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Stopping Inadvertent P2P Sharing, and Another Knock on Filtering

Yesterday the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held an interesting hearing on the inadvertent sharing of sensitive information over P2P networks. Some users misconfigure their P2P software and end up sharing far more than they bargained for, including credit card numbers, tax returns, medical records. The issue...

Dangerous College P2P Legislation Withdrawn

News.com reports that Sen. Harry Reid has withdrawn a dangerous proposal that threatened to make universities do the entertainment industry's dirty work and use ineffective, burdensome copyright filtering tools on their networks. The Higher Education Reauthorization Act has now passed the Senate without that language. Thanks to everyone...
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Harry Potter and the Digital Fingerprints

A few days before Friday's release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, someone leaked a (genuine) copy of the book widely using file-sharing networks and photo-sharing web sites -- photographingevery single page with a digital camera. The quality isn't great -- the leaker evidently didn't have a nifty...

NSA Subpoena Deadline Looms -- What Happens Next?

The Senate Judiciary Committee has now issued subpoenas for documents related to the NSA spying program, and the deadline for the Administration to respond is tomorrow. What?s going to happen next? Can the Executive branch ignore these committee subpoenas? It certainly can try, and a showdown between Congress and...

Innocent RIAA Defendant Fights Back, Wins $70,000 Fee Award

After more than three years of litigation, a single mom who was improperly swept up in the RIAA's P2P litigation "driftnet" has finally been vindicated. An Oklahoma court has ordered the RIAA to pay nearly seventy thousand dollars in fees and costs to defendant Debra Foster. EFF, Public Citizen, the...

DRM-Free, MP3 Streaming Music Radio Under Attack in Royalty Negotiations

Yesterday, major label-backed licensing authority SoundExchange gave small and non-commercial music webcasters a temporary reprieve, stating that they would continue negotiations and not immediately enforce the ridiculous statutory royalty rate increase. SoundExchange is also negotiating a lower rate for large commercial stations like Pandora. However, Net radio isn't...
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Ruling Endangers Privacy in Email and IP Addresses

The Ninth Circuit recently held [PDF] in US v. Forrester that the Fourth Amendment does not protect against government surveillance of the to/from addresses of one's email messages, the IP addresses of websites one has visited, and the total volume of information transmitted to or from one's ISP...

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