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Cable Cos. Fighting Innovation in Next Gen Devices

A new generation of cable TV devices are on the way, but cable companies are working to ensure they can control innovation in novel features and limit your ability to use TV content.
Back in 1996, Congress directed the FCC to foster useful, competitive alternatives to cable providers' proprietary...

20th Century Fox v. Cablevision: Remote Computing Under Siege

Most people assume that consumers have a fair use right to time shift television to watch at a later time. As a result, lots of companies now sell digital video recorders (DVRs) that enable you to do this, including TiVo, and it's generally accepted that selling DVRs is perfectly legal...

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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...

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