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Government

+ - RIAA: This case is about to get interesting

Submitted by gone.fishing
gone.fishing (213219) writes " Stay tuned: This case is about to get really interesting If you would enjoy seeing what a federal judge looks like when he's hopping mad, drop by the federal courthouse in Duluth August 4th. The RIAA lawyers forgot to tell the judge about a couple of details he might have wanted to know: One, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, which presides over the District of Minnesota, had previously ruled that you can't have liability without proof of actual dissemination, and secondly, one of the two authorities the record company lawyers were relying upon, an Arizona case named Atlantic v. Howell, had been vacated a week before the Thomas trial."
Security

+ - U.S. Warns About Canadian Spy Coins

Submitted by gone.fishing
gone.fishing (213219) writes "According to this article: http://wcco.com/watercooler/watercooler_story_0110 53731.html In a U.S. government warning high on the creepiness scale, the Defense Department cautioned its American contractors about what it described as a new espionage threat: Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters hidden inside. The mysterious coins were found on contractors with security clearances on at least three separate occasions as the contractors traveled through Canada. The report doesn't suggest who might be tracking the contractors or why. It doesn't explain how the Pentagon discovered the coins or how the transmitters function."
Privacy

+ - Government has a right to read your email

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gone.fishing
gone.fishing writes "A Lawsuit challenges government's right to read your e-mail. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting in this article: http://www.startribune.com/789/story/884388.html that a seller of "natural male enhancement" products sued after a fraud indictment based on evidence gleaned from his electronic mail. Federal prosecutors say they don't need a search warrant to read your e-mail messages if those messages happen to be stored in someone else's computer.

Guess Bob's not smiling now."

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