After sending a letter to my U.S. Senator, Jim Webb, expressing my deepest outrage against the DMCA and other intellectual property laws that encumber thinking, creativity, and the arts, I've received an interesting reply from the Senator.
According to Jim Webb, "You will be pleased to know that the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary is currently conducting hearings on the DMCA and other copyright issues."
He assures me that my own, and the rest of Virginia's, interests will be considered; but honestly people, if our interests were considered.... would we even have the DMCA?!
"The State Department said on Friday that the passport files of all three presidential contenders were improperly accessed by employees and the department's inspector general is reviewing the matter." and that "The breaches involved electronic files that contained personal information about Senators Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain."
Could this be a political attack?
"A report by the Financial Times (registration required) cites unnamed executives who say that Apple is in talks with record labels to offer access to the entire iTunes music library for a lump sum price. The fee would be added as a premium option on an iPod or iPhone, or it could come as a monthly charge. It would allow downloading of any song at any time so long as the purchaser still owns the device, and the songs would be yours to keep."
"Microsoft is starting its long-anticipated drive into the consumer health care market by offering free personal health records on the Web and pursuing a strategy that borrows from the company's successful formula in personal computer software."