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+ - Better Together Campaign Abuse D.M.C.A to Censor Video-> 1

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Pax681
Pax681 writes "The Pro-union Better Together Campaign have been abusing the automated DMCA take down procedures at Youtube,Vimeo and Daily Motion in order to remove a video Top Ten Unionist Myths Debunked which perfectly legally uses excerpts from [url=http://www.bettertogether.net/]Better Together's[/url] own videos.
Under UK copyright law there are provision under "Fair Dealing" for using exceprts for "Criticism and news reporting" , much the same as the DMCA in the USA with their n"Fair Use" clause.
There have been more than 30 take downs thus far between the various sites. the video is currently being hosted by Pro-independence online Radio station Radio Free Scotland on it's Video Safe Harbour page.
No Matter what side of the debate you stand on this is clearly an attempt at political censorship abusing the automated DMCA takedown systems at those sites and worse a clear attempt to stifle debate in what is the most important debate in 300 years for Scotland and it's electorate.
Better together have apparently claim that the complaint was to "protect" the people in the video.. well.. the video's are all publicly available and if the BT Campaign was so worried it would not have asked the people to be in them Also this statement from them doesn't come under copyright at all and in itself shows that the DMCA/copyright complaint is actually utterly unfounded.
In True internet Fashion the video has also been popping up on youtube and other sites continually in a Streisand effect response. Radio Free Scotland have stated that they won't take the video down as it is clearly legal and legitimate in it's use of the excerpts to debunk the "myths" of the Better Together Campaign.
Slashdots thoughts on this abuse of the DMCA to censor?"

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+ - Demonoid Domains name for sale->

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Pax681 (1002592) writes "PC World and other sites are reporting of the death of Demonoid "Bad news for those expecting the BitTorrent site Demonoid to somehow spring up from the ashes after last week's alleged bust. The Demonoid domain names are now officially for sale via Sedo, the final nail in the coffin for the popular site that was taken down via a combined assault from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and Interpol. "
Would it be fair to assume that the week long DDOS was part of the operation to take the site down? and if so does thing signal that the *IAA's now see it as ok to break the law witha DDOS to enforce their copyright? http://torrentfreak.com/demonoid-domains-go-up-for-sale-120812/ http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57491730-93/domains-seized-from-demonoid-bittorrent-site-up-for-sale/"

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+ - More Drama in the emerald Viewer Story

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Pax681 (1002592) writes "The Emerald Viewer Team seems to be just Two people now after Arabella Steadham and Lonely Bluebird shout out the rest of the Devs

Find a statement sent out this afternoon over Second Life to emerald users quoted in full Below Seems that trademark a has been applied for by Lonely Bluebird and thus i assume the rest of them, as suggested, will go off and develop their own brand of the emerald viewer and keeping it clean of emerald branding in any way.

looks like emerald will be taken off the approved user list... again! for now........

As you can see now thefrosums are abuzz with talk...

Dated: Sept 1st, 2010 1:15 EST. It is with great sadness and disappointment that I write this entry. As of some time this morning, all access to the servers have been severed to all but Arabella Steadham and Lonely Bluebird. Neither me, nor any of the other Emerald Developers have the ability to put out releases at this time. Beyond the recent beta 2587, we also cannot certify the safety or validity of any future releases. Now, I made a promise to everyone to disclose the remaining requirements from LL. Those final two requirements that were given to us by LL, was to have a release out by Friday September the 3rd that would not support emkdu or llkdu even if one of the files was present, and that Lonely Bluebird, Skills Hak and Discrete Dreamscape be removed from the project. The alternative was that LL would block the viewer from access to the SecondLife Grid. While Discrete and Skills gracefully stepped down, Lonely refused. A long argument ensued in dev chat and, I created a new dev chat, where most of us discussed how we could remove Lonely from the project, however it failed. Ultimately Lonely has removed access to the servers and has also stated that he is applying for trademark on the Emerald Viewer name. Preventing us from continuing on the project without him. Unless circumstances change, in my opinion, the Emerald Viewer Project is dead. We simply cannot achieve a release by the deadline given to us under the current circumstances. Without access to the server and website, I am forced to make a very difficult decision as I will not allow myself to be held accountable to anything that happens from this day on in regards to Emerald. With that said, I here by officially resign from the Emerald Viewer Project. I no longer have access to post on the modular systems blog, so I have created a temporary personal blog here http://jessicalyons.wordpress.com/ . It will be on this blog where I will post future developments with myself and possibly the remaining Emerald Developers. We are considering, (only considering) the possibility of creating a new viewer, to be on the TPVD, picking up where Emerald left off. IF we do, you will have the same features as Emerald Viewer. The motivation for this would be purely to give the existing loyal Emerald users a TPVP compliant alternative with a fresh future. I would like to thank, all of our dedicated and loyal users for your support through these difficult and confusing times. I would also like to thank our support team, for all of their hard work and relentless dedication to the emerald viewer project and to helping our users. Also to thank our beta testers who helped Emerald viewer be a quality product.

