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  • Homeland Security confiscates Royals underwear in Kansas City

    10/24/2014 11:20:16 AM PDT · by massmike · 39 replies
    kansas.com ^ | 10/24/2014 | JENEÉ OSTERHELDT
    Peregrine Honig says she just wanted to help celebrate the hometown team when she designed Lucky Royals boyshorts. The panties, with “Take the Crown” and “KC” across the bottom, were set to be sold in Honig’s Birdies Panties shop Tuesday. But Homeland Security agents visited the Crossroads store and confiscated the few dozen pairs of underwear, printed in Kansas City by Lindquist Press. “They came in and there were two guys” Honig said. “I asked one of them what size he needed and he showed me a badge and took me outside. They told me they were from Homeland Security...
  • Kansas City lingerie shopowners in a twist after Homeland Security's panty raid

    10/23/2014 3:38:40 PM PDT · by dware · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.23.2014 | FoxNews.com
    When two burly men walked into a Missouri women's underwear store Tuesday, the owners didn't think much of it -- until the pair flashed their Homeland Security badges and confiscated several dozen panties bearing the initials "KC" in honor of the Kansas City Royals.
  • Proprietary Primate: Wikipedia Says Monkey Owns Copyright to ‘Selfie’

    08/07/2014 2:34:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    The National Review ^ | 8-7-14 | Ian Tuttle
    Monkey business — or legitimate copyright claim? In Indonesia in 2011 a female crested black macaque hijacked the camera of British nature photographer David Slater and proceeded to snap hundreds of photos — among them several selfies, photos of himself, one of which made worldwide headlines and the animal’s Wikipedia page. Slater, citing royalty losses, has tried to have the photograph removed from the site. The Telegraph reports: The Gloucestershire-based photographer now claims that the decision is jeopardising his income as anyone can take the image and publish it for free, without having to pay him a royalty. He complained...
  • Biz Break: Google, Facebook and Instagram risk user backlash with privacy changes

    10/11/2013 6:09:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 10/11/2013 | Jeremy C. Owens
    Google announced Friday that it would begin placing users' activity and photos into advertisements and recommendations seen by the account-holders' Google+ contacts, similar to Facebook's "Sponsored Stories," which led to a class-action lawsuit that cost the Menlo Park company $20 million and forced it to offer members an option to opt out of such uses. "For example, your friends might see that you rated an album 4 stars on the band's Google Play page. And the +1 you gave your favorite local bakery could be included in an ad that the bakery runs through Google," the Mountain View search giant...
  • Report: China Steals $300 Billion of American Ideas Every Year Costing US Economy 2.1 Million Jobs

    05/29/2013 4:53:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 29, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    A new study led by Dennis Blair, who served as President Barack Obama’s first director of national intelligence, and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who served as U.S. ambassador to China from 2009 through 2011 found that the US loses billions in intellectual property to Chinese hackers every year. The report found that an estimated 2.1 million American jobs were lost due to intellectual theft. The report recommends corporations hire what amount to full-time IT security guards who patrol their networks — assisted by automated systems that scan for software behaving strangely, a telltale sign of malware — looking for...
  • Chinese Investment Threatens Security

    07/29/2002 4:03:55 PM PDT · by flamefront · 10 replies · 404+ views
    foxnews ^ | Friday, July 26, 2002 | Frank Gaffney, Jr.
    <p>One of the largest Chinese telecommunications equipment suppliers, Huawei Technologies Company, recently unveiled plans to establish Future Wei, a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary with headquarters in Plano, Texas.</p> <p>Ordinarily, such a foreign investment in the United States would be welcomed by the local Chamber of Commerce and others anticipating associated employment and revenue opportunities. As Americans learn more about the parent company and what Chinese enterprises like it are up to, however, patriots in Texas and elsewhere in this country are likely to say "No way, Huawei!"</p>
  • High Court Rules in Favor of Book Reseller [6-3]

