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What Could Have Been In the Public Domain Today, But Isn’t

January 1st, 2013 01:09 admin View Comments

Media

An anonymous reader writes with an article from Duke Law on what would have entered the public domain today were it not for the copyright extensions enacted in 1978. From the article: “What could have been entering the public domain in the US on January 1, 2013? Under the law that existed until 1978, works from 1956. The films Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, The Best Things in Life Are Free, Forbidden Planet, The Ten Commandments, and Around the World in 80 Days; the stories 101 Dalmations and Phillip K. Dick’s The Minority Report; the songs ‘Que Sera, Sera’ and ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, and more. What is entering the public domain this year? Nothing. And Rick Falkvinge shares his predictions for what the copyright monopoly will try this year. As a bit of a music fan, excessive copyright hits home often: the entire discographies of many artists I like have been out of print for at least a decade. Should copyright even be as long as in the pre-1978 law? Is the Berne Convention obsolete and in need of breaking to actually preserve cultural history?

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Judge Grants Defendant’s Motion To Explore Alleged Fraud By Prenda Law

December 29th, 2012 12:22 admin View Comments

Crime

An anonymous reader writes “Prenda Law — one of the most notorious copyright trolls — has sued hundreds of thousands of John Doe defendants, often receiving settlements of thousands of dollars from each. Prenda Law principal John Steele has reportedly made a few million dollars suing BitTorrent file-sharers. Prenda Law has been accused in federal court of creating sham offshore corporations using the identity of his gardener. In other words, it is alleged that the law firm and their client are the same entity, and that Prenda law has committed identity theft and fraud. Now, a judge in California has granted a John Doe defendant’s motion to further explore the connection between the offshore entity and the law firm.”

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How Do You Give a Ticket To a Driverless Car?

December 24th, 2012 12:59 admin View Comments

AI

FatLittleMonkey writes New Scientist asks a Bryant Walker Smith, from the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, whether the law is able to keep up with recent advances in automated vehicles. Even states which have allowed self-driving cars require the vehicles to have a ‘driver,’ who is nominally in control and who must comply with the same restrictions as any driver such as not being drunk. What’s the point of having a robot car if it can’t drive you home from the pub while you go to sleep in the back?”

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UK Gov’t Plans To Give ‘Greater Freedom To Use Copyright Works’

December 21st, 2012 12:53 admin View Comments

United Kingdom

crimperman writes “The U.K. government is planning to change their copyright laws to give ‘greater freedom’ on usage. The Dept. for Business Innovation and Skills say the new measures ‘include provisions to allow copying of works for personal use parody and for the purposes of quotation.’ (There is currently no ‘fair use’ law in the U.K.) They also say the provisions ‘allow people to use copyright works for a variety of … purposes without permission from the copyright owners,’ and ‘bring up to date the provisions for education use.’ A sensible copyright law from the U.K.? What are the chances of this getting through?”

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European Data Retention Rule Could Violate Fundamental EU Law

December 20th, 2012 12:03 admin View Comments

Privacy

An anonymous reader writes in with a story about the Constitutional Court of Austria objecting to the EU’s data retention law. “The European Union’s data retention law could breach fundamental E.U. law because its requirements result in an invasion of citizens’ privacy, according to the Constitutional Court of Austria, which has asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to determine the directive’s validity. The primary problem with the data retention law is that it almost exclusively affects people in whom government or law enforcement have no prior interest. But authorities use the data for investigations and are informed about people’s personal lives, the court said, and there is a risk that the data can be abused. ‘We doubt that the E.U. Data Retention Directive is really compatible with the rights that are guaranteed by the E.U. Charter of Fundamental Rights,’ Gerhart Holzinger, president of the Constitutional Court of Austria said in a statement.”

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Automation Is Making Unions Irrelevant

December 14th, 2012 12:54 admin View Comments

The Almighty Buck

dcblogs writes “Michigan lawmakers just approved a right-to-work law in an effort to dismantle union power, but unions are already becoming irrelevant. The problem with unions is they can’t protect jobs. They can’t stop a company from moving jobs overseas, closing offices, or replacing workers with machines. Indeed, improvements in automation is making the nation attractive again for manufacturing, according to U.S. intelligence Global Trends 2030 report. The trends are clear. Amazon spent $775 million this year to acquire a company, Kiva Systems that makes robots used in warehouses. Automation will replace warehouse workers, assembly-line and even retail workers. In time, Google’s driverless cars will replace drivers in the trucking industry. Unions sometimes get blamed for creating uncompetitive environments and pushing jobs overseas. But the tech industry, which isn’t unionized, is a counterpoint. Tech has been steadily moving jobs overseas to lower costs.”

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Baltimore Issued Speed Camera Ticket To Motionless Car

December 14th, 2012 12:31 admin View Comments

Crime

SternisheFan sends this story from the Baltimore Sun: “The Baltimore City speed camera ticket alleged that the four-door Mazda wagon was going 38 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone — and that owner Daniel Doty owed $40 for the infraction. But the Mazda wasn’t speeding. It wasn’t even moving. The two photos printed on the citation as evidence of speeding show the car was idling at a red light with its brake lights illuminated. A three-second video clip also offered as evidence shows the car motionless, as traffic flows by on a cross street. Since the articles’ publication, several lawmakers have called for changes to the state law that governs the way the city and other jurisdictions operate speed camera programs. Gov. Martin O’Malley said Tuesday that state law bars contractors from being paid based on the number of citations issued or paid —an approach used by Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County and elsewhere. ‘The law says you’re not supposed to charge by volume. I don’t think we should charge by volume,’ O’Malley said. “If any county is, they need to change their program.’”

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Ban On Loud TV Commercials Takes Effect Today

December 13th, 2012 12:32 admin View Comments

Advertising

netbuzz writes “A new law banning broadcasters from delivering TV commercials at a higher volume takes effect today at the end of a yearlong implementation period. Called the CALM Act, or Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, the law does provide for violators to be fined. TV commercials that crank up the volume have been the No. 1 complaint logged with the FCC over the last 10 years.”

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McAfree Arrested In Guatemala

December 5th, 2012 12:30 admin View Comments

Crime

Reports are coming in the John McAfee’s on again off again relationship with various law enforcement agencies has finally come to an end. According to interior minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla, he has been arrested in Guatemala after trying to enter the country illegally.

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McAfee Arrested In Guatemala

December 5th, 2012 12:30 admin View Comments

Crime

Reports are coming in the John McAfee’s on again off again relationship with various law enforcement agencies has finally come to an end. According to interior minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla, he has been arrested in Guatemala after trying to enter the country illegally.

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