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[News] Internet Freedom at Enormous Risk Again

  • Subject: [News] Internet Freedom at Enormous Risk Again
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 06 Nov 2009 03:25:31 +0000
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The end of US Internet freedom looms

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| WHILE MANY HAVE WELCOMED the unfettered 
| reign of the Internet service providers 
| (ISPs) coming to an end in the US in favour 
| of network neutrality, a team of learned 
| legal minds has warned that all might not be 
| as it seems.
| The US Federal Communications Commission 
| (FCC) has decided that it will police the 
| Internet to make sure that the large ISPs - 
| telecom and cable companies, mostly - do not 
| force a two-tiered Internet on the American 
| public.


Law Professor Sues Over 'Above the Law' Blog Posts--Jones v. Minkin

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| Given its history of provocative and 
| occasionally aggressive blog posts, it's 
| actually a little surprising that popular 
| law blog Above the Law has not been sued 
| before. A blogger's life is inherently 
| filled with peril. We bet our houses with 
| every blog post, and eventually the law of 
| large numbers starts working against us. The 
| risks are even greater for bloggers covering 
| legal topics. By definition, we routinely 
| cover people who are prepared to mix it up 
| in court. As a result, it's almost 
| inevitable that blawgers who keep at it long 
| enough will get sued eventually.


UK Law Firm Sets Up Special Team To Hunt Down Anonymous Commenters

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| Stephanie Migot writes in to let us know
| how UK law firm Wragge & Co has decided to 
| set up a special "cyber tracing" team, whose job
| it will be to scour the internet for anyone making 
| negative anonymous comments about any of their clients 
| and then take action.



Interview With William Patry: Understanding How The Copyright Debate Got

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| I think that is no more valid a response than those who offered by
| filesharers who argue that its OK for them to do what they are doing because
| the labels screw the artists. Not only does iTunes refute the idea that
| people just want free stuff, but look at what happened in January of this
| year when Monty Python started a YouTube channel and gave away free streams
| of their stuff: their DVD sales on Amazon.com went up 23,000% (not a typo).
| Here's another example. My wife owns a cafe. She makes espresso there and the
| guy who makes it used to work at Starbucks. I obviously can get espresso for
| free there. But I don't, I drive two miles away to a Starbucks store and pay
| $2.01 for it because I like the way it tastes.


Federal Courts Sound The Alarm Against RECAP; Worried About PACER Profits

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| We've been excited to see what would happen with the RECAP Firefox extension,
| which is being used to help free up public domain court documents that have
| been locked up behind the PACER paywall. However, there were also questions
| about how the folks who run and/or benefit from PACER would react.


Federal court using scare tactics to block sharing of public records

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| It appears that the US Courts, concerned about competition from software that
| offers the possibility of widespread free access to documents filed on
| federal judicial dockets, for which the public would otherwise have to pay
| the courts at the rate of 8 cents a page, are ready to resort to scare
| tactics to discourage lawyers from using that software.

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