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[News] [SOT] Google Gets Upper Hand Against Viacom and Microsoft Goons

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The importance of the Veoh decision

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| Needless to say, Google’s lawyers are happy. They now have a precedent to hit 
| Viacom over the head with. 
| Is an end to the copyright wars finally in sight? It could be.
| With music companies now looking to take down their encryption walls because 
| they only benefitted Apple, and with a well-reasoned decision for video safe 
| harbor in hand, we might have digital peace in our time.  


Microsoft encouraged copyright holders to sue Google. It's also friends with


Viacom 'backs off' YouTube demand

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| "We are pleased to report that Viacom, MTV and other litigants have backed
| off their original demand for all users' viewing histories and we will not be
| providing that information," said a statement on the YouTube blog.
| The decision will be welcomed by privacy activists, many of whom expressed
| concern over a US judge's order for Google to provide the data in early July.


Radiohead video released on Google

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| The video, which was made without cameras or lights, used two new tecnologies
| to capture the trippy, esoteric 3D images. A Geometric Informatics scanning
| system produced structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity,
| while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers was used to capture
| large environments such as landscapes.


Marc Andreessen To Big, Old Media: You're Screwed

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| In a morning panel session titled “Looking Around the Corner to the Future” –
| which, like all meetings here are closed to the press – Mr. Andreessen told
| the audience, which included many executives from the so-called “old media”
| world, that non-digital businesses are toast.
| “He said, ‘If you have old media, you should sell,’” according to one
| attendee, who spoke anonymously because the sessions are off-the-record. “If
| you own newspapers, sell. If you own TV stations, sell. If you own a movie
| studio, sell.”


Lawyers For ‘Imposter’ P2P Software Threaten Open-Source Team

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| A company trying to pass itself off as vendors of the open-source
| file-sharing software Shareaza, has set the legal dogs on the real Shareaza
| forum. Discordia Ltd, who earlier turned Bearshare and iMesh into pay
| services, demanded action after a member of the real Shareaza forum suggested
| a DOS attack on the site.    




Lessig: Required Reading: the next 10 years

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| Yet governments continue to push ahead with this idiot idea -- both Britain
| and Japan for example are considering extending existing terms. Why?
| The answer is a kind of corruption of the political process. Or better,
| a "corruption" of the political process. I don't mean corruption in the
| simple sense of bribery. I mean "corruption" in the sense that the
| system is so queered by the influence of money that it can't even get
| an issue as simple and clear as term extension right.


RIAA, MPAA urge pro-copyright vows from presidential candidates

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| One question, for instance, asks: "How would you promote the progress of
| science and creativity, as enumerated in the U.S. Constitution, by upholding
| and strengthening copyright law and preventing its diminishment?"  


Is Sarko Uxorious?

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| What this neglects to take into account is the fact that falling into the
| public domain is a gain for the public - and hence the actual moment when it
| becomes part of the "national pop heritage" - and that the gain vastly
| outweighs any minimal effect it has on ageing rockers' royalties.
| Unfortunately, with this action, as with others (including the "three strikes
| and you're out" approach to fighting filesharing), Sarkozy shows himself to
| be an old man - however young his new wife may be.      


Microsoft sued by Beijing student for privacy infringement

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| Lu argued that Microsoft had violated his legal rights by providing a formal 
| contract which had to be accepted in order to proceed with the installation. 

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