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H.R. 964: Another Misguided Spyware Bill

Last week a subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce reported out H.R. 964, a.k.a. the "Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act" or "SPY Act." This bill is the latest incarnation of misguided legislative language that has been resurfacing since 2003 (in 2005, it passed the...

Proposed Bill Aims to Save Music Webcasters

The recent Copyright Royalty Board's webcasting ruling provoked an immediate backlash from webcasters and listeners, who feared that the new rate hike would crush online music radio stations. Now a new bill in Congress would reverse the ruling and change how the Board sets the royalty rates. News.com...

Ohio University Restricts All P2P File Sharing Software

Citing the burdens of responding to the RIAA's flood of pre-litigation letters, Ohio University has decided to monitor its network in order to block all use of P2P file sharing software. Students caught using the software will have their network access disabled. This policy may temporarily relieve the IT...

IPRED2 Slips Through, Fight to Continue

The European Parliament has just voted to pass the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED2) without substantive amendment, despite growing public opposition from across the European Union. The final vote of 374 to 278 with 17 abstentions points to a margin of Parliamentary support that has been narrowing ever since...

Podcast on Podcasting

You?ve just started a podcast, and you want to include a musical interlude from your favorite klezmer band. But how do you do that without violating copyright laws? Now you can learn the answers to these and other questions by tuning in to Colette Vogele's podcast, Rules for the...

EFF Challenges Bogus Patent Threatening Consumer Awareness Products

Illegitimate Patent Inhibits Innovation in Market for Mobile Information Access San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) took aim today at a bogus patent threatening innovative technologies that enhance consumer awareness, requesting a reexamination by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). NeoMedia Technologies, Inc., claims to own...

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