India plans US model cyber law
India is going to adopt some new copyright law (or para-copyright) similar to the DMCA.
IndiaDaily - India plans US model cyber law
India is going to adopt some new copyright law (or para-copyright) similar to the DMCA.
A nice piece on the upcoming Grokster appeal before the Supreme Court from the New York Law Journal.
Garfield's owner won acopyright infringment case in China based on the Berne Convention, the award was a whopping $25,000.
Here's a nice article on the Free Culture movement. Among other subjects, it asks: "Is the fight for the Digital Commons like the environmentalism of the next generation?" That I don't know about, but it would be very interesting if it gets moving to that extent. I just can't imagine so many people caring about copyright law, but you can't always know what'll grab people's imaginations and motivate them.
Non Sequitur on IP.
This is the best reply to a cease and desist I've seen. The sender is the company that makes tshirts that say "Jesus is my homeboy." The receiver is a guy hawking similar looking t-shirts on Cafepress that say "Jesus was a kike." The sender is claiming copyright and trademark infringement. Here's the end of the receiver's response to the second cease and desist letter:
Thus, I will not comply with your demands, because I believe they are without merit, and would like to note, in addition, that you will have a rather hard time serving me with papers as I am currently residing in Israel and do not intend to return to the United States for some time, if ever. On top of that, I have been unemployed for nearly a year, with no savings to speak of, so good luck seeking damages. You should also take under consideration that the t-shirts are manufactured by a print-on-demand service and therefore there is a) no inventory, b) I earn roughly $3 per shirt (whereas Cafepress takes the vast majority of earnings for their part in manufacturing and distribution), and c) I haven't sold more than a dozen of them. If you're really intent on taking me to court for $36, be my guest. It's probable that you will lose the case, but if by some miracle of God you don't, you ain't gonna get nothin' outta me anyway except to further impoverish the impoverished which, I must say, would be an incredibly un-Christian action on your client's part.
In such a scenario I can only wonder really, what would Jesus do?
I think he'd let it go.
Thanks for your prompt reply,
Too bad, this was such a great idea - make a screensaver people can download that will perform a denial of service attack on spam servers while their computer is idle. Obviously the spammers didn't think it was a great idea, they attacked the Lycos makelovenotspam.com site and are now distributing a virus by the name - prompting Lycos to just give up. It was a great idea with very poor execution by Lycos.
Don't these people have better things to worry about? And by the way Gov...have you noticed that similar bills in several other states have been struck down as unconstitutional? This isn't going to help your polling man, do your job!
Two new TLDs have been approved - ".mobi" for mobile devices and ".jobs" for job sites.
Way off topic but very interesting/goofy.
Iran has only one official rap musician, dubbed the Dapper Rapper for his smart suits and elegant lifestyle - a far cry from the radical music of the ghetto streets of the US where rap was born. Shahkar Binesh-Pajouh uses rap music mixed with Persian classical poetry in order to criticise poverty, unemployment, and the chi-chi women of Tehran wearing too much make-up under their chiffon headscarves.
Damn, talk about bad "judgment." What is wrong with these judges? This guy is a member of the Louisiana Supreme Court for chrissakes.
The Louisiana Supreme Court [Judge Timothy Ellender] has given a judge a six-month suspension for wearing blackface makeup, handcuffs and a jail jumpsuit to a Halloween party.NBC 4 - News - Judge Suspended For Wearing Blackface To Party
Ellender, who is white, said the costumes worn by him and his wife were meant as a joke. She dressed as a policewoman. And the party's host, Ellender's brother-in-law, was dressed as Buckwheat.
The justices agreed Ellender did not mean to insult blacks. Still, they ordered him to take a sociology course to get "a greater understanding of racial sensitivity."
Law.com on the Grokster case.
I don't know if this is a really interesting idea or if it's just nutty. One thing is for sure, regular copyright terms for software is ridiculous - like most copyrighted material it is utterly worthless after 100 years or more. I don't know if patent is the answer to this though. Certainly it is alarming that some companies, like Lexmark, think they can apply copyright law to their hardware technology via the code in their firmware and then sue anyone who tried to make compatible components (such as cheaper printer cartridges). Is this a huge problem? I don't know. I don't think this guys got a prayer with this lawsuit, but we'll keep our eyes on it. Keep in mind that the 9th Circuit in San Fran is overturned by the Supreme Court more than any other because sometimes they do some funny stuff, they're a little more ahead of the curve on some stuff.
Intellectual-property consultant Greg Aharonian hopes to convince the court that software makers can protect their products adequately through patents, which provide more comprehensive protection, but are difficult to obtain and expire in a shorter period of time.CNN.com - Lawsuit filed to prohibit copyright protection of software.
Google, the operator of the world's most popular Internet search service, plans to announce an agreement today with some of the nation's leading research libraries and Oxford University to begin converting their holdings into digital files that would be freely searchable over the Web.The New York Time: Google Is Adding Major Libraries to Its Database
It may be only a step on a long road toward the long-predicted global virtual library. But the collaboration of Google and research institutions that also include Harvard, the University of Michigan, Stanford and the New York Public Library is a major stride in an ambitious Internet effort by various parties. The goal is to expand the Web beyond its current valuable, if eclectic, body of material and create a digital card catalog and searchable library for the world's books, scholarly papers and special collections.
