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  • New Gallup poll shows Americans want third political party participation

    09/26/2014 10:14:52 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 55 replies
    Examiner ^ | 9-24-14 | Karl Dickey
    A new Gallup poll out this morning, September 24, 2014, found that 58% of Americans strongly want a third political party choice in the candidates because the two older parties "do such a poor job" representing the people. This number is little changed from a Gallup poll asking the same question in 2007. The third largest political party is the Libertarian Party, yet its candidates face unfair hurdles of ballot access and media exclusion. Many states in the nation purposely raise the bar for Libertarian Party candidates to have their name printed on the ballot alongside the Republican and Democratic...
  • USTR Report: Chinese Government Creates Friction for Global Trade

    12/29/2013 10:19:55 PM PST · by ckilmer
    wallstcheatsheet ^ | November 15, 2013 | Dan Ritter
      Home / Breaking News / USTR Report: Chinese Government Creates Friction for Global Trade Dan Ritter Google+ Twitter | More Articles December 29, 2013 Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/timokl/ China’s economic development depends as much on international diplomacy as it does on domestic investment and political reform. According to state-run news agency Xinhua, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said earlier this month that one of China’s top economic priorities for 2014 will be economic diplomacy, conducted with the goal of capitalizing on opportunities to grow both the domestic and global economy.It’s hard to understate the increasingly important role that China plays in...
  • Report: Gov't scooping up Verizon phone records

    06/06/2013 3:46:24 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 98 replies
    MyWay ^ | 6/6/13
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has been collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, according to a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper.</p> <p>The order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25 and is good until July 19, the newspaper reported Wednesday. The order requires Verizon, one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies, on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries.</p>
  • Obama Orders Regulators to Root Out Patent Trolls

    06/05/2013 9:19:55 AM PDT · by indthkr · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 4, 2013 | EDWARD WYATT
    ... Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and who was a primary sponsor of the 2011 law, said he backs the presidents effort to suppress patent trolls. The United States patent system is vital for our economic growth, job creation, and technological advance, Mr. Leahy said in a statement. Unfortunately, misuse of low-quality patents through patent trolling has tarnished the systems image. ...
  • 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 Obamas 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Online IP protection bill sparks outrage (Could FR be Shutdown?)

    09/29/2010 5:01:10 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Computerworld ^ | 29 September 2010 | Jaikumar Vijayan
    Computerworld - Proposed federal legislation that would require domain registrars, Internet Service Providers and others to block access to Web sites that the U.S. contends contribute to copyright infringement has generated outrage among privacy advocates and prominent industry personalities. Proponents of the legislation argue that passing the bill would be a vital move toward protecting U.S. jobs and innovation. The bill, called the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), was introduced last week by U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). The proposed law would allow the U.S. Department of Justice to file a civil, in rem...
  • FR's new IP address

    06/21/2010 12:21:21 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Chuck | 21st June | Chuck
    Probably not many people noticed, but FR changed its IP address over the weekend, from 209.157.64.201 to 209.157.64.200. I only noticed because I had hard coded the address to my HOSTS file. I just wanted to remind the admins that there are many links to 209.157.64.201 out there. Search any search engine for site:209.157.64.201 to see.
  • Space-based router promises more reliable communications

    01/22/2010 2:09:05 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 423+ views
    GCN ^ | 1/15/2010 | Kathleen Hickey
    The first IP router on a commercial satellite has successfully passed its in-orbit test, moving the military and commercial customers closer to an era of faster satellite communications. The Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) technology is expected to reduce latency and increase efficiency, said Steven Boutelle, vice president of Cisco Global Government Solutions Group. Boutelle, who served as the U.S. Armys chief information officer prior to joining Cisco, said IRIS can route data to multiple ground receivers in a single step, eliminating the need to double-hop to a teleport, reducing latency and increasing transponder utilization. The router and modem software...
  • Repya turns to fight for IP endorsement in gubernatorial race

    01/20/2010 4:07:38 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies · 317+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 1-20-10 | Billy Salisbury
    Joe Repya is one old soldier who won't fade away. Repya, a 63-year-old retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel from Eagan who served in three wars, today will join a political battle by launching a campaign for the Independence Party endorsement for governor. He's a political newcomer but the veteran of 10 years of combat duty in Vietnam and of the Persian Gulf War and one of the oldest U.S. soldiers to volunteer for Operation Iraqi Freedom said Tuesday, "No other candidate is as battle-tested as I am." He planned to file paperwork with the state campaign finance board today to...
  • Intellectual Property Tax?