    03/19/2013 8:37:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    http://online.wsj.com ^ | 03-19-2013 | By BRENT KENDALL
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a setback to publishers, ruling in favor of a Thai student who bought inexpensive foreign-edition textbooks and resold them to U.S. students on eBay. The high court rejected arguments by publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc., which accused Supap Kirtsaeng, a former University of Southern California Ph.D. student, of infringing its copyrights on several works, including textbooks on physics, organic chemistry and engineering. The Asian versions of those books were marked with warnings that they were intended for sale only in certain foreign regions. U.S. law has long held that in principle, once...
  • RSC Policy Brief: Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix It

    11/16/2012 11:46:08 PM PST · by Utmost Certainty · 28 replies
    Republican Study Committee ^ | November 16, 2012 | Republican Study Committee
    Outline/Summary: This paper will analyze current US Copyright Law by examining three myths on copyright law and possible reforms to copyright law that will lead to more economic development for the private sector and to a copyright law that is more firmly based upon constitutional principles. 1. The purpose of copyright is to compensate the creator of the content:It’s a common misperception that the Constitution enables our current legal regime of copyright protection – in fact, it does not. The Constitution’s clause on Copyright and patents states:“To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times...
  • Could Morse Have Patented the Web?

    04/01/2012 2:34:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | L. GORDON CROVITZ | March 25, 2012
    In 1853, the Supreme Court gave Samuel Morse some bad news. In O'Reilly v. Morse, the justices approved the inventor's patent for part of the telegraph that delivered the Morse code message "What Hath God Wrought?" but said he could not patent the idea of sending messages electronically across great distances. Ideas alone, the justices said, cannot be patented. Morse's descendants should demand a rehearing. The standards for patents are so low that simply having an idea often justifies a patent. Morse wanted a patent to cover "electro-magnetism, however developed, for marking or printing intelligible characters, signs, letters, at any...
  • Up in the Air: Will America lose its dominance of the skies?

    12/21/2011 8:52:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies · 4+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 19, 2011 | Michael Auslin
    Up in the AirWill America lose its dominance of the skies? There were a number of reasons last week to look up to the sky and wonder about the future of airpower. In a world in which the United States will have smaller ground and naval forces, we will likely become more dependent on land- and sea-based airpower to deter or defeat enemies. The proper employment of air assets as part of a joint force allows for nearly instantaneous response to crises, saves American lives, and can bring pinpoint devastation to an enemy’s forces and command-and-control systems. Yet along with...
  • Google engineer admits "strong indication that it is likely" he copied Sun code into Android

    09/08/2011 12:27:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Foss Patents ^ | September 7, 2011 | Florian Mueller
    This is the second of three consecutive posts on information gleaned from last night's filings in Oracle v. Google. I previously blogged about Sun's proposal to create a Red Hat-style Android distribution with open source Java.While patents are the most important part of Oracle's lawsuit against Google, the copyright infringement part shouldn't be underestimated. Google is currently trying to get rid of it on summary judgment, but Oracle defends its related claims.Judge Alsup denied the filing of various interesting documents under seal, so they entered the public record last night. Also, documents that were heavily-redacted are now much less redacted...
  • US House takes up major overhaul of patent system

    06/23/2011 1:26:42 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 14 replies
    AP ^ | Updated 01:00 a.m., Thursday, June 23, 2011 | JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press
    ...The legislation, supported by the Obama administration and a broad range of business groups and high tech companies, aims to ease the lengthy backlog in patent applications, clean up some of the procedures that can lead to costly litigation and put the United States under the same filing system as the rest of the industrialized world. The Senate passed a similar bill last March on a 95-5 vote. If the bill makes it to the White House for the president's signature, it could be one of the first congressional actions this year to have a concrete effect on business after months...
  • The 18 Senators Who Approve Breaking The Internet To Protect Hollywood

    06/07/2011 3:22:34 AM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 30 replies
    techdirt.com ^ | 05/26/2011
    The 18 Senators Who Approve Breaking The Internet To Protect Hollywood from the not-cool dept Last fall, we noted that the Senate Judiciary Committee had unanimously voted to approve COICA, a bill for censoring the internet as a favor to the entertainment industry. Thankfully, Senator Ron Wyden stepped up and blocked COICA from progressing. This year, COICA has been replaced by the PROTECT IP Act, which fixes some of the problems of COICA, but introduces significant other problems as well. A wide cross section of people who actually understand technology and innovation have come out against PROTECT IP as written...
  • `Beverly Hillbillies' actress sues Barbie maker

