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Blogging WIPO: Broadcasting Treaty Deferred Indefinitely

OUTCOME Please note that this is an unofficial version transcribed by the NGO coalition (Petra Buhr (IP Justice), Sherwin Siy (Public Knowledge), and Gwen Hinze (Electronic Frontier Foundation)), on the basis of Member States' comments in the afternoon session of June 22, 2007 at the SCCR S2 and as adopted...

Action Alert: Stop the National ID Expansion!

Thousands of individuals and sixteen states have already told the federal government to dump the privacy-invasive REAL ID Act, which would standardize drivers' licenses into a national ID and create databases linking the records together. But instead of listening to the public, members of Congress are renewing their efforts...

DVD Home Media Server, We Hardly Knew You

In April, a California court ruled that Kaleidescape did not violate its contract with the DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA) by distributing a device that rips and plays DVDs. But now the DRM licensing authority, which is mostly controlled by movie studios, is planning to change the contract...

Sony Disconnects

In May 2004, Sony opened up its own store for selling digital music: Sony Connect. From the start, the service was plagued with self-inflicted woes. Thanks to Sony?s use of DRM and a proprietary music format (ATRAC), music bought through Sony Connect could only be played on Sony?s expensive digital...

FCC Should Make ISPs Play Copyright Cop, Says NBC

Not even a week after AT&T announced plans to adopt undefined technical measures to stop "piracy," NBC Universal has asked [PDF] the FCC to declare that "broadband service providers have an obligation to use readily available means" (emphasis added) to stop copyright infringement. On the unintentionally funny-and-scary scale...

Blogging WIPO: The New Development Agenda

--- THE NEW WIPO DEVELOPMENT AGENDA PCDA Recommendations to 2007 General Assembly (As adopted 9:38 pm June 15, 2007) The PCDA decided to make the following recommendations to the 2007 General Assembly: 1. To adopt the recommendations for action in the agreed proposals contained in the Annex; 2. To immediately...

Judge Orders FBI to Release NSL Abuse Records

A judge ordered [PDF] the FBI today to finally release agency records about its abuse of National Security Letters (NSLs) to collect Americans' personal information. The ruling came just a day after the EFF urged [PDF] the judge to immediately respond in its lawsuit over agency delays. EFF...

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