Dated: Sept 1st, 2010 1:15 EST. It is with great sadness and disappointment that I write this entry. As of some time this morning, all access to the servers have been severed to all but Arabella Steadham and Lonely Bluebird. Neither me, nor any of the other Emerald Developers have the ability to put out releases at this time. Beyond the recent beta 2587, we also cannot certify the safety or validity of any future releases. Now, I made a promise to everyone to disclose the remaining requirements from LL. Those final two requirements that were given to us by LL, was to have a release out by Friday September the 3rd that would not support emkdu or llkdu even if one of the files was present, and that Lonely Bluebird, Skills Hak and Discrete Dreamscape be removed from the project. The alternative was that LL would block the viewer from access to the SecondLife Grid. While Discrete and Skills gracefully stepped down, Lonely refused. A long argument ensued in dev chat and, I created a new dev chat, where most of us discussed how we could remove Lonely from the project, however it failed. Ultimately Lonely has removed access to the servers and has also stated that he is applying for trademark on the Emerald Viewer name. Preventing us from continuing on the project without him. Unless circumstances change, in my opinion, the Emerald Viewer Project is dead. We simply cannot achieve a release by the deadline given to us under the current circumstances. Without access to the server and website, I am forced to make a very difficult decision as I will not allow myself to be held accountable to anything that happens from this day on in regards to Emerald. With that said, I here by officially resign from the Emerald Viewer Project. I no longer have access to post on the modular systems blog, so I have created a temporary personal blog here http://jessicalyons.wordpress.com/ . It will be on this blog where I will post future developments with myself and possibly the remaining Emerald Developers. We are considering, (only considering) the possibility of creating a new viewer, to be on the TPVD, picking up where Emerald left off. IF we do, you will have the same features as Emerald Viewer. The motivation for this would be purely to give the existing loyal Emerald users a TPVP compliant alternative with a fresh future. I would like to thank, all of our dedicated and loyal users for your support through these difficult and confusing times. I would also like to thank our support team, for all of their hard work and relentless dedication to the emerald viewer project and to helping our users. Also to thank our beta testers who helped Emerald viewer be a quality product. Sincerely, Jessica Lyon.

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+ - Texas schools to get controversial syllabus->

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Pax681 (1002592) writes "the BBC have a story about how Texas are now changing their syllabus to what might be termed as a very paranoid stance with regards to the UN

Also in the changes will be how the founding Fathers never really intended to separate church and state up to and uncluding

And Thomas Jefferson has been dropped from a list of enlightenment thinkers in the world-history curriculum, despite being one of the Founding Fathers who is credited with developing the idea that church and state should be separate.

now i am Scottish but as i recall a fair few of the founding father were not religious at all and their intent was VERY much to separate church and state after seeing the mess it had helped make in Europe and elsewhere

apparently this is to "redress liberal bias" in the education.

thoughts gents?"

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+ - Boris to enable wifi hotpots London wide for 2012

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Pax681 (1002592) writes "Boris Johnson declared that london will have all bus stops and lamp posts wifi enabled by 2012 for the olympics

in an article on Tech Eye Boris waxes lyrical (or as lyrical as he can get) about how it would be done at a google Zeitgeist event in Hertfordshire.

these would be public wifi hotpots and as such would these break the new law on open access points? would they be just the thing for people to use to infringe with impunity and anonymously bypass the chances of running foul of the digital economy act? and what would ACTA have to say about them too?"
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+ - How get the fastest speeds from your connection!

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Pax681 writes "A Great way to speed up your net connection for FREE! My cousin who uses the username "Guest_Again" wrote a guide on how to max out your internet connection free without these nonsense apps that say they will and certainly do not. All props to Guest_Again for the info and tutorials! with my www.bethere.co.uk pro connection(24mb/down 2.5mb up) i actually get 23.1 up and 2409 down! check out on how to find the right version of DMT for your router and also how to use DrTCP to sort your Recieve window. all apps are 100% virus/malware/spam/adware and COST FREE All setting are reversable too! All covered in DMT Tool Tutorial DrTCP tutorial DMT Tool Homepage DRTCP Download When you go to the DMT Tool site you will see there are different versions. make sure you shoose the right one for your router. the router versions are listed next to the different versions of DMT tool! Guest_Again wrote THIS TUTORIAL on choosing the right version of DMT for your hardware Guest_Again is ALWAYS happy to give help to anyone wishing to tweak their connections using his method. This page has had over 109,000 hits so far and is used as a reference page for many other sites."

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