    05/06/2011 2:13:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/6/2011 | Michael Kunzelman
    The actress who played Elly May Clampett on the hit television series "The Beverly Hillbillies" is suing toy manufacturer Mattel Inc., claiming the company used her name and likeness for a Barbie doll without her authorization. The federal suit filed Wednesday in Baton Rouge, La., says packaging for the "Elly May" Barbie doll features a photo of Donna Douglas portraying the character. Douglas says she never endorsed the doll or gave Mattel permission to use her name to promote its sale before the toy maker introduced the doll in December 2010. From 1962 to 1971, Douglas appeared in all 274...
  • "Decision Points" abridged CD by Random House Audio - WMP pulls fake album cover art

    12/28/2010 2:56:53 PM PST · by SCPatriot77 · 48 replies · 56+ views
    MySpace.com | Spin the World, LLC | Windows Media Player | December 28, 2010 | DJ Flash - Aspiring Music Artist
    As a Christmas present I received a copy of Decision Points, abridged CD audio by Random House Audio. When I placed Disc 1 into my laptop disc drive, Windows Media Player attempts to pull the cover art from the internet. Apparently someone is trying to sell some music. Very poor taste nonetheless. Instead of viewing the book cover, I see this: A quick Google search leads me to DJ Flash's MySpace page: And to his "record label" . . .
  • Patents do not protect small firms, says trade body

    12/16/2010 9:16:44 AM PST · by snarkpup · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Register ^ | 16th December 2010 11:30 GMT | OUT-LAW.COM
    High-tech SMEs will find it almost impossible to enforce them, says SMEIA Patents do not give protection to inventive small businesses because they are impossible to enforce, an organisation claiming to represent small technology companies has said. In an open letter (two-page/486KB PDF) to Government ministers, the group said that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are not able to take advantage of the protection offered by patents.
  • $1.5 million ruling for 24 downloads

    11/05/2010 9:27:54 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 62 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 5, 2010
    MINNEAPOLIS, - A Minnesota mother was ordered by a jury to pay $1.5 million to the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally downloading and sharing 24 songs. Jammie Thomas-Rasset was ordered to pay the sum, $62,500 for each illegally downloaded song, by a Minneapolis court after two previous convictions were thrown out on appeal, the New York Daily News reported Friday. Thomas-Rasset was ordered to pay $222,000 following a 2007 trial but the decision was declared a mistrial upon appeal. She was next ordered to pay $1.92 million in a June 2009 trial, but the judge lowered the amount...
  • Russia blocks sale of engines for Sino-Pak fighter jets

    07/05/2010 7:35:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Russia blocks sale of engines for Sino-Pak fighter jets Moscow, July 5 (PTI) Russia has blocked the sale of 100 RD-93 engines to China for FC-1, the joint Sino-Pak fighter, which could emerge as a rival for its MiG-29 fighter in the global markets, according to a report today. "The new contract with China for the sale of 100 RD-93 engines has not been signed," Kommersant reported quoting its sources in the military-industrial complex. The deal for the supply of second batch of 100 RD-93 manufactured by Moscow-based Chernyshev Machine building Plant for FC-1 (Pakistani version JF-17) was to be...
  • Leaked documents reveal draft text of top-secret global copyright deal

    04/08/2010 12:34:11 PM PDT · by day21221 · 59 replies · 1,576+ views
    montrealgazette.com ^ | April 7, 2010Comments | Vito Pilieci
    Leaked documents reveal draft text of secret global copyright deal ) OTTAWA — As negotiators from 37 countries prepare to meet in New Zealand on Monday to discuss a top-secret trade agreement, a draft text of the document has found its way onto the Internet. While bits and pieces of the agreement, called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), have been leaked in the past, this is the first time a full draft is available to the public. The agreement, negotiated privately for the better part of two years, aims to create a global organization to oversee worldwide copyright and intellectual...
  • China to put squeeze on foreign firms / IT companies must reveal product secrets(or kicked out)

