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EFF Releases Bloggers' Guide for Investigating Government Agencies

Freedom of Information Act Can Help Researchers Uncover Important Records Washington, D.C. - Bloggers across the Internet have shown that you don't have to be part of the mainstream media to uncover an important story and tell it to the world. But how do you start investigating a big story...

Dangerous Terms in MS Vista's EULA

Before clicking the "I Agree" button that accompanies software products' dense End User License Agreements (EULA), it's always best to check with Infoworld's Ed Foster first. He is unrelenting in his careful criticisms of EULAs, and, this week, he takes on a section of Microsoft Vista's EULA that...

RFIDs in Credit Cards Create Privacy Problems

Yesterday, the New York Times published a troubling article about remotely-readable credit cards using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology: "[I]n tests on 20 cards from Visa, MasterCard and American Express, the researchers here found that the cardholder's name and other data was being transmitted without encryption and in...

RIAA Says Compulsory Licensing Isn't Always So Bad

A Copyright Office ruling last week may lower the price of ringtones, and, interestingly, you have the RIAA and its support for compulsory licensing to thank. For a record label to distribute a CD or iTunes to sell a downloadable song, they need to secure the rights to the...

Universal Sues Video Sharing Sites Grouper and Bolt.com

Today, Universal Music Group sued Grouper and Bolt.com for hosting copyrighted music videos uploaded by individual users. According to Reuters, Universal "made clear that ... [it] retain[ed] the right to add" to the lawsuit Sony Pictures, which recently bought Grouper. And thus the record industry lawsuits roll on...

Music Industry Sues 8,000 P2P Users in 17 Countries

Today, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IPFI), which represents record labels around the world, announced 8,000 lawsuits against P2P users in 17 countries. Over 31,000 lawsuits have now been filed worldwide against P2P users, including over 18,000 in the US. The Center for Technology and Society at...

EFF Sues for Information on Huge FBI Database of Personal Information

'Investigative Data Warehouse' Includes Hundreds of Millions of Entries Washington, D.C. - The FLAG Project at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the Department of Justice today, asking for records concerning the FBI's "Investigative Data Warehouse" (IDW) -- a huge database that contains hundreds of millions of entries...

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