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Representatives Threaten to Subpoena NSA Documents

Last week, Congressional representatives threatened to subpoena information regarding the NSA's illegal domestic spying program. The Administration has repeatedly refused to comply with requests for documents including the President's orders authorizing the program and legal opinions related to it. It's long past time that Congress issued subpoenas and...
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Immigration Bill Expands National ID Nightmare

We've warned that, once the REAL ID Act is implemented, uses of the standardized national ID and associated databases would inevitably expand far beyond their initial purpose and facilitate a wide range of surveillance activities. In fact, mission creep is already happening -- look no further than the immigration...

An Update on the Innards of iTunes Plus Files

Last week, we posted to say that iTunes Plus files seem to exhibit some strange variations above and beyond the widely reported fact that they contain the purchaser's name and email address/Apple ID. We've since had time to look at these files more closely, and we can say a...

A Better Way Forward on University P2P

This article originally appeared in The Washington Post. Copyright Silliness on Campus By Fred von Lohmann Wednesday, June 6, 2007; A23 What do Columbia, Vanderbilt, Duke, Howard and UCLA have in common? Apparently, leaders in Congress think that they aren't expelling enough students for illegally swapping music and movies. ...
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Cory Doctorow on Internet Filtering

I don't think I could ever say anything as well as Cory Doctorow, as demonstrated by his spot-on (and engagingly written) editorial on Internet filtering (aka censorware) that appeared in the Guardian today: [Censorware] firms are profiteers, waxing rich on the fears of the free world and the oppression...

Latest U.S. Free Trade Agreement Contains New Twist

The previous free trade agreements (FTAs) have been particularly troubling for Internet communications since they have required trading partners to treat all temporary reproductions of images and sound files in computer memory as copyright-infringing, but have not exported the fair use limitation of U.S. copyright law: a limitation that provides...
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Senate Panel Rejects Dangerous Spying Bill, Demands Details of NSA Program

The Senate Intelligence Committee has affirmatively stated that it will not consider the Bush Administration's dangerous "FISA modernization" surveillance legislation until critical details about the NSA spying program are revealed. Noting that "the Administration's refusal to satisfy these document requests span over a year," the Intelligence Committee demanded "the President's...

Attention Returns to Orphan Works

An "orphan work" is something currently protected by copyright, but whose owner can't be found even with diligent searching. Currently, if someone wants to make a copy of an orphan work (say, for archiving or republication), or use it to create a derivative work (like a compilation or montage...

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