    04/24/2009 1:02:59 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 54 replies · 1,776+ views
    China to put squeeze on foreign firms / IT companies must reveal product secrets The Yomiuri Shimbun The Chinese government has decided to launch a system next month to force foreign manufacturers of digital household appliances and other items equipped with computing devices to disclose key information, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Thursday. The move is aimed at controlling the makers' products when their goods are made or sold in China. Beijing likely has informed Tokyo and Washington that detailed provisions to enforce the system will be announced by the end of this month. The Chinese government likely will give manufacturers...
  • Should Online Scofflaws Be Denied Web Access?

    04/13/2009 12:59:01 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies · 696+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 12, 2009 | By ERIC PFANNER
    Is Internet access a fundamental human right? Or is it a privilege, carrying with it a responsibility for good behavior? ...The United States Congress held hearings last week on the growing problem of piracy, which the American entertainment industry says accounts for the loss of $20 billion a year in sales. Several lawmakers vowed to increase scrutiny of international markets where piracy is widespread. But if events in Paris last week are any indication, legislative solutions will not be easy. French lawmakers rejected an antipiracy plan championed by President Nicolas Sarkozy, where the Internet connections of people who ignored repeated...
  • Copyright treaty is classified for 'national security'

    03/13/2009 12:26:08 PM PDT · by BGHater · 16 replies · 753+ views
    CNET ^ | 12 Mar 2009 | Declan McCullagh
    Last September, the Bush administration defended the unusual secrecy over an anti-counterfeiting treaty being negotiated by the U.S. government, which some liberal groups worry could criminalize some peer-to-peer file sharing that infringes copyrights. Now President Obama's White House has tightened the cloak of government secrecy still further, saying in a letter this week that a discussion draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and related materials are "classified in the interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958." The 1995 Executive Order 12958 allows material to be classified only if disclosure would do "damage to the national security and the...
  • Obama brand protection: Copyrights

    01/31/2009 8:33:47 AM PST · by STARWISE · 30 replies · 1,318+ views
    The Swamp ^ | 1-30-09 | Mark Silva
    "Yes we can,'' the Obama campaign proclaimed. "No you can't,'' says the Obama White House of the varied attempts to cash in on the brand Obama built. Or maybe they can, or can't. The lawyers are looking into it, Bloomberg News reports" ### President-elect Barack Obama has created his own brand - represented both by the iconic images of the candidate who campaigned for "change'' and by the "Yes we can'' and "Change We Can Believe in" slogans generated by that campaign. Now the Obama White House, mindful of the "worldwide fascination'' about his election, First Amendment free-speech rights and...
  • Mac clone maker claims it bought OS X from Apple

    01/14/2009 8:52:38 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 10 replies · 567+ views
    Computerworld ^ | 01/13/2009 | By Gregg Keizer
    Embattled Psystar says Apple can't tell it what to do with legit copies of the OSThe Mac clone maker being sued by Apple Inc. because it installs Mac OS X on generic Intel-based systems said it bought copies of the operating system from Apple itself, court documents show. In papers filed with a San Francisco federal court last week, Psystar Corp. repeated its argument that Apple has abused copyright laws by tying the Mac operating system to Apple hardware. The filing came in response to an Apple motion asking U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup, who tossed out Psystar's original...
  • Judge orders company to stop making popular Bratz dolls

    12/04/2008 5:52:15 AM PST · by IronKros · 45 replies · 4,519+ views
    chron.com ^ | Dec. 4, 2008 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    LOS ANGELES — The rowdy Bratz dolls have been evicted. Barbie has regained control of the dollhouse. Toy giant Mattel Inc., after a four-year legal dispute with MGA Entertainment Inc., touted its win in the case Wednesday after a federal judge banned MGA from making and selling its pouty-lipped and hugely popular Bratz dolls.
  • Sick babies denied treatment in DNA row (DNA patents trump all)

    11/28/2008 6:55:27 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies · 583+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | November 29, 2008 | Julie Robotham
    BABIES with a severe form of epilepsy risk having their diagnosis delayed and their treatment compromised because of a company's patent on a key gene. It is the first evidence that private intellectual property rights over human DNA are adversely affecting medical care.
  • Harvard professor challenges RIAA anti-piracy campaign