    07/15/2009 10:41:18 AM PDT · by tjbandrowsky · 4 replies · 464+ views
    The Treatyist ^ | 7/15/2009 | TJ Bandrowsky
    The one thing I've noticed about much of the liberal agenda is that it doesn't really change their industries that much. Liberals, by being centered economically in intellectual property fields from the media to academia, don't have to deal with federal property regulation and don't have to pay taxes on their intellectual property. Someone that owns the rights to Gone with the Wind pays less in property taxes than a guy that owns a gas station. Instead of waging class warfare, we throw out this food for thought: why not simply raise further "revenues" by taxing and regulate liberal properties...
  • What the MPAA wants from Obama

    12/10/2008 5:05:14 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 3 replies · 313+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | December 10, 2008 | Nate Anderson
    3 strikes, Canada crackdown The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has supplied its political wish list to the Obama transition team, and thanks to new transition team policies, that means the MPAA has shared its agenda with everyone on the Internet. "Graduated response" rules are praised, anti-camcording rules are paramount, and Canada and Spain are two of the countries that need to be singled out for "priority trade policy attention." The Obama transition team is publicizing its meetings with interest groups and putting any materials provided to the team up on the change.gov web site. The MPAA document is...
  • 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....
  • America's Unknown Competitive Edge

    07/31/2008 8:45:45 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 75+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 30, 2008 | Daniel Smith
    Americas Unknown Competitive Edge by: Daniel Smith, July 30, 2008 Believe it or not, America not only has not lost its competitive edge in the world, but, in at least one key sector, has achieved an advantage. For Pfizer, Inc., which employs 85,000 employees, intellectual property (IP) is the foundation of [their] ability to discover and develop innovative new medicines, the company CEO Jeff Kindler told a congressional committee. A generation ago, according to Kindler, Europe produced eight out of ten drug innovations. Today, however, America produces eight out of ten. Kindler encapsulated the importance of IP in a formula:...
  • IP Training Helps Build Trust in the Community

    07/01/2008 5:31:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 44+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Christina Bhatti, USA
    CAMP TAJI Getting the Iraqi Police on their feet and operating as the main effort of law enforcement in the country has been a priority of the U.S. Army. Since the force began to rebuild after the U.S. led invasion in 2003, they have been the center of controversy, often accused of rogue tactics, corruption and working for powerful political forces instead of the people. Citizens deeply distrusted those commissioned to protect them. The daunting task of rebuilding a force and putting a trusting face on the policemen fell on the shoulders of American forces. More than five years...
  • Five senior Mahdi Army commanders captured in Karbala

    06/04/2008 3:38:31 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 10 replies · 101+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | 6/4/08 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi police announced the arrest of five senior leaders of the Mahdi Army in the city of Karbala as assassination attempts were made on three police commanders in Baghdad and southern Iraq. The largest attack occurred in a Shia neighborhood in Baghdad, and resulted in more than 13 killed and 50 wounded. The Karbala police announced the captureof Mahdi Army commanders Ali Abd Taan, Sayyid Munadil, Muhsin Sharea, Haidar Jouri, and Razzaq al Samma. The five men lead a Mahdi Army unit in Karbala that was behind attacks on Iraqi police forces during a religious festival in August 2007. The...
  • Female MPs Train Female IPs on Search Techniques

    02/19/2008 3:20:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 48+ views
    Yassmin Khudair, a policewoman in Diyala Iraqi Police force, searches Spc. Stephanie Beachley of the 202nd Military Police Company during female search training Feb. 16 at the Iraqi police headquarters in Baqubah. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Bassett, 4/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs. < BAQUBAH — Terrorist networks in Iraq have demonstrated their willingness to use women to conduct attacks against Coalition and Iraqi security forces, as well as innocent Iraqi citizens. In Diyala province alone, there have been four female suicide bomb attacks since late November. To help combat this threat, military policewomen with the...
  • EU Ponders Privacy of Internet Addresses

