miniLinks for 2006-12-05
MiniLinks by Danny O'Brien
December 5, 2006
- Can FBI Use Cellphone Mics to Monitor Conversations?
Evidence in recent cases suggests they could.
- Companies Face New Legal Rules on Keeping Emails, Instant
The more logs your company keeps, the more cash legal
discovery will cost you.
- Anti-Game Laws Shot Down
Seventh Circuit and a US District Court of Louisiana both
say anti-video game laws are unconstitutional.
- MPAA Kills California Anti-Pretexting Bill
Said they need to masquerade as others to fight piracy.
- Sniffing Out Piracy
The Arab Anti-Piracy Union is using sniffer dogs to find
"pirated" optical disks. Apparently, unauthorized
distribution has a certain aroma.
- UK Music Business Rails Against "Thinkers" After Report
Disapproves of Copyright Extension
"I sincerely hope this government will have the moral fibre
and courage to support talent, creativity, investment and
success and will not duck this critical issue by
conveniently hiding behind academics and other 'thinkers.'"
- The Top 10 Arguments Against DRM
A free format audiobook seller provides a short and sweet
description of the copy controls' problems.
- What Will a Democratic Congress Mean for Digital Freedom?
EFF's Derek Slater covers the rest of the legislative
- Telecom Legislation in the New Congress
Public Knowledge's Art Brodsky gives the state of play.
- Supreme Court not Happy With the Patent System
"At another point, [Chief Justice John] Roberts also
ridiculed the concept of hiring expert witnesses to testify
that a certain innovation was not obvious from prior art.
'Who do you get to be an expert to tell you something's not
obvious?' Roberts asked aloud. 'I mean, the least insightful
person you can find?'"
- Top Turkeys of the 2006 Legislative Season
Roy Mark roasts Congress for their digitally foul deeds this
- A Cross-Border Defamation Law for Europe?
Could that be good news for publishers being sued in other