Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
Slashdot Deals: Cyber Monday Sale! Courses ranging from coding to project management - all eLearning deals 25% off with coupon code "CYBERMONDAY25". ×

Submission + - Copyright, Contract and a Minor (slashdot.org) 4

HuckleCom writes: Many years ago when I was 15 (22 now), I entered a project for a pay-for-news site with a 'client'. There was no signed or written contract (There was a quote, which later meant nothing because the scope of the project changed).
I eventually finished the project and had moved across the US in the process where I finally received payment. After many years of free support, and even some free hosting — I instructed the client to pay for their hosting and I would transfer the site to the new server. This request was never met, so I pulled the plug on the site and archived the files. Yesterday, I received a demand letter from an attorney requesting I send the code, data and content to the client. I was threatened with court seeking personal property seizure and/or wage garnishment with no monetary amount mentioned. I am fine with sending the data/content. But the code itself contains a few 'trade' secrets and redistributable code. My understanding is that the code belongs to me, the author under US copyright law. Is it reasonable to require monetary reimbursement to give ownership of all the site code? How would this case go over in a court?

The Courts

Submission + - End-user responsible for security?

HuckleCom writes: "Imagine this situation:
A massively distributed worm that connects to random P2P services and downloads and shares various music files gets installed on your machine.

The RIAA finds out and sues you right?

This brings up a good question:
Do we expect every citizen of the internet to be responsible for their own security — what happens if Microsoft hasn't released a 'hotfix' to alleviate the hole for a month or more? (often the case).

Does the RIAA and it's likes have to back off because people not all security experts?
Would this harbor in the dawn of responsibility for owning a computer connected to the internet?"

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.