    01/27/2008 7:57:54 AM PST · by holymoly · 23 replies · 61+ views
    PC World ^ | January 27, 2008 | Paul Meller
    Discussions about Google's plan to buy DoubleClick raised the question whether an IP address is legally private. Europe's top data protection officials are working to clarify a grey area of Internet law: the legal status of an Internet Protocol (IP) address. The question of whether an IP address should be considered private data occupied much time at a hearing last week at the European Parliament regarding Google's planned acquisition of DoubleClick. If a person can be identified by an IP address, then the address is private, said Peter Schaar, the German data protection commissioner and chairman of the Europe-wide privacy...
  • Problem Child

    11/04/2007 1:13:02 PM PST · by lafroste · 53 replies · 123+ views
    me | 11/04/07 | lafroste
    Hi all. I would like to solicit some advice. My employer of four months is reneging on the terms of my employment. I made full disclosure during my interview process, but they are claiming internal communication errors between HR and the hiring executive. I have technical expertise that they want, and they are trying to beat me up to get the info. They are a very large multi-national. They want me to violate existing contractual obligations, and are threatening dire legal consequences if they don't get their way. Any freepers want to help a david slay a goliath?
  • Iraqi Police, U.S. Soldiers reopen road to Mansuriyah

    10/17/2007 5:30:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 53+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Patrick Lair
    MANSURIYAH Six weeks since buried improvised explosive devices and sectarian violence made a road between the villages of Qasarin and Mansuriyah impassable, Iraqi Police (IP) and U.S. Army Soldiers cooperated to reestablish security in the area during Operation Patriots. In what played out like a small liberation celebration, Soldiers entered Mansuriyah to the fanfare of cheering crowds. IP then handed out humanitarian aid and began constructing security checkpoints along the embattled road. It was kind of a pageant when we entered Mansuriyah, said Capt. Alhaji Bangura, commander of Cobra Troop, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat...
  • WTO Inquiry to Examine Counterfeiting in China

    09/26/2007 4:30:51 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 4 replies · 42+ views
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | September 26, 2007 | Associated Press
    Complaint by U.S. Cites Lax Enforcement Of Antipiracy Efforts GENEVA -- The World Trade Organization opened a formal investigation into allegations China is providing a haven for product piracy and counterfeiting, the most far-reaching of four trade disputes between Washington and Beijing. The U.S. complaint over China's enforcement of intellectual-property rights is the culmination of years of agitation in Washington and elsewhere over one of the world's biggest sources of illegally copied goods, ranging from DVDs, CDs and designer clothes to sporting goods and medications. [] The WTO panel's scope will be limited to whether Beijing has taken sufficient action...
  • So-called patent reform cheats U.S. inventors

    06/26/2007 4:40:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 850+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2007 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The globalists are making a new attempt to circumvent and weaken a right explicitly recognized in the U.S. Constitution: Americans' exclusive ownership of their own inventions. Fortunately, Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Sam Brownback, R-Kan., have exposed this mischief and called on Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., to slow down and discuss the proposed legislation before making costly mistakes. As we've learned with "Comprehensive Immigration Reform," we should all be on guard any time politicians patronize us with pompous talk about "reform." The so-called Patent...
  • Patent covenant agreement gave Novell access to Microsoft IP

    05/15/2007 7:35:33 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 7 replies · 713+ views
    Computer Business Review Online ^ | 11 May 2007 | Matthew Aslett
    The controversial patent agreement between Microsoft and Novell included an intellectual property agreement that gave Novell's engineers access to Microsoft code, as well as a covenant not to sue each other's customers, Novell has confirmed. The two companies announced their patent deal in November 2006 as part of a wider interoperability effort but described it as a covenant not to sue each other's customers in order to avoid falling foul of the GNU General Public License used for Linux. The deal also included an agreement that gave Novell engineers access to Microsoft code, however, according to the company's director of...
  • Video: Iraqi Police Commercial

    03/11/2007 9:13:42 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 17 replies · 444+ views
    Livelink ^ | 3/11/07
    Iraqi Police Commercial Video at link
  • IP bounce back after attack

