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+ - Patenting the Photoshop Process->

Submitted by hawridger
hawridger (929560) writes "Scott Kelby's 7 Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3 is due to release on October 19th and sounds really promising. So promising, in fact, that he's applied for a patent on this "7 Point System." If a patent issues, will readers be forbidden from discussing the techniques on forums, blogging about it, posting youtube videos of the "system" in action? Is there a license to "use" the patent included with the purchase of the book? This seems like a big dang deal for photographers and anyone else that uses Photoshop (or any other image-editing software for that matter). This could open a huge can of worms in the photography/digital illustration industry."
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Media

+ - Tivo Online

Submitted by hawridger
hawridger (929560) writes "Looks like Tivo offers Apple's iTV a health dose of competition.

From Siliconvalley.com

In its ongoing bid to be a central conduit of media, TiVo Inc. plans to broaden its digital video recording service later this year so users of its set-top boxes can download videos from the Internet and watch them from their television sets.

The new feature, one of several announcements TiVo was to make Tuesday, comes as homemade clips and Hollywood movies are all becoming more popular on the Web and an increasing number of tech giants are tackling the barriers to deliver video from a computer to the comforts of a living room.

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Google

+ - Google Puts $200k in Reserve for Future YouTube Li

Submitted by hawridger
hawridger (929560) writes "Way to plan ahead Google.

Mercury News reports

Google Inc. has set aside more than $200 million in its just-completed takeover of YouTube Inc. as a financial cushion to cover losses or possible legal bills for the frequent copyright violations on YouTube's video-sharing site.

Without elaborating in a late Monday statement, Google said it is withholding 12.5 percent of the stock owed to YouTube for one year ``to secure certain indemnification obligations.''

How about a filesharing app now Google?

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User Journal

+ - Smallprint Project

Submitted by hawridger
hawridger (929560) writes "The Smallprint Project, created by a USC graduate student (communications), Andy Sternberg, edeavors to bring the worst contracts of adhesions (EULAs) to public light for an academic project.
The purpose of this project is to document experiences -- both good and bad -- presented by the millions of EULAs (End User Licensing Agreements) as they are both designed and encountered, knowingly or otherwise. This project will only last 8 weeks or so as an academic endeavor, however, this site is designed with the hopes of fostering discussion, suggestion, exposition and implementation of EULAs (electronic and otherwise) in an effort to help define, describe and mediate the nature of agreements in the digital age.
This idea is very interesting. One of the first entries includes an excerpt from Amazon Unbox:
Section 9(c): "If Amazon changes any part of the Service or modifies license terms... you acknowledge that you may not be able to access, view, or use Digital Content in the same manner as prior to such changes, and you agree that Amazon shall have no liability to you in such case."
If you've got a nasty EULA, then you can submit it via a form on the site. Keep it up Andy. I look forward to reading your final results on the Small Print Project when it's complete."
Google

+ - Google to Buy YouTube for $1.65B in Stock

Submitted by hawridger
hawridger (929560) writes "From the Yahoo article:

Google Inc. snapped up YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion Monday in deal that catapults the Internet search leader to a leading role in the online video revolution. The all-stock acquisition unites one of the Internet's marquee companies with one of its rapidly rising stars.

The price makes YouTube, a still-unprofitable startup, by far the most expensive purchase made by Google during its eight-year history.

Read more at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061009/ap_on_bi_ge/go ogle_youtube_7."
United States

+ - Online Gambling Ban to Fuel Crime

Submitted by hawridger
hawridger (929560) writes "A Cnet article reports that the recently passed legislation banning online gambling in the US may, in fact, fuel crime. From the Article:

A bill to ban online gambling in the United States was drafted haphazardly and risks driving millions of gamblers underground onto unregulated Web sites, a former U.S. state attorney general said on Thursday.

John J. Farmer, former New Jersey attorney general, said relatively few of those who voted in favor of the bill had read it properly and that it was badly formulated.

"It was like watching sausage getting made," he told the e-comlaw Online Gambling conference in London.

. . . .

"Wherever there is demand there is supply," he said. "There are 10 million Americans that play online and they're not going to go away."

Farmer said he thought it unlikely the ban on online gambling would stand the test of time. "I'd be surprised if this law is still in the books in three or four years time," he said. "But then again, I'm surprised that it exists at all.""

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