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Researchers See Privacy Pitfalls in No-Swipe Credit Cards - by John Schwartz

Posted On: Mon, 2006-10-23 05:54 by TheBaldingOne

They call it the “Johnny Carson attack,” for his comic pose as a psychic divining the contents of an envelope.

Tom Heydt-Benjamin tapped an envelope against a black plastic box connected to his computer. Within moments, the screen showed a garbled string of characters that included this: fu/kevine, along with some numbers.

Mr. Heydt-Benjamin then ripped open the envelope. Inside was a credit card, fresh from the issuing bank. The card bore the name of Kevin E. Fu, a computer science professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who was standing nearby. The card number and expiration date matched those numbers on the screen.

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Device lobbyist taking fight to consumers - by Troy Wolverton

Posted On: Sun, 2006-10-22 19:12 by TheBaldingOne


Gary Shapiro is riled up and thinks you should be, too.

What's got the head of the Consumer Electronics Association so upset? The state of copyright law, the set of rules that, among other things, governs what consumers can do with the books, music and movies they purchase and the radio and television shows they listen to.

Shapiro charges that copyright holders such as the film and recording studios have been and continue to push for increasingly restrictive rules. That push threatens to stymie technological innovation among the CEA's 2,100 members and criminalize the normal behavior of everyday Americans, he argues.

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PATENTS: Do they really insure innovation? by Blog Maniac

Posted On: Sun, 2006-10-22 18:55 by TheBaldingOne

What is a patent

A patent is a temporary government-granted monopoly right on something made by an inventor. There are actually various kinds of patents. The most well-known type is the utility patent, which protects inventions. Design patents protect new, original and ornamental designs of articles of manufacture. Some countries also have plant patents, which are granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plants. Since the utility patent is the most popular and the most powerful, this document will focus exclusively on utility patents.

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We are the watchers. We help you - by Guy Herbert

Posted On: Sat, 2006-10-21 15:51 by TheBaldingOne

Is Britain safer with CCTV everywhere? No one knows. But it is certainly more fearful

YOU DON’T KNOW ME. But I know you. Oh yes. You don’t mind me following you, do you? All I want to do is look after you.

When you come out of your house first thing, I’m watching. And I’m with you every step of the way — to the shops, to work, wherever you go. I’m there on the bus just behind you. I recognise your car, too. I know where you bought it. And I’ve a list with every trip you take and which way you went. I take notes, lots of notes.

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L.A. Scouts earn patch on music and movie piracy - from The State.com

Posted On: Sat, 2006-10-21 05:23 by TheBaldingOne

A Boy Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, etc., etc. He also is respectful of copyrights.

Boy Scouts in the Los Angeles area now can earn a merit patch for learning about the evils of downloading pirated movies and music.

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European Artists Defend Copyright Fees - by Aoife White

Posted On: Fri, 2006-10-20 06:01 by TheBaldingOne

European filmmakers and musicians spoke out Wednesday against any possible EU moves to end copyright levies on electronic equipment, saying this would deprive them of fair compensation for people copying their works.

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar was one of several high-profile artists pleading with the European Commission to retain the fees that most EU nations charge on music and video players and blank CDs to compensate for legal copying when listeners burn an extra disc so they can play an album at home and in the car.

Artists' rights groups collect the fees and distribute them to music and film copyright holders, performers and recording companies. In some countries, a portion of the money also supports cultural projects, such as festivals and scholarships. The fees do not cover illegal copies a CD owner makes for other people.

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Music industry encouraged Visa to pull the plug on AllofMP3.com - by Nate Anderson

Posted On: Fri, 2006-10-20 05:52 by TheBaldingOne

We reported earlier this week that AllofMP3 has gone on a PR offensive, hiring Qorvis and giving their first press conference to members of the international media. While the conference itself revealed little that was new, a report appeared later that day which said that Visa would no longer process payments from AllofMP3. The timing of the announcement seemed unusual, but the situation has now been clarified somewhat: Visa acted at the instigation of the music industry.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry is the entity that looks out for music labels' worldwide interests—think of it as a global RIAA. They have been leaning heavily on AllofMP3 for some time, and have a small office in Moscow that has attempted for years to get the site brought up on charges by Russian prosecutors, but to no avail.

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The MPAA Surrenders in War Against Piracy - by Mark Hachman

Posted On: Fri, 2006-10-20 05:43 by TheBaldingOne

Somewhere in the bowels of Stansted Airport in London once sat Lucky and Flo, two Labrador retrievers, the latest weapons in the war on piracy.

Originally commissioned by the UK's FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), Lucky and Flo are now employed by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which plans to take the dogs on a "world tour", sniffing out fake DVDs in cities around the globe.

It's a high-profile war, and apparently no expense is being spared. But what about the Web? What if there was an easily accessible source of illegally copyrighted materials, with a search engine, on a site that had participated in a press release with the MPAA itself, touting new automated measures to prevent piracy? Wouldn't the MPAA see the forest for the trees and quickly crack down on the offender?

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Record Labels Turn Piracy Into a Marketing Opportunity - by JULIA ANGWIN, SARAH MCBRIDE and ETHAN SMITH

Posted On: Thu, 2006-10-19 05:53 by TheBaldingOne

A video clip from Jay-Z's live concert in June at Radio City Music Hall is popping up on all sorts of illicit music-sharing hotspots. But Jay-Z isn't upset.

That's because the rapper, at the request of Coca-Cola Co., agreed to allow distribution of the eight-minute clip -- which included promotions for Coke -- on the peer-to-peer sites, using technology usually used to thwart music pirates.

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Recording industry launches fresh wave of actions against illegal file-sharing

Posted On: Wed, 2006-10-18 19:51 by Gustav Nipe

Over 8,000 cases launched in 17 countries
Thousands have paid settlement fees averaging 2,400 euros
Actions for the first time in Brazil, Mexico and Poland

Legal actions against thousands of music file-sharers across the world were announced today as the recording industry stepped up its campaign to deter copyright theft and promote legitimate use of music on the internet.
Over 8,000 new cases in 17 countries are being announced today, including the first ever cases against illegal file-sharing in the two biggest markets of South America and in Eastern Europe. A total of more than 13,000 legal actions have now been taken outside the United States.

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