    03/02/2007 8:27:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 323+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. Chris McCann
    Ahmed Abdul-Azal (right), an Iraqi national policeman, pounds a new steel post into the ground for concertina wire around Checkpoint 34, an outpost on a major Iraqi highway known as Route Tampa, during reconstruction efforts Feb. 26 after the checkpoint was heavily damaged by a coordinated attack by terrorists two days before. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Chris McCann CAMP STRIKER -- A savage attack on an Iraqi National Police checkpoint on the Iraqi highway known as Route Tampa that left eight policemen dead and wounded several others on Feb. 23 left scars on buildings and Iraqis alike, but did...
  • Ballmer impugns the character of the free/open source world

    02/22/2007 2:43:54 PM PST · by Seor Zorro · 1 replies · 154+ views
    Linux.com ^ | February 21, 2007 | Joe Barr
    Commentary -- At a recent news conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sought to impugn the character of the free/open source world by implying that it had no respect for the intellectual property rights of others. It's not just the enormous ignorance embodied by this duplicitous braggadocio that caught my eye, it's the fact that the claim is coming from a man associated with Microsoft, which is far and away the most notorious IP thief of all time. One thing should be obvious. It's difficult for an open source project to steal code. After all, access to the code is offered...
  • BYU accuses Pfizer of swiping profits, credit for Celebrex

    10/18/2006 2:39:03 PM PDT · by TChris · 4 replies · 507+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 10/18/2006 | Pamela Manson and Linda Fantin
    Brigham Young University has accused pharmaceutical giant Pfizer of cheating the school out of profits and credit for the development of Celebrex, a blockbuster anti-inflammatory drug that has earned the company billions of dollars. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City against Pfizer and several of its predecessor companies after years of unsuccessful negotiations, BYU said. The suit seeks unspecified actual and punitive damages, but notes Celebrex sales have exceeded $20 billion. It also seeks corrections in 75 patents in order to credit Professor Daniel L. Simmons for his discoveries. The suit alleges Simmons...
  • Chinese man trademarks Zidane headbutt (Mark up for grabs for $125,000)

    08/09/2006 10:48:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 284+ views
    The Register ^ | Wednesday 9th August 2006
    A Chinese entrepreneur has registered an image of French captain Zinedine Zidane headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi in last month's World Cup final as a trademark for clothing, shoes, hats and beer products, according to reports. Zhao Xiaokai hopes to sell the mark for US$125,000, reports Chinese news site Xinhua Online. The image is a silhouette, apparently in an attempt to avoid infringing Zidane's image rights. Zidane has fought to protect his image rights before. Last year he and four other soccer stars David Beckham, Luis Figo, Raul and Ronaldo joined their club, Real Madrid, in filing infringement...
  • Ancient Islanders Get A Leg Up ('Hobbits')

    05/16/2006 12:45:36 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 882+ views
    Science News ^ | 5-16-2006 | Bruce Bower
    Ancient islanders get a leg up Bruce Bower From San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Paleoanthropology Society and Society for American Archaeology meeting Fossils of a humanlike species dubbed Homo floresiensis that lived on the Pacific island of Flores between 18,000 and 12,000 years ago recently grabbed headlines because scientists deduced that this creature stood no more than 1 meter tall and possessed a surprisingly small brain. Nonetheless, H. floresiensis packed considerable weight on its diminutive frame and possessed far stronger legs than people do today, says William L. Jungers of the State University of New York at Stony Brook....
  • Canadian back down to China: Blackberry will not confront Chinese immitaters

    04/27/2006 1:45:31 AM PDT · by CodeRouge · 6 replies · 416+ views
    China gives BlackBerry maker a raspberry NEW YORK - The BlackBerry e-mail device is coming to China in the next few months. By then, thousands of Chinese may already be checking their e-mail on the new "Redberry." The Redberry is not a new version of the BlackBerry that's been designed by Research in Motion Ltd. for the Chinese market. It's the name being used by two unaffiliated Chinese companies selling a BlackBerry-like service on a non-BlackBerry mobile device. And it's yet another example of how the Chinese market is still more like the Wild West than Western-style capitalism, regardless of...
  • The Patent Inside