    11/06/2008 8:22:50 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 5 replies · 841+ views
    LinuxWorld ^ | 03 November 2008 | Jaikumar Vijayan
    A Harvard law professor has opened a new front in the battle between the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and alleged music pirates by challenging the constitutionality of a statute being used by the industry group to bring lawsuits against alleged copyright violators. The case involves an individual named Joel Tenenbaum who was sued by the RIAA for allegedly illegally copying and distributing copyrighted songs belonging to several music labels. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Boston in August 2007 after what the music labels claimed was more than two years of effort trying to get...
  • Express printer solves problem of out-of-print textbooks [can reprint all in- & out-of-print books?]

    10/29/2008 9:02:37 AM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 4 replies · 466+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 29, 2008 | Andrew Trounson
    FROM next year academics at the University of Melbourne will be able to pick up the phone to order a new tome from the US or an out-of-print textbook, then walk over to the library to pick it up. Publishing distributor DA Information Services has signed a memorandum of understanding with Melbourne to install an Espresso Book Machine at the library. The machines are capable of turning out a 550-page, perfect-bound paperback within 10 minutes at a cost comparable with buying books off the shelf. [snip] Content is distributed digitally through EBM's network, under which book publishers retain full ownership...
  • Bush signs RIAA-backed intellectual-property law

    10/13/2008 6:37:54 PM PDT · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 90 replies · 2,331+ views
    CNET | 10/13/08 | Stephanie Condon
    President Bush on Monday signed into law an intellectual-property enforcement bill that would consolidate federal efforts to combat copyright infringement under a new White House cabinet position. The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act establishes within the executive branch the position of intellectual property enforcement coordinator, who will be appointed by the president. The law also steepens penalties for intellectual-property infringement, and increases resources for the Department of Justice to coordinate for federal and state efforts against counterfeiting and piracy. The so-called Pro-IP Act passed unanimously in the Senate last month and received strong bipartisan support in the...
  • Hole in Adobe software allows free movie downloads

    09/27/2008 7:41:59 AM PDT · by shove_it · 13 replies · 925+ views
    Yahoo! via Reuters ^ | 9/27/2008 | Daisuke Wakabayashi
    A security hole in Adobe Systems Inc software, used to distribute movies and TV shows over the Internet, is giving users free access to record and copy from Amazon.com Inc's video streaming service. The problem exposes online video content to the rampant piracy that plagued the music industry during the Napster era and is undermining efforts by retailers, movie studios and television networks to cash in on a huge Web audience. "It's a fundamental flaw in the Adobe design. This was designed stupidly," said Bruce Schneier, a security expert who is also the chief security technology officer at British Telecom....
  • RIAA loses $222K verdict against Jammy Thomas

    09/25/2008 11:01:58 AM PDT · by HaplessToad · 1 replies · 186+ views
    ZDNet ^ | September 25, 2008 @ 5:14 AM | Richard Koman
    The $222,000 verdict against Jammy Thomas for copyright infringement by P2P is no more. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Davis dismissed the verdict (PDF), saying it was based on the faulty “making available” theory of distribution. Thomas will face a new trial, in which the RIAA will have to prove actual distribution. The decision means the RIAA now has zero wins at trial, Wired notes. RIAA’s “making available” theory would hold that someone has distributed copyright material merely by creating the potential for distribution. Under the RIAA’s theory, it need not show actual distribution. The judge soundly denied this legal...
  • IBM threatens to leave standards bodies

    09/23/2008 6:22:21 PM PDT · by HaplessToad · 7 replies · 188+ views
    NYT ^ | September 23, 2008 | By Jeremy Kirk
    IBM is threatening to leave organizations that set standards for software interoperability because of concerns that their processes are not always fair. ... IBM was one of the most vocal opponents of a file format created by Microsoft and approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as an international standard earlier this year. ... Microsoft has long been accused of dominating the market for office productivity programs due to its use of closed file formats. Microsoft changed course, however, and submitted its OOXML format to become an international standard, which means other vendors could implement OOXML in their products....
  • RIAA Takes Aim At Blogging Attorney

