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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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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...

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)...

Campus Lawsuits Against P2P != Stopping File Sharing

The NPD Group's latest music stats provide yet another reason that the RIAA's war on college students is misguided:
"The 'social' ripping and burning of CDs among friends ? which takes place offline and almost entirely out of reach of industry policing efforts ? accounted for 37 percent of...

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