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Betamax Under Siege - Again

The Senate Judiciary Committee, responding to the hail of brickbats that greeted Senator Hatch's "Induce Act," asked the Copyright Office to propose something that would be more popular with the technology community. Here's the heart of what it came up with: Whoever manufactures, offers to the public, provides, or otherwise...

MSFT About-Face on "Freedom of Music Choice"

As we reported last week , Microsoft's new music download store, MSN Music, advised its frustrated iPod-toting customers to simply burn their purchases to CD, then rip them to an open format like MP3. That way, they could play their MSN Music downloads on their iPod (or any other...

MSFT Offers Real "Freedom of Music Choice"

Tech support for Microsoft's new MSN Music service is responding to the incompatibility between its downloads and the iPod by advising its customers to burn the downloads to CD, then rip the CD to a compatible format: Although Apple computers and Apple iPods do not support the PC...

Speaking of CAPPS III...

Bruce Schneier has a new op-ed questioning the rationale behind checking all air travelers against the government's "no-fly" list, the central feature of the new CAPPS II , "Secure Flight": Imagine a list of suspected terrorists so dangerous that we can't ever let them fly, yet so...

No Logs Are Good Logs

Deep in the darkest heart of your servers, there live files known as logs. They contain all manner of intensely revealing information about people who use your systems. Web server logs might show which URLs somebody has visited, for how long, and what they wrote on an anonymous message board...

This Song Belongs to You and Me

EFF has just announced that the JibJab suit has been settled. The resolution was a complete victory for JibJab, which will be entitled to continue distributing the " This Land " animation without further interference from Ludlow. Two things made this outcome possible. First, JibJab's fantastic animation...

Army Okays Computer Spying

JetBlue ignited a huge privacy scandal when the news broke that the airline secretly provided more than 5 million passenger records to Torch Concepts, a military contractor. Yet the Army Inspector General Agency concluded [PDF] that JetBlue did not violate the Privacy Act. The reason:...

The Call Is Cheap. The Wiretap Is Extra.

The New York Times today looks (reg. req.) at the many costs that will be imposed on consumers and businesses by the FCC 's plan to apply the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act ( CALEA ) to the Internet and require Voice-over-IP (VoIP) providers to...

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