    09/21/2008 1:44:54 PM PDT · by steve-b · 7 replies · 280+ views
    DSL Reports ^ | 9/18/08
    Over the last few years, attorney Ray Beckerman has been defending broadband users accused of copyright infringement by the RIAA, and frequently blogs about it. His blog frequently highlights instances where the RIAA has sued individuals in error, often highlighting the tenuous legal ground many RIAA cases rest on. The RIAA is now targeting Beckerman, claiming he's a "vexatious" litigator, and demanding unspecified monetary sanctions to punish him for blogging about his cases.
  • Congress's copyright fight puts open access science in peril

    09/16/2008 5:34:56 PM PDT · by BlazingArizona · 6 replies · 283+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | 9/16/08 | John Timmer
    In recent years, scientific publishing has changed profoundly as the Internet simplified access to the scientific journals that once required a trip to a university library. That ease of access has caused many to question why commercial publishers are able to dictate the terms by which publicly funded research is made available to the public that paid for it. Open access proponents won a big victory when Congress voted to compel the National Institutes of Health to set a policy of hosting copies of the text of all publications produced by research it funds, a policy that has taken effect...
  • DVD Copying Gets Real

    09/12/2008 4:15:08 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 16 replies · 332+ views
    hometheatermag.com ^ | September 10, 2008 | N/A
    RealNetworks is putting its considerable prestige behind a DVD-copying Windows application, moving into territory hitherto occupied by illegal freeware. The $30 program called RealDVD will copy not only the main disc content but also the extras and art. In an interview with The New York Times, Real chief Robert Glaser calls it "a compelling and very responsible product" for making disc backups and transferring content to a laptop for viewing on the road. Expect Hollywood to erupt over this like a volcano. The studios have long litigated against companies making DVD ripping software, which circumvents the DVD Copy Control Association's...
  • Apple Admits British Man Invented iPod in 1979, Uses Him to Win Patent Lawsuit

    09/07/2008 7:51:26 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 12 replies · 225+ views
    gizmodo.com ^ | 4:30 PM on Sun Sep 7 2008 | Jack Loftus
    Apple Admits British Man Invented iPod in 1979, Uses Him to Win Patent Lawsuit There you have it folks. The real inspiration for Apple's game-changing iPod, courtesy of the world's unluckiest Briton, Kane Kramer, 52 (not including the fifth Beatle). You see, in the dark technological days of 1979, Kramer saw a beacon of light in his IXI. Capable of playing a mind-busting 3.5 minutes of music, the IXI prototype was Kramer's ticket out of obscurity. Sadly, when he couldn't raise enough venture funding to renew the IXI patent in 1988, the device became the Zune of its time, and...
  • IP Rights Fairy Tale

    08/30/2008 7:26:53 AM PDT · by MichiganMan · 15 replies · 228+ views
    MaximumPC Magazine ^ | 08/27/08 | Quinn Norton
    Not very long ago, in a land not at all far away, there was a little company called Blueport. It held the copyright on a piece of software that the US Air Force liked using for logistics. Blueport protected its software with a time bomb—a bit of code that made the software self-destruct when the license expired. That date was approaching, and Blueport wanted to negotiate a new license with the USAF—and you know, get paid. Instead, it got a bit of the ol’ shock and awe. The Air Force not only didn’t pay up, it paid big contractor SAIC...
  • Clone maker will countersue Apple

    08/26/2008 9:47:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 43 replies · 526+ views
    CNET News.com ^ | 27 August 2008 07:19 AM | Erica Ogg
    US-based Mac clone maker Psystar plans to file its answer to Apple's copyright infringement lawsuit Tuesday in the US as well as a countersuit of its own, alleging that Apple engages in anti-competitive business practices. Psystar's Open Computer (Credit: CNET News) Miami-based Psystar, owned by Rudy Pedraza, will sue Apple under two federal laws designed to discourage monopolies and cartels, the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Antitrust Act, saying Apple's tying of the Mac OS to Apple-labeled hardware is "an anti-competitive restrain of trade," according to attorney Colby Springer of antitrust specialists Carr & Ferrell. Psystar is requesting that...
  • Microsoft granted Page Up Page Down patent

