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Submission + - Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters Retiring (

MelodicMotives writes: Ars Technica is reporting that the current Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters is set to retire at the end of this year. "Peters has been the Register since 1994, overseeing the Copyright Office during a hugely contentious time. Her tenure has included Napster, P2P lawsuits, DRM controversies—the entire shift towards the Internet and the subsequent interest taken in copyright law and fair use even by ordinary consumers." The position is now open for applications! So who should become the next Register of Copyrights as we look towards 2011 and beyond? Can I nominate Lawrence Lessig?

Submission + - French senate approves burqa ban ( 1

gollum123 writes: The French senate approved Tuesday a law banning any veils that cover the face — including the burqa, the full-body covering worn by some Muslim women — making France the first European country to plan such a measure. The law passed by a vote of 246 to 1, with about 100 abstentions coming essentially from left-leaning politicians. The legislation was overwhelmingly approved by the lower house of parliament in July and will go into effect next spring. A panel of French lawmakers recommended a ban last year, and lawmakers unanimously passed a non-binding resolution in May calling the full-face veil contrary to the laws of the nation. The law imposes a fine of 150 euros ($190) and/or a citizenship course as punishment for wearing a face-covering veil. The French Council of State has warned that the ban could be incompatible with international human rights laws and the country's own constitution.

Comment Hybrid mail? (Score 1) 299

Other countries have been trialing technology that allows incoming mail to be scanned and transmitted electronically to the recipient. This seems like a great area for USPS to move towards, and would help them taper off residential delivery as the number of people who still demand dead trees in their mailbox dwindles.

Comment Consensual meets Censorial? (Score 1) 266

What's going to stop them from continuing to flood the other TLD's and just redirect them to .xxx? pointing to seems to accomplish nothing. So the concern then is, of course, that soon you won't be able to exist as a porn operation in .com, and then it's a quick jump to lightswitch-style censorship of the entire .xxx TLD.

Comment This was the underdog Oscar winner. (Score 1) 861

Doesn't it seem possible that people downloading this movie helped get the word out about it, propelling it into the spotlight? I only head about the film by word of mouth and I _know_ that all those people didn't see it in theaters. Having Netflix, I later rented the DVD and enjoyed it, but there's certainly something to be said about instant distribution at low-cost (or no cost in this case). FYI, I'm one of those people that refuses to buy a dvd or cd before having experienced it at least once, and yes that means cutting corners in places, but a 500+ cd/dvd collection speaks for itself in dollars.

Comment Re:not only that (Score 1) 629

That statement is made without knowledge of the case. This site has a good copy of the case details. The man knowingly purchased videos from a catalogue marketing to pedophiles.

These were not home movies. These videos were of minors doing provocative things, and being directed to do so. Sounds like a porn movie, no?

How many Bavarian Illuminati does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Three: one to screw it in, and one to confuse the issue.