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Just Two More Days To Unlock Your Phone, Then You'll Be Breaking The Law

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We've always had our concerns about the ridiculous DMCA "exemptions" process concerning circumvention of digital locks. If you don't know, the DMCA has a strict anti-circumvention rule, that says breaking digital locks such as DRM, is itself a violation of copyright law, even if the purpose of the lock-breaking does...
Just Two More Days To Unlock Your Phone, Then You'll Be Breaking The Law

MPAA leak: O'Dwyer, TVShack.net case "isn't about Internet freedom."

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Don't let the Mickey Mouse shirt fool you. As far as the MPAA is concerned, the public needs a reminder of who Richard O'Dwyer really is. “Being 24, posing for newspaper photo shoots in a cartoon sweatshirt, and having your mother and Jimmy Wales speak for you, does not mean...
MPAA leak: O'Dwyer, TVShack.net case "isn't about Internet freedom."

NYTimes Columnist Stirs Up A Controversy That Will Only Drive Human Trafficking Further Underground

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You may recall a couple years ago that a bunch of politicians, led by state Attorneys General, went on a huge grandstanding campaign against Craigslist, because some people were using Craigslist for prostitution -- including some human trafficking. As we noted at the time (repeatedly), Craigslist was incredibly cooperative with...
NYTimes Columnist Stirs Up A Controversy That Will Only Drive Human Trafficking Further Underground

Yet Another (Yes Another) Error In Megaupload Case: Search Warrants Ruled Illegal

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Early on, we pointed out that the legal theories behind the shutting down of Megaupload and the arrest of its founders were highly questionable. And since then, we've seen that it wasn't just the legal theories that were problematic, but nearly everything about the case, including a bunch of procedural...
Yet Another (Yes Another) Error In Megaupload Case: Search Warrants Ruled Illegal

Anti-Piracy Group Already Demanding That Kim Dotcom's New Mega Service Be Shut Down

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This probably isn't a huge surprise, but with the launch of Kim Dotcom's new Mega cloud drive system, many in the entertainment industry have assumed that he must be relaunching Megaupload and a way to infringe. However, it seems pretty clear that Mega is quite different and mostly resembles other...
Anti-Piracy Group Already Demanding That Kim Dotcom's New Mega Service Be Shut Down

Is Being Rich And Arrogant Against The Law? The RIAA & MPAA Seem To Think So

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I'm planning to do some more thorough coverage of many of the comments that were submitted to the IP Enforcement Coordinator for next year's "Joint Strategic Plan." I just need to find an open block of time to go through a bunch of them. However, the folks over at TorrentFreak...
Is Being Rich And Arrogant Against The Law? The RIAA & MPAA Seem To Think So

Proposed Florida Law Would Make Publishing Revenge Porn Without Victim's Consent a Third-Degree Felony

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Though revenge porn–the practice of posting pornographic photos of someone without their consent–still largely exists within a legal grey area, lawyers, hackers and victim’s rights advocates are working hard to find ways to prosecute those who disseminate it. New Jersey now has a law on the books that makes distribution...
Proposed Florida Law Would Make Publishing Revenge Porn Without Victim's Consent a Third-Degree Felony

British booksellers seek Amazon curb

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Booksellers Association calls for government action after France pledges €9m of funding to help its booksellersBritish bookshops are pleading with the government to stand up for them against Amazon after France pledged €9m (£7.7m) of funding to help its booksellers fight back against the "destroyer of bookshops".Tim Godfray, chief executive...
British booksellers seek Amazon curb

The 10 Best Free Anti-Virus Programs

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This article really needs no introduction. There are many free anti-virus programs on the market, and you want to sort the wheat from the chaff. Fair enough. Documented here are the 10 best antivirus programs on the market. While I won’t attempt to rank the programs here (in many...
The 10 Best Free Anti-Virus Programs

EFF Argues That Automated Bogus DMCA Takedowns Violate The Law And Are Subject To Sanctions

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Having just been victimized by a bogus DMCA takedown notice that censored our content, I'm certainly aware of ways in which the process needs to improve (a notice-and-notice provision, rather than a notice-and-takedown provision, would be a big, big start). However, as we have detailed here in the past, these...
EFF Argues That Automated Bogus DMCA Takedowns Violate The Law And Are Subject To Sanctions

Canadian Chamber Of Commerce Wants To Legalize Spyware Rootkits To Help Stop 'Illegal' Activity

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As a whole bunch of folks have been sending in, up in Canada, as part of a discussion on anti-spam laws, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is proposing a very troubling idea: allowing rootkit spyware to be installed surreptitiously for the purpose of stopping illegal activity. As Geist notes, the...
Canadian Chamber Of Commerce Wants To Legalize Spyware Rootkits To Help Stop 'Illegal' Activity

Fact or Context: The Ocean That is the Internet

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Fact or Context: The Ocean That is the Internet is a post from Chris PirilloI read an excellent article a few moments ago. Julien Genestoux talks about how the Internet is a vast, never-evaporating ocean. All of the content that is constantly pouring into that ocean are raindrops. In the...
Fact or Context: The Ocean That is the Internet

Wired Revisits Story Of Federal Sting & $500M Penalty Over Google's Pharmacy Ads

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Wired is telling the story of David Whitaker, a federal prisoner that helped the U.S. government catch Google breaking the law by allowing and helping foreign pharmacies sell drugs via Google AdWords. It’s a story you may have heard before; the Wall Street Journal did a similar exposé on... Please...
Wired Revisits Story Of Federal Sting & $500M Penalty Over Google's Pharmacy Ads