    03/27/2006 11:10:41 AM PST · by Salo · 9 replies · 548+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 03/24/06 | Bruce V. Bigelow
    Embedded in a variety of consumer products like these are computer processors that Patriot Scientific of Carlsbad says are based on proprietary technology By Bruce V. Bigelow STAFF WRITER March 24, 2006 Something weird happened last summer at Patriot Scientific Corp. The company made money. Since the technology developer was launched in San Diego in 1987, Patriot had always lost money. Its quarterly losses were as predictable as the daily commuter traffic tie-ups in Sorrento Valley. As a corporate ne'er do well, Patriot financed its operations for some 18 years by issuing millions of shares of stock, which usually traded...
  • Ford&#8217;s upscale unit heads to China

    03/23/2006 9:49:26 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 15 replies · 549+ views
    InTech ^ | March 22, 2006 | Staff
    One more upscale automaker is jumping into the Chinese auto market as Volvo Car Corp. will begin making cars in China this year. Volvo will build its S40 sedan at a plant owned by Changan Ford, a Ford joint venture in the southwestern city of Chongqing, officials said. Late to the Chinese party, Volvo said it was confident Chinese manufacturing operations would be profitable as early as next year. Volvo said it could reach its Chinese manufacturing target of 10,000 cars a year in 2007, and it was working with a number of Changan Ford’s local suppliers to meet the...
  • Something for Congress to stick in its analog hole and smoke

    01/07/2006 2:43:56 AM PST · by unseen · 10 replies · 311+ views
    ZDnet ^ | January 4, 2006 | Posted by David Berlind
    Neuros Technology International CEO Joe Born in his open letter to congressmen James Sensenbrenner Jr. and John Conyers on HR 4569, the Digital Transition Content Security Act (aka: Analog Hole Legislation): we believe the proposed bill will not only do nothing to protect against piracy, it will actually reduce legitimate media sales, unnecessarily harm consumers, and have a chilling effect on innovators of new media technologiesToday, we make a next generation digital VCR of sorts that would effectively be outlawed if HR 4569 becomes law.This device is meant to make it easier for consumers to adapt content they have already...
  • Sony settles 'rootkit' class action lawsuit

    12/29/2005 1:59:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 793+ views
    Sony BMG has struck a deal with the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit over copy-restriction software it used in music CDs, according to a settlement document filed at a New York court Wednesday. The record label has agreed to compensate buyers of CDs that contained the XCP and MediaMax DRM programs and to provide software utilities to allow consumers to uninstall both types of software from their computer. The furor over Sony's DRM software began at the end of October when a U.S. programmer discovered that XCP software on a Sony music CD had installed copy-restriction software on his...
  • Richman? Poorman? Beggarman? Thief?

    07/01/2005 7:00:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 306+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 29 June 2005 | James Pinkerton
    Will the real Brazil please stand up? Is Brazil a poor country that needs more foreign aid from the United States -- even involuntary aid? Or is it an increasingly rich and powerful country that can seize foreign markets for itself? Indeed, is it so powerful that that it doesn't need to play by the rules? One source not to look to for answers is the Brazilian government itself, as we shall see. To an outside observer, it's apparent that the Brazilians clearly want to have it all three ways: being needy when it suits them, being export-y as they...
  • A New Threat to Intellectual Property

    06/16/2005 5:57:15 PM PDT · by XHogPilot · 7 replies · 517+ views
    Newsday ^ | June 16, 2005 | James P. Pinkerton
    GENEVA - Most Americans have probably never heard of the World Intellectual Property Organization, headquartered here in Switzerland. Intellectual property is intangible property, such as software or music. Its value is very real. According to a study by Leonard Nakamura, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the total value of intellectual property in the United States is more than $5 trillion. That's more than a third of the value of the U.S. stock markets. Protected only by copyrights and patents, it is relatively easy to steal or counterfeit. (snip) WIPO and other international bodies are meeting to...
  • Two Americans get Jail for DVD Piracy (China)

