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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Disconnects Modded X-Box Users->

Submitted by S-4'N3
S-4'N3 (1232394) writes "The BBC reports that Microsoft has disconnected approximately 600,000 X-Box users from X-Box Live because the devices they are using have been modified, either with software or with new chips, to play pirated games.

"Microsoft confirmed that it had banned a 'small percentage' of the 20 million Xbox Live users worldwide. Microsoft said that modifying an Xbox 360 console 'violates' the service's 'terms of use' and would result in a player being disconnected.""

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Music

+ - Fair Use?

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S-4'N3
S-4'N3 writes "I am a Canadian composer who has been hired to supply background music to a medical instructional video for a surgical procedure (the details of which would make you cringe). I have been planning on releasing the music under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license while giving the producers of this video written consent to use this music in the specific video they are currently producing. While this is a professional video where people are actually paid for their work, it occurs to me that the instructional nature of this video may place them in the "fair-use" category. If they were to produce another video for a different procedure, would they be able to re-use the music I am providing and cite it as "fair-use" or does the fact that they are paying to have these videos produced constitute a "commercial work"?"
Idle

+ - Vulcan AB to attend Trek premiere

Submitted by S-4'N3
S-4'N3 (1232394) writes "I was shocked to hear about this first from my wife reading me an article from our local newspaper as opposed to seeing this headlining slashdot. Apparently, Vulcan Alberta lost the bid to host the world premiere of the new Star Trek flick. Most likely, because they don't have a movie theatre. But with the help of Leonard Nimoy, residents of the middle-of-nowhere town will be flown to a special showing in Calgary. Most logical indeed"

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