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[News] Copyright Uses as Excuse for Surveillance

  • Subject: [News] Copyright Uses as Excuse for Surveillance
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 14:09:56 +0100
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Will EU lawyers white-out Amendment 138?

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| EU  lawyers say that Amendment 138 has to 
| go because of a legal technical problem. 
| And  they  insist on  a poor  replacement 
| that will do nothing to stop the 
| imposition of copyright enforcement 
| measures. Given that we know  the 
| political agenda  for both copyright and 
| Internet restrictions, shouldn't they do 
| better? 


Telephone Company Is Arm of Government, Feds Admit in Spy Suit

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| The Department of Justice has finally 
| admitted it in court papers: The  nationâs 
| telecom companies are an arm of the 
| government â at least when it comes to 
| secret spying.


How I got an apology from the Met for my unlawful arrest

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| On 28th July 2005, I was unlawfully 
| arrested at Southwark tube station when 
| attempting to take the tube after work to 
| meet my wife. Chief Superintendent Wayne 
| Chance, Metropolitan Police Service 
| Borough Commander for Southwark, has 
| eventually apologised to my wife and I for 
| their actions and the trauma it caused us.



Copyright Control

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| The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is, without
| question, one of the most frequently abused laws on the
| books. If the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is the catch-
| all for internet crime, the DMCA is ten times over for
| copyright law. If you want something off the internet,
| the quickest way to be rid of it is to issue a DMCA
| notice, regardless of whether there is any basis for it
| or not, and that's exactly what companies like Autodesk
| do. There is recourse, however: Anyone who knowingly
| misrepresents that an infringement has occurred, or
| falsely represents that a take down was the result of a
| mistake, is liable for damages for their conduct.


A Harvard Skirmish in the Copyright Wars

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| Problem is, thereâs an argument that what professors say
| in class is their intellectual property. After all, if
| they just read their own lecture notes, then their words
| have been âfixed in a tangible medium,â to quote the
| Copyright Act. So the professor automatically holds the
| copyright, and Magliozzi, or his note-taking helpers,
| are violating it. By that logic, itâs the same thing as
| listening to a song being sung, transcribing it, and
| posting the notes and lyrics on your web site. Copyright
| violation.


CBS Removes David Lettermanâs Mea Culpa From YouTube

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| The network did not post official copies of the segment
| on CBS.com or on YouTube, proving that while media
| companies are now generally eager to distribute their
| material on the Web, there are still some TV moments
| they would rather not spread widely.
| In a remarkable 10-minute segment Thursday night, Mr.
| Letterman told viewers of a Connecticut manâs suspected
| $2 million extortion attempt, predicated on evidence of
| Mr. Lettermanâs sexual relationships with female
| employees. The suspect, Robert Joel Halderman of CBS
| News, was arrested Thursday and released on bail Friday.


China Cracks Down On Pirated Teaching Materials?

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| It's unclear how cheaper or even free teaching materials "harm"
| youth, but the speculation is that it's more about the government
| not liking the content than any real worry about "piracy."


Pirated Teaching Materials Threaten Health of Chinaâs Youth

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| Chinaâs Anti-Pornography and Anti-Illegal Publications Office has
| booked a huge victory by preventing the countryâs youth from
| accessing more than 4 million copies of pirated teaching
| materials. According to the vice director of the office, such
| materials âharm the healthy development of the countryâs youth.â


Wolfram Alpha Does Not Understand Copyright

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| Copyright, as Wolfram seems not to understand, is a bargain between creators
| and their public. As an incentive to create, the former are given a
| time-limited monopoly by governments. Note that it is not a reward for
| having created: it is an incentive to create again.

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