"Within two decades, most of the world's knowledge will be digitized and available, one hopes for free reading on the Internet, just as there is free reading in libraries today," said Michael A. Keller, Stanford University's head librarian.
The Google effort and others like it that are already under way, including projects by the Library of Congress to put selections of its best holdings online, are part of a trend to potentially democratize access to information that has long been available to only small, select groups of students and scholars.
Judge Jerald R. Klein was pissed when a reporter called to tell him he was up for bidding on eBay. I sure wouldn't want to be this litigant after all this attention
They just keep coming out with cool new stuff - check out Google Suggest.
This is an interesting read. The article is over the top in its assumptions about what the copyleft seeks to achieve by fighting harsher copyright legislation (getting content for free) and in its underlying assumptions about what the copyleft thinks about the copyright law and its effects on society. Anyway, It's always good to get both sides of the debate, otherwise you're uninformed.
It's hard to remember what states the different circuits cover, so here's a nice map of them all - Court Links.
Big news, the Supreme Court is going to rule on MGM v. Grokster. This is a ruling that could have a serious impact on copyright law in general. Certainly the Sony Betamax "substantial noninfringing uses" doctrine that has allowed for the creation and sale of technologies that copy content without the manufacturers of the technology being liable for third-party copyright infringement is on the table.
Here's an interesting "blink" link (just a quickie link without much content besides).
My other online project, the group edited Induce Act Blog, has recently been added to Google News and comes in at the top of the list if you search "Induce Act." Check it out.
SearchSecurity.com has a nice rundown of some recent news all wrapped up in one article, which is here. Here are the headlines and some blurbs:
Microsoft is going after spammers as well -
Retaliation for Lycos' spam assault
Lycos launched its "Make Love, Not Spam" campaign Tuesday by offering users a screensaver that launches distributed denial-of-service attacks on spammers' Web sites. The company said the screensaver uses the idle processing power of a computer to slow down the response times from those sites. Within hours of the makelovenotspam.com site being launched, Silicon.com reported that the original front page was replaced with a simple message: "Yes, attacking spammers is wrong. You know this, you shouldn't be doing it..."
Microsoft sues alleged CAN-SPAM violators
Phishing traps litter Google, other search enginesThings aren't look up for Kazaa in their Australian trial -
They look like legitimate e-commerce Web sites, but they're really phishing traps...Phishers typically lure victims to malicious Web sites by sending official-looking e-mails that appear to be from reputable companies asking users to verify their user names and passwords. Many are now setting up legitimate looking e-commerce sites that hide links to malware as pictures of goods on sale, CyberGuard told CNET News.com. Paul Henry, a senior vice president at CyberGuard, said instead of linking to pictures of the advertised product, the links point to a self-extracting .zip file that installs a Trojan horse on the victim's computer. The program could then steal personal and financial information.
New developments in Kazaa trial
Tom Mizzone, vice president of data services at New York-based MediaSentry, told the Sydney court his company is able to identify Australian users of Kazaa software by tracking the IP address. He said the IP addresses allocated for Internet service providers in Australia can be traced through the "scanners" his company uses to track down sound recordings and user information within the Kazaa system. He added that MediaSentry is also able to detect the copyright-infringing music files made available for download in the Kazaa system's shared folders. Mizzone told the court his company is doing what any ordinary user of the Kazaa system is able to do.
Mizzone's statement is critical to the music industry's claim that Sharman Networks can use the Kazaa software to identify people who are downloading copyright-infringing materials and communicate with them at the same time, CNET News.com reported. Sharman Networks and other respondents in the trial have maintained they can't control what Kazaa users do with the software...
Obviously they don't have the First Amendment in South Korea. On the other hand our capital isn't in quite the same precarious position as Seoul.
I randomly stumbled across a thought provoking post about innovation vs. copying in the creation of new creative works. This debate is all about how you view "the author," do you have a romantic vision of a person truly coming up with totally original material or do you see the author as a person building and remixing works of the past while making some new creative additions? Here's how the post closes:
In every case, the end result is an affirmation of the value of an open society that doesn't put unnecessary limits on inventive recombination -- in art, in technology, or in business -- while still allowing for enough authorship rights that creators and inventors and artists can make a living. This is of course not the kind of society we are living in, but it seems that increasing numbers of people are trying to get us there.Go read the rest here:
I got a great response to this recent post about virtual worlds and MMOGs the other day, so here's another on the topic.
"It's like a virtual street and a virtual desert," said Phelps. "You're basically given a plot of land ... and you can do with it what you will, and you can build objects that will interact with anyone else's objects in the world." Students taking part in the project have built player vs. player games and three-dimensional structures that could be used as settings for gaming. "...It's more about research and giving someone space to create good content than about binding people to a specific game or a specific story like in EverQuest."In the longrun, as Ludlow says, the ultimate realization of a metaverse type virtual reality through these projects would require the stitching of all the virtual worlds together along with thousands of people building objects and content in them.