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Blogging WIPO's Main Event

EFF returned to Geneva this week for the WIPO General Assembly, a two-week marathon meeting where last year's progress is reviewed and future plans are hatched laid. While there are dozens of items on the agenda, we're tracking two very closely: the future of WIPO's work vis-a-vis the developing world...

DRM Sinks to New Low

Memletics is one of those dime-a-dozen companies selling a product it promises will teach "accelerated learning" and how to "remember more." What makes Memletics remarkable is the digital rights management (DRM) scheme it uses on its books. The company's main product is a training manual that explains the "Memletics...

You Are the MPAA: A Broadcast Flag Update

Imagine you're a happy-go-lucky conglomerate of Hollywood media companies. Faced with some tweaks to your business model that you'd rather not contemplate, your members have conceived of an ingenious alternative: compelling tech companies to implement shoddy copy-protection on every digital AV-enabled computer in the land. Let's call this cunning plan...

Bronfman, You Hypocrite

Edgar Bronfman Jr., the CEO of Warner Music Group, recently took a moment to attack Apple's Steve Jobs for the 99-cent pricing of music downloads in the iTunes Music Store. According to Bronfman, "Not all songs are created equal -- not all time periods are created equal. We want...

New Guide for Political Blogging and Activism

Reporters Without Borders has published an outstanding how-to guide for bloggers and "cyberdissidents" seeking to make their voices heard in the face of government monitoring, censorship, and worse. Reads the introduction: Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under pressure...

The NSA and Hollywood Are Watching You

It's no surprise that the National Security Agency (NSA) is working on technologies that can locate you in geographical space by analyzing your Internet communications. What is somewhat odd is that the government agency is patenting them. Just a few days ago, the NSA was granted a patent on...

Authors Guild Sues Google

As many have reported, the Authors Guild has filed a class-action copyright infringement lawsuit [PDF] against Google in the Southern District of New York. The dispute, as we've mentioned before, involves Google Print. I believe Google has a strong fair use defense here. Because a fair use defense...

TiVo Owners: Got Macrovision?

Have you noticed that when you "update" a product these days, you have to be on your guard lest the vendor slip in a "downgrade"? Like when Apple "updated" iTunes to reduce the number of burns you could make from the music you bought from the iTunes Music Store...

WIPO Development Agenda: Where Does Your Government Stand?

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the UN agency responsible for treaties involving copyright, patent, and trademark laws. Although WIPO, like other UN agencies, is charged with furthering humanitarian aims, historically it has created treaties that ratchet up intellectual property rights no matter the consequences to the developing world...

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