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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...

Yahoo Music Exec: DRM Is a Total Failure

In a Reuters article published yesterday, Yahoo Music general manager David Goldberg offers this choice quote: "The notion that a track I buy in DRM is protected and one without DRM isn't is a fallacy.... It's all nonsense. Music is never going to be protected, and anybody who tells...

AT&T Case: Game On

Today Judge Walker issued an order in our case against AT&T setting a case management conference on November 14, 2006. The case management conference is an important step towards opening up discovery and moving the litigation forward. Previously, Judge Walker had placed the case on hold. Case management...

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