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Berlin: Anti-Netflix Protests Hit Fest Premiere of Isabel Coixet’s ‘Elisa & Marcela’

Holding signs reading “No Netflix films in Berlinale competition” and “Kino statt Stream Festival” (“Cinema, not a streaming festival”), the group — around a half-dozen or so people — expressed their disapproval of the Berlinale’s decision to include Coixet‘s film in official competition. – Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter » http://bit.ly/2TVmJyd

Net Neutrality Gets Its Official Execution Date—But the Fights to Keep It Alive Are Going Strong

Assuming that everything goes on schedule, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order will be published in the federal register tomorrow and become formal policy for the agency sometime around April 23rd. There’s no reason to believe that this Federal Communications Commission will reverse course on its own, but there are so many fights still to be resolved over the next year or so, and it’s even possible that we won’t have to wait until April to be reassured that all traffic on the web will be treated equally. – Rhett Jones, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/mABzvWn

Even Burger King Is Roasting Ajit Pai Over Net Neutrality Repeal

To make its position clear on net neutrality, Burger King filmed a stunt in which it educated “the public” on net neutrality using the Whopper as a metaphor for online content. Yes, the customers just learning about the subject are probably actors, and yes this promotes a fast food chain, but hey, when they’re right, they’re right. – Rhett Jones, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/C3jHpqY

FCC takes aim at local laws that limit broadband, but faces states’ rights pushback from Republicans

Those efforts to restrict community broadband have been underway for years, and take the form of the cable industry and telcos leaning on lawmakers and throwing money into local election campaigns. In one egregious example, cable companies spent over half a million dollars in tiny Longmont, Colorado in a failed attempt to stop the community from issuing bonds to pay for a next-generation fiber optic network. The cable industry is also whipping out its checkbook in places like Kansas City and Seattle to stifle other muni broadband initiatives. The lobbying amounts to an effort to buy state lawmakers, and to sandbag smaller cities with expensive lawsuits that will make others think twice about improving their broadband infrastructure. – Jeff John Roberts, Gigaom http://ift.tt/SyIR0r

BitTorrent Shows You What The Internet Looks Like Without Net Neutrality; Suggests A Better Way

It’s now come out that this campaign (along with some associated billboards) has been put together by BitTorrent Inc.., not all that different than the company’s billboard campaign against the NSA. Along with this, BitTorrent has put out a blog post explaining, in part, how we got here, but more importantly how we need to start thinking about a better way to handle internet traffic to avoid the kind of future […] – Change-things-around dept, Techdirt http://ift.tt/1hFLlpG

RIAA Revenue Drops to Record Low

The drop is a direct result of the decrease in membership dues the RIAA receives from the record labels, which makes up almost its entire budget. Apparently the labels have decided to put less money into anti-piracy efforts, or stop the payments altogether. On the plus side there is a small amount of income from anti-piracy settlements, including that obtained through the Limewire lawsuit. In 2012/2013 the “anti-piracy restitution” proceeds were $170,880, which is relatively low considering that the LimeWire case alone was settled for $105 million. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak http://ift.tt/1kMRn7u

Netflix Calls Out Verizon For Charging For Crappy Streaming, Part Deux

Basically, Netflix said that the error message was merely part of a transparency test, which is set to end June 16. Whether that was always the plan or merely a last-minute decision to (somewhat) appease the ISP isn’t clear, though it’s very likely the latter. Still, Netflix couldn’t resist throwing in a few barbs. – Adriana Lee, ReadWrite http://ift.tt/1l4DbSG

Dota 2 Player Apparently Gets Robbed At Gunpoint While Streaming

News of the the robbery began to circulate online almost instantaneously since the game was being live-streamed. You can watch the portion of the video that captures the real-world events up top. It shows Dota 2 player Nikki Elise, who plays the game and streams footage under the online handle Sajedene, playing for a few moments before hearing a knock at the door. She then runs to investigate, and a minute later someone holding a gun steps into the frame. – Yannick LeJacq, Kotaku http://ift.tt/1uL9UUK
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