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+ - China's Green Dam may infringe Solid Oak software->

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LionMage writes "Much has been made previously of how China's Green Dam software must be installed on all new PCs in China, and of more recent revelations that the software may create exploitable security vulnerabilities or even provide the Chinese government with a ready-made botnet to use for potentially nefarious purposes. (One of those prior articles even discusses how Green Dam incorporates black lists from CyberSitter.) Now the BBC is reporting that Solid Oak's CyberSitter software may have had more than just a compiled blacklist lifted from it. Solid Oak is claiming that actual pieces of their code somehow wound up in Green Dam. More coverage here and especially here. From PC Magazine's article:

Solid Oak Software, the developer of CyberSitter, claims that the look and feel of the GUI used by Green Dam mimics the style of CyberSitter. But more damning, chief executive Brian Milburn said, was the fact that the Green Dam code uses DLLs identified with the CyberSitter name, and even makes calls back to Solid Oak's servers for updates.


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+ - Western Digital blocks audio file sharing->

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LionMage writes "This morning, I saw a disturbing article on the BBC about Western Digital caving in to Hollywood interests and prohibiting all sharing of music and audio files using their products. Buried deep in the article are the details: this blocking pertains to NAS products, and specifically to Western Digital's Access Anywhere software. Over 30 file types are blocked by the software. The software does not make allowances if, for example, you are the rights holder and are allowing distribution of your own content.

More coverage of this can be found elsewhere around the web."

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