    04/19/2005 11:26:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 715+ views
    China Daily ^ | 2005-04-19 | Cao Li, Cui Ning
    Officials launching a week-long anti-piracy campaign across the nation got a shot in the arm from a Shanghai court yesterday: Two Americans were among four people found guilty of selling pirated DVDs on the Internet. Randolph Hobson Guthrie III, the prime culprit, was sentenced to 30 months' jail and fined 500,000 yuan (US$60,459). Three accomplices - Wu Dong, Cody Abram Thrush, and Wu Shibiao were all given jail terms ranging up to 15 months and fines of between 10,000 (US$1,209) and 30,000 yuan (US$3,628). The two Americans will be expelled from the country after serving their prison terms, the judge...
  • VoIP (Computer Phone) Warning

    03/16/2005 7:11:08 AM PST · by holymoly · 21 replies · 1,336+ views
    Computer Security News ^ | Mar 15, 2005 | Dee Scrip
    Never before in the history of telecommunications has a more important warning been needed for current and potential VoIP (computer phone) users who have joined, or will be joining, in the inevitable paradigm shift from telephone to VoIP. Warning! Warning! Warning! Beware of VoIP internet service providers that operate on industry standard codec and industry standard protocols because they are PUBLICLY OPEN and INTERPRETABLE! This also includes, but is not limited to, peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. In plain terms, this means, if you subscribe to, or considering subscribing to a VoIP internet solution provider who operates on these industry standards ...
  • China does it again? (SigmaTel, an american company files lawsuit against its chinese competitor)

    03/15/2005 7:05:39 PM PST · by Pussy_Cat · 9 replies · 446+ views
    Forbes ^ | 03.14.05 | BusinessWire
    SigmaTel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGTL), the Austin, Texas-based market leader for portable MP3 player technologies, today officially filed a formal complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) against Actions Semiconductor, based in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China, seeking to halt the infringement of SigmaTel's intellectual property rights. SigmaTel asserts that Actions Semiconductor infringed multiple SigmaTel patents in the design of System-on-Chip controllers for the Portable Digital Music player market. Actions' products have recently begun shipping into the United States retail market as components of MP3 players. SigmaTel seeks to stop shipment of products into the U.S. that use Actions Semiconductor integrated circuits or "ICs."...
  • CITY FOR SALE: N.Y. TO PITCH BRAND NAME

    02/10/2005 12:16:27 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 384+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 10, 2005 | DAVID SEIFMAN
    For those who can't get enough of New York, good news is on the way in the form of a global marketing quest to emblazon the Big Apple's trademarks on everything from earmuffs to bathroom accessories. The city's marketing agency issued an invitation yesterday for proposals to license the city's name on a wide array of goods including souvenirs, adult's and children's clothing, home furnishings and replica vehicles. Companies were also offered the rights to some of the best-known logos in the world, including the NYPD, FDNY and Staten Island Ferry.
  • Invitation to Litigation?

    10/01/2004 11:12:25 AM PDT · by TChris · 13 replies · 416+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/1/2004 | Invitation to litigation?
    If Hollywood's pampered millionaires, their trial attorney cronies and some pandering politicians have their way, innocent third parties could be held legally liable for the criminal acts of others. Such is the intention of legislation pending in the U.S. Senate, S. 2650 the "Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004."This misguided legislation would hold manufacturers of computers, software, TiVO, MP3 players and other technologies criminally liable if their legal products were misused to reproduce copyrighted material. Under the legislation, the mere production of such technologies would be regarded as an "inducement" to copyright infringement.
  • Anonymous Surfing (?)

    09/22/2004 10:04:14 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 17 replies · 1,324+ views
    Anonymous Surfing ^ | Sept 21, '04 | Anonymous
    There is no cause for paranoia, but most IT security professionals will agree, that using the internet has serious security and privacy deficits. # If your anonymizer doesnt block or spoof cookies and you have visited a specific website before without an anonymizer, this site may still be able to identify you. # Companies offering anonymizing services are promising not to disclose their log files to anyone. But can you really trust them? Law enforcing agencies do have access to these logs, and in these days of terrorist threat it would be quite unrealistic to assume that secret service agencies...
  • Sovereignty: (Ayad Allawi has been showing up at IP stations and executing criminals himself?)

