Friday, August 27, 2004

VeriSign Site Finder lawsuit against ICANN dismissed, plus Euro DRM news

Two big cyberlaw stories today via Slashdot:

Things are poppin' over in Europe concerning DRM (digital rights management, the locks on music that keep you from playing it or copying it). Apparently French anti-fraud authorities are looking into certain DRM practices (including those by EMI) that render CDs unplayable on some systems. Articles here and here. Also, EC authorities are studying a proposed merger of Microsoft with a DRM company because they think it may allow Microsoft to dominate the DRM market in all of Europe. Slashdot post here.

Other very big news is that Internet domain name registry VeriSign's lawsuit against ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) concerning the Site Finder situation has been dismissed. Slashdot post here.


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