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Summary of Claims Against Sony-BMG

My most recent column at Law.com, "Sony-BMG's Copy-Protection Quagmire", describes the various legal theories that have been brought against Sony-BMG over the CD copy-protection debacle. The quick summary: more than a dozen class action suits filed around the country, based on a mix of state anti-spyware statutes, the federal...

Political Courage Blooms in Volusia County

Displaying political courage too rarely seen, the Volusia County Council today voted to reject Diebold's proposal for a paperless e-voting system and instead adopt a more expensive contract with competitor ES&S. This contract will eventually lead to the use of a ballot marking system that will ensure an auditable, voter-verified...

PATRIOT Act Renewal Blocked in Senate!

It's the best holiday gift any civil libertarian could hope for: a bipartisan coalition of Senators has refused to end a filibuster that is blocking renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act. The group of Democrats and Republicans are rightly concerned that the PATRIOT renewal bill lacks meaningful checks and...

Lyrics Browsers, iTunes and Copyright Law

When I buy a CD, I look forward to having the lyrics printed in the liner notes. That's part of what I expect in exchange for my money. If the record label omits the lyrics, I feel I'm entirely within my fair use rights to listen closely to the recording...

PATRIOT Reauthorization Slogs On

Next Steps Unclear, Action Still Needed The PATRIOT Act took a step closer to reauthorization today as Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania announced that he would sign the conference report (in three parts: one, two, and three). Backroom deals have watered-down the best reforms and opportunistic...

PATRIOT Debate Resumes, Action Still Needed

After failing to reach a compromise on the final draft of the USA PATRIOT renewal bill, as described previously, Congress headed home for some turkey and put off the debate until after the Thanksgiving holiday. Now everyone's back, and the word through the grapevine is not good. We're hearing...

Beginning of the End for Music DRM

Real Networks today announced the availability of a web-based version of its Rhapsody music service. Finally, there is a listen-on-demand authorized music service with deep major label catalog that Mac and Linux users can use. I expect Napster 2.0 and Yahoo! will feel competitive pressure to migrate to a...

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