German law enforcement to MPAA: we’re not your bitch any more
Via Udo Vetter’s law blog: the german state attorney office has declared that they will no longer prosecute minor offenses in regard to copyright infringement. You now need to share more than 3000 MP3 files or more than 100 movies before they will act.
The decision arises from them recognizing that the media companies have only been using the attorneys to get contact data from potential file sharers in order to make money through cease and desist letters. They never intended to have people prosecuted. This was a huge burden on the state attorneys office, and a burden to taxpayers, serving only commercial interests.
Great decision. Read a crappy auto-translation of the original article here.
In other news, german media corporation Bertelsmann is getting rid of Sony BMG.