Sky News admits hacking emails of 'canoe man'

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Broadcaster says accessing of emails of John Darwin, who faked own death, was authorised by executives and in public interestSky News has admitted that one of its senior executives authorised a journalist to conduct email hacking on two separate occasions that it said were "in the public interest" – even...
Sky News admits hacking emails of 'canoe man'

REVEALED: Racist Comment Troll Is A Gross, Fat White Man

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What goes through the mind of someone who trolls Facebook's RIP pages in order to leave messages like "Rot in Piss?" What sort of person does that? What do they really look like? What do they sound like? The BBC took it upon itself to try and meet one...
REVEALED: Racist Comment Troll Is A Gross, Fat White Man

After Doug Kass Tweeted Apple Might Do A Stock Split, He Started Selling His Shares (AAPL)

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Here's something that will make you feel a little bit queasy. Yesterday, investment manager, and media personality, Doug Kass tweeted a rumor that Apple was going to announce a stock split today. Right around the time he fired off his tweet, Apple's stock was taking off, erasing a loss on...
After Doug Kass Tweeted Apple Might Do A Stock Split, He Started Selling His Shares (AAPL)

Cisco Calls Patent Trolls Racketeers

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Cisco Systems has unveiled a new strategy for dealing with so-called patent trolls: accuse them of breaking the law....
Cisco Calls Patent Trolls Racketeers

10 ways you might be breaking the law with your computer.. http://digg.com/d31LEic

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Just Two More Days To Unlock Your Phone, Then You'll Be Breaking The Law

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We've always had our concerns about the ridiculous DMCA "exemptions" process concerning circumvention of digital locks. If you don't know, the DMCA has a strict anti-circumvention rule that says breaking digital locks, such as DRM, is itself a violation of copyright law, even if the purpose of the lock-breaking does...
Just Two More Days To Unlock Your Phone, Then You'll Be Breaking The Law

Let's not hide behind the argument that anonymity isn't possible on the web | Jane Martinson

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A victim's right to dignity in sexual offence cases shouldn't be abandoned just because new media raise complex issuesWhat can be wrong, in this internet age of harsh and ready opinion, with venting one's view of the world in 140 characters online? When footballer Ched Evans was convicted of raping...
Let's not hide behind the argument that anonymity isn't possible on the web | Jane Martinson

Apple Is Totally Serious About That Stuff They Put At The End Of Their Emails

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Welcome, kids, to TIL – Today I Learned. Today’s TIL is “Don’t post your correspondence with AppleCare representatives or Apple will totally tell the government on you.” David Boles had a nice Apple monitor that died on him. He had a little trouble transferring AppleCare coverage to his new monitor...
Apple Is Totally Serious About That Stuff They Put At The End Of Their Emails

Megaupload Points Out That The Feds Want To Destroy Relevant Evidence In Its Case

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There are all sorts of problems with the federal government's arguments against Megaupload. Even if the site and its founders are guilty of breaking the law, it's amazingly troubling to look at the details of how the government has gone about proving this. The most immediate situation, as we've been...
Megaupload Points Out That The Feds Want To Destroy Relevant Evidence In Its Case

You Might Be Breaking the Law, and Tumblr Might Pay the Price

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How many times have you broken the law today? Ten? Twenty? None, you say? Not so fast on that last one. After all, how much of an expert do you consider yourself to be on copyright law? You know that you can’t film “The Avengers” in the theater and sell DVDs...
You Might Be Breaking the Law, and Tumblr Might Pay the Price
Will the Week in Science arrive at the same time as the neutrinos?

Hey Hadopi, You're Breaking The Law. We Made "Three Strikes" Illegal Across All Europe.

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In 2009, the ugly French authority Hadopi – with the mission of cutting people off from the internet for the good deed of sharing culture and knowledge – reared its head. This was in the middle of the copyright industry’s “mass disconnection” strategy, where they saw it fit to legislate...
Hey Hadopi, You're Breaking The Law. We Made "Three Strikes" Illegal Across All Europe.

Your Browser Has Put You In The Middle Of An International Cyber War (GOOG)

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There's a scary, and perfectly legal, way that hackers are making money these days. They find holes in popular software like Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer and sell them to spies in this country and others. They aren't breaking the law as long as they are only selling...
Your Browser Has Put You In The Middle Of An International Cyber War (GOOG)

Answer Line: Streaming video to DVD

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Paul Brandenburg asked how to save a streaming video and burn it onto a DVD. [Email your tech questions to answer@pcworld.com or post them on the PCW Answer Line forum.] First, do you have a legal right to copy those streams to disc? Probably not. Most online content is...
Answer Line: Streaming video to DVD
Seized site's lawyer: US breaking the law by taking domain names

Left-Lane Passing Laws: A State-By-State Map [Rules Of The Road]

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Driving slowly in the fast lane is more than just annoying, it's also illegal in many states. Wanna know if your 45-mph, Buick-borne grandma is breaking the law on the interstate? Just consult our handy map. More »...
Left-Lane Passing Laws: A State-By-State Map [Rules Of The Road]

Fred Wilson to Media Execs: ‘Everybody, and I Mean Everybody, Is a Pirate’

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Mr. Wilson, right. At the Paley Center for Media yesterday, New York tech's paterfamilias Fred Wilson offered something largely absent from recent anti-SOPA debates: a plan for an alternative. Better yet, he wasn't just preaching to the choir. Rather, the Union Square Ventures managing partner broke on through to the...
Fred Wilson to Media Execs: ‘Everybody, and I Mean Everybody, Is a Pirate’
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