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  • Spam for breakfast

    Yesterday, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled the state’s anti-spam law unconstitutional. Good news to the ears of Jeremy Jaynes who gets a free pass. The spammer was previously convicted as the first felony spammer in the country in a 2004 trial. He had been sentenced to nine years. Ugh. It’s still morning here on the West Coast. Read More

  • Woman ordered to pay $6,050 for downloading 8 songs

    A Bronx woman will have to pay the RIAA $6,050 for making songs available to download on Kazaa. That works out to something like $756 per song (there were eight songs in question). The case, Electra v. Barker, matters a little more than serving as anti-RIAA fodder. The RIAA was trying to argue that merely making songs available in a shared folder was tantamount to copyright infringement. If… Read More

  • Anti-P2P provisions in college funding bill

    The Senate has passed the Higher Education Act (the House passed it earlier this year), which, among other things, provides for federal monies for student loans. What’s most interesting to us here is a provision in the bill, which it’s expected that President Bush will sign into law, that tells college campuses to rein in wanton P2P downloading. To that end, the MPAA will… Read More

  • Trouble cancelling your MMO account? Have a law passed, duh

    Long story short: some kid got tired of playing Final Fantasy XI, and tried to cancel his account. His parents couldn’t cancel from the game’s Web site, and had to—gasp!—call the number found on the credit card statement. The kid’s dad is a bigwig in his state (Illinois), who got his legislator friend to help pass a law stating that online service providers… Read More

  • Department of Homeland Security can search through your laptop at border crossings


    A more perfect union~! How much do you trust the Department of Homeland Security? Like, a lot, or a lot lot? Doesn’t matter, really—it now has the right to riffle through your laptop, iPod and other electronic (and non-electronic) devices and documents when you cross a border coming into the U.S. To Liberty! Yes, the DHS now has the right to riffle through your junk at the border… Read More

  • Adult-rated games being nixed from some British jails and prisons


    Yeah… those are some l33t photoshop skillz. I guess Don’t Drop the Soap Saga XII and the latest Battle Raper (I wish I was kidding) have been deemed poisonous to the minds ostensibly being rehabilitated by Britain’s overcrowded prison system. Games have been a privilege among institutions for some time now but budget cuts have caused the console-buying programs to be… Read More

  • Not iPhone: German court says leaving Wi-Fi access point doesn't make owner liable for copyright infringement

    A German court has ruled that having an open, unsecured Wi-Fi access point isn’t tantamount to copyright infringement. Follow the logic for a minute: you’ve got a wide open WAP, and someone comes along and downloads a Metallica album off The Pirate Bay. Metallica’s record company finds the IP address, your IP address, and sends a letter to your ISP demanding retribution. You… Read More

  • Fake cops stop videographer in London, videographer wins

    http://current.com/e/88856223 “Give me a good reason why you’re filming around.” BakelBlog discusses some of the filming restrictions proposed in the UK and the resulting reactions of “community support officers” when folks try to film in public streets. Read More

  • MPAA says it shouldn't have to provide evidence to convict pirates because it's 'very difficult'

    The MPAA may have some explaining to do following remarks of one of its lawyers in the Jammie Thomas trial. The remark in question, as written by Marie. L. van Uitert: It is often very difficult, and in some cases, impossible, to provide such direct proof when confronting modern forms of copyright infringement, whether over P2P networks or otherwise; understandably, copyright infringers… Read More

  • Jack Thompson could be disbarred because of courtoom hissy fit


    Penny-Arcade Everyone’s favorite real life Lionel Hutz could find himself disbarred in the near future. Jack Thompson walked out of a Florida court room today, claiming that it was a sham hearing and that the presiding judge was “incompetent” and “arrogant.” (Sounds like him, too.) Since he walked out in a huff, the Florida bar asked for an “enhanced… Read More

  • Craigslist countersues eBay, things are getting heated

    It was bound to happen, and today it’s official: Craigslist is countersuing eBay, claiming unfair competitive practices, fraudulent business claims, copyright infringement and more. The auction site has a roughly 25% stake in Craigslist, and Craigslist wants it back, and the filing says that Craigslist wants eBay to divest its shares. We’ll have to see how this pans out when it goes… Read More

  • Apple agrees to refunds for power adapter buyers

    Just a quick note for those of you who purchased replacement power adapters for your iBook or Powerbook, the ones that cause sparks and start fires that burn you and your family alive: you’re getting a refund. Depending on which adapter you have and for which portable, you could receive up to $79 from Apple in a class action settlement. This is addition to the power adapter recall Apple… Read More

  • Update: Countersuit to the RIAA not dismissed, the fight goes on

    More news in Atlantic vs. Boyer, a case of the RIAA coming down hard on an innocent user and the user fighting back. Yesterday we brought news that the defendant’s attorneys filed a countersuit yesterday and that the judge has dismissed it. Turns out the RIAA filed for a dismissal, but today the judge put aside the RIAA’s dismissal request and will allow the countersuit to… Read More

  • Lawmakers propose bill to ID people buying games to make sure they won't be ruined for life

    So you know how all those people have been up in arms about the adult content in games like GTA IV? And how they think that the ratings need to be tougher? A few politicians don’t think they go far enough. They want to actually start using retail cashiers to police who buys what, IDing people when they purchase to make sure they’re of age. I’m OK with this for cigarettes… Read More

  • RIAA gets juicy countersuit dismissed, rubs hands while laughing maniacly

    I love it when people fight back against the RIAA. Their bullying tactics are getting old, and it seems the courts are realizing this. Last week a judge made it clear that making files available for download — seeding a file to a P2P network, for example — is not copyright infringement. There are other stories of people fighting back, and Atlantic vs. Boyer. Boyer’s attorneys… Read More

  • T2 sues CTA over GTA IV ads

    GTA IV is still in the news. This week, Take Two, the publisher of the game, is suing the Chicago Transit Authority for pulling the game’s ads out of bus terminals and shelters without explanation. Take Two paid Titan Outdoor, the group that handles advertising for the Authority, $300k for a six-week ad campaign. Titan Outdoor pulled the ads in response to a deadly crime wave that hit… Read More

  • Judge: "Making available" is not copyright infringement

    This is bad for the RIAA, but good for file sharers. Yet another judge today disagreed with the RIAA’s assertion that making copyrighted works available — say, on a P2P network like BitTorrent — is not copyright infringement. This marks the second time the law has sided against the RIAA on this exact same issue. The judgment basically says, “leaving something out… Read More

  • Spammer sentenced to 21 months

    Where there is crime, there is a victim, or so the adage goes, and in this case, you’re likely one of the victims yourself. Eddie Davidson was the spam king of Louisville until he was caught in 2007, and he was sentenced today to 21 months in a federal PMITA prison. Davidson sent out millions of spams, from fake rolexes to junk stocks. He was convicted on tax charges and for… Read More

  • HTC confirms driver update forthcoming, not much else

    If you own an smartphone manufactured by HTC running Windows Mobile, you’re about to receive a free software update. We don’t know when it’ll hit or what it will do, but it’ll do something. HTC has been criticized by some for what they consider poor implementation of of graphics acceleration in certain handsets, saying that the devices are sluggish due to poor drivers… Read More

  • American companies selling hi-tech police equipment to China?

    Did American companies violate U.S. law by selling hi-tech police equipment to the Chinese? The Old Gray Lady asks this today, examining a recent Chinese police equipment trade show held in Beijing where several American companies, including Motorola and DuPont, were notably present. (An old law going back to Tiananmen Square prevents American companies from selling police equipment to China.)… Read More

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