    06/30/2004 11:21:22 PM PDT · by Smogger · 19 replies · 307+ views
    Healing Iraq BLOG ^ | 7/1/2004 01:59:28 AM | zeyad
    I was on the road back to Baghdad on the 28th when the transfer of authority to the Iraqi interim government was announced. Since I was exhausted and starving from the long road, I was therefore more interested in gobbling up my lunch of tishreeb and rice than the ceremonies on tv at the bustling restaurant near Kut. I thought it was a wise decision to announce the event two days before it was planned so I wasn't much surprised, though some people argue that it spoiled the whole thing. Actually, it took the unguarded Arab media by complete surprise,...
  • "Basra is Now Safe and Secure..Thank God, now we are relaxed, we can do everything with the salary"

    06/04/2004 10:13:42 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 13 replies · 264+ views
    06.04.04 | fight_truth_decay
    Iraqi dentist, ays, reports regularly "Stories and news from Iraq after the liberation" in his blog Iraq at a glance. Not only does his news reflect a positive outlook of many Iraqi, he has added to his masthead the words: "Liberation, Freedom, Democracy, Now we have the right to act as we choose" On Wednesday, June 02, 2004, ays had this to say. These short stories may seem so minor compared to the media stories coming of Iraq each day; but remember, as you read below, these are freedoms never experienced before by Iraqi citizens under Saddam. Hi friends, *I'm...
  • Governor [Schwarzenegger] shaken up over bobble-head dolls

    05/02/2004 11:20:31 AM PDT · by bvw · 12 replies · 392+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | April 30, 2004 | Lisa Friedman
    Arnold Schwarzenegger is demanding a total recall of bobble-head dolls made in his image. In a letter to the Bosley Bobbing Head Doll Company, an attorney for Schwarzenegger this week demanded an immediate halt to production of the $19.99 plastic doll. The letter was obtained Friday by The Smoking Gun Web site. But the owner of the Canton, Ohio, bobble-head firm insisted Friday he has every right to make and sell images of politicians like California's governor. [..snip ..[ "We feel that it's completely legal. It's all part of being an elected official," Toby Bosley said of the mocking bobbles....
  • How the Database Protection Bill Would Go Beyond Current Law - And Why It Is Unconstitutional

    02/27/2004 3:04:13 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 245+ views
    FindLaw.com ^ | February 11, 2004 | BRANDY KARL
    How the Current Congressional Database Protection Bill Would Go Beyond Current Law, and Why It is Unconstitutional and Misguided Recently, a bill seeking to establish special legal protection for databases was reported to the House floor for consideration. The bill, HR 3261, is called the Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act (DCIMA). If enacted into law, the DCIMA would create civil liability for anyone who, without authorization, makes available in commerce to others a substantial part of the information contained in another person's qualifying database. Qualifying databases must be "generated, gathered, or maintained through a substantial expenditure of...
  • Voice over IP creates huge challenges for old carriers

    11/24/2003 11:23:26 AM PST · by big bad easter bunny · 9 replies · 122+ views
    11/24/03 | John Guinivere
    Many of the recent changes by the FCC have scared the living daylights out of the big telephonic companies, not have they just emerged from the huge telecom development spree but what they did to compete may be there demise. As the frenzy was to build huge pipelines for every one to use, it is this over built pipeline that voice over IP companies are now using to bury the old pterodactyls. Emerging voice over IP companies like Vonage, Packet8 to name a few are causing grief for the old standard bearers from the likes of Ma-bell. Voice over IP...
  • International treaty will force 34 democracies to change copyright, IP laws

    10/21/2003 1:18:53 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 43 replies · 331+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | Monday 20 October 2003
    International treaty will force 34 democracies to change copyright, IP laws DVD backups forbidden, P2P file sharers to become felons A REPORT from civil liberties organisation IP Justice claims today that a proposed treaty that will affect the 34 democracies in the Western world will mean wide-ranging changes to domestic laws including intellectual property rights. The organisation said that a draft chapter in the FTTA treaty greatly expands criminal procedures and penalties against IP infringements in North America and the west. A clause of the treaty will mean that non commercial infringers of peer to peer files will be...