addresses, they have then found out the identity details.
Obliged by an order from the Rome Tribunal that cancelled a previous decision that went the other way. Many lawyers and Adiconsum do not agree.
Peppermint needs protecting. The best way to do this is to never buy nor share its tracks. If you have one on your PC, delete it. Then send an email to confirm this to Otto Vasken.

PS I have asked my lawyers to see if it is possible to produce a standard form to be published on the Blog to reject Otto Vaskenís request. Iíll keep you informed.

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My house is sacred and anybody that I wish to not enter must remain outside (and thank God, if in USA somebody violates your private property can be shot at).


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Posted by: isibingo | May 21, 2007 09:16 AM


Listen to the radio.
Itīs safer.
And cheaper.

Posted by: Giangrande Pisello | May 17, 2007 12:39 AM


30 years ago people were used to listen to the radio and sometimes to tape songs out of it and, as far as I know, nobody has been sued for it.
The record industry is already making profits beyond any thinkable limit due to the low cost of CD's.
I think Peppermint Jam Records entered in our houses withour asking us and this makes me mad.
My house is sacred and anybody that I wish to not enter must remain outside (and thank God, if in USA somebody violates your private property can be shot at).
To this Otto Vasken, I can tell what the famous Sturmtruppen Sargent would say: "Finiscila di fare il Kretinen!!"

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | May 16, 2007 01:59 PM


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