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+ - Parliament: Record companies "blackmail" users

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Kijori
Kijori writes "Lord Lucas, a member of the UK House of Lords, has accused record companies of blackmailing internet users by accusing people of copyright infringement who have no way to defend themselves. "You can get away with asking for £500 or £1,000 and be paid on most occasions without any effort having to be made to really establish guilt. It is straightforward legal blackmail." The issue is that there is no way for people to prove their innocence, since the record company's data is held to be conclusive proof, and home networking equipment does not log who is downloading what. Hopefully, at the very least, the fact that parliament has realised this fact will mean that copyright laws will get a little more sane."

+ - Digital Economy Bill reaches first committee stage->

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Kijori
Kijori writes "The Digital Economy Bill — the one that plans to hand big media companies the power to switch off your internet connection — is now in committee. Digitalwrong has the highlights — including the question of whether Parliament will have to be shut down if someone goes to the wrong website, who it is that gets punished when someone uses your WiFi, and an inscrutable reply from the Government involving 'fertile' defences."
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Politics

+ - Digital Economy Bill nears Committee Stage->

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Kijori
Kijori writes "Regular readers of Slashdot will have heard of the Digital Economy Bill — the bill that would allow a user's internet connection to be disconnected based on allegations of infringement. The bill will enter the committee stage on the 6th of January, and DigitalWrong is urging people to get in touch with a member of the House of Lords before that date to explain why the bill is a bad idea.UK-based Slashdotters: you are in a particularly strong position to explain why the bill is technically bad, so please get in touch with a Lord and try to get this bill changed before it reaches the House of Commons."
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Education

+ - GM mosquito to fight malaria

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Kijori writes "The BBC is reporting that "a genetically-modified (GM) strain of malaria-resistant mosquito has been created that is better able to survive than disease-carrying insects. The insect carries a gene that prevents infection by the malaria parasite. In the laboratory, equal numbers of genetically modified and ordinary "wild-type" mosquitoes were allowed to feed on malaria-infected mice. As they reproduced, more of the GM, or transgenic, mosquitoes survived. After nine generations, 70% of the insects belonged to the malaria-resistant strain. The scientists also inserted the gene for green fluorescent protein (GFP) into the transgenic mosquitoes which made their eyes glow green. This helped the researchers to easily count the transgenic and non-transgenic insects." Read the full article here."

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