    08/25/2008 8:13:34 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies · 136+ views
    ITWire ^ | Friday, 22 August 2008 | by Davey Winder
    If patenting the obvious is considered something of an art form in the world of IT, then Microsoft is undoubtedly an old master. The Page Up Page Down patent it has been granted would seem to confirm this... US Patent 7,415,666 goes under the snappy title of: "Method and system for navigating paginated content in page-based increments" and is the latest to be granted to that serial patent application junkie better known as Microsoft. Anyone who has ever looked at technology patents will know that there is a trick to quickly scanning these application titles in order to weed out...
  • Joe Biden's pro-RIAA, pro-FBI Tech Voting Record

    08/25/2008 4:53:31 AM PDT · by steve-b · 3 replies · 165+ views
    CNet ^ | 8/23/08 | Declan McCullagh
    By choosing Joe Biden as their vice presidential candidate, the Democrats have selected a politician with a mixed record on technology who has spent most of his Senate career allied with the FBI and copyright holders, who ranks toward the bottom of CNET's Technology Voters' Guide.... After taking over the Foreign Relations committee, Biden became a staunch ally of Hollywood and the recording industry in their efforts to expand copyright law. He sponsored a bill in 2002 that would have make it a federal felony to trick certain types of devices into playing unauthorized music or executing unapproved computer programs.......
  • Judge Rules That Content Owners Must Consider Fair Use Before Sending Takedowns

    08/21/2008 11:09:10 AM PDT · by steve-b · 14 replies · 295+ views
    EFF ^ | 8/20/08 | David Kravets
    A judge's ruling today is a major victory for free speech and fair use on the Internet, and will help protect everyone who creates content for the Web. In Lenz v. Universal (aka the "dancing baby" case), Judge Jeremy Fogel held that content owners must consider fair use before sending takedown notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). Universal Music Corporation ("Universal") had sent a takedown notice targeting a 29-second home movie of a toddler dancing in a kitchen to a Prince song, "Let's Go Crazy," which is heard playing in the background. Because her use of the song...
  • Music, movie lobbyists push to spy on your Net traffic

    08/21/2008 11:07:47 AM PDT · by weegee · 27 replies · 352+ views
    cnet news ^ | August 18, 2008 3:33 PM PDT | Posted by Declan McCullagh
    ASPEN, Colo.--Recording industry and motion picture lobbyists are renewing their push to convince broadband providers to monitor customers and detect copyright infringements, claiming the concept is working abroad and should be adopted in the United States. A representative of the recording industry said on Monday that her companies would prefer to enter into voluntary "partnerships" with Internet service providers, but pointedly noted that some governments are mandating such surveillance "if you don't work something out." "Despite our best efforts, we can't do this alone," said Shira Perlmutter, a vice president for global legal policy at the International Federation of the...
  • Judge Orders Drug Maker to Provide Experimental Treatment to Terminally Ill Teenager

    08/21/2008 4:54:27 AM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies · 144+ views
    New York Times ^ | Aug 20, 2008 | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
    A 16-year-old patient, terminally ill with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, should be allowed to use an experimental drug treatment despite objections from the drug’s developer, a federal judge in Newark ruled on Wednesday. The case, which touches on major ethical issues, is being closely watched by the pharmaceutical industry. Under the ruling, Jacob Gunvalson, of Gonvick, Minn., would be able to start taking a drug intended to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare and fatal disease that strikes boys and young men. The developer, PTC Therapeutics of South Plainfield, N.J., contends that Jacob does not meet the criteria...
  • The Real Truth about Drug Companies - Developmental issues.

