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Submission + - Lobby Groups Given Insider Status at ACTA Talks

An anonymous reader writes: The Toronto Star reports that just as governments continue their negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement — regarded by some as an International DMCA — the Canadian government is working to create a special insider group for lobbyists that include the Canadian Recording Industry Association, the Canadian Motion Picture and Distributors Association, and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.

Submission + - Nine Inch Nails post result of "Free or Pay

Rovent writes: Back on November 1st, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails convinced Saul Williams to release his latest album, "The Rise and Fall of Niggy Tardust", for free or $5, you decide. After a two month run, Trent posted the results of this experiment on the Nine Inch Nails homepage. On it, he breaks down how many people downloaded the album, who came back and paid for it, and his insight on the whole affair.

Submission + - Microsoft bought Swedens ISO vote on OOXML ?

a_n_d_e_r_s writes: The vote on OOXML looked fairly secured for a No vote in Sweden. Most in the Working Group In Sweden was against the vote to approve OOXML. Suddenly on the day of the vote more companies showed up at the door, some 20 more companies — each one payed about $2500 to be allowed to vote — and vote they did. Most of the new companies was strangely enough partners from Microsoft who suddenly out of the blue joined the working group, payed membership fees and voted yes for approval.

From being a fairly negative group the working group suddely had a huge majority of yay-sayers who voted for Sweden to approve OOXML as an ISO standard.

For those that want to buy the Swedish vote on an ISO standard — it only cost about $50 000 — its not too much money for anyone that want there own bought and payed for ISO standard.

This has started to brew in Sweden and the newspapers are right now starting to write about the coup against the SIS — Swedens Standards Institute . The workings groups position can be changed if the power to be at SIS wants to — so its not over yet.

OS2World writes about it:

Patrik Fältströms blogg about it:

Submission + - EFF Backs Mother in Suite Against Universal Music (

eldavojohn writes: "Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is being sued by the EFF for forcing Stephanie Lenz's 29-second recording that shows her son hopping and bopping to the Prince song "Let's Go Crazy." She reports that she put the video online to share with family & friends and describes this as a legal threat preventing her from sharing precious moments with relatives. The EFF sees this as a blatant disregard of fair use and free speech rights that any citizen holds and is asking a federal court to protect it. Universal, at one point seemed to reach a deal with YouTube, although this apparently was not made with the customer in mind, is Universal's "Take my ball and play elsewhere" attitude permanent? I wonder if the artist himself, Prince, will make a public announcement?"

Submission + - Last-Minute Senate Amendment to appease RIAA

Rodrigo writes: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has found the time to forget about fighting that pesty Iraq War and focus on the issues that really matter: making the influence of the RIAA and MPAA a mainstay in our college campuses. The EFF has put a call to arms against the proposed Senate amendment to the Higher Education Act. The amendment aims to force certain schools to police their network or risk losing federal funding for student aid. Naturally, this policing will come at the school's expense and through "technology-based deterrents," which raise privacy concerns. Please call your representatives and make sure they know what they're voting for under Senate Amendment 2314.

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