minilinks for 2009-02-24
MiniLinks by Hugh D'Andrade
April 24, 2009
- EU Parliament Approves 70 Year Copyright for Recordings
Sound recordings would be copyrighted for 70 years under a new proposal passed by the parliament -- not the 95 years that had been sought -- but the Council of Ministers have yet to agree.
- Dude, Where's My Downloadable Movie Service?
The technology exists, the demand exists. So why aren't most movies available for instant download for a monthly fee? Slate explains the issue.
- Why Open Source is More Secure
Sun Federal COO Bill Vass explains why organizations that require security are turning to open source operating systems.
- The Best Open Government Programs
A contest by Sunlight Labs brought in a whole host of great programs designed to help the public keep government accountable.
- Congress Examining Privacy Practices
A House subcommittee is holding hearings on behavioral advertising, as lawmakers consider legislation that would limit the ads and establish privacy protections.
- DVD Copying Case Focuses on 'Fair Use'
The MPAA told a federal judge that consumers have no fair use right to copy their DVDs.
- Everyone Hates DRM
A podcast from UCLA Law School Professor Dough Lichtman takes a look at why DRM is such a reviled technology, with input from several EFF voices.
- Copyright Lobby Targets "Pirate Bay for Textbooks"
Finnish online book rental service Bookabooka is getting heat for helping students rent textbooks to their peers.
- Swedish Study Finds 86% Would Pay For Legal P2P
Yet another study showing the public is ready to pay for the right to use P2P software legally to download movies and music.