    08/19/2008 9:27:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 213+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 19, 2008 | Henry I. Miller
    August 19, 2008, 6:00 a.m. The Real Truth about Drug CompaniesDevelopmental issues. By Henry I. Miller I never knew my maternal grandparents. During the 19-teens, my maternal grandmother died of a wound infection following a routine gall-bladder operation. A few years later, her husband, my grandfather, suffered a fatal stroke brought on by untreated high blood pressure. Both were in their thirties. Neither occurrence was uncommon back then, but a half century of new drugs has changed that. Thanks to a research-intensive (and, therefore, capital-intensive) pharmaceutical industry, pharmacy shelves now contain dozens of antibiotics and blood pressure medications. Similar...
  • Court: violating copyleft = copyright infringement

    08/15/2008 1:32:47 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 3 replies · 167+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | 13 August 2008 | Timothy B. Lee
    A federal appeals court has overruled a lower court ruling that, if sustained, would have severely hampered the enforceability of free software licenses. The lower court had found that redistributing software in violation of the terms of a free software license could constitute a breach of contract, but was not copyright infringement. The difference matters because copyright law affords much stronger remedies against infringement than does contract law. If allowed to stand, the decision could have neutered popular copyleft licenses such as the GPL and Creative Commons licenses. The district court decision was overturned on Wednesday by the United States...
  • RIAA Pays $107,951 to Alleged Filesharer

    08/15/2008 5:57:07 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies · 192+ views
    TorrentFreak ^ | August 14, 2008 | Ben Jones
    It has been something of a David and Goliath battle, but the first skirmishes in the war on file sharing are over. While the RIAA jubilantly claimed success last year, it is another case that has has now silenced the RIAA, as it avoids drawing attention to the case it never had. If you read a mainstream media news report about file sharing or talk to a reporter about (illicit) filesharing, you would think that the only case involving the RIAA was Capitol V Thomas, a case that made news nationwide for the size of the fines. However, there are...
  • Essential Profits

    08/11/2008 5:40:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 87+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 11, 2008
    Politics: With gasoline and oil prices going down, what's a crusading lawmaker to do? Change gears and go after the next capitalist monster.The latest dragon to be slain is the one that makes life-enhancing and lifesaving drugs. Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Charles Schumer of New York, Democrats both, asked the Government Accountability Office last week to investigate price hikes in the pharmaceutical industry. This follows Klobuchar's request in April that the Federal Trade Commission open a probe of Ovation Pharmaceuticals, a company that raised prices on four medications in 2006 by up to 3,436%, USA Today reports. Express...
  • Rangel, Levin, Emanuel,Van Hollen Jeopardize World’s Health

    08/06/2008 2:49:24 PM PDT · by nateriver · 1 replies · 127+ views
    Rangel, Levin, Emanuel, Van Hollen’s stance against Intellectual Property Rights will increase the risk of creating drug-resistant strains of the world’s most dangerous viruses. In addition it allows countries like Thailand to shift important healthcare spending to bolstering their politically present military.
  • Hilton’s May Pull McCain Donations, Paris Can Sue McCain

    08/05/2008 12:18:51 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 105 replies · 848+ views
    Hollywood Today ^ | August 5th, 2008 | Jeffrey Jolson
    HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 8/5/08 — There has been a major backfire with presidential candidate John McCain’s TV ads comparing Barack Obama’s rock-star status and intelligence to celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Not only has the highly- influentional Hilton family struck back, who once donated to McCain’s campaign, about the affront to their offspring, fans across the nation are riled by the commercials offending their women, no matter how controversial they may be. Moreover, Paris can sue McCain in many states who have “right of publicity laws.” Simply stated, you cannot use a person’ image to sell anything without...
  • Mac clone maker's lawyer hints at antitrust defense

    08/04/2008 8:35:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies · 119+ views
    Computerworld ^ | 08/04/2008 | By Gregg Keize
    Apple lawsuit not just about copyright or EULA issues, says Psystar attorneyOne of the attorneys hired by Psystar Corp. to defend it in a copyright- and trademark-infringement lawsuit brought by Apple Inc. hinted that the clone maker will bring up antitrust issues if the case goes to trial. Colby Springer, one of the three lawyers from the Palo Alto, Calif., firm of Carr & Ferrell LLP who will represent Psystar, wouldn't go into details about legal strategies but spoke in general terms about the case during an interview on Thursday. "This case has been mischaracterized," said Springer. "There are a...