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[News] Internet Censorship Attempted in the UK and the World at Large

  • Subject: [News] Internet Censorship Attempted in the UK and the World at Large
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 20:44:39 +0100
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Barmy MPs want mandatory nanny filters - for the world

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| An all-party group of MPs has recommended 
| mandatory nanny filters for all mobile devices 
| and data devices that can access the internet - 
| and wants the UK's Internet Watch Foundation 
| secretive censor system extended to the whole 
| world.


Another censorship trick:

Jim Dolan Shows Why Anti-SLAPP Laws Are Good (And Why New York Needs a Better One)

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| Now, I am not from New York.  Thus, I don't 
| know much about Jim Dolan, the owner of 
| Cablevision, Newsday, Madison Square Garden, 
| and the New York Knicks.  But the local press 
| offers a sense of the man.  The New York Daily 
| News said that he is "a little bit wacky, 
| lashing out indiscriminately behind the scenes, 
| speaking nonsense whenever he talks at all."  
| Gawker, a New York blog, said that his 
| "loathing for reporters, propensity for feuds, 
| and general belligerence are legendary."
| [...]
| It'd be one thing if anti-SLAPP laws protecting 
| free speech were unknown in the US, but they're 
| not.  California, Illinois, and Indiana all 
| protect against SLAPP suits brought against an 
| exercise of free speech.  Heck, California even 
| allows the defendant in a SLAPP suit to 
| counterclaim against the plaintiff for 
| litigation costs and punitive damages.  For New 
| York, the media capital of the world, to be 
| trailing behind in protecting free speech is 
| just embarrassing.  



Jenzabar Joins Trademark Abusers Hall of Shame

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| Jenzabar, a company that makes software
| systems for colleges and universities, has
| joined the trademark abusersâ hall of shame by
| relentlessly pursuing trademark claims against
| the makers of a documentary film about the
| student protests at Tiananmen Square.
| Jenzabar objects to the fact that, on the
| handful of pages on a web site about the film
| that discusses Jenzabar, the name âJenzabarâ
| appears in the keyword meta tags.


Beck Tries to Kill Parody Website

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| I don't know if you've ever seen the Did Glenn
| Beck Rape and Murder a Young Girl in 1990
| website, but it's fairly amusing. It's a
| political satire of the style of argument Glenn
| Beck likes to engage in, which involves requiring
| that someone prove a negative ("prove you didn't
| do X") and making claims in the form of an
| interrogative ("Hey, I'm just asking questions
| here. I'm not saying he did this. What's wrong
| with asking questions?").


Senator Orrin Hatch... And The Lies The Copyright Industry Tells

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| In my last post, I walked through the misleading or outright false arguments
| by Rep. Wexler in defense of stronger copyrights. At the same event, Senator
| Orrin Hatch also spoke, and it's worth responding to him as well.
|     You in this room are the artists, the innovators, and leaders of the
|     world copyright industry. Not only do your artistic works continue to
|     encourage the creation of new works that inspire and delight us, but also
|     your industry is one of the few that consistently generates a positive
|     balance of trade.
| This assumes, incorrectly, that copyright is the sole reason for the creation
| of artistic works or that positive balance of trade. The evidence suggests
| otherwise. There are many reasons why people create. Some have nothing to do
| with monetary incentive -- but even those that do have found that "copyright"
| is not the only way to make money, and, in fact may not be the best way to
| make money. Yet, those who do creative things are often limited by copyright.


Once Again, Before Sending A DMCA Takedown, It Helps To Actually Own The

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| But, basically, someone used a video to respond to a guy from the Discovery
| Institute concerning a recent appearance he made on Fox News. The Fox News
| video is Fox's copyright. Yet, the Discovery Institute sent the takedown
| notice. Furthermore, the use of the video (even if Fox had sent the takedown)
| is almost certainly fair use. It was used for commentary in a non-commercial
| manner.


DMCA Coupon Flap Ends â Nobody 'Won'

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| A federal judge on Thursday rejected an online coupon-generating company's
| bid to reopen a copyright infringement lawsuit against a North Carolina man
| who posted commands allowing users to print an unlimited number of valid
| coupons.

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